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Fighting Fat Build-Up with Automated Dosing
Dated: 10-12-2017
 
For businesses that prepare and serve food to customers, the build-up of fat, oil and grease in their drains and sewers can be bad news, as it can lead to foul smells and blocked and overflowing drains and sewers. Therefore, it is advised that such businesses invest in appropriate equipment to prevent this from happening. The solution can
come in the form of automated drain dosing equipment. 
 
Today, automated processes or automation are becoming very popular across almost all industries. Automation is technology that automatically performs task or processes without relying on human interaction. It is beneficial for businesses as it reduces waste, improves quality, is safe, precise, and repeatable. The cleaning and hygiene industry frequently uses automation for various processes. How does it work with drain management? Automated drain dosing is an efficient way of grease management as it doses enzyme-based chemicals at precisely timed intervals into drains. The enzyme-based chemical helps with the breaking down of grease, food and oil, to prevent it from building up and potentially blocking drains. Here we look at the benefits of automation in drain dosing:

Keeps drains clear

Automated drain dosing keeps your drainage channels clear of fats, oils and grease. Allowing grease to build up is not only inconvenient but can be unhygienic and costly to your business. It results in bad odours and blockages, leaves a poor impression, causes complaints, and can even result in fines. Keeping drains clear prevents this.

Higher productivity

Automated dosing means maintaining greasefree drains has never been easier. Traditionally, managing grease was by using only a grease trap. However, you have to wait for the grease to rise to the surface and then dispose of yourself or pay a specialist. Automated dosing systems are programmable allowing the dosing cycles to run automatically. Businesses have the freedom to program the system to dose at the most effective time to maximise the efficiency of the enzymatic products. This eliminates the manual process of pouring chemicals into the drains, which has a potential element of human error and health and safety risk.

Improves health and safety

When using grease traps, the staff has to physically clear the build-up of grease, which is a tough job. The waste must then be properly disposed of, and great care needs to be taken to avoid spillage and contamination of areas. Automated drain dosing releases an enzyme, which helps break down the grease so that it washes away easily without doing it manually. Chemicals in their pure form are hazardous. Drain dosing systems ensure the safety of staff by removing contact with the chemical. This increase usersafety as automated dosing handles the chemicals for you.

Cost-effective and accurate dosing Manually pouring chemicals down drains to clear grease, fat and oil is no longer an acceptable solution like before. This is due to the environmental impact and the guesswork of how much chemical to pour. Automated dosing systems eliminate the guesswork and dispense the correct amount of chemical so the user cannot over or under-dose. Accurate dosing is an inexpensive and cost-effective solution, which results in cost control as it doses the right amount every time. The business can pre-set the dose and frequency so the system doses chemicals in a precise, reliable and consistent way. In addition, it reduces the expense of getting grease traps and drains unblocked professionally.

Drain dosing systems are easy to install, require minimal wall space so they fit into all environments. Once they are programmed, the systems automatically do the job and are easy to maintain.

Automated dosing is adaptable

Automated dosing is making its mark across many different environments. The popularity of automated systems is due to their accuracy, safety and efficiency benefits. They are also adaptable in that they can be facilitated for different processes. Other types of automated dosing in the cleaning and hygiene industry include:

Dishwash and laundry dosing systems Automated systems such as dishwash and laundry dosing pumps ensure a consistent and accurate dosing of chemicals. For commercial businesses, a quality cleaning result can make the difference between keeping customers or them going elsewhere. How do they work? The dosing equipment receives a signal from the dishwasher or washing machine, and the programming of the unit allows the chemical dosage to take place at the exact time in the required quantity of chemical to achieve optimum results.

These dosing systems ensure accurate dosing which helps giving the best possible cleaning results, which is also saving money and time.

Brightwell Dispensers offers customers a wide range of automated dosing options for various applications. DrainWatch is a reliable and durable dosing system suitable for premises that need drain and grease trap maintenance. The dosed chemical breaks down fat, grease and oils so that drains are clean, easier to manage which in turn reduces costs and increases business efficiencies. It can also be used for other purposes such as water treatment applications.

Overall, it is easy to see why automated dosing systems are fast becoming the norm for commercial businesses worldwide. They offer many benefits such as reduced cost, increased efficiency, safety and effective cleaning that allows businesses to focus their time on other important tasks. Depending on the business and their environment, every business’ needs will vary. It’s key that suppliers work with their customers to work out a solution that caters to their needs.

About the Author: Nicole Mathes is the Marketing Manager at Brightwell Dispensers. Brightwell is a global independent designer and manufacturer of innovative soap, paper and chemical dispensing systems for the hygiene and cleaning industry.

 

 
 
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