Short cycles, low costs: Bulky items reprocessed economically -- MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine


Miele & Cie. KG

Short cycles, low costs: Bulky items reprocessed economically

Short cycles

Looking back one year on since the integration of container and trolley washers into its portfolio, Miele has good reason to be satisfied with initial results. The four model versions of large decontamination units which Miele has been producing since the beginning of 2010 under its own name have already been sold to hospitals in Germany, the Netherlands, Russia and the Czech Republic. One reason for the successful market launch is the cost-effectiveness of the new models.

All four Miele models can process up to 8 loads per hour, depending on the nature and composition of the loads. The Miele PG 8822 offering thermal disinfection is for example able to reprocess a transport trolley in just 20 minutes. At 200 l per cycle, this machine uses less than half of the water required by competitors' machines in this size category. Similarly, detergent and disinfectant consumption is minimal. A key to efficiency is, for example, the innovative tank recirculation system which feeds hot decontamination solution with a temperature of 90°C back to a supply tank where it is saved for the next cycle.

All the new Miele models are characterised by high-quality, rugged and reliable technology: Fast and residue-free reprocessing is facilitated by a fully welded stainless-steel chamber which offers a water-tight seal, reduces wear and prevents the build-up of contamination. This equipment is clearly designed to withstand the rough and tumble of workaday hospital life. The user interface is particularly simple thanks to a touch display presenting the programme sequence and process parameters both in graphic form and in plain text. Adapting programmes to suit individual site requirements is simple and fast using the display. As accessories, Miele offers a wide range of trolleys for a broad spectrum of goods including sterile supply containers, theatre shoes and bowls.

In order to guarantee machine uptime, Miele employs a large team of in-house service technicians and offers numerous preventative maintenance and full-service contracts.

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Company profile: Miele is world leader in the production of premium domestic appliances including cooking, baking and steam-cooking appliances, refrigeration products, coffee makers, dishwashers and laundry and floorcare products. This line-up is augmented by dishwashers, washer-extractors and tumble dryers for commercial use as well as washer-disinfectors and sterilisers for use in medical and laboratory applications (Miele Professional). The company, founded in 1899, has 8 production plants in Germany and one plant each in Austria, the Czech Republic, China and Romania. 2009/10 turnover amounted to approx. EUR 2.83 bn with sales outside Germany accounting for 70%. Miele has its own wholly owned sales subsidiaries or operates through distributors in almost 100 countries. The Miele company, now in the fourth generation of family ownership, employs a workforce of over 16,000 with two-thirds in Germany. The company has its headquarters in Gütersloh, Westphalia.