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Ecolab’s Apex Warewashing System
News Release: Innovative system wins Trendsetter Product Award from leading trade organisation.

June 23, 2015

InternorgaEcolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technology and services, has launched Apex, a new warewashing system that will provide the cleaning results restaurant and foodservice operators in Europe expect while reducing water and energy use.

“Apex is the gold standard in warewashing that helps customers gain greater control of their process,” said Nicolas Granucci, vice president, Institutional Marketing – Europe, Ecolab. “This leads to superior cleaning performance and lower operational costs.”

Apex helps to improve warewashing efficiency by reducing the need to rewash items, resulting in improved sustainability through lower water and energy use. In addition, the system’s solid detergent technology reduces packaging by 95 percent. Field tests showed that, compared to the average rack dish machine, Apex helps to:

  • Save up to 3,712 kWh of energy annually, which equates to more than 400 days of electricity use in an average European home.
  • Conserve up to 27,557 liters of water per year, or more than enough water to meet the basic needs of 540 people a day, according to the World Health Organization.
  • Reduce waste by up to 63 kg of plastic, or the equivalent of more than 1,200 empty two-liter soft drink bottles.

The Apex system’s controller provides real-time monitoring of operations and logs critical elements of the warewashing process, such as wash and final rinse temperatures. Ecolab sales-and-service associates use a tablet PC to communicate with the Apex system to download, process and analyse the system’s operational data to establish each restaurant's top operational challenges and their efficiency ratio. This information is presented in a dashboard report, allowing users to review system operations, including data for every rack washed. This enables Ecolab associates to establish and maintain first-class results and reduce total operational costs for customers in Europe.

A comparative study undertaken by Ecolab and the Institute for Work Safety in Germany, found using solid warewashing products compared to liquids reduced body strains by up to 90 percent. The solid products are lighter and easier to lift, helping to improve employee safety.

Internorga, the leading catering and foodservice trade show in Europe, has recognized Ecolab’s advancements in warewashing and awarded the company its Trendsetter Product Award for the Apex warewashing system.

“The Apex system developed by Ecolab is a good example of a sustainable business model aligned with the future,” said Carl-Otto Gensch, Internorga judge. “The focus is not anymore just the sale of cleaning products, but a customer-oriented service that ensures work safety, hygiene and operational reliability for canteens and catering.”

Apex uses a unique combination of products, equipment and consultative services to address the operational challenges in foodservice warewashing. The suite of Apex detergents includes a rinse additive, presoak, pot and pan soak, and manual detergents.

About Ecolab

A trusted partner at more than one million customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With 2013 sales of $13 billion and 45,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimise water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world. For more Ecolab news and information, visit www.ecolab.com

For more Apex information see here.

See the Apex video here.

Caption above: Bernd Aufderheide, Division Manager of the Products & Material Flows department at the Öko-Institut, Freiburg, Germany; Dr. Viktoria Wagner, Ecolab marketing manager, Food Service; Michael Werz, vice president Institutional Europe, Regions Central & East; Carl-Otto Gensch, chairman of the managing board of the Hamburger Messe und Congress GmbH accepting the award Internorga award for “Trendsetter Product”.


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