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GALLERY: Flight-Type Warewashers

Blakeslee’s Flight-Type Dishwashing Systems are modular and can be designed to fit the structural constraints of any dishroom. Three-tank units come in 120-, 140- and 150-in. models with a 20- or 30-in.-wide belt. The smaller belt allows the warewasher to wash up to 9,066 dishes/hr., while the larger belt allows the unit to clean up to 13,900 dishes/hr. The exclusive “underslung conveyor link design" lowers the belt height, allowing comfortable, direct loading of dishes/plates, trays and racks at waste level—no lifting. Conveyor rods are ½-in.-thick stainless. Machine designed to send overfill water from the wash tank into the pre-wash tank, and makeup water is reclaimed from the rinse tank. Wash water and its energy is recycled and used in all of the tanks.

Champion’s Dual Rinse E-Series SlimLine 24-in.-wide conveyor flight-type warewasher offers a 25% reduction in depth compared with traditional flight-type warewashers, providing the same options in a smaller footprint. The Energy Star-qualified unit can fit through a standard doorway, which can help reduce installation costs. The warewasher can wash 13,000 dishes/hr., while new technology reduces water consumption to only 57 gal./hr. Despite the slim footprint, the SlimLine warewashers can wash everything traditional flight-type warewashers are capable of washing. The warewasher is available with the company’s NRA Kitchen Innovations Award-winning heat-recovery technology that captures steam and uses its energy to preheat incoming water.

Hobart's FT1000 Advansys flight-type warewasher is a 2015 NRA Kitchen Innovations Award winner. It features Auto Clean, which cleans the inside of the unit automatically using capless wash arms and rear nozzles in the chambers. The Auto Delime feature is customized for each site and delimes the booster heater as well. Automatic Soil Removal uses a dedicated tank and specialized soil-removal wash arms to isolate soils and pump them to an external scrap basket, extending the useful life of the wash water and reducing detergent consumption. Ventless technology enables the machine to operate without a direct vent connection and captures heat from the waste air to heat the wash tank, blower dryer and final-rinse tank. This reduces the facility’s water-heater workload, saving over 44 kW. The warewasher handles 10,611-14,316 dishes/hr. at a rinse rate of 58 gal./hr. Energy Star rated, this unit is estimated to save $26,000 a year in operating costs, providing the lowest total cost of ownership for a flight-type warewasher, according to the company.

Insinger’s Master RC 3-tank, rackless flight-type warewasher can wash up to 14,300 dishes/hr. with a final-rinse consumption of 124 gal./hr. The company’s patent-pending CrossFire Wash System power sprays water horizontally as well as from above and below, cleaning and sanitizing dirty wares. An electric photo eye automatically operates the final-rinse solenoid only when wares pass, saving water and energy. The photo eye also activates an adjustable timer control; if no wares pass during the set time, the machine shuts down. The conveyor is driven by an independent ½-hp motor and features a trip bar at the end of the unload section that stops the conveyor if any wares reach the bar.

Jackson’s LoH2O flight-type warewasher features single-point exhaust that ensures proper ventilation control. Specially designed wash arms offer nonclogging, convex jets; equalized water pressure; and uniform cleaning coverage. The unit recaptures final-rinse water and pumps it through the power rinse to optimize rinse quality. The unit’s rackless 2-speed conveyor moves up to 11,094 dishes/hr. at a rinse rate of 58 gal./hr. Its 29-in. belt width and 25-in. overhead clearance accommodate larger wares. Double-wall insulation keeps the water inside hot and outside surfaces cool.

MEIKO’s M-iQ B-L74 Series of flight-type warewashers features a multistage filtration process that collects food soil in each tank then flushes it out completely in high-pressure cycles, improving performance and reducing detergent consumption by up to 50%. The Energy Star-qualified, 3-tank warewashers can wash up to 14,993 dishes/hr. using less than 60 gal./hr. of water; the conveyor belt is 29½-in. wide. A brand new option is the GreenEye integrated, water-saving system that detects dishes on the belt and only triggers sprayers as the dishes pass. The system includes GreenCoach interactive lights to direct employees on where to load dishes in optimal “lanes” on the belt as well as the GreenFilter, a dedicated hydrocyclone separator in the power-rinse tank that continuously and actively removes even the finest soil particles, extending the life of the wash water.

Stero’s STPCW-ER 3-tank rackless flight-type warewasher features a maximum conveyor speed of 9 1/5 ft./min. and a maximum final-rinse consumption of 98 gal./hr. Its 2-stage final-rinse system provides efficient water distribution and heat transfer, washing up to 13,000 dishes/hr. with a water and energy-consumption savings of up to 70%. The warewasher features a 180˚F rinse-water control as well as a safety stop at the unload end that eliminates ware breakage and pileup. All of the tanks fill to their proper levels at the push of a button. If, for any reason, water levels should drop during operation, a water-level control automatically restores and maintains the correct levels.

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