Bonnybridge-based manufacturer Moffat has reported that its new hospital foodservice trolley created waves when the prototype was shown at HEFMA and the HCA conferences in 2018.
Designed to be a flexible and practical solution, the latest incarnation of the British manufacturer’s Vgen series is now in production and is the result of 2 years of R&D, during which Moffat’s designers consulted with hospital caterers to develop a solution that the manufacturer believes meets today’s needs and is future-proof.
The trolleys are compatible with cook-serve, cook-chill and cook-freeze systems. Features include a multi-zone oven that can hold different foods at different temperatures in one cabinet. Individual heated zones can be switched off if not required.
Meanwhile the refrigeration units combine finless condenser technology, the latest high-performance insulation and eco-friendly, thermally efficient R290 refrigerant. Together they should reduce energy consumption and running costs while minimising maintenance requirements.
The new Vgen is available in a variety of configurations. It can have one, two or three compartments. Each compartment can be either for regen, refrigeration, ambient or warm storage. All are designed to maintain food quality. For example, the refrigerated model is fan-assisted to ensure rapid pull down times.
A colour touchscreen controller is designed to be user friendly and simple to program or for downloading HACCP information. The controller can be used in fully-automatic, semi-automatic or manual mode.
Bright LED strips on the end and top of the gantry look attractive but also show staff the trolley’s status at a glance. If the lights flash, it means that action is required; for example, flashing red LEDs indicate the oven door is open.
The trolley’s looks are designed to enhance food presentation and, in turn, encourage patients’ uptake of meals. Moffat can supply the facia in a variety of finishes and colours, to suit a hospital’s preferred décor and style.
Donald Reid, sales manager at Moffat, said: “Currently the hospital foodservice trolley sector is dominated by models that are made overseas. Our new trolley is designed in the UK, manufactured in the UK and has been developed with the blended input from many different industry stakeholders, to meet the needs of caterers.”