Tim Bender, sales director, Hobart Warewashing UK takes a look into the crystal ball as to where commercial warewashing technology will take the industry over the next few years.

It’s often said that there’s a special place in hell for pundits who make predictions and, while this piece will try to offer a glimpse of what’s to come, doing something as prescriptive as looking 10, 20 or even 30 years into the future of warewashing is as difficult as predicting the great British weather.

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At the outset it’s important to say that the sheer advance of technology and R&D has brought the modern warewasher to a state where it is almost as fast as it can be.

There is of course room for improvement – for marginal gains – but for us, key factors such as capacity, footprint and smarter integration with the human operator are the places where there is plenty of room for evolution.

It is not beyond the realms of possibility that advances in industries separate to ours will allow for something that we’ve never thought of before.

You need only look at the IT, communications, computer and electronics industries and how they’ve impacted kitchen technology as a whole for evidence of this.

There are many new developments in electronics and warewashing that are still in the fairly early stages – looking ahead there’ll be a lot more electronic control.

More radically we could see developments in the kind of ware being employed.

I can’t see the tradition of something like fine dining switching from crockery, china and glassware to disposable items, even 100 years from now.