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  1. Thursday, July 12, 2018 11:35:45 AM Australia/Melbourne

    Custom commercial kitchen design

    Custom commercial refrigeration is a necessity in the food service industry. This is because the quality and freshness of the ingredients determines the kind of food these companies can provide. High demand placed upon restaurant kitchens and catering facilities requires large capacity storage for ingredients and food items. The solution for commercial kitchen refrigeration ranges from underbar fridges to a large, maybe even double, coolrooms. Specialised fridges have shelves and ample space inside each unit for containers and bulk ingredients.

    Unlike a domestic fridge that may have freezers, ice makers, and water dispensers attached, in a commercial kitchen or catering service these are separate appliances that are much larger in scale. Because of the varying usefulness of each piece of equipment, commercial kitchens benefit from custom stainless steel fitouts. Having a custom made fridge or appliance means that the output will be suited to the particular kitchen, and will save of extra energy expenditure as well as food wastage due to lack of space. Whether it’s display refrigeration, quick access fridges, or walk-in coldrooms, we can find the right solution for your kitchen fitout.

    Custom commercial kitchen design

    The cooling power of commercial refrigerators is stronger than regular models. These units are made to meet the demands of the food industry. Faster cooling is always needed when you're working in a restaurant or catering business, so it is only imperative to get a commercial refrigeration system.

    If you are after energy efficiency, most of the today's commercial refrigeration models are built with this in mind. The higher energy efficiency you'll find, the better it is for your business and budget. However, since these units run 24/7 at regulated temperatures, they usually have lower energy efficiencies compared to home versions. The temperature settings of these units are designed to remain consistent, keeping food and ingredients safe for consumption. Melbourne custom commercial refrigerators are typically large, stainless steel units that need a particular amount of space. However, the design can be tweaked to fit your particular kitchen fitout.

    Lastly, it is important to remember that Melbourne custom commercial refrigerators are not magical appliances that can be left running without any maintenance. There will come a time you will need some repair or maintenance is done on your unit because of the usual wear and tear. Over the years you will require someone to fix your fridge, so make sure this person is licensed and experienced in repairing commercial refrigerators.

    Custom Kitchen Refrigeration

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  2. Thursday, July 5, 2018 2:17:57 PM Australia/Melbourne

    Custom commercial kitchen design

    Kitchens are one of the most vital areas of any home or hotel. In a certain sense, the kitchen is the heart of the building, and its design and arrangement should not be taken lightly. A commercial kitchen that is well arranged, cleaned, and designed gives those working from there the ability to work efficiently, safely, and promptly. The design and fitout of these kitchens becomes equally, if not more, important than the amount and even quality of your utensils and machinery. The emphasis is on how you are going to utilise and arrange your equipment in the small space provided to ensure maximum efficiency and flow of your chefs.

    Commercial kitchens are totally different from the kitchens in our homes. Residential kitchens are relatively simple where commercial kitchens are best designed by a qualified kitchen fitout designer. When designing a commercial kitchen, a lot of care should be taken to maximise the effectiveness and flow of the workspace. Because of this, you should most definitely hire a known and experienced kitchen designer to do the job for you.

    A commercial kitchen designer should have experience, knowledge, and a well-trained team. At Brandon Industries, we have over 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry that has given us an extensive knowledge of both designing commercial kitchen fitouts as well as selecting the most appropriate equipment and machinery for specific kitchens.

    Custom commercial kitchen design

    Aside from having an optimised work-flow, another reason for having a well-designed kitchen is for the customer to be able to see, if only with a glimpse through closing doors, an efficient and clean kitchen that makes them feel comfortable and ready for a well-prepared, timely meal. For example, having an appropriately sized refrigerator means that the items inside won’t be crammed in nor the unit look empty and sad. This all adds to the ambience of the restaurant and mood of the customer.

    Attention to safety is also important. There should be sufficient space so that hot and heavy dishes can be moved with ease with no chance of bumping into other workers in the kitchen. Equipment manufacturers specify space requirements for their units that must be taken into consideration when designing the fitout. A seasoned designer will remember and act on these requirements, whereas an amateur may accidentally overlook certain tricky elements in the design stage.

    The commercial kitchen floor plan is a major consideration, however the work of the designer does not end there. Proper lighting is important for both safety and efficiency, as well as ventilation, signage, and proper safety recommendations. Duties like chopping, arranging plates and foods, sautéing and baking is not likely to be correctly in a poorly lit kitchen. Air full of pollutants must be cycled out, filtered, and new air returned into the kitchen. All of this must be taken into consideration in the design stage.

