Radical Waters International Ltd. was first granted an innovative beverage patent in the USA for Cleaning in Place (CIP) in bottling facilities in July 2012.

Indonesia is the most recent country to grant a beverage patent to Radical Waters for its Electrochemically Activated Water (ECA) application for use as a substitute for traditional CIP chemicals in the beverage industry.

The beverage patent granted in Indonesia relates to the use of ECA in the beverage manufacturing, processing, packaging and dispensing of beverages. Specifically, to the use of ECA solutions during CIP, a standard cleaning regime used in beverage facilities.

This patent adds to a larger patent portfolio of beverage patents granted to Radical Waters in the USA, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Mexico, France, Spain, Germany, Turkey, the UK, Ireland, India, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Philippines and South Africa.These patents further strengthen Radical Waters’ position as a preferred global ECA supplier in the beverage industry.

In contrast to ECA’s eco-friendly solutions, beverage manufacturers have used caustics and other harmful disinfectants to clean and sanitize to achieve similar results.

CIP is implemented during production breaks when changing from one product to another or at specific times for hygiene reasons to eliminate the growth of harmful bacteria often present in water-rich environments.

Non-ECA chemical CIP steps are performed at very high temperatures and involve: a water rinse, followed by application of a detergent, followed by another water rinse, followed by application of a disinfectant, followed by a final water rinse, all of which require significantly more time, water and energy than cleaning with Radical Waters’ ECA solutions. ECA has proven to be a cost-saving technology.

Expanding on cost savings, replacing traditional chemical CIP with Radical Waters’ green ECA detergent and disinfectant solutions eliminate the need for high temperatures and eliminate the rinse between the detergent and the disinfectant steps reducing cleaning to a 4-step process, which results in a considerable reduction in the loss of valuable production time. This time-saving cleaning process also saves energy and water for the bottler, resulting in greater profits and a greener CIP process.

The Radical Waters patented methodology assists beverage plants to achieve their sustainability goals, protect product & human life and improve profitability by providing, amongst others, the following benefits:Increased production time due to less time having to be spent on CIP; Total microbial decontamination;Reduction or complete elimination of costly and harmful chemicals;Savings on energy, with a reduction or elimination of the need to heat chemicals resulting in significant energy savings;Significant water savings;Flavour and residue elimination; and Improved safety for workers. The application of Radical Waters ECA technology for the CIP application in one of the world’s leading brewery plants achieved the following cost savings: Water savings of 83%; Time reduction of 43%; Energy savings due to cleaning at an ambient temperature of 98%; and Chemical cost savings of 99%.

In contrast to traditional chemicals, Radical Waters ECA Anolyte solution is produced and applied at a neutral pH, i.e. neither too acidic nor too alkaline, which makes it completely safe when in contact with humans and as effluent in the environment. The ECA solutions can be used without any requirement for safety or protective gear.
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