Winterhalter has today launched two new warewashing concepts under a programme named ‘Next Level Solutions' both based on networking, data capture and digitalisation to create what the company sees as the next level of warewashing.
The first concept, called Connected Wash, allows Winterhalter's warewashers to be networked via LAN or W-LAN and send data to a server, in real time. Using a computer, tablet or smartphone, customers can then monitor machine functions around the clock, via the Connected Wash app, from anywhere in the world.
The data is also sent back to Winterhalter for analysis and can, if necessary, be converted into recommended actions for the customer. For example, if a machine reports a critical error, the system instantly sends a push notification to the nominated person's smartphone or tablet. The speed of the system means customers can react quickly to warewash issues, minimising machine disruptions and increasing operational efficiency.
Connected Wash also gives the customer cost-optimisation tips. For example, often staff will turn on the machine first thing, but the timespan between start-up and the first wash cycle may be overlong, causing unnecessary costs. The system will highlight this.
The second new and perhaps more groundbreaking initiative launched today at the Soho Hotel in London, is the Pay Per Wash model, which will mean Winterhalter customers no longer have to buy a warewasher to have one operating in their business eliminating acquisition costs. Pay Per Wash contracts have no minimum term and can be cancelled at short notice.
Pay Per Wash customers select a desired number of wash cycles and prepay for them, using a credit card. The wash codes they buy are automatically entered into the machine and they can start washing straight away with a fixed price per wash cycle, and everything else included in the package: warewasher, racks, water treatment and chemicals.
Winterhalter believes Pay Per Wash will appeal to a variety of sectors of the market, especially with seasonal businesses, who will only pay for warewashing when they are earning money. Meanwhile owners of start-ups will be able to rely on perfect wash results, without having to make an initial investment. Both concepts are initially available for Winterhalter's UC Series of undercounter machines.