We opened this month s product gallery to the major manu-facturers of rack conveyor warewashers and contacted them throughout April. We invited them to submit models that had been introduced or significantly updated between June 2005 and this month, a 24-month time period.
Note: Supplier Statements are not to be taken as editorial endorsements.
Overview: Introduced in October 2005, the 44 DR DualRinse offers dual-stage rinse technology and an optional built-in booster heater.
Overview: Launched in January 2007, the WT44 gives you two wash speeds and offers a built-in booster heater.
Capacity, racks/hr.: 200 or 130
Supplier statement: Conveyor Dishwashers from Electrolux Professional offer a built-in hot water booster that uses low energy to raise the temperature of the rinse water. The unique design of the spray arms allows the dishwasher to clean efficiently while reducing water usage. You also have the flexibility to adapt to incoming water temperature to save energy during the rise cycle. Electrolux Conveyor Dishwashers can be set to clean at either 130 racks/hr. or 200 racks/hr., and at 200 racks/hr., only 79 gals. of water are used.
Overview: : In May 2006 the C44Aalong with other C-Line machinessaw the addition of the Opti-Rinse System, whose rinse spray nozzles use 50% less water and energy than previous Hobart models, says the company.
Capacity, racks/hr.: 202
Supplier statement: Conveyor-type warewashers equipped with Hobart's Opti-Rinse system significantly reduce water and utility bills. The technologically advanced rinse spray nozzles rely on low and high pressures that cause the water stream to oscillate back and forth in an S pattern. This produces larger drops that deliver improved heat transfer. Meanwhile, C-Line machines offer low-temp convertibility in the field to give you flexibility if your stores' requirements change.
Overview: Available since August 2006, the updated Admiral 44-4 offers new wash arm technology that features a horizontal spray pattern.
Capacity, racks/hr.: 233
Supplier statement: : Insinger Rack Conveyor dishwashers are energy efficient, deliver high rack capacities and maintain low operating costs. Simple interior parts; interchangeable scrap screens and color-coded curtains for error-proof replacement; secured end caps to prevent loss; and many other features make the Admiral Series efficient, easy to operate and simple to maintain.
Overview: The AJ-44T was introduced in June 2005 with a new wash arm design and energy efficiency features.
Capacity, racks/hr.: 204
Supplier statement: We increased washing performance and reduced water usage by incorporating our latest technology into this short-hood conveyor. What makes the AJ-44T unique: new convex wash-arm nozzles that have been computer designed to increase water volume to the ware while maintaining pressure and spray pattern. Compared to our previous model, the arm design has a large non-clogging nozzle that offers better cleaning and ware coverage, and along with higher ware temps, this reduces the amount of final rinse water by approximately 30%.
Overview: The K-Tronic K-200/400 came to market in September 2005 with Waste Air Heat Recovery and advanced self-monitoring diagnostics.
Capacity, racks/hr.: 310 max w/adjustable conveyor speeds
Supplier statement: Meiko's K-Tronic Series rack conveyors are reliable, fast and efficient. Demonstrating Meiko's commitment to manufacturing excellence, economy of operation, user-friendly concepts and innovative features, the K-Tronic Series provides a warewasher that meets your needs. And with low water, energy and chemical consumption, the K-Tronic Series is economical to operate while it minimizes the impact on the environment, a critical concern for "green" building projects and facilities.
Editor's note: Meiko's Waste Air Heat Recovery system was recognized with a 2007 NRA Kitchen Innovations honor.
Overview: The EcoRinse system, introduced in March 2007, can be found on the ER Series and utilizes a two-stage final rinse system. The ER-44 is shown here; four other ER models are available.
Capacity, racks/hr.: 232
Supplier statement: Stero continues to refine rinse technology with the introduction of EcoRinse, a high-temp system designed to provide water savings and reduced energy costs. Stero's conveyors with EcoRinse offer a 10% increase in the number of racks produced per hour compared to the throughput of Stero's previous models. Gallons of water used during final rinse are decreased more than 59% from previous models. In addition, Stero's low-volume of fresh final rinse water reduces the electricity required to power the final rinse booster.