Winterhalter has produced a prototype of a specially calibrated UC undercounter machine which can hygienically wash plastic cups without moving around in the washing chamber.
The manufacturer gave visitors to Host a sneak peek of the machine, which was created following months of research by the company’s Germany HQ.
The unit features a special chemical solution and altered wash pressure parameters to enable the plastic-specific functionality.
Paul Crowley, market development manager at Winterhalter UK, explained: “The problem you have got with the plastic coffee cups is once they are put through a traditional washing process they start flipping around due to the power of the water.
“We can obviously reduce the power of the machines but you don’t get it as clean so you are still only really half way through the solution due to the challenge of drying it.
“Plastic has been designed to withstand water, so what the guys at head office have done is work on the combination of the power of the machine, the washing temperature of the machine and – what is really driving it – a special chemical that means the cups dry a lot, lot quicker.”
On its Host stand, Winterhalter has placed a traditional UC washer next to one featuring the coffee cup programme to demonstrate the difference in performance and washing results.
Crowley said the system has been designed to the German DIN spec 10-534 to ensure it meets hygiene requirements.
He added: “A lot of the coffee shops are trying to get people to recycle and reuse so this is an attempt to try and help them and make sure items can go through the system and not get chucked away. And particularly in London, if you think about office blocks that have got a facilities management company, they can take one of these machines and the employees can put their reusable cups through them.”
Winterhalter expects to have the system ready for the UK market early next year.