The installation of Adande units at Sheetz outlets followed nine months of intensive product testing, which included in-store trials at three live locations and the retailer’s head office at Altoona, PA. The tests were supported by Adande’s energy and engineering departments, with the results monitored by store operation staff and chefs from Sheetz. Every aspect of the drawers was assessed to ensure that the product was a good fit for service in Sheetz kitchens and all decisions were based on the potential return on investment.
Sheetz’s re-evaluation of its refrigeration requirements was prompted by frustration with its existing equipment. The company was experiencing frequent breakdowns and maintenance issues associated with seals, runners, and hinges. Adande’s Global Sales Director, Karl Hodgson, claimed that the proven technology of the Adande products was an obvious choice.
“Adande drawer units are inherently robust and built to withstand the harshest and busiest kitchen environments. There is less wear on the horizontal seals than on the doors of conventional refrigerators, meaning that seals need replacing infrequently – they are guaranteed for two years. The durable metal drawer runners are designed to protect against the moisture and freezing issues associated with conventional fridges and freezers. Adande’s drawer runners have been tested to achieve over 500,000 openings.”
Another advantage of the Adande design is the positioning of the condenser inside the unit, rather than the exterior positioning on traditional upright refrigerators. This ensures that Adande’s self-cleaning condenser, with its air flow pattern, is isolated from the dust, debris, and food particles, which frequently cause compressor failure on conventional equipment.