OPINION: What it really takes to develop energy efficient kitchen kit

Hotelympia 2016 19

Energy efficient equipment is quickly becoming crucial to maximising the cost saving of a catering outlet, which in turn is driving manufacturers to create robust processes for product development. John Shepherd, UK & Ireland country manager at Wexiodisk, explains how his company approaches this challenge when developing warewashing systems for busy kitchens.

“A demand from consumers as well as the necessity to reduce running costs from the operator’s point of view has led to equipment manufacturers throughout the industry developing equipment that offers sustainability and efficiency at every level. Warewashing is of no exception, which is why Wexiodisk, when developing new pieces of equipment or enhancing previous models, focuses on two key areas: reducing water consumption and improving energy efficiency.John Shepherd, country manager, Wexiodisk

“To do this, we consider two separate processes. The first is to fine-tune the existing components within the machine and then build on previous technologies in order to create a more efficient unit. The second is to find and develop new technologies which will help us to achieve new goals, and thus continue to reduce energy wastage, operational cost and staff labour for our customers.

“In order to accurately measure the energy efficiency of the products within the Wexiodisk range, we put the equipment through in-house tests to begin with and then carry out a comprehensive field test. It’s important to remember that tests can often be performed under ‘ideal’ conditions which do not always reflect the true nature of the real life process, and can therefore be misleading.

In order to accurately measure the energy efficiency of the products, we put the equipment through in-house tests to begin with and then carry out a comprehensive field test”

“There have been a number of specifications which are only valid under ideal conditions and unfortunately, don’t often exist when it comes to the real life operational world. This is why field tests at other, fully operational sites are so important to us, so that we can present our energy measurements as close to reality as possible.

“Independent tests carried out by a third party are always valuable when assessing the energy efficiency of our equipment out in the field. We always look to compare both separate field tests and internal measurements for increased accuracy, as well carrying out case studies for added reassurance that our equipment is performing to the highest standards in terms of energy.”

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