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Do you know what should go on your walk-in refrigeration units? All types of strip curtains serve a specific purpose. Adding ribbed curtains when not needed won’t cause harm to your refrigeration units, but you may not want to spend the extra dollars if they are not necessary.

2 Questions should be asked:

  1. What type of traffic is going through the doors?
    – Forklifts and Machine traffic should used ribbed curtain material
    -Foot traffic should use smooth strip curtain material
  2. Do the strip curtains need to be cleaned on a regular basis?
    -If yes then smooth strip curtain material would be the better choice because of its flat profile

Smooth Strip Curtain Properties:

  • Flat Surface
  • Crystal Clear – offering very good visibility
  • Ideal for Pedestrian Applications
  • Easy to Clean
  • Commonly Used for Foodservice or More Technical Applications

Ribbed Strip Curtain Properties:

  • Ribbed Profile
  • Good for Heavy Traffic Applications
  • Ribs Work Like Bumpers – Protect from heavy loads
  • Ideal for Forklifts or Other Machinery Going In & Out
  • Ribbed Strip Curtain Material Needs to Be Replaced When Scratches Effect Visibility – When safety starts to be of a concern

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How Much Overlap Do I Need?

Cooler and freezer strip curtains come in all shapes, sizes, textures, and overlap possible. Strip curtain doors can be very effective in sealing off air flow if they are used in the proper way with the correct overlap. But what is overlap? How much is necessary? Can there be too much of a good thing?

In short, yes there can be. Strip curtain overlap depends on what application the strip curtain doors are being used for. The standard walk-in cooler or freezer strip curtain overlap is 67% (meaning 33.5% of the strip is covered up on either side creating a 67% overlap). These doors are approximately sized 30 x 84 with a 6″ strip width. The wider and taller the door the more overlap is needed. For instance, a refrigerated warehouse wanting to isolate certain sections would need a greater strip overlap because the openings are larger. Some other applications that require a higher overlap percentage are loading docks with exterior doorways where wind is present, interior doorways with high levels of air pressure, temperature control applications where energy savings are critical, and taller doorways.

Most Common Strip Overlap percentage:

Strip Width                        Percentage of Overlap
4″                                          100%
6″                                          67%
8″                                          50%
12″                                        67%
16″                                        50%

Keep watch for more information on ribbed strip curtain material versus smooth.

 

Downed Refrigeration is Bad for Business. Period.

It’s June 1st. Temperatures are rising. How is your refrigeration doing?

Have You Checked Your Refrigeration Lately?

An increase in temperatures is an increase in EVERYTHING! Your compressor is running hard and more frequent to keep up with the demand. Hot Summer Months increase the electrical demand.

The list below causes compressors to work harder, shortening their life span using more ENERGY and costing MORE MONEY to run. Don’t be caught off guard with equipment failure. Be sure to keep up with your periodic maintenance as well.

  • Have you checked your thermostats?
    Make sure your thermostats are temping properly. Malfunctioning thermostats put extra stress on your compressor.
  • Have you checked your thermometers?
    Make sure that they are reading the correct temperature.
  • Have you checked your door hardware?
    Doors that sag, drag, and don’t close properly let warm air in to your units causing your refrigeration equipment cooling systems to work harder than necessary.
  • Have you looked at your door gaskets?
    Leaky cooler and freezer door gaskets can be detrimental to your refrigeration units. They are a simple fix to a potential large issue if left damaged, torn, worn, or missing for extended periods of time.

Protect Your Walk-ins With Strip Curtains!

Strip curtains save energy without using any. They reduce added the load on the compressor by having an extra barrier to your walk-in coolers and freezers. Available in bulk rolls or kits.

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Did You Know We Customize Gaskets?

Can’t find the size and shape that you are looking for? We can build your gasket for you to your specifications at no extra cost to you. Give us a call 844.292.6694.

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What’s Got My Display Doors Popping?

Have you ever heard the phrase “When one door closes another one will open” ? Are you asking yourself, “Why the (insert expletive here) wont my glass display doors close?” You close one reach-in glass door and the next glass display door pops right open! This can be extremely frustrating, infuriating, irritating and … you name it.

Every time this happens you are losing $ Money…

  • Your compressor is working harder to keep your refrigeration unit cold.
  • Your refrigeration case will need more HVAC work in the future
  • Your electric bill skyrockets.
  • More parts on the door will break (yay!).
  • Your Lighting turns on – wasting even more electricity.
  • Your Ant-sweat hearts have to kick it up a notch.

So what gives? How can this problem be fixed? It is a simple replacement. You need a new door closer kit/torque rod for your glass display doors. Depending on the manufacturer of your glass display doors (not the big walk-in cooler door) certain door kits and torque rods go on the door. Most of the glass display doors out there are Anthony/Ardco/Displayrite (all the same company), a few others are Hussmann doors, and even less are Styline glass display doors. You will need the following information to replace the glass display door closer:

  • Ardco – You’re in luck there is only one door kit or frame kit that fits all Ardco Display Doors.
  • Anthony – You need to know if your base of your torque rod is hex (like a stop sign) or round, the W/O # off of the top frame of the door, the date of manufacture (DOM), and the model number.
  • Displayrite – You’re in luck there is only one door closer/torque rod for displayrite.
  • Hussmann – You need to have the model, serial number, and date of manufacture.
  • Styleline –  You need to have the model, serial number, and date of manufacture.

