Lincat has introduced the Confidence Box to help foodservice operators and retailers meet current demand for enhanced hygiene measures.
Measuring 375mm x 575mm x 450mm, this pass-through, countertop box uses UV-C lamps to reduce viral and bacterial contamination on the exposed surfaces of any object placed inside, in 30 seconds.
Helen Applewhite, marketing manager for Lincat brands, explained: “Hygiene is naturally high on everyone’s agenda right now, and we are all incredibly aware of the risks of everything we touch. We were keen to try to find a way to boost customer confidence in the products handed to them in foodservice and retail outlets.
“Our R&D team quickly identified that UV-C rays, which have been used to sterilise equipment in the healthcare sector for many years, could provide a solution.
“They worked around the clock to produce the Confidence Box, which uses four UV-C lamps, located in the base, sides and top, to reduce viral and bacterial contamination of the objects placed inside.”
To use the Confidence Box, the server loads the goods into the back of the unit and switches it on. At the end of the 30-second cycle, the inside of the cabinet lights up green and an alarm sounds.
Staying safely behind the unit, the server lifts the front door, and the customer reaches in to retrieve their goods. They can be reassured that no-one has touched their purchase since it was placed in the Confidence Box.
Because the process doesn’t involve liquids, it should not damage the goods in any way, meaning it can be used for any product, ranging from food and drink, to electronics, clothing, and spectacles.
The Confidence Box, model number F63/900, is constructed from grade 304 stainless steel. Aluminium, safety interlock doors ensure the lamps will only switch on when the doors are closed and a tinted acrylic door blocks UV-C light from passing through.