At the InternorGa show in Hamburg, it was presented to the specialized public in the following way: ‘WasteStar – the integrated waste disposal system for the disposal of organic kitchen scraps’. The system has already proved its professionalism in 5 industrial kitchens (staff canteens, hospitals) ‘on land’ and in a most complex installation ‘on sea’ on the cruiser ‘Crystal Cruise Line’. Meiko has chosen these different places for its test phases, because garbage and waste disposal in connection with different types of functioning and organization of industrial kitchens is one of the most complicated challenges for manufacturers of kitchen technology.
Because of the emerging need, Meiko started developing the ‘WasteStar’ in Offenburg as early as 1999. The concept was to replace the ‘AZP’” food waste treatment installations already on the market, which use water to convey waste materials. The basic development of the new disposal system was designed by Meiko engineers and by specialists working in the food sector.
During their work, they developed new waste disposal technology, which has been registered as a patent design with the German Patent Office. ‘WasteStar’ works according to the principle that waste is transported in a vacuum through a stainless steel pipe system into a collecting tank. In the collecting tank, the waste is stored temporarily until its disposal by a tanker. The vacuum needed for the transport of the waste is generated created by compressed air over an ‘ejector’. The compressor needed for generation of the compressed air has a double function in the ‘WasteStar’-system: On the one hand it provides the compressed air needed for the ‘ejector’, on the other hand it also provides the quantity of compressed air necessary for the evacuation of the collecting tank into the tanker. An innovative element is the fully electronic control that has been transferred into the ‘WasteStar’-system, easily by a touch panel.
The modular construction of this innovative system allows its integration both into the washing-up kitchen and in the zones where meals are prepared. According to the special requirements of the different waste-feeding sections, priorities are made for the suction of food residues. Automatic suction of the sections is carried out in a clearly determined cycle. One of the advantages of the modular construction of the ‘WasteStar’-concept is that a grease-trap disposal is possible.
It is also worth noting that ‘WasteStar’ does not need any cold storage and/or water, that it works as a closed system and so avoids unpleasant smells, that no connection to the canalization has to be established and that it guarantees the highest level of respect for the environment.
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