i-line and Winterhalter cool down London landmark

Winterhalter’s PT Twinset at the Wintergarden restaurant in the Landmark London.

i-line Counters has installed Winterhalter’s TwinSet – a package that links two PT passthrough dishwashers together, at the Wintergarden Restaurant in the Landmark London hotel.

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The hotel’s executive chef Gary Klaner remarked: “We’re incredibly busy most of the day, so we needed a high volume machine – but we didn’t have the room to accommodate it.

“At the same time, we need to be able to wash some very specialist and delicate pieces of tableware – including gold rim plates – but the machines also needed to be able to clean the standard ware, and clean it fast.” 

Therefore the installed Winterhalter machines are said to double capacity in a relatively small footprint. Plus in quiet times, only one of the machines need be used, which should halve energy, water and chemical consumption.  

Another consideration in the wash area was ventilation, which is limited, and in a small room, where steam from a conventional warewasher would have caused serious condensation problems. 

To avoid the potential condensation problems, the selected PT TwinSet is a ClimatePlus model. It uses heat exchangers to extract heat from the steam generated during washing, using it to heat up the incoming cold water supply. As a result, there should be virtually no steam left to escape when the PT is opened at the end of the wash cycle.

The ClimatePlus also sucks in warm air from its surrounds to further heat the incoming water, and then pumps back cool, dry air. While the lack of steam and the cool air enhance the environment around the machine, the ClimatePlus technology is also claimed to reduce energy consumption – by over 50%, compared to standard models. 

“The TwinSet is doing a great job,” said Klaner. “It’s fast, efficient and its ‘air conditioner effect’ is a huge bonus for the team working in such a confined space.”

For glasses, the Wintergarden’s wash area has a compact UC undercounter machine. It’s an Excellence iPlus model, which means it incorporates Winterhalter’s hybrid water treatment, which combines reverse osmosis (RO) and a water softener. Users can choose whether to use one or both water treatments systems – RO for the best results, or just the water softener, which uses less water than RO and is fine for less critical items.

The Landmark London already uses Winterhalter machines in its main kitchens, however, Klaner wanted proof that the company’s technologies would resolve the problems the new wash area faced. Consequently he visited a couple of customer sites that were already using Winterhalter’s ClimatePlus and RO machines. “We were impressed by both technologies,” he said. “The way the ClimatePlus cools the wash area is brilliant. And the RO? The results speak for themselves.“In a location like the Wintergarden in The Landmark London, the tableware has to be sparkling – and all the Winterhalters deliver on that.”

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