Wilcox Burchmore goes back to school with Meiko

Wilcox Burchmore has installed a Meiko dishwash system as part of a school catering outfit in Ipswich.

As St Joseph’s College is a busy day and boarding school with nursery, prep and senior sections for around 600 children aged 3 – 18, it required a solution that could cope with the volume of warewashing generated from breakfast to dinner by day pupils, boarders and teaching staff.

“When we were looking to upgrade our dishwashing facilities, we originally had a design that included a hood-type machine, but that simply would not have coped with the volume. Then we met with Cathy Wilcox, director of Wilcox Burchmore, who recommended the Meiko K160 machine,” recalled the school’s head chef Richard Johnson.

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Wilcox commented: “We knew the Meiko K160 would be the right solution for St Joseph’s, mainly because of its ability to cope with the volumes required, despite its compact size.”

Johnson added: “It was installed over a weekend during term-time and was up and running by the Monday afternoon, when the machine was demonstrated for us. It is reliable, washes well, the staff are happy, it looks great and we have had no problems at all. The service engineer from Meiko has just given it a service and checked the temperatures. We are very happy with it.”

Measuring 1,450mm in length, the K160Pi fits into tight spaces, using 90° and 180° curves, automatic corner feeds, roller conveyors and tabling.

The K160Pi has a maximum hourly throughput of 105 baskets an hour, which is designed to fill the capacity gap between hood-type or double basket machines and much larger conveyor dishwashers.

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