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Chemical dosing systems, whether manual dispensing pumps or electronic dosing units, have been around for years and are now a well-established part of any professional cleaning process.
The use of controlled dosing technology to enable the end user to accurately dilute a chemical concentrate at the point of use, providing a ready-to-use cleaning or disinfecting solution, has the potential to dramatically transform the environmental, quality and safety standard of many of today's cleaning products - but most importantly in-use cleaning costs.
It used to be the case that only the larger global corporations could afford to supply free-on-loan equipment and resource with adequate engineering services, but today, the provision of dosing equipment and associated reliable engineering services is much more accessible and more affordable to a wider spectrum of businesses.
Great strides have been made recently by the major dosing equipment manufacturers to create systems which are now simpler to use, easier to install by technicians and more reliable in terms of lifespan and accuracy of dilution control.
At the helm of this dosing 'revolution' is long-established UK cleaning and detergent manufacturer RP Adam (Arpal Group) which has long advocated a range of innovative dosing techniques. RP Adam has been manufacturing cleaning products from its base in the Scottish Borders for 125 years now, so should recognise a good idea when it sees one!
Here, the company's group sales & marketing director Max Adam, the fourth-generation Adam to be involved in the business, cuts through the jargon and sets out five good reasons why dosing is the way to go - whatever your company size or scale. For the full article, visit www.thearaplgroupblog.com
1. It's all about control
Dosing controls the correct amount of volume of chemical used, eliminating guesswork (and human error) about the strength required. This ensures the accuracy of disinfectant solutions so that critical areas such as food-contact equipment and surfaces are disinfected to the right industry standards.
2. Waste not, want not
Using concentrates is a key driver for the reduction of plastic waste for the environmentally conscious business. Introducing a properly controlled dosing system can eliminate the need for plastic bottles and caps which can end up on landfill. In 2011, RP Adam eliminated the use of 30,000 one litre plastic bottles for a well-known hotel chain almost overnight, simply by providing a bottle fill dispenser and a toilet cleaner concentrate to replace the ready-to-use product.
3. (Not) costing the earth
It stands to reason that if volume decreases (through controlled dosing), then so do cleaning costs. Typically, in our experience, a busy hotel chain could expect to cut their consumption of prepared cleaning solutions by up to 30% by using controlled dilution and concentrates. Dosing is especially cost effective for multi-site locations with many users dotted around the country.
4. A safe pair of hands
Dosing brings a major health & safety benefit to the end user. Controlled dilution makes a real and proven difference to staff safety in the workplace, drastically reducing the risk of potentially hazardous chemical concentrates splashing into the eyes or on to the skin of cleaning operatives. While concentrates are undoubtedly more hazardous by their very nature, control systems make them much safer to use. RP Adam has developed a number of innovative health & safety systems to work alongside chemical dosing such as Ecopax and the Arpax SC range of super concentrates, and the related Duotek Safelink system for the automatic management of potentially hazardous dish and glass washing detergents.
5. Size doesn't matter
Active ingredients make up a very small percentage of the composition of ready-to-use cleaning products, with most being made up of water. Dosing allows an increase in the concentration of active ingredients creating super-concentrates which means more in the bottle, not less. As well as having significant cost benefits, this is also good news for the environment.
As an example, one four-litre pack of RP Adam's Arpax concentrate is the equivalent of 44 cases of a 6x750ml ready-to-use product. The higher the concentrate, the lower the road miles!
5th May 2016