    If you want to have a well-designed kitchen that optimises safety, work-flow, and food output, your best bet is to employ an experienced kitchen design team like we have here at Brandon Industries.

    Custom Stainless Steel Design

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  3. Friday, June 22, 2018 2:45:55 PM Australia/Melbourne

    Custom commercial kitchen design

    When you want to provide commercial business customers with the very best sinks on the market, choose ones made from stainless steel. Everyone knows these are the most resilient, resistant to rust, scratches, and even stains.

    There's a reason that stainless steel has been the sink of choice for so long. There has yet to be another material that allows your sink to put up with so much use/abuse and remain unchanged. On top of that, stainless steel is the most hygienic option in the market. It's easy to clean using any antibacterial soap so that you know you're dealing with the most germ-free environment possible. This makes stainless steel sinks the number one option for hospitals, nursing homes, schools, restaurants, catering services, dog grooming services, veterinary clinics, and more. Anywhere you go, any business that uses a sink regularly, you'll be sure to find that the sink of choice is stainless steel.

    One thing you may want to consider is finding a good selection of stainless steel sinks in Melbourne, and what’s better for a selection than custom made sinks? For a reasonable price you can get a custom sink that fits any fitout—kitchen or otherwise.

    Custom commercial kitchen design

    Whether you're working from a restaurant or a larger facility that will require extensive sink needs, you'll always want to find the best stainless steel sinks. Why in the world would you ever pay more for a sink of lesser quality? Just because you like the look of a ceramic sink doesn't mean you should choose one. Think about what you'll be using the sink for. Ceramic sinks are easily chipped, and once chipped, there's no fixing them. So you've just paid a lot of money for sink that looks nice but that you'll likely have to replace in a few years. In the long run, you will always be happier choosing stainless steel. There simply is no better quality, more hygienic sink that's reasonably priced and works for just about anything.

    If you want a sink that will last you a long time, and keep functional and hygienic, think stainless steel. If you want a sink that will perfectly suit your commercial kitchen fitout, think custom stainless steel. Long lasting, tough, and the perfect solution for your sink needs: Brandon Industries custom stainless steel sinks.

    Custom Stainless Steel Sinks

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  4. Thursday, June 14, 2018 10:56:37 AM Australia/Melbourne

    Custom commercial kitchen design

    Stainless steel is a very useful carbon and iron alloy metal. This combination allows the metal to be both very strong and sturdy, it also results in a surface that is easy to clean and hygienic. These are all desirable features for a commercial kitchen bench. Stainless steel equipment is durable, long lasting, unbreakable, and safe; also, unlike wood, steel is free from termite infestations. Perhaps the best thing about steel benches is that they are very enduring. This is because the steel alloy can withstand a lot of knocks, scrapes, pressure, and weight exerted on to it—this is why it is an excellent material for commercial benches.

    There are numerous applications for stainless steel benches, both indoor and out. As long as the steel isn’t always covered in water, steel benches make great outdoor equipment, especially in a BBQ area. Indoors, apart from the kitchen, stainless steel benches are also used in laboratories. This is for the same useful qualities the material shows in the kitchen: hygiene, easy-to-clean, robustness, durability. An added advantage is that, in most cases, steel is usually manufactured in such a way that it is stainless and rust resistant.

    Stainless steel possesses a unique lustre and is resistant to corrosion, rust, and water stains. The maintenance cost is low, and the material is (theoretically) 100% recyclable. Stainless steel benches are welded onto the frame and the worktop is brushed so that bacteria cannot easily build up in any area. These benches are customisable and the client can specify any particular needs for the design of their stainless steel bench.

    Custom commercial kitchen design

    Stainless steel benches are shipped after manufacturing and assembling the various parts so they can be used immediately. Some benches have flared feet which permit bolting them to the floor and also includes handy electrical/plumbing outlets. Apart from being durable, these benches have remarkable construction and possess high-tech design which makes them apt to give support to even the heaviest of assemblies.

    Look for great deals on custom designed stainless steel benches Melbourne for your warehouse, office, home or factory at Brandon Industries. There are several customisable stainless steel options to suit all of your needs.

