Dynamic Flow Monitoring. In most food processing operations, open plant cleaning (OPC) is a resource intensive event that incorporates water, energy, labor, and chemicals, according to Barry Sperling, a global applications expert for Diversey Hygiene. “However, because in most facilities, cleaning events take place outside of normal operations, OPC doesn’t typically receive the same level of resource use analysis as does regular production,” he says. “This creates the opportunity for ‘leakage’ or wasteful processes that can go unnoticed, costing food and beverage processors significant dollars each year.”
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Diversey Dynamic Flow Monitoring provides an ongoing water use monitoring and management program that facilitates process improvement opportunities based on the day-to-day impact of OPC. Sperling explains that it is the next generation of water management improvement programs built from the Diversey AquaCheck model.
AquaCheck is a three-step program that audits, quantifies, and analyzes. It also recommends holistic improvement for water use optimization. “AquaCheck sets a baseline strategy and defines goals, then Dynamic Flow Monitoring digs deeper into day-to-day operations to let a client know the impact of water use during all OPC events, and shows their water usage in real-time,” Sperling relates.
“Dynamic Flow Monitoring enhances visibility to resource usage across an entire facility,” Sperling says. “The analytics then facilitate adjustments that can lead to significant cost savings from the reduction of critical resources used during cleaning including water, energy, chemicals, and labor.”
Leake, doing business as Food Safety Ink, is a food safety consultant, auditor, and award-winning journalist based in Wilmington, N.C. Reach her at LLLeake@aol.com.