Warewashing manufacturer Winterhalter has won a ‘SMART Label Award’ for its new PT ClimatePlus passthrough warewasher.
The accolade is awarded in the run up to Host, Milan, the foodservice equipment industry’s leading international trade show.
For this year’s award, nine winners were chosen from 146 entrants. The honour is given to innovative products that stand out from the crowd for their forward-looking features, and set new trends in the industry.
Winterhalter’s PT ClimatePlus is said to be the first rack passthrough with an integrated heat pump. Judges said they were very impressed that this warewasher actually cools the kitchen down and is designed to cut energy consumption by 53%, compared to a conventional model.
“Not only does it clean dishes, brilliantly, it also acts as an air-conditioning system that releases cool, dry air into the kitchen,” said Paul Crowley, marketing manager of Winterhalter UK. “What’s more, no hot steam escapes when the hood is opened at the end of the wash cycle.”
The technology inside the PT ClimatePlus captures waste heat from the hot steam in the interior of the machine as well as from the warm air in the kitchen, recycling it to heat up the tank and rinse water.
When the kitchen air temperature reaches 25°C, the ClimatePlus releases its clean exhaust air, which is dehumidified and cooled to around 18°C, back into the room.
Winterhalter’s MD Ralph Winterhalter said: “The HostSMART Label award underlines our role as the market leader, ratifying our developments in energy- and water-saving technologies.”