That was the message from suppliers contacted by SLTN, who said advancements in technology mean the latest generation of warewashers use less energy and water, which can cut running costs significantly for operators, while still producing optimum results.
Simon Frost, UK country manager for Wexiödisk, said warewasher manufacturers have taken “major steps forward” in recent years to offer environmentally-friendly, energy efficient equipment which is capable of offering a consistent high quality wash.
“In terms of technology, vast improvements have been made to environmental efficiency levels and, in doing so, significantly reduced the demand on overheads,” he said.
“Warewashers using minimal amounts of water and cleaning chemicals, heat recovery systems used to harvest the heat from steam and pre-rinse machines utilising the waste water from the adjacent warewasher are all key areas in which the development team at Wexiödisk has worked to ensure improved efficiency of units.”
Paul Crowley, marketing manager at Winterhalter, said running costs are “critical” when it comes to warewashers. “Reduced water consumption means the machine also uses less energy, since the water doesn’t need as much heating, and less detergent and rinse aid – hence it is cheaper to run,” he said.
Bob Wood, sales director at DC Products, said warewashers are “vitally important” to any food operation.
“A correctly specified machine and well-designed system will not only ensure that crockery, cutlery and glasses come out sparkling clean, but minimise labour costs, help avoid bottlenecks and improve overall business efficiency,” he said.
Nick Oryino, chair of the Catering Equipment Suppliers’ Association, said while machines that are built to use fewer resources may cost more initially, they should give a better return on investment in the long run.
“Given rapidly rising energy and water prices, any warewashing buying decision should focus on overall running and life cycle costs,” he said.
Image – Clean crockery, cutlery and glassware is vital to any food operation, warewasher firms say.