Glass Door (Beverage) Merchandiser/Bottle Cooler
Compact and full sized Glass Door Merchandisers have become popular at the front of supermarket checkout lines and convenience stores while Bottle Coolers are seen more frequently in family homes. Whether using traditional or alternative refrigerant based vapor compression, or thermoelectric technology for cooling moderate capacity solutions, a high R-Value insulation can help maximize efficiency and capacity within these devices. High-end models may include Sensors and Batteries for smart features that take action based on light, pressure or motion detection.
Display Case and Solid Door Reach-In Refrigerator/Freezer
As demographic preferences continue to shift towards digital and mobile device usage, grocery and supermarket design and equipment will need to evolve with technologies that offer a unique and superior customer experience. Doors that can be transparent and/or present digital information, ways for customers to access in-store and out-of-store information, in-store customer experience and crowd management, and product availability are all important aspects. Commercial Refrigeration Equipment companies are innovating to deliver meaningful features and services in their IoT compatible commercial retail and foodservice equipment. Occupancy Sensors, improved Evaporator Coils, higher efficiency Evaporator and Condenser Fan Motors, improved case Insulation or Night Curtains for equipment without doors are all ways to improve the performance of the primary Refrigeration equipment functions.
Automated commercial Ice Machines have to operate more efficiently starting in 2018 when the new DoE standards take effect. Similar to Walk-in Coolers and Freezers, the energy consumption of automatic commercial Ice Machines can be reduced by employing high efficiency Condenser Fans and Fan Motors Compressors, and high efficiency Pump Motors. Improved material to insulate around the evaporator compartment and around the holding bin are also recommended. The more the Ice Machine is protected from high ambient temperatures, the more productive the Ice Machine can be, with a potential side benefit of reduced clumping in the Ice Bin.
Many Refrigerated Vending operators are embracing the fresh, healthy and convenience food trends by offering salads, frozen meats, yogurts, sandwiches and other healthy foods that require consistent temperature control to maintain freshness and desirability. Reliability is key for these shorter shelf life foods. Connectivity and intelligence is becoming a necessity with Vending Machines to reduce costs and better meet customer needs. Further automation is starting to merge these applications with more extensive robotic functions. Some Intelligent Vending Machines can walk, talk, and in some cases, can partially prepare the selected food item.
Using high performance insulation can significantly decrease the energy consumption of Walk-In Freezers, even if the insulation only partially covers the walls, floor and ceiling. The efficiency of the Walk-in Cooler and Freezer (WICF) Refrigeration System itself is largely determined by the level of control and efficiency of the Compressor, the Condenser and Evaporator Fans (motor and blade), and the type of Condenser Coil. Variable speed control of Fan Motors or Compressor helps to operate at the level required to maintain temperature stability, and avoid unnecessary runtime, which also extends system life.