Williams Refrigeration has released a series of improvements across its range of reach-in cabinets and counters following the introduction of energy labelling and MEPS (Minimum Energy Performance Standards) in July 2016.
However, Williams is underlining the fact that the upgrades are not purely about energy efficiency as Malcolm Harling, Williams UK sales and marketing director, explained: "The ethos behind the R&D programme was to enhance all the other characteristics of Williams fridges that our customers love. There's no point in gaining energy efficiency if you compromise reliability, performance, food safety or robustness."
Many of the Williams products are now being manufactured with thicker insulation and two key benefits of Williams' designs, said Harling: "Are their ability to fit into a standard footprint, and to fit through a standard doorway without tipping.
Many of the new Williams products also feature an enhanced airflow design, developed to provide greater food safety. "Conventional designs have fans drawing the cold air back up through grills mounted in the centre of the cabinet ceiling," said Harling. "We've mounted the grill at the front of the cabinet, so that air is drawn through the whole cabinet and cooling is uniform, with no potential ‘warm spots'."
While some models in Williams' upgraded range boast an ‘A' rating for energy labelling, Harling believes that customers are just as interested in the fact that the characteristic qualities of a Williams-built fridge have also been enhanced. "Our customers value robust reliability. They want to be able to slam the doors when they're under pressure and need to know that the food inside, as well as their business reputation, is safely protected. Of course they want energy efficiency but also functional, practical designs that will work in the kitchen.
A selection of the Williams refrigeration equipment under the new legislation includes:
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