Fitting a residential kitchen with the right storage units is typically all about finding the right cupboards and it mostly comes down to taste, but fitting an industrial kitchen is a whole different matter. Industrial kitchens, on the one hand, have significantly greater storage needs and, on the other hand, need to comply with tough food and hygiene standards. Whether we’re talking restaurants or hotels, hospital kitchens or any other type of industrial environment, one thing is for sure: they need specially designed shelving and storage systems. Up until recently, most of them were based on the same principles: extensive cold rooms and big, walk-in freezers, but lately kitchens have come across the same space limitations as most businesses out there, which shifted the focus from standard systems to mobile shelving units, which weren’t a common occurrence in these environments before.
Although space may definitely be an issue and new systems such as mobile shelving may respond to these new incurring needs, when it comes to industrial kitchens, there are other requirements that come first and foremost. Hygiene standards are such requirements, as kitchen environments need shelves that reduce the risk of cross contamination. There are different ranges available on the market that provide strong and durable units with Camguard protection. This is a silver-ion technology that offers antimicrobial protection, in the sense that it inhibits the growth of bacteria, mould and fungus. This protection is embedded in the shelf plate, so that shelves can be scrubbed and washed without scrapping off the antimicrobial protection.
Apart from the fact that industrial kitchen need storage units that meet tough hygiene standards, they also need shelving that can withstand somewhat harsher environments. For instance, these shelves must be rust resistant or corrosion resistant, as to make a good investment over time. Also, since most of this shelving is probably dedicated to cold rooms or freezers, it’s important for the units to be cold resistant. Fortunately, there are systems available on the market that have working temperatures as low as -38 degrees Celsius. All these different environment-related needs are important aspects, but complying with them is not a difficult task, as it all comes down to researching the market properly.
Last, but not least, as mentioned above, industrial kitchens may face space limitation problems, in which case space-saving storage solutions like mobile shelving may need to be considered. Mobile units are not regularly used in the food industry, but their versatility and flexibility allows for adjustments and adaptations. This means that clean environment shelving that meets your hygiene needs and your environmental needs can simply be mounted on tracks and turned into a mobile unit, should you face space limitation issues. However, checking shelf capacities before investing in a certain system is highly advisable, as even if you succeed in fitting as much units as you wish into a limited space, you can’t overload shelves without risking damage.