Hobart has given 200 specialist consultants from across the world an exclusive first look at what it is hailing a “category-busting” Two-Level Washer after opening the doors to its top-secret R&D lab in Germany.
The company said that consultants on the trip to Offenburg, Germany, were bowled over by the new machine, which has two wash chambers that can be used singly or simultaneously, offering twice the capacity per wash cycle but with the footprint of a conventional model.
Delegates praised the design for its potential to save time and space. And even though the machine is not available in the UK until the autumn, Hobart said consultants had already placed pre-orders once it does enter the market.
The two-day event featured new product demonstrations, a comprehensive factory tour, training and talks on topics such as connected BIM, automation 4.0, and the commercial kitchen of the future.
Axel Beck, group president of global Warewash at Hobart, addressed consultants by discussing the need to be “optimally prepared for the economic, technical and digital challenges,” and the importance of “deal[ing] with future issues”.
Other innovations on show included Hobart’s new range of hood type machines which benefit from touchscreen displays and full connectivity with the company’s WashSmart app.
The new app lets operators control the integral functionality of the machines at the touch of a button, making it simple to monitor levels of detergent and water in real time and determine overall operating costs; to download an instant hygiene report; request a quote and order necessary consumables and to receive error reports for any machine breakdowns.
Hobart said that more information about the Two-Level Washer will be unveiled nearer to its autumn launch.