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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

ser­vice so­lu­tions

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.

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