Ventilation specialist Halton Group has opened new research and development facility for commercial kitchen products in Europe.
The Halton Innovation Hub, which is the ninth that the company owns, is connected to its 6,000 square metre factory in Reit im Winkl, which predominantly serves the Austrian, German and Swiss markets.
It focuses on testing and measurements of ventilation and air flow in professional kitchens, with a view to strengthening the company’s position in the market.
Testing and validating the functionality of systems tailored for demanding customer environments is essential to Halton’s way of operating and of serving customers. The Innovation Hub is designed to bring new scope and accuracy to the company’s testing methods.
“The new Innovation Hub will use ultrasound technology to examine airflow patterns, rather than using only traditional methods such as orifice plates. This will help to reduce the margin of error in measurements to as low as to 1%,” said Heinz Ritzer, director of Halton’s German operations.
Besides the testing area, the factory hosts a new show kitchen environment presenting the company’s unique ventilated ceilings and kitchen hood solutions, which also come with an integrated lighting system that adapts to the human circadian cycle.
The ventilated ceilings and integrated lighting solutions were largely developed in Halton’s German factory.
The show kitchen also operates Halton’s patented, demand-based ventilation system, Halton M.A.R.V.E.L., which enables reductions in the energy consumption of professional kitchens by over half, depending on the composition and use of the kitchen.