Adande-Precision row rumbles on

The war of words between Adande and Precision Refrigeration continued today, with Adande questioning its rival’s comments on refrigeration testing procedures.

Adande published a report this week highlighting the performance differences between its patented refrigerated drawer and a similar model sold by Precision in a bid to provide greater distinction between the two.

Precision yesterday responded by acknowledging that there is confusion in the market place with regard to current testing standards.

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It said that while the industry waits for the Energy Related Products Directive test standard to be finalised, it is currently testing and comparing products using the BSEN153 standard, whereas RD&T, the company employed by Adande to carry out the trial, based its results on BSEN441.

“Adande’s test was to a different standard, so results will, of course, be different,” noted Precision Refrigeration’s managing director Nick Williams.

But today Adande hit back, with chairman Nigel Bell saying that the BSEN153 criteria favoured by Precision applies to household rather than commercial refrigeration testing.

“It is important to clarify that the household standard does not include drawer openings, and is carried out at 25°C ambient temperature, which is not representative of real use in a commercial kitchen environment,” stated Bell.

“With the finalisation of the new EU standard expected within the next year, the classification, requirements and test conditions will be considerably more rigorous than BSEN153 and more similar to the testing carried out at RD&T with BSEN441. The principle here is a ‘comparison’ test — a ‘like for like’ scenario to establish the differences in performance between both units, and that is exactly what has been carried out by RD&T.”

Steve Goldsmith, senior engineer at Precision, responded: "I’m not sure what Adande is trying to achieve with these comments. They don’t appear to be clearing up misunderstandings, which is what they said they set out to do. That’s not surprising, since refrigeration testing is such a minefield.

"It’s certainly true that BSEN153 is for testing household refrigerators, but we don’t currently have a test standard for professional refrigerators, which is why Precision, in common with other UK refrigeration manufacturers, has used it to test products. BSEN441, which is the test Adande has chosen to use, is an out of date test standard that is classified as ‘superseded, withdrawn’ on the BSI website."

Yesterday Precision also argued that it doesn’t usually come across Adande as a competitor because it operates in a specialist field and has a very tightly defined product focus versus the large variety of refrigeration models that it offers.

But Bell claims the notion that Adande operates in a specialist field was a “misconception” as it is currently specified in all sectors of the foodservice market, from quick service restaurants to Michelin starred restaurants, insisting that the equipment is considered a viable purchase option given the associated energy and operational savings.

“Likewise, having an offering that is broad and meets the unique needs of the user from our selection of Chef Base, Saladette, Compact Unit, Prep Stations with an optional blast chill function, as well as the feted Matchbox, Adande can certainly match the range of most refrigeration manufacturers,” countered Bell.

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