Why MT Series conveyor dishwashers and glasswashers are the perfect solution for a catering rental company: Tim Edwards, general manager of »Jones Hire« in South London, and his decision to opt for Winterhalter.

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As one of Europe's largest catering equipment hire companies, Jones Hire is a phenomenon. The South London business supplies contract caterers throughout the UK and sometimes Europe, particularly at the quality end of the market. Certainly in London there won't be many A-list celebs, royalty or politicians who haven't eaten off Jones Hire's plates, drunk from their glasses or wiped lips on their napkins at one time or another.

The flow of tableware through the company's South London base is huge.  So it's no surprise that warewashing is the busiest and most labour-intensive of all the company's operations.

Perfect wash results from high-capacity warewashing, twice the throughput, and staff costs halved.


When Jones Hire took the decision to upgrade the company's warewashing systems, they wanted to address staffing costs. When a big hire contract returned to the company's warehouse, there might be up to 13 staff on a single machine.  Two or three would be emptying, stacking and loading the dirty plates, one would be supervising /checking the wash procedure and dosing, while several at the end would be checking, wiping and stacking the clean items.  Finally, one person would be wrapping stacked plates and crating them. For glassware, the problem would be more labour-intensive at this stage, since every single glass required polishing and careful inspection for marks and chips.

Since Jones Hire focuses on the top end of the catering hire market, not only is its quality control tight, but the range of tableware includes many high-quality, delicate and expensive items. This is a particular issue with designer tableware from names such as John Rocha and Jasper Conran.  Glassware and crockery at this level can be not only expensive, but also quite fragile - particularly decorated ware.

One hope was that glasses and plates could emerge not only spotless, but  dry too.  It's been a dream for the warewashing industry for some years. Jones Hire's general manager, Tim Edwards comments "Winterhalter told me they could solve this problem," he says. "They said that with the right water treatment, chemicals and configuration, for the first time I could get a rack machine that would wash and dry perfectly, without wiping. "When I saw the MTR, I was amazed. It really can wash everything in the one machine - plates, glasses, cutlery, flatware, utensils. Everything comes out dry, or almost dry so that it is ready to stack by the time it gets to the end of the output line."

Overnight, the MTR had a major impact on Jones Hire's business.  Staffing costs are lower - what previously took two back-to-back shifts can now be done in  a single shift, and with half the staff. Hygiene control is easier, since drying cloths are a potential weak point of the hygiene chain. And internal laundry bills have been slashed.

"Perhaps the biggest difference we've noticed is in the glassware," he says. "It's a real breakthrough, because you can put a dirty glass in at one end, and it comes out perfectly clean and shiny-dry at the other end.  We've never seen that in glass washing before. And it does it for all our glasses, including the delicate designer ware."

Tim Edwards cites Winterhalter's professional support as crucial in the transition to the new system. "The backup had to be there for our systems to work," he says.  "We are constantly introducing new types of glassware and tableware and take Winterhalter's advice on settings in the machine, for example."


Each of our customers has their own specific reasons for choosing Winterhalter for their commercial warewashing needs. These are Tim Edward's main ones :

  • Reducing staffing costs
  • Able to cope with fragile and delicate crockery and glassware
  • Spotless wash results
  • No polishing
  • Reduced operating costs

A perfectly clean glass, plate or fork is ready to be placed or used immediately.  Anything that needs further polishing when it's delivered wastes the caterer's time.  Our fussiness can save them time and worry.



Winterhalter MTR conveyor dishwasher for hotels


Developed for high-performance dishwashing: the conveyor dishwashers from Winterhalter. As a rack or flight-type variant. Machines that are completely reliable, even at peak times. And that can be customised precisely: to suit various applications and wash items, the space available on site and your requirements and preferences. Perfect for your hotel.

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