    Custom Stainless Steel

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  5. Thursday, June 7, 2018 12:16:46 PM Australia/Melbourne

    Custom commercial kitchen design

    In any hotel, restaurant, or café, the kitchen is one of the most important areas to keep clean. With this in mind, most commercial kitchens use stainless steel splash-backs, surfaces, cookware, cooker hoods, and appliances because they are both hygienic and easy to keep clean. Although low-maintenance, stainless steel does need periodic cleaning. This is generally quite easy provided that it has not been damaged in any major way. Custom stainless steel equipment is also durable and resistant to discolouration, rust, and corrosion; although without proper care, these can affect stainless steel units. Poor maintenance as well as the use of metal scourers or harsh cleaning agents may damage or dull the surface and can potentially cause pitting.

    Periodic, thorough cleaning is critical to keep these types of products in proper repair and to remove any potential food contaminants such as dirt, dust, grime, and anything left over from the day’s work. This may seem a big task if you aren't sure what you're doing, however, when done on a day-to-day basis, as it should be for commercial hygiene reasons, it becomes easy and manageable.

    Melbourne stainless steel splash-back benches should be cleaned regularly by using a cloth soaked in warm water and then wiped immediately with a dry, soft cloth to stop water spots forming. For tougher cleaning, use mild cleaning solution or special cleaners. It is important to use non-abrasive tools and to make sure you do not scratch, dent or put any pressure marks on the steel. Spray your chosen cleaning solution on the surface and wipe off with a clean dry cloth. It is important to follow the grain when cleaning such surfaces.

    Custom commercial kitchen design

    Using recommended cleaning products will remove any residue left on the equipment and give it a lustrous finish. After cleaning you can buff the stainless steel splash-back benches with a soft, clean, dry cloth to enhance shine and remove additional residue. Specialised polish or cleaner will help keep your stainless steel splash-back benches gleaming and can eliminate any scratches that may occur from daily use. With these cleaners, always follow the metal grain, especially when applying the finishing wipe. This helps preserve the finish and helps get rid of the dust and dirt that might be trapped in microscopic grooves.

    Cleaning stainless steel splashback benches is usually easy, though sometimes you may find some stains difficult to remove. For stubborn stains or scratches on your stainless steel splashback benches, use an official cleaning product. The cleaning instructions will vary from product to product. Never use metal scouring pads or metal brushes when cleaning this stainless steel splashback benches as it can cause rust spots to form.

    You may prefer to use natural cleaners for cleaning stainless steel splashback benches. Baking soda sprinkled on a damp sponge cleans beautifully, or instead of sprinkling the baking soda, you can mix it with a mild liquid soap or detergent to make a thick creamy texture. Remember always go with the grain. Stainless steel sinks and shelves are usually standard in any commercial kitchen, even some bathrooms, because this metal is so durable. Water spots can make your stainless steel splashback benches look drab pretty quickly so keeping it dry and clean will go a long way in maintaining its shine. Light water staining can usually be removed with warm water and a soft dry cloth to polish off.

    Custom Stainless Steel

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  6. Friday, June 1, 2018 10:50:55 AM Australia/Melbourne

    Custom commercial kitchen design

    Both the potential and functionality of a commercial kitchen are significantly influenced by the underlying design and layout plan. In order to improve efficiency, without affecting running cost, you will have to setup your commercial kitchen fitout very carefully. The tips provided in this article can help you in this regard, and thereby potentially increase the profitability of your restaurant.

    Purchase and installation of refrigeration units

    In order to improve productivity of your commercial kitchen you should buy various refrigeration units, as per the size and needs of your restaurant, and install them perfectly to get the best results. You can buy a walk-in cold room, a refrigerated storage room cunningly placed in your kitchen that will maintain a constant low temperature keeping your food safe and usable. If your restaurant is small then you can buy a large freezer instead of walk-in refrigeration unit. The size of your commercial kitchen freezer depends upon the scope of your business and available space. They are categorised by the number of their doors, and are available in single, double, and triple—or even a customised solution that is perfectly tailored to your fitout. Supplemental refrigeration units and a refrigerated line station can also be an option for your commercial kitchen as it allows your kitchen staff to cool down their preparations before serving them to your customers.

    Purchase and installation of storage units

    You should storage units to store non-perishable and perishable food items, equipment and dry foods separately. These units can also be custom made by us to use the optimal amount of space and allow for a perfect solution to your kitchen layout.

