New technology is playing a big part in warewashing manufacturer Meiko’s presence at Hotelympia, with its stand in the centre of the exhibition floor showcasing two of the company’s major new innovations.
One of the highlights is Meiko’s Green Eye technology, an optional feature on its large Mi-Q machines that takes dishwashing performance one step further.
Technical service director, Dave Kemp, explained this afternoon: “Green Eye technology is a new concept that improves the energy saving efficiency of the machine. The lighting system on the front of the machine indicates where to place
product during the operation of the wash-up to deliver up to 50% savings on rinse water consumption, rinse aid consumption and electricity consumption.”
Green Eye technology takes its inspiration from a traffic light system, showing the user where to load dirty plates and bowls to improve capacity utilisation and save resources.
The machine is able to detect gaps on the conveyor belt between dishware or between baskets, so that it only activates the rinse function for specific sections of the belt.
Meiko is also rolling out its M-iClean series this week, its first major launch for the foodservice industry in four years. The company says it is the best under-counter range of dishwashers it has ever produced.
“This is our new generation of GiO machines,” said Kemp. “It features an illuminated handle indicating the machine’s status using a series of colours that are visible to the operator from a distance. It has also got increased energy efficiency, increased water saving and a new glass fascia giving a clear indication of the operating process of the machine.”
Kemp said the savings in energy are made possible by a special system which gradually switches the machine’s functions one-by-one into stand-by using a progressive scale of power-saving modes.
Further gains are made from the heat recovery system, which uses an airflow system to improve the indoor climate and make emptying the dishwasher a more pleasant experience for staff.