Waste is anything that does not have value or add value. Waste is something the customer will not pay for.’

The two keys forms of waste in any industry are obvious wastes and hidden wastes. In the process of beer line cleaning the obvious wastes are very visible in that a large amount of beer is poured down the drain during the cleaning process, but it is the hidden wastes that can often be costlier than the obvious ones. Many of those who carry out their own line cleans do so with the knowledge that they are relying on techniques and methods that they have come to accept as normal within the industry but if they new the true extent of the waste associated with these methods, they may consider alternative less wasteful methods.

Identifying Waste.

If we consider a traditional beer line clean which uses chemicals, water, propellent gas and manual input (labour), when carried out weekly these wastes take the form of ullage, water and gas used. Now let’s consider some of the less obvious waste that can occur and add no value to the business or benefit the customer in any way.

Storage- Having to store chemical takes up valuable storage space, space that can be used for other value adding products.

Walking- Even in small measures, distance from collecting the materials to taking them to the cleaning cycle is considered a waste, as it once again adds no value.

Training- Time taken to train someone to carry out the task who subsequently leaves with that knowledge (as is often the case in the hospitality industry) is often time wasted.

Opportunity Cost- What else could you being doing that adds more value instead of carrying out this task.

Administration- Ordering of chemicals, complying with health and safety and when using staff arranging rotas, are all time-consuming exercises that once again add no value to the end user.

Quality control- As on the factory floor, faulty products can not only lead to excess waste but also impact upon customer experience.  Badly or ineffectively cleaned lines will have the same impact.

Over production- Lack of testing on lines can often lead to lines being cleaned when it is not necessary to do so, it is only often industry tradition that can lead to this waste being accumulated.

Staff Motivation- Often considered an annul task and something people generally do not want to do, can lead to staff carrying out the clean in an unenthused manner, meaning it may take longer than it should.

Clear Brew beer line cleaning company operate Nationally, and their service immediately addresses some of the waste implications outlined above. They carry out a three-weekly cycle, immediately reducing the impact of the obvious wastes by reducing ullage, using NO propellent gas and reducing water usage. In using their service, you would also be eliminating the other hidden wastes that occur. They bring their own chemicals, are all highly trained to industry standards, can provide ATP testing to ensure dispense quality is upheld, have prearranged consistent visiting times, eliminate the need for paperwork by operating with NO contracts and have a franchise business model ensuring that technicians are doing a job they want to do and treat in a way any individual business owner would.

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