Warewashing goes F1:
Winterhalter’s ‘wash anything’ button increases dishwasher and glasswasher flexibility
Most hospitality businesses with a dedicated dishwasher or glasswasher would find it very useful to be able to push a button so they could use them to wash something else once in a while. Now Winterhalter has enhanced its PT and UC warewashers with just such a button, called the F1, which allows users to change the way the machine washes, so it can cope with special items. For example, pushing F1 on an undercounter glasswasher in a bar could set it up to wash drip trays perfectly, at the end of the session. Similarly, after a busy day on crockery, a restaurant’s passthrough dishwasher could be used to wash utensils – at the touch of the F1 button.
The F1 button can be programmed to the perfect parameters – time, temperature, water pressure and chemicals dosage – for whatever ‘daily special’ the site wants to wash. This programming is carried out by the installation engineer. However, if requirements change, the F1 can be reprogrammed.
To ensure the F1 button can’t be hit by mistake, it requires a couple of taps on the touchscreen control panel to access it.
“A UC glasswasher is going to be used to wash glasses most of the time, and its standard programmes will be designed to ensure prefect results can be achieved on a range of different glassware – from delicate crystal wine flutes to robust pint mugs,” says Paul Crowley, marketing manager of Winterhalter UK. “But things like drip trays or bar accessories, such as knives and juicers, need an entirely different wash to get the best results. The F1 button supplies that flexibility.”
The F1 can be set up to deal with virtually any washing eventuality. For example, one site programmed the F1 button to speed-wash items that were only very lightly soiled.
The F1 button is now standard in all Winterhalter’s UC undercounter and PT passthrough machines. There is no extra cost – even the programming by the installation engineer is all part of Winterhalter’s customer service. List prices for UC machines start from £4,580. Depending on what the F1 button is set up to do, it may be necessary to adjust the choice of cleaning chemicals for the machine.