Efficiency and savings: choosing the right pre-rinse unit

A pre-rinse unit isn’t the flashiest piece of equipment in a commercial kitchen. And as long as it functions well, you probably don’t give it a second thought. But a pre-rinse unit can have a significant impact on an operation’s ongoing costs. Here’s why

How your pre-rinse unit can influence costs

A pre-rinse unit is the workhorse of any kitchen. No other piece of equipment gets used as often. So if it’s not at peak performance, this can affect a kitchen’s performance in a few ways:

  • Increase labor time
  • Use more water than necessary
  • Compromise food safety

Increased labor time

The wrong pre-rinse unit can take employees much longer than necessary to clean dishes. You’ll want something with a powerful stream and high durability to endure the rigors of dishwashing.

More labor time means lowered efficiency, and lowered efficiency directly impacts an operation’s bottom line.

Too much water use

52% of a restaurant’s water use comes from the kitchen, and a good chunk of that comes from the pre-rinse portion of the dishwashing process. If the pre-rinse spray valve doesn’t regulate how much water is being used, the pre-rinse step is likely to waste a lot of water — raising utility bills and draining resources (literally). 

Compromised food safety

Although commercial kitchen operators make every effort to emphasize the importance of clean dishes, mistakes happen. And they’re much more likely to happen if the pre-rinse unit isn’t at full power. Food may be left on dishes, resulting in damaging the operation’s reputation (at best) or even affecting food safety (at worst).

What the right pre-rinse unit should offer

The right pre-rinse unit should dramatically decrease the amount of labor expended in getting dishes ready for washing. You should specify a spray valve that’s designed to remove baked-on, dried-on remnants of food quickly and efficiently.

You also need a pre-rinse unit with the right flow rate. Meeting federal, state and local requirements is important, but you also need to consider what flow rate is right for the facility. Spec’ing a pre-rinse unit with a low flow rate could make a big impact on utility bills.

If you’re thinking it might be tough to find a pre-rinse spray valve with enough power to save on labor costs and effectively rinse dishes but still save water and meet flow rate requirements, look to T&S Brass.

The new EverSteel pre-rinse unit provides both power and savings

The EverSteel line from T&S Brass comes with a spray valve that’s an industry game changer. The S-0107-Y spray valve boasts significant cleaning power, the highest durability in the market and a low flow rate.  

Designed for heavy-duty use in industrial kitchens, the S-0107-Y spray valve has an integrated spray face with a bumper, an SS hold-down ring, and a flow rate as low as 1.07 GPM. But perhaps even more impressive is the pressure: EverSteel spray valves have a max pressure rate of 125 PSI — the same rate as a small air compressor!

With all these benefits packed into a small package, it’s an added bonus that EverSteel pre-rinse units are made of premium, high-quality stainless steel that’s easy to clean, looks impressive and comes with a lifetime warranty. 

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Learn more about EverSteel, the most effective pre-rinse unit on the market.

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