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Post# 947717   7/11/2017 at 17:05 (341 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        

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Meiko M-iQ dishwashers. WOW have these come a long way from the old flight dishwashers I've used. As much as I dislike the complexity of the machines,( I question reliability with that many components) I am impressed at the use of science and engineering used to overcome many dishwashing problems. (I still say Hobart is the best!)

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Post# 947735 , Reply# 1   7/11/2017 at 20:33 (341 days old) by iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        

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That's a pretty cool hunk of machinery. Betting it Cost as much as my house.

Post# 947751 , Reply# 2   7/11/2017 at 22:43 (341 days old) by johnb300m (Chicago)        

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Wow. That's some sexy engineering right there!

Post# 947778 , Reply# 3   7/12/2017 at 04:59 (340 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Back in 2004 I worked at a breakfast place that had a Meiko Door Machine.

I have to say it was very cheaply made. The Wash manifolds that fed the upper spray arm was made of plastic. This is poor build quality because most dish machine operators don't give a rat's ass about the machine and are usually pretty rough on the machines. I was told by a service tech that to replace that manifold (at the time) was roughly $600.
The machine had a Wash Pump and a Rinse Pump. The Rinse pump seemed to develope leaks every 5 months or so. This machine also had a "Pan" that all the pumps and valves sat in. If a leak were to develop, the entire machine would shut down due to the Flood Protector sensor like the Miele Waterproof system. Now that is a pain in the ass when you have a tiny leak that could be mopped up or put a pan under it until the tech arrived. Losing a piece of equipment that importand during a busy rush was horrible.
The door handle which was stainless cracked and broke at the weld. Which was another inconvenience as the entire wash chamber "Hood opened as one piece and was heavy as compared to other door machine that had doors on a counter balance system.
The pump housings were plastic as well.

Now the good points of this Meiko...
It washed extremely well when it was working. It had three wash programs.
A short wash which I think was around 45 seconds
Normal which was around 65
Intensive which was around 2 minutes.
This machine maintained very good hot water for wash and rinse. It would clean hood filters on the Intensive flawlessly. (Of course the right chemicals too)

The machine video that Nick posted is totally genius engineering. But... I wonder how dependable it will be under extremely heavy use ???

Here is the PDF from the Meiko I used...

Post# 947801 , Reply# 4   7/12/2017 at 08:13 (340 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Hobart's Version...

Post# 947837 , Reply# 5   7/12/2017 at 12:24 (340 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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the machine in motion.....granted it looks cool enough for its operation....

worked for a place like this after school, some 35+ years ago, times have changed, and machines may have updated, but we had issues with lipstick or coffee stains on cups, and you had to watch out for cigarette butts smooshed into ash trays had to be scrubbed by hand....we used to add bleach to the pre-wash to alleviate most of the stains, but many times you had to hand wash, and run through again.....

and in watching this vid, dishes were super hot to handle, and still moist in areas, that had to be completely dry before packing in plastic....there was a good 15 to 30 wait time after the machine, but before packing....stemware and glasses had to use compressed air to remove water from the tops.....

I would like to see how they do flatware now.....

Post# 947873 , Reply# 6   7/12/2017 at 17:36 (340 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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I hope they worked out the bugs. Just sayin"

Post# 947891 , Reply# 7   7/12/2017 at 20:10 (340 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
Thanks for the comparison vid Eddie:

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While the Meiko is one sexy machine it is clearly not as robust as the Hobart.
To pick between the 2 I would choose the Hobart.(Of course!)

Post# 948110 , Reply# 8   7/14/2017 at 04:43 (338 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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This is amazing but scary. It proves how technology is making jobs obsolete... but then again not many people want to wash dishes anymore.

Post# 948112 , Reply# 9   7/14/2017 at 04:54 (338 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

Who would have thought?

Post# 948331 , Reply# 10   7/15/2017 at 14:33 (337 days old) by Stevet (palm coast florida)        
Don't be fooled by the clip of the Mieko...

While it looks all high tech and efficient, Hobart had produced a similar machine back in the early 90's that did the same thing. It would load the dish ware as well as the cutlery and trays all automatically and then would unload and stack them all in their respective trolleys to be reused as needed. Whenever a trolley was full, the machine would stop and a new trolley would have to be placed in position and the process would continue. It was the model FTX built in Europe. They did have a few of them installed here in the States. We are talking about machines used where they were serving thousands of meals per hour.

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