Foster launches new +stayclear condenser technology to cut maintenance costs

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Leading professional refrigeration specialist, Foster Refrigerator, has revealed its latest energy-saving innovation, a new condenser design that significantly extends the period of efficient cabinet operation between cleaning cycles, saving customers even more money on the running of their Foster refrigeration units.

Exclusive to Foster, the +stayclear condenser has been developed to combat costly maintenance associated with traditional condenser blockages, reducing operator down-time and prolonging the lifetime of the equipment, keeping the fridge working more efficiently for longer. A clear condenser = an efficient fridge!

Traditional condensers attract dust and grease, and require regular maintenance by trained engineers owing to the potential damage or gas leaks which can occur when cleaning. Such blockages if left un-checked can result in poor temperature control and ultimately product failure leading to kitchen disruption and health and safety concerns.

How +stayclear works

The new +stayclear is different from traditional condensers. It features a unique aerofoil tube design to achieve high heat transfer without the potential for blockage and efficiency loss commonly associated with the traditional “car radiator” style condensers.

This continuous airflow means there is far less chance that maintenance-intensive debris such as grease and dust can build up in the condenser unit. Debris can lead to inefficiencies in temperature control, causing the unit to use more energy, just to maintain safe food temperatures. What is more, too much grease and debris caught around the condenser unit will require specialist often expensive and labour intensive cleaning.

Stayclear condenserChris Playford, market and development director at Foster, said: “The incentive to develop the +stayclear came from a need to develop products that require less maintenance, achieve high levels of energy efficiency that is maintained during the life of the equipment, not only for a new certification test, and part of its company-wide drive to reduce the environmental impact of refrigeration as a whole, to aid sustainability.”

Playford said that cleaning a condenser is an intrusive job and which involves machine down-time, and a lot of disruption to a busy working kitchen. “We designed the +stayclear system to answer a real industry-wide problem of machine maintenance. Fundamentally the +stayclear helps to create sustained energy efficiencies for the entire refrigerator, meaning its working life is extended.

“As a traditional condenser blocks it uses more energy no matter how energy efficient the refrigerator is, and this is a real problem for professional equipment which cannot afford downtime and is a big cost investment. With +stayclear the blockages just do not happen, so the lifetime of the refrigerator is increased, and its energy efficiency in everyday use is improved.”

Foster is the only commercial refrigerator manufacturer with this technology, which is currently available to be fitted to the most popular G2 cabinets and counters.

For more information about +stayclear and its benefits visit: www.fosterrefrigerator.co.uk/stayclear

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