As with many manufacturing industries, the homecare and household products industry are in need of innovative technology that will help companies thrive. Problems repeatedly reported by homecare and household manufacturers include supply chain disruptions and quality issues.
Liquid product recovery technology, also known as pigging, is a technology used by the process industries to recover product. There are, however, many more benefits of pigging than just product recovery.
In this article, we’re going to look at some of the many benefits of pigging for the homecare and household products industry.
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Increased Yields and Capacity
Homecare and household product manufacturers have been facing issues with supply chain disruptions in recent years. Making sure that you can make the most of everything that you purchase is of increasing importance to manufacturers.
With HPS hygienic and sanitary pipeline product recovery, up to 99.5% of product is recovered from full pipelines. In addition, we design your pigging system to avoid having pockets or dead space that product can get trapped in. Instead, the product that is recovered can be sent on for further processing or packaging, increasing your yields and profits.
Increasing yields directly correlates to reducing waste and effluent. Many companies find that their disposal systems struggle to cope with the amount of effluent created, and a lot of HPS clients have commissioned pigging systems so that they can reduce the amount of waste they create.
Reduced Contamination and Cross-Contamination Risks
Quality is extremely Important in the homecare and household products industry, largely because they come into contact with humans and pets on a daily basis. In addition, they also need to meet marketing claims, such as “kills X% of bacteria”.
Contamination and cross-contamination are dangers to the quality and effectiveness of the product, therefore minimising this risk is of extreme importance.
Using HPS pigging technology as part of changeover processes is a highly effective way of minimising the risk of contamination and cross-contamination between products. This is especially important if you have shared lines, rather than dedicated lines. Pigging systems for homecare and household products also means that the number of dedicated lines needed can be reduced and shared lines are a more viable option.
By removing almost all the product from the line before water (if applicable) and chemical flushes, the impact and effectiveness of the chemicals used will be increased. The unique design of the HPS pig also means that product won’t get stuck on the pig, which can happen with finned or profiled pigs.
Decreased Expenditure and a High ROI
Companies are always looking at ways to reduce expenditure and a good way to do this is by creating short-term and long-term goals for cutting costs.
Although HPS pigging systems may seem like a big investment, their efficiency and effectiveness mean that they have a rapid payback period and a high ROI. Typically, HPS pigging systems pay for themselves with 6-12 months and after that, it’s almost all profit.
Changeover processes can be costly. Labour costs, production downtime, chemical purchases, energy consumption, and product loss all add up over the space of a year. We’ve had clients who, prior to commissioning an HPS system, were losing over six figures in product alone annually.
Because HPS pigging systems speed up changeovers, your company will be able to save money on consumables and labour costs, as well as increasing your product output.
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Changeover processes can often be time consuming and result in high water and chemical consumption. By using HPS pigging technology to remove up to 99.5% of product from the pipeline before commencing CIP processes, the number and length of water and chemical flushes is decreased.
The effectiveness of HPS pigging systems means that, although the need for CIP processes is not completely removed, they are much quicker and, for the correct application, the initial flush may not be needed.
Having faster changeovers means that manufacturers will have less production downtime, more efficient use of resources, and a higher product output.
Find Out More
If you want to know more about how HPS can help you increase quality and profits while saving money, look at the pigging system resources section of our website, drop us a message, or request a quote!
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