Keith Elkington teams up with Rational for ex-demo combi resale

Keith Elkington Transport will be helping to refurbish used Rational combi ovens.Keith Elkington Transport will be helping to refurbish used Rational combi ovens.

Specialist catering equipment logistics firm, Keith Elkington Transport (KET), has been appointed by Rational to assist the manufacturer and its service partners in the refurbishment of ‘once used’ and ex-demonstration combination ovens for the purpose of resale.

KET recently created a cleaning and testing facility as it realised its clients’ need for a high standard industry specialist clean service. The company feels that using third parties external to the market didn’t have the specific knowledge needed to correctly regulate what they were cleaning, which in turn can cause major issues.

This factor is coupled with the transport costs of several movements from site to a cleaning company, to its storage area and then back to site. The risk of damage or loss with too many movements is a real possibility.

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KET believes that it could provide answers to all these issues as well as supplying a high standard of service throughout each project.

A number of businesses take advantage of KET’s facility, ranging from one off cleaning of bakery equipment, to full scale refurbishments, to use of the testing/servicing facilities and hospitality services for training purposes. In order to reach the level required to work with Rational on this project, KET put its staff through a City & Guilds-recognised qualification to better meet this requirement.

Project director Matt Foster commented: “The ovens Rational would like us to work with are required to be finished to the highest spec with all cleans completed together with new seals for every oven. A final uncompromising quality check is then made to each oven before packaging and restocking.

“Due to the ‘one stop shop’ approach, the transportation of items is reduced. In Rational’s case, we are able to clean and service from stock without the use of relocation to Rational or its service partners. Once we take a detailed inventory, we are able to fit items within our bespoke management system ready for delivery.

“We always ensure items are in a condition of a high standard, and well packaged and labelled for delivery back to site. Here our experienced and trained teams can reposition ready for reconnection. We are grateful for this opportunity to work further with Rational, and we are looking forward to doing more business with the company in future.”

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