The Cost of Low Pressure

When it comes to tank cleaning and sanitizing, the vast majority of the wineries and breweries that we interact with are unwittingly costing themselves time and money due to a hidden problem: low pressure. 

Contrary to popular belief, pumps do not create pressure; they create flow. The best tank cleaning machines, like our Cloud Model 360, efficiently harness the flow from the pump to maximize impingement, but they do not create flow themselves. So even though pumps (and tank cleaning machines) don’t technically create pressure, you can easily get an idea of how much impingement you’re getting by slapping a pressure gauge on your pump.  This will allow you to see how much pressure your pump/tank cleaning machine set-up is producing.

Our 20 HP pump being unloaded from our Mobile Service and Demo Sprinter Van.

Our 20 HP pump being unloaded from our Mobile Service and Demo Sprinter Van.

 The amount of pressure that the pump “produces” is directly proportional to the speed (or velocity) of the water as it travels from the nozzle of your tank cleaner to the inside wall of your tank. At a high-level, impingement is essentially a function of momentum. Momentum = Mass x Velocity. Mass is controlled by the nozzle size of your tank cleaner, and generally doesn’t change during the tank cleaning process. Velocity is the result of pressure (although it is also influenced by a number of things that we’ll discuss in future articles including: distance of throw, angle of attack, rotational speed/angular momentum). That’s why, in general: less pressure = less velocity = less impingement = more time spent getting your tank clean.

So just how much pressure does a tank cleaning machine need to clean effectively? We say at least 100 PSI. You may be able to get a tank clean using less than 100 PSI by running your equipment longer, but longer run times come at a cost. First and foremost, time is money. Secondly, running a pump at maximum output for extended periods of time will lead to the pump requiring more maintenance, a greater chance of complete breakdowns, and expensive repairs.

 For those unable to properly clean their tanks due to issues with low pressure, high payroll costs and employee safety can also be topics of concern. We recently visited a local winery that had their employees manually scrubbing the interior tank walls from ladders because the winery lacked the appropriate pump and tank cleaner to do the job. The process was extremely labor intensive, and took two days per tank to clean!  For demonstration purposes, we ran our 20 HP pump (capable of 120 PSI) and Model 360 tank cleaner for one 20-minute cycle, and thoroughly cleaned an entire tank. 20 minutes…

 Investing in a tank cleaning pump capable of achieving 100 PSI or more should be an easy decision for your operation. You’ll save time and money, improve  safety and morale among your maintenance staff, and increase the time and man-power you have available to focus on your core business goals.

Interested in learning more about Cloud Company’s turn-key pump and tank cleaning machine systems? Give us a call at 805-549-8093! Or fill out the form below to schedule a demo with our Mobile Service and Demonstration Sprinter Van!

Motor Redesign Means Faster Production Times

New Cloud-Sellers Orbi G3 and G4 tank cleaning machines are now shipping with a redesigned water motor. The cleaner, more minimalist design features removal of the stem and holes drilled to the exact size of the bypass plugs per specific configuration.

This leaner design means less material and faster production throughput, allowing Cloud Company to continue to offer the best tank cleaning machines in the world at the most competitive price points.

 
New Design

New Design

Out of production design

Out of production design

 

New Bevel Gears

New gear in foreground.

New gear in foreground.

After many months of R&D and testing - Cloud Company is excited to begin shipping our updated version of bevel gears for the Tankman,  Jumbo 6 and Hygienic 80!

What is different?

1. We have eliminated the sharp points on the outer diameter of the gears allowing easier and safer handling of the Tankman and Jumbo. Our assembly professionals really appreciate this feature and so will you. 

2. A more robust supply chain. Gear cutting is a time consuming process that tends to create a bottleneck in production. By adopting this new approach to gear manufacturing we have reduced lead time substantially.

Will these work with older gears?

YES, the new and improved gears will work with the old style. There are no compatibility issues whatsoever.

If it ain’t broke, why fix it?

Here at Cloud Company, we believe success lies in continuous improvement and innovation. Small changes like these make it possible for us to deliver the highest quality tank cleaning machines at a better price while keeping jobs in America!  

Introducing the drum major extension

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Cloud Company is proud to announce the release of the Drum Major Extension.

The DME allows for optimized positioning of the Drum Major's spray head for more effective cleaning of wine barrels and kegs.

While this was designed from customer feedback from last year's Unified Wine and Grape Symposium, the Drum Major with DME is a great fit for a large number of applications.

Hygienic Tank Cleaners Now Available!

Cloud Company is now featuring three new Hygienic tank cleaners designed for a variety of applications in the brewing, chemical processing, food processing, bulk transport and pharmaceutical industries.

These models are hydraulically driven by the cleaning solution for longer life and more reliability without any internal drive gears to worry about: ease of field maintenance! 

HYGIENIC 2

HYGIENIC 2

HYGIENIC 80

HYGIENIC 80

HYGIENIC 4

HYGIENIC 4