Winterhalter has revealed that it is supplying a special wash machine to process thousands of reusable cups at COP26 in Glasgow.
The company said it was chosen to supply the CTR Series compact rack conveyor and chemicals to wash cups used by delegates during the conference at SEC.
Reusable and plastic cups are notoriously difficult to wash to the required safety standard, while getting them dry, quickly, poses its own challenge.
With an expected throughput of 26,000 cups per day, it’s critical that the system provides a dry product at the end of the wash.
The Winterhalter system was specifically developed to deal with reusable and plastic cups and is compatible with any of the company’s UC undercounter, PT passthrough and CTR conveyor dishwashers and glass washers.
It cleans plastic cups in less than two minutes and involves three main elements: a special rack, a new wash program and plastic-specific chemicals.
The rack features a locking bracket that keeps the lightweight cups in place, stopping the water jets from flipping them over.
Winterhalter also created a software update that includes a reusable plastic cup washing program with parameters set to achieve the best possible results.
The chemicals play a key role in achieving the relevant hygiene DIN Standards.
The chemicals are formulated to assist with the process and Winterhalter carried out extensive tests with the cups, chemicals and machine to ensure that the system achieves the quick drying results demanded by the conference centre.
The COP26 model includes a dryer, heat recovery, water treatment and the specialist reusable cup racks and chemicals, and is capable of processing 3,000 cups per hour.
The project faced a significant access challenge, since the machine had to be sited on the first floor, with access via passenger lifts.
As a result, the CTR was manufactured in segments and constructed in situ.
“It’s difficult to articulate how hard our team worked to get this system in place for the SEC Centre, Glasgow,” said Paul Crowley, marketing development manager at Winterhalter UK.
“We’re honoured to have been chosen for such a high-profile project and proud as punch of the team’s achievements!”