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Faucets are an obvious necessity in commercial kitchens, and foodservice operators can choose from a variety of types, including units designed for handwashing, prerinsing of dishes and various cleaning jobs.
Service Agent Q&A with George Loredo, service manager, PROTEX Restaurant Services Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas
Local health codes govern the number of kitchen sinks, which in turn impact the amount of faucets a foodservice operation requires. The number of faucets necessary also depends on the size of a kitchen. A typical quick-service operation will have seven faucets, including two prerinse types and three hand sinks. Faucets are specified separate from sinks.
Because warewashers have a number of components, the likelihood of breakdowns and failures is increased. By properly caring for these units with regular cleaning and routine maintenance, operators can expect them to have as much as a 10-year service life.
Consultant Q&A with Timothy A. Barker, founder of Table & Bar Consulting Group, Memphis, Tenn.
Rack warewashers, commonly referred to as rack conveyors, are often used in full-service restaurants and higher-volume applications, such as universities and healthcare foodservice. This is because the average production rate for these continuous-motion machines is between 100 and 300 racks an hour. While undercounter and door-type machines also use racks, this reference typically is limited to the conveyor-type units.
Not following manufacturers’ recommendations when selecting a disposer can result in an inadequate system that will not meet the operation’s waste needs. Because most operations become more dependent on these systems than anticipated, it is better to go bigger in terms of horsepower to ensure the waste amount can be accommodated.
Commercial disposers provide an efficient and convenient method of eliminating food waste and are beneficial to kitchen sanitation. These units not only help reduce garbage and dumpster odors, which can attract insects and vermin, but also lower trash hauling costs since the amount of overall waste being dumped is decreased.
FE&S: Do thermometers require service or maintenance?
BG: Thermometers are replacement items since they have no moving parts, and even the electronic types are reasonably priced. For this reason, there is typically no service needed for these tools.
Foodservice operators typically use air curtains, or air doors, in a variety of door openings to control temperatures, repel insects and mitigate odors and smoke. These are most often installed above dock doors, in walk-in cooler doors and at drive-up windows.