Mechline adds its voice to specification warnings

Following CESA’s calls for dealers to stick to equipment specifications in kitchen outfits, manufacturer Mechline has now urged the industry to ensure that only high quality, accredited gas hoses should be used for kitchens.

Ian Cresswell, business development director at Mechline has cautioned that equipment should be fit for purpose and not to cost cut when it comes to installing equipment in a commercial kitchen.

“It is a sad fact of life that some excellent kitchen project specifications do get ‘value engineered’ at the point of installation to save money but dealers must ensure this does not happen,” he said. “Safety and business reputation is on the line.

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“Fracture lines can develop in substandard gas hoses, usually because they have been specified on price rather than quality, even in a premier installation. A ruptured gas hose spells danger and unnecessary downtime while it is replaced, and if that is with a like-for-like replacement of an inferior brand the problem is only going to recur.”

Mechline can provide Dormont gas hoses, which it says are proven safe and reliable in use. They are available in a number of lengths and are compatible with town gas, natural gas and LPG. “The fittings are better machined to ensure smoother operation and ease of use, plus far greater durability, reliability and safety: facts that are backed up by the evidence of the safe installation of more than 115m Dormont gas connectors over 50 years,” said Cresswell.

“Dormont hoses are all multi-dipped in liquid PVC to ensure the coating goes into each groove and ensures a wrinkle-free, durable, easy clean surface. Other hoses use a PVC wrap, which will wrinkle very quickly and is prone to tearing and the sleeve moving on the end fitting, exposing the metal hose.”

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