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During October Nottingham Girls School (NGS) will be having their old Zanussi flight dishwasher replaced with a new Meiko machine. As with other well run commercial catering operations the kitchen equipment at NGS is on a rolling replacement program.

Tower Engineers performing the contracted preventative maintenance work identify which equipment is coming towards the end of its useful, efficient and reliable life. The catering manager is informed of any equipment which is getting heavily used and wearing quickest in plenty of time (usually 12-18 months in advance of possible issues) to allow effective financial planning for replacement.

This approach allows the identification of problematic areas & equipment with a view to minimising any issues of unreliability or downtime in expensive and critical kitchen equipment. The aim for both the catering manager and Tower is to ensure that the catering operation is as cost effective as possible over the long term.

After the extended summer break it isn’t unusual for commercial catering engineers, like Tower, to get called out to schools and colleges to re-start some equipment.

Ovens & flight dishwashers, and other key pieces which have been worked hard during term time, deep cleaned and then left sitting for up to a couple of months don’t always start-up without problems. Not unlike many cars which have been driven hard & then left unused for a few months.

The process of cleaning can itself cause problems if the equipment is simply cleaned and then left. We always recommend that after a deep clean catering equipment is fired up again to ensure that everything functions properly and that any moisture is removed prior to an extended shut down.