The products you select for sanitizing a food processing facility or disinfecting a live animal production area will affect more than just how much bacteria is removed. The types of products you use will also influence production times, how much personal protective equipment is required, and the types of training employees must go through. For example, a disinfectant with hazardous properties might take longer to apply because of the safety issues that surround it, as is the case with formaldehyde.
In addition to the chemicals you select, the application methods and equipment are also important. If you have equipment in place that reduces the amount of manpower required, you can save time and money on sanitizing and disinfection, which leads to longer production times. One product to consider for your facility is the Gemini Foamer.
Understanding Chemical Solutions
Many chemical sanitizers do not come ready to use and require some degree of mixing or dilution before they can be applied. When this is the case, getting the units of chemical concentration right is essential for the products to be effective. For example, a concentrated cleaner that isn’t sufficiently diluted can be too harsh on equipment and surfaces, potentially creating opportunities for bacteria to grow and thrive. A multi-part sanitizer that isn’t properly mixed could be less effective than intended, leaving behind more bacteria than is acceptable.
Relying on employees to get the chemical solutions right requires ongoing training, which can be especially challenging in a facility where chemicals are rotated on a regular basis to prevent bacterial resistance. Selecting equipment that removes the human element from getting the right units of chemical concentration will help ensure that the right formulation is dispensed every single time.
The Triple Pickup Gemini Foamer
When using a product like D7, which requires mixing three different components, the Triple Pickup Gemini Foamer will help ensure accuracy and also save on application time. This medium-volume foamer properly dilutes and combines the three chemical concentrates and projects the foam up to 12 feet. The wall-mounted units can be positioned at various locations in a facility to consistently reach the surfaces and equipment that are sanitized on a regular basis. The system uses standard city water pressure and compressed air to create a rich foam that clings to surfaces for the minimum recommended contact time.
Employees don’t have to tote around backpack foamers or carts. They can just go to the wall-mounted unit, grab the hose, and start spraying foam or filling a spray bottle or bucket with properly mixed solution. The units of chemical concentration are accurate every time, so you can be confident that the sanitizer your crews are applying is doing the intended job. Accurate measurement also allows you to calculate the average cost over a certain period of time so you can predict future costs based on expected usage. Tracking the amounts being consumed is also a way to determine whether the product is being over or underused by crews.
The foamer can be mounted in areas that must be regularly sanitized or disinfected as long as there is access to city water pressure and a compressed air line. This might include multiple foamers spaced throughout a large facility, or a single unit with a hose long enough to reach all areas of a smaller facility. Both food processing environments and live animal production areas can benefit from having a conveniently located wall-mounted foamer.
Choose the Right Equipment for the Job
This is just one of many equipment options that can help maintain safe levels of bacteria in a facility. The chemicals and application equipment you choose will depend on your specific needs and goals. To learn more about all of your options for applying D7, check out the D7 Product Guide today.