Wash and go
Meiko has been a vital warewashing partner for airlines worldwide for decades. Julie Baxter
discovers how this modest pioneer quietly just keeps on evolving its essential services Meiko's reputation is
based on both its quality products and
While every airline is focused on flight safety, the high quality of the dishwashing technology they use may not always be their first consideration. But for warewashing specialist, Meiko, achieving the highest standards in this arena has been at heart of what it does for airlines for over 90 years.
Incredibly machine warewashing dates back to the 1800s but when Meiko founders Oskar Meier and Franz Konrad got in on the act their goal was to create the very best machines for the job. They created the company's DNA to reflect their own: level-headed, prudent and ambitious without running risks. CEO Dr. Ing. Stefan Scheringer explains: "The risk takers don't survive structural changes, economic crises and world wars. Those who do are the kind who concentrate on enhancing their own performance day after day, incrementally, unspectacularly but continuously working on improvements."
Meiko believes the innovations and spectacular improvements achieved for its customers come from this process.
Key developments have included the launch of the M-iQ, which saved 40% of running costs in one fell swoop; and the M-iClean undercounter dishwasher which show it is possible, even in the 21st century, to completely rethink the structure of a hood type dishwashing machine with automated systems. Most recently has come the M-iQ multi-track machines.
Meiko GreenEye-technology - which efficiently spots any loading gaps; its ccInsight control and monitoring systems, conveyors, trolley, pot and smaller glass and dish washers are in flight kitchens and lounges worldwide, as well as in medical and fire service sectors too.
It is the fully electronic control systems with diagnostics and data communication that now ensure maximum efficiency. Electronics can set dosage levels and cycle length, track errors and analyse all processes, with M-Commander InVision analytic software a market leader.
But Meiko's reputation is not just based on quality products, but services too with The Meiko Academy and Meiko Service departments also providing vital support solutions for airlines and their caterers. With more than 600 employees and 4,500 authorised service technicians around the globe, there is always someone available to ensure reliability is the company's trademark.