W T Endacott, one of the longest established and most highly regarded craft bakers in the south west of England, has continued its commitment to washing system specialists, Oliver Douglas – with a new installation that also reflects the manufacturer’s willingness to tailor equipment design to meet the specific needs of its customers. The installation of an Oliver Douglas Rotary Jet 550 at the baker’s Okehampton premises in Devon is the company’s third system of its type stretching back to the early 1960’s. Oliver Douglas believes this reflects on the company’s long term commitment to equipment performance and to close customer liaison.
“We have always used our Oliver Douglas installation for cleaning a wide range of stainless steel and plastic equipment – from pots and utensils to cutlery and mixing equipment,” comments Michael Finucane, Director at W T Endacott. “The units produce excellent results and now, with the latest version, the efficiency and quality of the cleaning process retains its high standards but can be undertaken more quickly. As a result, both our day and night shifts can turn to the Rotary Jet unit as and when they need to, helping to maintain the optimum level of baking throughput and operational efficiency.”
The latest installation in Okehampton is an excellent demonstration of the willingness of Oliver Douglas to tailor its designs to meet precise customer needs. “The dimensions of the current Rotary Jet design, differs markedly from that which dates from the early 1960’s, but we were prepared to develop a one-off unit to match the original dimensions – including greater depth and a narrower width,” explains Paul Careless, Sales Manager at Oliver Douglas. “This enabled W T Endacott to install the facility in exactly the same location without extensive re-working of the production area layout.”
As with all Rotary Jets, it is designed for batch washing and is fabricated entirely from stainless steel. Water changes are minimised due to the large capacity of the wash area – even with the tailored version for W T Endacott – with the wash process achieved via a high power wash rotating jet positioned on each side of the chamber. Pre-programmed wash sequences can then be selected as required.
“Loads are located into a wire tray – that we also supplied – which is then simply pushed into the wash chamber,” continues Paul Careless. “Its configuration allows it to accommodate the wide range of equipment that needs to be processed, including screens that are located in additional vertical holders.”
“We have a history that dates back to the 1880’s and have been at the Okehampton site since 1984,” continues Michael Finucane. “Today, we focus our business on two shops in the town and a wholesale service that covers a radius of approximately 20 miles. Our products, which range from bread, rolls and cakes to savoury items such as pasties, are widely regarded for their quality which we believe goes hand-in-hand with the highest standards of manufacturing processes and procedures. Our decision to install our third Oliver Douglas Rotary Jet – following on from those in 1962 and 1979 – reflects both our commitment to this principle and the ability of Oliver Douglas to work closely with us to meet our continuing specific needs.”