For this week’s #techtiptuesday we want to discuss small batch blending, what it is, why we do it, what the alternative is, and what it means for you!
Small batch blending is the art of blending oil in a blending tank in a limited quantity. To use our setup as an example, we typically blend between 110 gallons, to 3,000 gallons at a time depending on the product. While 3,000 gallons may sound like a lot, in the grand scheme of things it is on the small end.
We use the small batch blending method for a number of reasons, but the most important to us is that it helps ensure that every product we produce is made to our exact specifications. Think about it like multitasking, when you have a lot of things to do it is not uncommon for something to be forgotten, where if you focus on a few key tasks at a time the result is usually better. It takes longer, it’s more work, but at the end of the day it is a better product, and we have much more control over the quality of our products. By mixing the products together in a blend tank we can ensure that all of the components that go into it are evenly mixed and all of the oil is the same.
Now you're probably asking yourself, well what other method could there be, of course you mix it in a tank. The answer is in line blending. In this process the components are all mixed together as they are sent down the pipes. This method offers much less control over the finished product as anything can happen, valves could get stuck, there could be air in the line, and if any of this happens the mix ratio of the components changes. This is typically done by companies that want to produce more product, save time, and maximize profits.
What does this mean for you. Spectro Oils is dedicated to small batch blending. You can be assured that every time you put a bottle of our oil in your machine it will work exactly as it is supposed to. We take the time to make sure that the product you receive will be of the highest quality. We stand by the old adage "Quality over Quantity".