Meiko revels in double school installation

Warewashing equipment manufacturer Meiko has seen its M-iQ rack transport dishwasher installed twice in the same boarding school.

Surrey-based distributor CKE Service originally installed the appliance as part of refurbishment and redesign of the main kitchen at Canford School near Wimborne Minster in Dorset. The refresh incorporated combi ovens and high-pressure bratt pans.

CKE chose Meiko to replace the school’s ageing rack transport dishwasher, and the M-iQ was quickly installed. However, a few months later, the machine was taken out and then re-installed to accommodate a new floor for the dishwash area, work that could not be completed during term-time.

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The kitchen serves nearly 14,000 meals to 635 pupils and 100 staff every week, as well as providing catering for the school’s sporting events and societies and, out of term time, for weddings and civil ceremonies. “CKE’s work had helped to enhance the food offer and level of service,” said Jane Giddy, head of catering operations.

Of the Meiko dishwasher, she added: “We would have liked to have a flight machine but were restricted to the existing space. However, the rack machine ticks all the boxes in terms of ease of use and wash quality – it handles all the dishes and trays. We also had a Meiko DV80.2GiO pass-through dishwasher installed to handle the glassware and cutlery as a separate process. That combination works really well in a small area and, with the two machines working together; we have noted a definite improvement in quality.

Canford has also taken a full service and maintenance contract, in line with its policy of having key items of equipment maintained by their respective manufacturers. Giddy continued: “What we were especially keen to see from the dishwashing supplier was good support over the long term in terms of maintenance and spare parts. Availability of spare parts had been a problem in the past, so we were keen to engage a company which offered an efficient and quick replacement service when needed.”

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