Meiko has launched a new UPster range of warewashers aimed at the entry level segment of the market.
The latest range comes with Meiko’s new ‘AktivPlus’ improved fine filtration system. The wash tank water is now filtered several times over. Food particles and dirt are actively ejected from the wash water by cyclical backflushing.
Meiko has added an additional level of protection to help customers protect themselves. A new suction screen with an integrated dirt collection trough protects the circulation pump. Further protection should be provided by a ‘toothpick trap’ which protects the drainage pump.
The series comprises undercounter 400 x 400 and 500 x 500 glasswashers, a 500 x 500 dishwasher and a 500 x 500 hood machine with optional heat recovery. GiO reverse osmosis is available for all machines.
Meiko’s UPster machines also feature what it feels is improved connectivity compared to many competitor machines, because they can be connected directly to the fresh water supply without the use of intermediate safety valves.
The UPster U400 undercounter glasswasher model has water consumption at just 2.2litres per wash. It features double-walled insulated construction including insulated door; while stainless steel replaces plastic for dosing connections and there are also improved detergent and rinse aid dosing containers. A digital temperature display shows wash and final rinse temperatures.
Its 300mm entry height is tall enough to accommodate the tall bespoke beer glasses now in vogue and the soft start should help to protect delicate glassware.
The U500 G/U500 undercounter dishwasher models are said to be able to be installed everywhere thanks to the built-in drain pump which makes installation independent of discharge height. GiO reverse osmosis is optionally available to fit under the machine or remotely alongside, if the machine needs to fit under a counter.
Compared to Meiko’s previous generation, the new UPster 500 machines are designed to offer reduced energy and chemical consumption and even better wash quality, thanks to the improved wash filter system.
Door entry heights are 420mm for the U500 and 315mm for the U500 G, and the wash cycle consumes 2.6litres.
The H hood type machines in the series comprise the H500, and variants with Meiko AirConcept or GiO module.
Featuring the new AktivPlus wash water filter system, the H machines also feature a new option of a water change program which allows the user to replace the water in the tank at the touch of a button and continue rinsing immediately with fresh new water. This fully automatic process is aimed at ensuring rinse quality when switching from washing crockery to glassware and cutlery.
The optional AirConcept system is claimed to deliver 18% energy savings while removing up to 80% of steam from in and around the dishwasher, which should make it suitable for siting virtually anywhere.
With 440mm usable passing height, the UPster H machines have numerous table variants from a roller conveyor table to a complete dishwashing station with integrated glasswasher.
Stainless steel has also replaced plastic in many instances for robust construction. Blue colour-coded components on all machines except the UPster 400 glasswasher is designed to make cleaning easy. The parts coloured blue are those that need removal and cleaning in the sink as part of the regular clean down. This ensures even untrained staff instinctively know what to do.
Meiko UK MD Paul Anderson commented: “Meiko’s launch of the new UPster series signals that this leading European manufacturer is targeting the ‘value’ end of the market.
“Many UK catering equipment distributors, pub operators and caterers have worked with Meiko over almost three decades. Undercounter machines such as the FV40.2 and hood machines such as the DV80.2 have become legends for their reliability and wash quality. But that high regard is also due to the package of service that comes with our machines, including Meiko UK’s own final set-up and commissioning of every commercial dishwasher.
“Now, Meiko has taken the ‘essence’ of those early FV40.2 and DV80.2 machines, added more innovation, new controls and great new styling.”
He continued: “We are introducing these new UPster machines as Meiko’s ‘entry-level’; but we used to call them ‘premium’. They might be the most basic machines in our range, but their build quality and heritage are truly world class and, as always, Meiko products come with the support of Meiko technical services and Meiko UK project management.”