If you cannot find the information you need, please call us at 844.292.6694 or email us at Support@HingedParts.com

Don’t Worry About Things You Can Prevent

Get your restaurant ready for the Mother’s Day rush.

Make sure your equipment will not fail you when you need it most. Check all hardware like door hinges, closers, latches, pull handles etc. Make sure your thermostats are running properly and replace them if they are not. You want to keep your refrigeration units working when you are at your busiest. Check all gaskets and replace them if they are worn or torn. Do put your equipment under added stress and it will last longer. Remember… equipment that is well maintained lasts longer, uses less energy, and costs less to run.

Greener Earth Tip: Install strip curtains on all your walk-in units. This will take additional stress off of your compressors and improve the performance of your unit. Each curtain saves you $254 a year off of your electric bill (depending on your utility rate and size of unit).

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Spring Cleaning!!!!

It’s our Spring Cleaning Initiative!!!

Take 10% off all products! Now through April 30, 2017!!! Only at HingedParts.com CODE: SPRG10. That means you get 10% off anything including hinges, reach-in cooler latches, walk-in door closers, condensate drain pans, strip curtains, cooler door gaskets, thermostats, walk-in freezer door latches, and much more!!

Don’t forget to enter coupon code: SPRG10

 

Springing Into Outdoor Dining

Spring is here! Has your outdoor patio opened up to the public. Were you ready for it? Outdoor dining is an experience more and more customers are craving. Especially when the warm spring days emerge. Diners take it upon themselves to enjoy the outdoor spaces that many restaurants are now offering. But what happens when your space is not ready?  

Did the warm spring day come to a surprise or did the weatherman miss the target entirely. Whatever the reason, don’t let your customers’ experience be less than satisfactory. Have your bartenders be on top of their game even when that outdoor bar cooler is not temping or the doors wont shut because the cooler door hinges broke in the winter. Don’t let your diners see the aggravation or frustration that the staff is going through to serve them…the customer. Offer a complimentary appetizer or dessert to make up for lag time when service is less than adequate.

Empower your employees. Have servers, bar tenders, line cooks, bar backs (you name it) make a list of items that are failing in the restaurant. Keep a dry erase board readily available so employees can add to the repair list. Use this list to get your outdoor space adequately up and running! Have back of the house managers and front of the house managers replace the items on the list ASAP! Employees can only hold it together for so long before the diners begin suffer. Stay on top of your kitchen equipment!

Health Grades and Your Reputation

food-safetyDo you feel chills down your spine when the Health Inspector calls? Is it because you know that there are things that need fixing that you just haven’t gotten around to or corners that you regularly cut just to save a few minutes. Getting a somewhat less than (let’s face it) A Grade on your report does not simply mean that you’ll get it right the next time or that it’s just a slap on the wrist. In this day & age of Social Media you are held accountable by more than a Health Inspector posting a grade on your door doing their job for public health.

Word of mouth spreads like rapid wildfire. I belong to a Social Media Group that has roughly 6,000 local residents in it. A member posted an article written by the local Journal (which was probably initially missed by most) about restaurants/bars/cafe’s/C-Stores in the area that have had health code violations within the passed 3 years. That’s right, 3 years. The  article listed roughly 20 establishments and all of their infractions. For the last 3 years! In a previous day and age this article might have gotten a small amount of attention but now that EVERYTHING has become digital things spread quick and at a large scale.

This article received a grandiose amount of attention (all of which was negative) and was re-posted to people outside of the group. If 20% of the people in the group looked at the post and of that 20% half of those people share the article and half of those people and so on and so on…who are all local current or potential customers to the listed establishments are reading this horrible article forming bad opinions. And we are not even talking about the traditional word of mouth! What happens to current or future clientele? Would you want to go somewhere if there is a possibility of getting sick?

In return, these restaurants will suffer and suffer at a large scale for something that they thought wasn’t a big deal. They might have not wanted to replace their damaged cooler door gaskets just yet or thought that they could get by when their thermostat wasn’t temping. Some of these easy fixes don’t even cost money like labeling food properly! Do not let your cafe’, hotel, bar, CSR, restaurant, or even taco truck fail! Be vigilant on keeping your establishment in good standing. Perception is reality. It is nearly impossible to recover from a generalized bad perception of a establishment.

Eliminate. The. Wait.

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Hinged Parts ships the same day on all in-stock items. With multiple shipping points Nationwide, this means that you GET the PARTS that YOU NEED within 2-3 business DAYS. Many times you get them the NEXT DAY without having to upgrade your shipping service! This means NO EXTRA COST and no downtime!

So…worry less. Hinged Parts has your back. We get you back on track faster to working in kitchens doing what you do best!

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Happy Cooking!

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