Meiko today said it had plenty more innovations in the pipeline as it reflected on the 10th anniversary of its best-selling conveyor dishwashing machine, the M-iQ.
The M-iQ was one of the most significant product launches in the company’s history a decade ago due to its unique design.
By reversing the flow of hot water and steam through the machine to bring it back to the front, Meiko engineers were able to maximise potential for energy and water savings.
From the beginning, heat recovery was incorporated as standard on the M-iQ whereas users previously had to purchase a separate heat pump costing upwards of £5,000 if they wanted to recycle energy from hot rinse water.
The M-iQ uses one third less chemicals, 40% less water and one third less energy than previous Meiko machines in this class, while offering 30% improved cleaning power.
The M-iQ has benefitted from several key enhancements over the years, including the option of Gio-Tech reverse osmosis water treatment for spot-free results and the addition of M-iQ Green Eye technology to make sure that every inch of the washing belt is filled to capacity.
Last year, the M-iQ F-XL cup washing machine was launched for washing and drying plastic cups. This machine effectively sanitises and recycles lightweight plastic cups and turns what was waste into productive use once more.
Managing director, Paul Anderson, said the M-iQ is responsible for bringing improved cleanliness, sustainability and economy to caterers in the UK – and it has firm plans to build on that legacy.
“There is still more in the pipeline when it comes to innovation. Meiko never stands still and developments such as new apps for the M-iQ include ‘connectivity’,” he commented.
Operators can now get comprehensive data insight, analysis and diagnosis of the operating states, while Mr Anderson said that in the future caterers will be able to use the new Meiko Connect App to access M-iQ hygiene and consumption data via Bluetooth.