Cool Wheels @ Hotelympia:

Williams launches market’s first mobile refrigerated prep well

Stand N1645, Hotelympia, ExCeL London, 26 Feb – 1 March 2012

At Hotelympia 2012 Williams will launch an entirely new refrigeration concept, designed to help with the makeup of pizzas, salads and sandwiches.  The mobile Prep Well is a highly flexible, compact unit – it’s ideal for sites that have to replenish ingredients from the coldroom and have no room for a conventional prep counter with wells.  Accurate controls mean there’s no need for regular temperature checking of the ingredients and it can be wheeled-in and positioned where it’s needed most, such as alongside an existing work counter or prep area.  Its footprint of just 769 x 450mm means it is also small enough to fit into confined spaces.

 Whilst the concept of counters with wells and table tops is established in the foodservice market, the Williams Prep Well is the first to offer a mobile option.  “Its mobility is a key benefit, since it allows caterers to be more flexible with valuable floor space,” says Williams marketing manager Martin Laws.

The Prep Well is equipped with a powerful refrigeration system which, together with its new airflow design, ensures a constant temperature of 1 to 4°C is maintained for the medium-term storage of ingredients.  An integral chopping board, which can be removed when not required, can be used as a lid over the wells to retain freshness for even longer periods.

 The unit’s special airflow design provides constant cooling to the chilled ingredients through a combination of convection cooling below the gastronorm pans and a protective 1°C air-curtain above the ingredients. 

 The Prep Well is designed to be easy to clean to ensure maximum hygiene.  Thus it features many removable parts, including a removable overflow tray for the collection and disposal of spillages.

 Sustainability Built In

The new Prep Well uses R290 hydrocarbon refrigerant and high density polyurethane foam insulation, which have a minimal Global Warming Potential and zero Ozone Depletion Potential.  As the hydrocarbon refrigerant is below the 150g threshold, the unit can be placed in any location.  

The combination of the hydrocarbon refrigerant and the Prep Well’s highly efficient EC fans reduces energy consumption by up to 15%, compared to traditional systems.  The Prep Well’s CoolSmart controller also minimises energy consumption, by up to a further 15%, through processes such as fan and heater pulsing, intelligent defrost and the independent management of evaporator and condenser fans.  All components are ethically sourced and the unit is 98% recyclable.

 Williams also points out that the Prep Well’s ability to ensure ingredients retain their freshness will lead to a reduction in food spoilage – and a consequent reduction in food costs.

 “The use of the Prep Well rather than taking stored pans of ingredients directly from a coldroom will save staff time.  For example, there’s no need for the constant checking of ingredient temperatures and it avoids regular trips to the coldroom or other preparation areas to replenish supplies,” says Martin Laws. 

 Williams Refrigeration offers a comprehensive range of solutions, from commercial refrigeration to bakery equipment and including a market-leading choice of gastronorm cabinets, modular storage and reach-in and roll-in blast chillers. 

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Press enquiries: Martin Laws, marketing manager, Williams Refrigeration +44 (0) 1553 817002

Williams Refrigeration is an ISO9001-2008 Quality Management accredited company and has been awarded ISO14001, the internationally recognised industry standard for Environmental Management Systems.

Williams designs, manufactures and installs a highly diverse product range, supplying hotels, hospitals, schools, restaurants, bars and kitchens around the world. With a wide selection of gastronorm cabinets and counters, prep stations, blast chillers/freezers, bottle coolers, bakery and modular coldrooms the company provides products that suit almost any application – a “one-stop” refrigeration purchasing solution.

 Williams’ commitment to customers is absolute, offering extensive specialist advice and support from installation through to after-sales, service and maintenance.

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