    Purchase and installation of equipment for cooking food

    In order to upgrade your commercial kitchen, you will have to buy and install certain commercial kitchen units to help you cook various types of foods; this includes: a HVAC ventilation system, a restaurant grade hood for your commercial cooking range, and a broiler or stove top. The ventilation system will pull out harmful materials and carbon content in the environment of the kitchen, a task aided by the hood that is designed to cover the stove top of the cooking range. Of course, the oven/cooking range that you are purchasing needs to be suited to the particular fitout of your commercial kitchen—a task that we can definitely help with. These units are available in various sizes and are typically classified by their number of burners. Additional equipment may also be necessary, such as a fat grill, convection oven, and a deep fat fryer according to the size and type of your restaurant.

    Custom commercial kitchen design

    Purchase of small wares and food preparation station

    With all of the large machinery carefully selected and ordered within your design layout, the next step is to fill your kitchen with all of the utensils and other smaller items that are necessary for an active kitchen. This includes such items as cutting surfaces, knives, mixing bowls, wooden spoons, and all of the required bench-top equipment. Luckily for you, we have all of that right here, and the acquisition of such items need not be a schlep to another company to pick through some assorted catalogue of kitchen utensils of haphazard quality. Our seasoned sales staff also have a keen eye for items that may have accidentally been left of your commercial kitchen shopping list. The experience and product-knowledge of Brandon Industries is much more valuable than the savings of a few dollars on a set of stainless steel spoons. All of what you need under one roof.

    Purchase and installation of sanitation, fire and safety equipment

    Apart for the general necessities of a kitchen in regards to preparing food is the occupational health and safety side of things. Proper signage and design elements in your kitchen need, by law, to be properly implemented. Of course, being an old-hand in the commercial kitchen design business, we have had experience with this type of thing and are able to quickly spot deficiencies that aren’t quite up to proper regulation. Also, we have the products you need: from exit signs to custom made ventilation. Oh, and sinks, we also custom make sinks of all shapes and sizes.

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  7. Thursday, May 24, 2018 10:50:00 AM Australia/Melbourne

    Custom commercial kitchen design

    It is always to your advantage to have all of the basic kitchen equipment needed to run your business efficiently. If you own a restaurant, or frequently organise events that cater to large groups of people, this basic equipment can be optimised by using custom commercial kitchen equipment. Although you may find a prefab option that suits your need, it is often the case that a customised solution will be more effective and efficient.

    At Brandon, we have the knowledge and expertise required to design the appropriate custom kitchen solution. When you approach our team of professionals, your needs will be listened to, analysed, and a layout will be created that suits both the physical space of the room and your vision. Our team can offer advice and suggestions that can help to improve the flow and efficiency of your kitchen.

    The purpose of a custom commercial kitchen is to provide a fully functional kitchen that properly caters to the type of food, style of restaurant, customer experience, and, of course, the expected serving/cooking volume. As a professional kitchen design consultant, Brandon’s experience and knowledge of the industry means that the best equipment for certain tasks can be selected, and the pros and cons of any particular machinery is known in advance. Having a solid and effective foundation for your kitchen means that your chefs will able to deliver high-quality meals to your customers on time; this in turn creates a greater chance of establishing a positive reputation early on.

    Custom commercial kitchen design

    Our range of custom designed and built stainless steel equipment means that almost every part of your commercial kitchen can be suitably tailored to your particular needs. From ductwork to custom vent hoods, mop sinks to workstation benching, as well as cabinets, refrigeration, shelving, and trolleys, our professionals specialise in these key areas: design, build, supply.

    It is a huge advantage to use high-quality custom commercial kitchen equipment for your business, and for that equipment to be laid-out in the most efficient and flow-positive way. Relying on a professional kitchen consultant also generally means no operation-seizing surprises after you’re up and running. This is why it is a great idea to approach our professional team and discuss the best solution for your commercial kitchen. There is no substitute for the dual aspects of experience and knowledge when designing your new or renovated kitchen.

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  8. Thursday, May 17, 2018 9:21:04 AM Australia/Melbourne

    For many hospitality enterprises, the kitchen is the heart of the business. If it is a great kitchen, offering good food safely and efficiently, then the business, be it a café, hotel, or restaurant, will flourish. A poorly maintained and failing kitchen can bring the entire enterprise down with it. Good service and a pleasant dining room experience will not make up for bad quality food, and kitchen inefficiencies can lead to excessive wait times that ruin even the best dining room ambience. Being the heart of the business, a great deal of success, or indeed failure, comes down to the design of the kitchen, and commercial kitchen design can be a complicated affair.

