Foodservice Equipment Reports

PRODUCTS: September 2014

If you’re relying on staffers to physically record temperatures inside cold units, take a look at Versid Inc.’s Assure Wireless Remote Monitoring System, featuring Disney SyncLink Technology. The system automatically takes and logs temperatures inside cold units at predetermined intervals around the clock. If temperatures rise or fall out of the safe range, the system issues alerts by text message, voicemail or email, allowing you the chance to make a timely intervention. The system works using temperature sensors that transmit data to a receiver with an Ethernet connection. The receiver transfers data to a secure cloud-based, hosted server. Authorized individuals log onto the website from a computer or mobile device to access the data and reports, such as daily temperature summaries and trend analysis. Unlike other monitoring solutions, the Versid Assure system can go beyond analyzing ambient temperatures and actually calculate food-product temperatures using unique product-simulation algorithms. Product simulation meets American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers requirements. Another feature is the Intelligent Data Analysis, which determines the significance of data collected from your operation and issues only meaningful alerts. The system won’t send unnecessary alerts during defrost cycles or routine deliveries.

The ALP3GT Brewing System with FreshTrac technology helps keep coffee service fresh. FreshTrac features a flashing, visual indicator to monitor coffee freshness from the start of brewing. FreshTrac starts timing at the moment the brew cycle begins. Freshness settings, which can range from 10-120 min., are transmitted to the FreshTrac receiver that conveniently snaps on to any Curtis decanter handle. Once the desired freshness time has expired, the indicator begins flashing red every 5 sec. until a new pot is brewed. The visual alarm is fully automatic and dishwasher safe.
Wilbur Curtis Co.

American Metalcraft’s new Rain Collection of clear styrene bowls, platters and trays imparts a clean, effervescent look to tabletops and buffets. The collection features organic edges and a natural rain-splashed surface design that can work with any color scheme or decor. More durable than glass, the collection’s lightweight styrene pieces are dishmachine safe. Four bowls, varying in size from 44-235 oz., are available. Platters have some depth to them with ½-2-in.H edges. The smallest platter is 48 oz., 14-in.L x 7½-in.W, and the largest is 152 oz., 21-in.L x 13-in.W. A 16-oz. tray, 13-in.L x 8½-in.W x ¾-in.H, also is available.
American Metalcraft

Vollrath’s Cayenne series heavy-duty charbroilers are solidly built and feature versatile grill plates. One side features narrow grills and channels specially designed to drain excess fat, reducing smoke and flames. The flip side features flatter, wider grills, which are ideal for fish and other delicate items. Adaptor bars enable the grill plates to angle up and away from heat for slower cooking. This directs grease to the run-off trough to minimize flare-ups. Burners, placed every 6 in., deliver 40,000 Btu per 12 in. of cooking surface. Available in 5 models from 24- to 72-in. wide.
Vollrath Co.

The design and utility patents are pending on Beverage-Air’s Versa-Cool portable walk-in system. Measuring 4-ft.W x 4-ft.D x 6½-ft.H and weighing 300 lb., Versa-Cool is one of the most compact, portable walk-in cooler systems in the industry, according to the company. The portable walk-in operates on 115V and plugs into any standard 15A outlet; set it up and take it down in less than 10 min. It gives any foodservice or catering operation 105 cu. ft. of cold (36˚F-40˚F) storage space anywhere it’s needed.
Beverage-Air/Ali Group

A la Cart’s Breakfast/Support Cart lets you offer a variety of meals or snacks from an easy-to-use mobile serving cart. The cart can be used as an independent serving station (for breakfast, lunch or dinner) or as a support cart to expand services at existing stationary or mobile foodservices. With numerous applications, the cart holds foods hot, cold or at ambient temperatures and features dishware storage, a hot well for soup and a beverage service area to take meal service to high-traffic or remote locations. Customized graphics are optional.
A la Cart/Unified Brands

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