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THERE is an increasing demand for catering equipment. Fabrinox therefore formed strategic alliances with companies providing complete solutions according to requirements.

A good example is the mobile, modular catering components that were designed, engineered and constructed using CAD based technology with ideas reviewed and finalized digitally before any protyping commenced. Product development is, therefore, not only accelerated but also made more cost-effective.

Says Fabrinox’s Andre Visser, “Our modular units go one stage further than traditional mobile units by, firstly, supplying whatever extras a customer may need for his particular business, such as wash units or a complete kitchen for demonstrations and on-site functions, secondly being aesthetically pleasing as we have our own in-house designer who has an engineering background and thirdly offering complete mobility”.

Manoeuvrability, particularly with regard to 2010, is vital as units need to be transported to different venues and moved across soccer fields and uneven surfaces easily. They also need to be sturdy and robust to support the various items incorporated into the design.

High quality materials, superior welding techniques and the use of the latest equipment ensure that Fabrinox can meet such demands.

Appreciating the importance of units as an advertising medium, Fabrinox can utilise a magnetic grade of stainless steel in the production of its trolleys so that logos can be placed on the front and changed – particularly useful with the number of sponsors involved in 2010 and the number of teams.

As part of its total solution package, Fabrinox uses sub-contractors to provide for such requirements as gas hobs, electrical connections and any other specific equipment, such as fridges or induction plates, which are all incorporated into the overall design.

The mobile units have application not only in catering but also in a medical environment. The old, dull, grey, squeaking hospital trolley can be replaced with units such as the company’s new compact Meals on Wheels (MOW 20) unit, which incorporates removable trays (20 capacity) for hygienic cleaning, bi-directional mobility, lockable castors and insulation to maintain serving temperatures. Also important is that individual components are replaceable.

The RTS30 refreshment unit has an eye-catching, ergonomical design making it possible to manoeuvre between hospital beds and incorporates such features as newspaper and magazine holders as well as storage shelves both top and bottom.

It manufactures under license for industries such as oven manufacturing; food and liquid processing and packaging; dairy and liquid purification technology.

Products for baking systems include rack ovens, provers, mixers, moulders and dividers, which have been installed for a wide range of applications such as wholesale bakeries, supermarkets and coffee shops. To support such systems, Fabrinox specialises in the manufacture of heat exchangers for the different oven models.

In the area of food processing and packaging, Fabrinox is involved with one of the world’s leading manufacturers designing and engineering the machinery used to package such foodstuffs as prepared meats, poultry and seafood as well as baked and fried snacks.

Due to the competitive nature of the industry, equipment has to operate non-stop so quality and durability of the machinery is essential. Fabrinox’s joint venture with the organization means that it manufactures components and sub-assemblies while providing full project management and maintenance and delivering equipment and services to countries as far afield as Australia, India and the Philippines as well as Switzerland and Zimbabwe.

Dairy is another industry for which Fabrinox is able to provide solutions whatever the animal being milked. It has extended its expertise into manufacturing, under license, cow handling equipment as well as more complex installations.

Says Visser, “We like to interact with the customer providing appropriate responses and equipment from the outset through to the finished product. This also means addressing waste management, which is becoming a real issue these days, particularly in South Africa”.


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