Special Report | May 2011 | By Mary Avant
Making the Most of NRA 2011
2011 Kitchen Innovations Awards
Camduction Complete Heat System
Manufacturer: Cambro Manufacturing
This hot-meal delivery system charges 20 heat retention bases in one unit and promises reliable temperature holding for 60 minutes.
CORE Protection Fire System
Manufacturer: CaptiveAire Systems Inc.
The fire-suppression system includes real-time monitoring, supervision, and communication of operational status and specific fault conditions.
Mini 2in1 Combi Oven
Manufacturer: Cleveland Range LLC
The oven-steamer comes with two independent cooking chambers and requires limited space, allowing simultaneous food preparation.
Manufacturer: The Coca-Cola Company
This self-serve fountain dispenser features more than 100 beverages, and takes the same amount of space as an eight-valve machine.
Hot Cube 3
Manufacturer: Cres Cor
The tri-powered hybrid hot cabinet uses 120V indoors and converts to propane heat for eight hours outdoors.
Apex Conveyor Dishmachine
Apex Conveyor is designed for spotless ware results using half the utilities. The dishmachine also cleans and delimes itself automatically.
Ecolab Cleaning Caddy
This restroom-cleaning caddy, complete with chemical dispenser, spray wand, on-board wet vac, and rechargeable battery, is the size of a mop and bucket.
EcoVent Exhaust Air Cleaner
Manufacturer: Franke Foodservice Systems
The first cooking exhaust cleaner to introduce grease- and odor-reducing effects of UV light in the airstream, reducing the need for filters and daily cleaning.
Jet Extraction System
Manufacturer: Halton Company
An extraction-exhaust system that uses a cyclonic aspirating hood to provide quiet cooking.
Proximity Heat Reclaim Hood
Manufacturer: Halton Company
This reclaim hood captures the highest clean combustion heat from a gas appliance, supplies hot water, and reduces energy consumption.
PriMelt Oil Melter
Manufacturer: Henny Penny
PriMelt is an on-board oil melter that converts semisolid oils to a clear liquid and maintains it for replenishment, without hot splash.
Advansys CLER Energy Recovery
Manufacturer: Hobart Corporation
The conveyor-type warewasher captures heat from exhaust air to preheat inlet water for energy savings.
Indigo Series Ice Machine
Manufacturer: Manitowoc Ice
Operators can program ice production and monitor ice clarity and machine maintenance, as well as energy and water usage.
M-iQ Flight-Type Dishwasher
Manufacturer: MEIKO, USA
The M-iQ includes a filtration system that removes food waste from the wash water and features a filtration process that collects food soil and flushes it out in high-pressure cycles.
Dragon Fire Thermo Recovery Filter
Manufacturer: National Hot Water
A device that replaces grease filters in vent hoods and combines a heat exchanger with a grease filter to convert heat exhaust into energy.
Produce Soak with Advanced Washing Technology
Manufacturer: Power Soak Systems Inc.
Free-flowing water moves soil from hard-to-reach areas. Advanced Washing Inserts and Flexible Tank Dividers create rotating motions for thorough washing and sanitation.
Pro-Max Two Sided Grill with Pro-Lift Hinge System
Manufacturer: Star Manufacturing
This Pro-Max Grill uses a hinge system that transfers loads to compression springs for improved multifood grilling capabilities.
Manufacturer: STOVESHOES LLC
A cost-effective alternative to wheels or casters, these are nonbreakable, chemical resistant, and low friction, making sliding kitchen equipment easy.
Kwik Clean 3 Pre-Rinse Spray Nozzle
Manufacturer: Strahman Valves Inc.
The three-tip nozzle allows for quick spray pattern changes. Its high-efficiency design reduces energy and wastewater costs while lowering CO2 emissions.
VISION Underbar Furniture
Manufacturer: Supreme Metal Inc.
A line of underbar furniture that features interchangeable and customizable finishes, hardware, fixtures, storage options, and installation configurations.
The Quiet One
Manufacturer: Vitamix Corporation
The quietest commercial blender available, providing sound reduction through its exclusive door-seal design.
Universal Ventless Hoods
Manufacturer: Wells Manufacturing
With the flexibility to mix and match various electric cooking equipment and an innovative air path with a four-stage filtration system, these hoods capture more effluents with 34 percent less air flow and 30 percent less noise.
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