A facility in San Francisco, CA was utilizing manual cleaning to its fullest extent.
The company manufactures a wide range of products and was experiencing revenue loss due to their inefficient tank cleaning procedures, and they were under significant pressure to provide a more validatable clean and eliminate confined space entry. Their process included jacketed tanks with dual agitators and the products were burnt onto the tanks. Their cleaning process included 2 hours of manual cleaning every day. The manual cleaning included confined space entry, scraping and scrubbing, and a significant amount of tank downtime and water usage. The tank downtime was 2,920 hours per year and the water usage was 3,504,000 gallons per year which was costing them a total of $16,293 per year.