Over 30 MEIKO Machines at the Zhejiang University
Located in the historical and picturesque city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang University is a prestigious institution of higher education with a long history.
Qiushi Academy, the predecessor of Zhejiang, was founded in 1897 and was one of the earliest modern academies of higher learning established in China.
Research spans 12 academic disciplines, covering philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, art, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine and management. With seven faculties and 37 colleges and schools, Zhejiang has, as of June 2014, more than 45,678 full-time students. In addition, there are about 3,407 international students.
Five campuses cover an area of 4,503,741 square meters and MEIKO’s involvement on site is equally enormous. Zhejiang has 13 B-Tronic dishwashers, three wide band BA machines, one AZP 80 dewatering unit, plus numerous conveyors and tray stackers and six K-Tronic dishwashing machines. DV 80 door type dishwashers feature in 17 dining halls over the five campuses.
The equipment was specified, supplied and installed by MEIKO Wash-Up Technologies Ltd, based in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MEIKO Germany and as equally strictly committed to MEIKO quality standards. Staff are trained at the factory in Germany to ensure the full transfer of technical ‘know how’ to China. Every dishwasher leaving the Zhongshan factory has been thoroughly tested to guarantee the highest quality standards and its safe and reliable operation.
MEIKO China Sales Manager explained that Zhejiang University previously operated its dishwashers on steam power.
“But the steam consumption was very high and we suggested changing to using electrical power for heating, as it would save energy and improve the environment. The design features of the dishwashing systems, especially the belt conveyor systems, tray stackers and the AZP 80 food waste dewatering machine have reduced manpower, breakages and saved considerably on running costs.”
The reason they chose MEIKO was to lower their running costs, save water, electricity and chemicals
The AZP 80 food waste compact dewatering system reduces the volume of food waste by up to 85% and converts this into an easy to handle, semi-dry organic bio-waste product that can be used as a biogas energy source, fertilizer or compost (if local legislation allows). For use in kitchens and food preparation areas, food waste can be loaded by hand into the waste hopper for processing. Alternatively, the AZP 80 can be integrated into the dishwashing system and fed with food waste via pipework from the flushing trough.
Additionally he says: “The Zhejiang canteen building is a winner in the ‘Top 100 National Dining Room Awards’, earning an ‘A’ grade. About 36,000 square meters in size, it runs over three floors including one floor underground. There are in total eight restaurants, feeding more than 20,000 teachers and students.
The Xiuxian Restaurant alone features one BA124PG-CSS TOP and two BTA240 wide band dishwashers, two conveyors, one AZP 80 and 4 tray stackers. The reason they chose MEIKO was to lower their running costs, save water, electricity and chemicals. The wash room environment is also more comfortable and more labour efficient.”