Rees Associates has installed only the second Meiko carousel of its type in the kitchens of a Midland’s girls school.
Hampton-based Rees, which serves as Meiko UK’s specialist dishwashing installation team, fitted the system at Nottingham Girls School recently.
“The first one we installed was several years’ ago, in a government building with lots of ceiling height,” explained Rees’ managing director Alan Rees.
“The carousel essentially arrives flat-packed and consists of circular plates held in place with metal rods 2.4 metres long, which provide the rigidity. However, the school did not have 2.4 metres of spare height above the carousel, so the unit was assembled on its back and then lifted up and into place.”
Much simpler, by comparison, was the installation of a K-Tronic rack transport dishwasher, to work alongside the carousel.
Steve Evans, general services manager at the school, said the new system is a lot quieter, cleans up more quickly and also heats up faster than the old machine.
“The new carousel has a strong visual impact and it has helped us speed up service. We had to educate the pupils in its use because it was an obvious change to the system here, but it only took a couple of services to get everything in hand.”
He added that it has also allowed the school’s catering operation to be more flexible. “The 360 degree turn at the end effectively gives us more time to process the trays, cutlery and crockery,” he said. “Fewer staff are required to work the dishwashing system itself, which means they can multi-task and help out in other areas.”