Aggora and Winterhalter COP a hold of cleaning at environmental summit

COP26 to use Winterhalter CTR to wash reusable cups crop
The COP26 summit is using a Winterhalter CTR to wash reusable cups.

Distributor Aggora has teamed up with Winterhalter to ensure the COP26 climate conference underway at SEC Glasgow can deploy reusable cups.

The dealer specified the CTR Series compact rack conveyor warewasher and chemicals installed for the summit.

Within this was a Winterhalter system specifically developed to deal with reusable and plastic cups, which is compatible with any of the company’s UC undercounter, PT passthrough and CTR conveyor dishwashers and glasswashers. It is designed to clean plastic cups in less than two minutes and involves three main elements: a special rack, a new wash program and plastic-specific chemicals.

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The rack features a locking bracket that keeps the lightweight cups in place, stopping the water jets from flipping them over. Winterhalter also created a software update that includes a reusable plastic cup washing program with parameters set to achieve the best possible results.

The chemicals play a key role in achieving the relevant hygiene DIN Standards. With an expected throughput of 26,000 cups per day, the system needs to provide a dry product at the end of the wash. The chemicals are formulated to assist with the process and Winterhalter carried out extensive tests with the cups, chemicals and machine to ensure that the system achieves the quick drying results demanded by the conference centre.

The COP26 model includes a dryer, heat recovery, water treatment and the specialist reusable cup racks and chemicals, and is capable of processing 3,000 cups per hour.

The project faced a significant access challenge, since the machine had to be sited on the first floor, with access via passenger lifts. In the event, the CTR was manufactured in segments and constructed in situ.

Paul Crowley, marketing development manager at Winterhalter UK said: “It’s difficult to articulate how hard our team worked to get this system in place for the SEC Centre. We’re honoured to have been chosen for such a high-profile project and proud as punch of the team’s achievements!”

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