Connected Wash: advanced online management system maximises kitchen efficiency
Winterhalter has launched a new system that exploits the latest networking and digital technologies to make warewashing more efficient, reliable and controllable. Initially available for Winterhalter’s UC Series of undercounter machines, Connected Wash allows Winterhalter warewashers to be networked to provide more continuity and efficiency in the kitchen – or in multiple kitchens.
Connected Wash is part of Winterhalter’s Next Level Solutions programme, which exploits the latest digital and online technologies to develop new warewash concepts for its customers. Connected Wash warewashers are networked via LAN or W-LAN and send machine data to a server, virtually in real time. Using a computer, tablet or smartphone, customers can monitor machine functions around the clock, via the Connected Wash app, from anywhere in the world.
The data is also sent to Winterhalter for analysis and can, if necessary, be converted into recommended actions for the customer. For example, if a machine reports a critical error, the system instantly sends a push notification to the nominated person’s smartphone or tablet. The speed of the system means customers can react quickly to warewash issues, minimising machine disruptions and increasing operational efficiency.
Connected Wash also gives the customer cost-optimisation tips. For example, often staff will turn on the machine first thing, but the timespan between start-up and the first wash cycle may be overlong, causing unnecessary costs. The system will highlight this.
Empty detergent canisters is another common problem the system will solve. Connected Wash will warn customers when a refill is needed, so it’s easy to avoid the machine washing without detergent.
“The benefits to operators are enormous, in every sector of the catering market,” says Ralph Winterhalter, CEO of Winterhalter. “Whether for the owner of a small cafe with just one warewasher, or a foodservice business with multiple machines at different locations, Connected Wash will deliver real and practical improvements in efficiency, while reducing running costs.”