Winterhalter yesterday announced one of the most significant product launches in its history, unveiling a trio of passthrough machines that it claims will deliver a new level of washing efficiency.
The new PT Series —the successor to Winterhalter’s popular GS 500 line — was revealed to invited dealers, consultants and customers at a special launch event at the Dorchester hotel in London.
A separate launch for customers and partners based in the north is due to take place at Old Trafford tomorrow.
Those in attendance yesterday were treated to a 3D presentation unveiling the secrets behind the technology used in the development of the PT line, as well as close-up demonstrations of how the equipment works.
Winterhalter’s UK managing director, Stephen Kinkead, and CEO, David Smithson, took to the stage to address guests, while a video featuring global CEO Ralph Winterhalter gave an insight to the engineering challenges that the company had to overcome to design the range.
The German manufacturer hopes the PT Series, which comes in medium, large and extra-large formats, will help it to gain a greater share of the passthrough market.
Kinkead said that while the GS 500 Series was a “hard act to follow”, Winterhalter had pushed development standards to a new level to design something “far superior”.
Winterhalter claims the PT is the market’s first passthrough with energy-saving heat exchange technology fitted as standard. The system extracts energy from the waste water, using it to heat up the incoming cold water supply while reducing energy costs by up to 10%.
The machines’ energy control system also speeds up the washing process, increasing rack capacity per hour by 28% versus previous models and reducing heat-up time by 50% on the same basis.
Winterhalter says the PT can be “truly customised” to each site’s requirements and local conditions, something that existing passthroughs can’t. This gives the installation engineer the ability to adjust the machine to take account of everything from the type of food on the menu to the hardness of the water and calibrate the machine accordingly.
“In warewashing there are three key aspirations: better results, more quickly, at a lower cost,” said Kinkead. “What’s ground-breaking about the PT is its ability to deliver all of them at once. This is truly innovative technology that delivers major benefits to operators.”
Other features include a clouding sensor on the wash chamber that monitors the washwater, taking only as much replenishment water as is required. This enhances the efficient discharge of food residues by up to 35% compared to previous models, further minimising water consumption and delivering the best possible wash results.
Winterhalter said the PT also uses elliptical wash arms with jets that are individually formed, sized, positioned and angled to deliver 100% coverage, even into the wash cabinet corners, and achieve high pressure washing of heavily soiled items.