Winterhalter’s new under the counter ‘masterpiece’
Class-leading wash results, lower running costs: new undercounter dishwashers and glasswashers
Winterhalter has launched new versions of its popular UC undercounter glasswashers and dishwashers with extensive upgrades designed to make them even more energy and water efficient, while delivering the best ever wash results. A new smartphone-style touchpad control panel makes them even easier to use, and offers more functions, while the body has been reengineered to give it the longest possible service life. Meanwhile the company has also upgraded its Connected Wash technology, making the new UC’s connectivity simpler and more robust.
“Saving running costs and getting the best possible wash results, reliably, are the two key criteria for most foodservice and bar operators,” says Paul Crowley, Winterhalter UK’s marketing manager. “In terms of meeting those needs, with the UC we think we’ve created something of a masterpiece.” The UC’s performance is based around a total redesign of the wash arm, including changes to the water channels and jets to optimize the water flow and create an improved washfield. It results in a more effective performance: in tests, the new washfield outperformed two main competitor models with a removal rate of 88%, compared to 38% and 14%.
In terms of running costs, the new washfield makes a significant impact. It reduces rinse water consumption by up to 25%, which in turn reduces energy consumption and chemical consumption. Overall, the result is a reduction in operating costs of up to 22%.
The new touch control panel is intuitive and operation will be familiar to anyone with a smartphone or tablet. The 11.68cm screen offers a high resolution, full colour display and is engineered to be kitchen-proof: fully waterproof and break-resistant, the tempered glass protects the electronics but also responds to light touches – and it can be operated with gloves on.
The screen also offers several extra functions compared to previous models: for example, along with error and alert messages, it will tell operators when it’s time to change the water.
Winterhalter has more experience than most with Connectivity – its Connected Wash technology was amongst the first to hit the market. The new UC has the latest version of Connected Wash built in, which makes it easier to connect to the internet and overcomes the issues that some earlier connected appliances had with maintaining the connection. It not only allows users to remotely monitor the operation of their UC machines, but also to send software updates.
The new UC is available in four sizes, small to extra-large. Glasswashers can process up to 77 racks per hour, dishwashers up to 66.