How warewashers are adapting to the new normal

13 August 2020 by
How warewashers are adapting to the new normal

As operators have been affected by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, so have the thousands of suppliers to the sector. In the first of a series of equipment reboot features, Lisa Jenkins looks at the lockdown modifications and special features of warewashers as the industry comes back to life

Classeq Duo undercounter dishwasher/glasswasher

Classeq Duo
Classeq Duo

Classeq's warewashers and glasswashers have been independently tested for bacteria and germ removal and have successfully passed certification to DIN specification 10534:2012-08.

Special features Reverse osmosis (RO) can be installed to replace the need to polish glasses, which further reduces hand contact with the glassware.

Deep-clean service packages are available, as well as cleaning tablets and sanitising spray for wiping down door handles and control panels. Staff should wash their hands thoroughly before unloading or handling cleaned items, while outside surfaces such as door handles and control panels need to be kept clean. Glasses should be stored in racks and plates on plate trolleys to reduce handling. Warewashers and glasswashers must be fully drained and cleaned after every service.

Meiko UPster U500G/U500

Meiko Upster
Meiko Upster

Meiko UPster glasswashers achieve a high temperature of 65ºC, which kills coronavirus, as well as food poisoning bacteria such as E-coli, assuming machines have been correctly maintained.

Special features UPster undercounter glasswashers also feature ‘temperature interlock' to ensure the rinse will not start until the correct temperature is achieved. Downloadable record-keeping provides operating parameters.

Meiko UK has created a window display sticker for users of Meiko warewashing equipment to show that their dishwasher kills Covid-19. The sticker is available for owners of Meiko machines that have been recently serviced directly by Meiko or by a Meiko-approved distributor service contractor, as well as customers who have installed a new generation Meiko glass or dishwasher within the last six months, where commissioning service is part of the package.

Winterhalter dishwasher UC PPW

Winterhalters UC Masterpiece
Winterhalters UC Masterpiece

The Winterhalter UC Pay Per Wash can be programmed to wash utensils, switch to a ‘bistro' model for crockery, utensils or glassware, or with operators' new emphasis on serving outside, a mode for polycarbonates and melamine.

Special features Pay Per Wash provides operators with a new UC with no upfront cost. The price covers the machine, chemicals and service, meaning if venues must temporarily close due to coronavirus, there will be no charge during the closure period. PPW also uses Winterhalter's Connected Wash technology, which allows remote monitoring of machine operation to ensure hygiene routines are followed.

Miele Professional PG 8059 freestanding freshwater dishwasher

Miele PG8059
Miele PG8059

Miele's PG 8059 freestanding freshwater dishwasher uses technology that changes the water at each stage of the cycle. Thorough rinsing is carried out at the suitable temperature, exceeding the minimum hygiene requirements (49ºC-60ºC, with a final rinse of 82ºC-88ºC). The PG 8059 achieves Water Regulation Advisory Scheme (WRAS) category 5 compliance, preventing the backflow of dirty water into the water supply.

Special features The Patented AutoOpen assisted drying system opens automatically at the end of the programme, reducing touch points. There are fresh water intakes for both the main wash and the final rinse, reaching and holding the temperature of 85ºC required to thermally disinfect.

Wexiödisk WD-PRM60

Wexiodisk WD-PRM60
Wexiodisk WD-PRM60

With the Wexiödisk hood-type and pre-rinse machine model (the WD-PRM60), caterers can prevent the need for a single person to keep switching between the clean and dirty side of the washing area, thereby minimising the risk of cross-contamination. Also designed to minimise touch points, the WD-PRM60 features an auto-lift hood and auto-start system.

Special features Wexiödisk is supporting operators by providing those that have purchased a new Wexiödisk warewasher with the option to freeze their warranty. To find out if you are eligible for a warranty freeze on your Wexiödisk warewasher, please contact your nearest Wexiödisk authorised dealer.

Hobart's two-level washer


This machine builds up, not out, with two stacked wash chambers doubling the capacity and productivity of a conventional hood-type machine without doubling its footprint.

Despite the machine's capacity, water and detergent usage remain the same as a regular hood-type machine. It is also available on 12- and 24-month interest-free finance deals, helping operators achieve the high-spec machine they need while protecting cash flow.

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