May 22, 2007 This is a technology with a wide range of application beyond its most obvious function of keeping food warm. Methode Development has developed a lightweight and portable food-warming storage solution that uses its own carbon fiber heating technology to maintain a consistent temperature indefinitely. This food-warming storage product is available in a convenient size for holding catering pans, and is powered through a standard vehicle cigarette lighter plug, facilitating use in food delivery or catering situations. Standard AC/DC wall plug accessories are available for use in restaurants and in-store environments.
The food-warming storage system that will be introduced at the National Restaurant Association 2007 Expo at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, is housed in a durable box made of insulated plastic and lined with Methode’s carbon fiber heating technology. The system can maintain a constant, thermostat-controlled temperature of 140°F - 160°F as long as it remains plugged in. Heat up time is approximately 15 minutes.
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Carbon fiber, the basis for the heating technology, lines the walls of the storage box, offering total surround heat and eliminating cold spots. Carbon fiber is a low-profile, low-current, and cost-effective alternative to traditional, high-priced flat flexible heaters. The material is currently used in a wide range of industries and applications.
Standard internal dimensions for the warming oven are 22 3/8” x 14” x 18 3/8”, with internal racks that can accommodate 4 catering size pans, or 90 lbs of food. The oven can also be used as a warming chest without the racks. Custom sizing is also available to fit specific customer needs.
Structural features include rubber “feet” for the bottom of the box, balanced handles, and a lightweight polymer-based corrugated shell. The oven is stackable and can be easily used indoors or out. Logos can be screen-printed on the outside of the box.