Sheet metal components and subassembly manu- facturer Fabrinox recently launched its Mobi Chef mobile modular catering unit.
The unit is designed to bring flexibility and mobility to the retail, hotel and general catering industry.
Units used for in-store demonstrations or as part of a chef’s kitchen can be transported to an event and incorporated in other units. Fabrinox is also targeting the catering industry for the 2010 soccer World Cup.
The design of the Mobi Chef standard size unit allows for different kitchen layouts, as well as the option to extend workspace. As the layout is determined by an event, and by menu requirements, users can link the units directly with locking pins, or insert links to extend and connect work surfaces.
The mobile kitchen is a lightweight design that can be assembled by one person. The standard mobile kitchen, excluding the gas or induction unit, is made up of an oven unit, a preparation unit with two 25-ℓ canisters, and a fridge with glass doors and custom-built stainless steel rod shelving.
Fabrinox supplies the South African healthcare, retail and catering sectors’ requirements for mobile serving and cooking units. The company has developed a mobile demo modular unit in conjunction with the retail market, says company MD Andre Visser.
The demo unit has resulted in the development of a product that can be used for general catering.
Visser says that this unit was introduced about three years ago, for a particular retailer, and has become increasingly popular since its launch at the Good Food and Wine show, held in Johannesburg, late last year.
Computer-aided designs are reviewed and finalised in digital format before any prototyping starts.
Meanwhile, the company has added a Motoman robotic welder and a stainless steel bead-blasting booth to its tool arsenal.
The robotic welder has a reach of 1,7 m and is equipped with Mig and Tig welding applications. Tig welding is commonly used for high-quality welding pro- cesses, while Mig welding is a commonly used high deposition rate welding process.
The Motoman is equipped with a turn/tilt mechanism that is versatile, and allows for continuous welding in a down-hand position, despite the shape.
The company is also expanding its project management department to provide clients with a complete manufacturing solution.
Fabrinox is partnering with local and multinational companies in this expansion project and has established three teams for local and international installations.
Further, the com- pany is currently implementing ISO 3834, which is a quality management system controlling welding procedures.