Victor Manufacturing has unveiled its new Optimax merchandising units — and claims it has solved the age-old dilemma of how to stop chilled air from escaping when the rear doors are accessed.
Refrigeration systems typically work harder, consume more energy and create unwanted noise in the workplace when rear doors are frequently opened, but Victor insists the “clever method” it has devised provides a solution to all that.
Victor’s operator-assisted models now contain a drop-down/lift-up rear, load-bearing door that is engineered to open in such a way to channel cold air under the middle shelf.
This, it says, minimises the loss of chilled air and means reduced load on the system and less energy used for pull-down.
Distributors and operators were recently given a sneak preview of the units during a series of ‘open house’ days at its Bradford HQ ahead of the launch
The range includes hot, ambient and chilled food display cabinets for both self service and assisted service, with the refrigerated models capable of maintaining core product temperatures with pre-chilled produce held at 5°C in ambient temperatures up to 27°C.
“Increasingly, customers are requesting products that deliver in terms of energy saving, versatility and efficiency in use — criteria used in all our new product development,” said Victor’s communications boss Peter Brewin. He claims laboratory tests showed up to 50% savings in energy usage over previous models.
Brewin says dealers which haven’t yet had a chance to see the product close up will have an opportunity to do so at Hotelympia in February.
“Following on from our open house launch days, visitors to Hotelympia will have a chance to inspect Optimax and see for themselves just how innovative this product is,” he said.