What is a Dilution Control System?
A dilution control system automatically mixes a concentrated chemical with water to make a ready-to-use solution that is generally dispensed into a spray bottle or mop bucket.
Here are the three main advantages to a Dilution Control System for food service companies and other businesses:
1. Cost Savings
There is a significant cost savings on a dilution control concentrate versus ready-to-use product. Let’s take glass cleaner for example. A case of 4/2 liter concentrated glass cleaner might cost around $75.00. This case will make 352 quarts of ready-to-use glass cleaner, so that equates to $.21 per quart of glass cleaner. If you were to buy a case of 12/1 quart ready-to-use glass cleaner, it would cost around $42.00, which equates to $3.50 per quart.
Potential Product Cost Savings
$.21 vs. $3.50=$3.29/qt
The cost savings with concentrate is largely due to the fact that when manufacturers determine the price of concentrated chemicals, they don’t have to factor in the additional freight cost of water. Freight costs play a major role in determining the case price that manufacturers need to charge.
Let’s take this one step further…
While you probably receive your chemicals on a truck with other supplies, here’s an example for you to get an idea of the handling and costs involved if you were to receive these products shipped via FedEx® or UPS®.
A case of TMA ChemWorx 256Worx concentrated disinfectant contains 4/2 liter bottles and weighs about 18 pounds. This one case will make 544 gallons (or 4,896 pounds) of ready-to-use product. So, you’re dealing with 18 pounds versus 4,896 pounds. If you were to ship 256Worx halfway across the United States, it would cost around $44.00 per case. If you were to ship the equivalent 544 gallons (or 4,896 pounds) of ready-to-use disinfectant, it would cost approximately $13.50 per gallon for a total of $7,344.00 in shipping costs. That’s a difference of $7,300.00!”
The dilution control system also eliminates the unnecessary “glug” of more chemical concentrate than needed. When mixing by hand, many people “glug” excess chemical into the water because they think that more is better. However, that is NOT the case with chemicals. Using too much chemical can be dangerous, and it can also leave a chemical residue on surfaces. By properly diluting chemicals using a dilution control system, you will see cost savings and a better cleaning outcome.
2. A Cleaner Facility
Using more chemical than necessary with the traditional “glug” method can oftentimes leave behind too much chemical on surfaces being cleaned. This excess chemical can create a film and cause a dull or sticky surface, which can actually make your food service facility appear dirty. This can then lead to a vicious circle of “glugging” where even more additional cleaner and time is wasted trying to get surfaces looking clean again.
3. Employee Safety
The traditional “glug” method can often lead to splash-back of the chemical onto workers’ arms or legs and leave burns or rashes. By using a contained chemical dilution system, this threat is virtually eliminated.