    Many factors have to be balanced to produce a satisfactory and optimal design. This includes answering questions such as: Has the correct equipment been installed at the right location to ensure a smooth and efficient kitchen flow? Have potential “traffic jam” spots been identified and rectified in advance? Does the whole operation comply with Health and Safety legislation and will it satisfy the Environmental Health Officer? If it is a restaurant kitchen open to the view of the clientele, does it appeal to the eye? Above all, has the kitchen been achieved at a cost that has not upset the financial stability of the business? Have financial options such as Silver Chef been taken into consideration?

    Custom commercial kitchen design

    It is no surprise that many businesses faced with the task of creating a new commercial kitchen space turn to the services of a commercial kitchen consultant and designer. These specialist companies have both the experience avoid problems in advance as well as an up to date knowledge of current kitchen equipment technology and functionality. This means the design will include an optimised and efficient layout that has the right equipment for the flow and load of the hospitality industry.

    Take, for example, the fundamental design of commercial kitchen and the construction of the plan. The do-it-yourself unskilled designer will seemingly have to use a ruler and graph paper and do his or her scale conversions with the aid of a calculator and pencil. With care, an accurate ground plan can be achieved, but a two-dimensional representation can only offer so much information.

    Hiring a team of commercial kitchen consultant designers is the most constructive option. They will have access to the specialised software and will be able to construct a 3D CAD kitchen plan, with all the chosen equipment installed, that the customer can thoroughly inspect. This experience can be invaluable for spotting any areas that will inevitably be changed. It is much better to spot this during the design stage than be faced with them after the install.

    Custom commercial kitchen fitouts

    Professionals are aware that the dual imperatives of functionality and compliance are constantly at work in any kitchen design, sometimes pulling in opposite directions. It may be convenient to have the washing facilities in one place, for instance, yet lawful to have them in another. Food storage and preparation areas have to be kept separate but must also have easy access from one to the other. The owner of the business must be concerned with ventilation, lighting, the provision of first aid equipment, and dozens of other things before he or she lets the chefs go into action. Here the expertise of the kitchen design professional will be of great use, as they will be able to advise the kitchen owner on the regulations and plans accordingly, achieving the best balance between the two contrasting needs.

    The Brandon design team will also be able to advise a kitchen owner on the matter of equipment purchase. As has been mentioned, this includes knowing about the different technology solutions within the hospitality industry, but also includes understanding financial options that can greatly reduce the start-up cost.

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  9. Thursday, May 10, 2018 1:10:09 PM Australia/Melbourne

    Custom commercial kitchen design

    Designing a custom commercial kitchen is great for any restaurant owner. Not only can you design a commercial kitchen setup that fits your business perfectly, you can also ensure that the design is to your taste and suits the overall look of the space. If your kitchen is part of the visual field of the customer, i.e., a customer can watch their food being prepared, you really must make sure that the design of the kitchen fits with your brand. You don’t want diners feeling distracted by the kitchen. Rather, it should add to the atmosphere. With a custom commercial kitchen, you can choose the layout, the equipment, and the style.

    Your commercial kitchen setup is in some ways similar to a scaled-up domestic kitchen. However, the difference in scales brings new troubles and new solutions. You have to think about key issues like through-traffic, distance between equipment, and convenient storage areas. Furthermore, unlike a domestic kitchen, you may need specific commercial tools and equipment, depending on what your business is. For instance, a fast food restaurant or ramen house will have entirely different needs to a large commercial kitchen in a hotel. A custom commercial kitchen design will allow you to plan the space better and make good use of any area, even if it’s smaller than you would like (which is often the case, especially starting out). A custom design will work with any existing fittings like gas or water and make everything else flow smoothly.

    Custom commercial kitchen fitouts

    An important aspect to a commercial kitchen setup is ventilation. In small spaces it’s especially important to make sure that the ventilation works well enough to rid the kitchen of air pollutants, dangerous steam, and to make the environment more pleasant and safe for the kitchen staff. You also want work into the design surfaces and storage areas that are easy to clean and maintain. Stainless steel design works great for this purpose and has a nice modern look to it.

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  10. Thursday, May 3, 2018 9:46:43 AM Australia/Melbourne

    Custom commercial kitchen design

    The plan for a commercial kitchen needs to be made carefully and thoughtfully to ensure the space within is properly utilised. Appropriate use of kitchen space will allow chefs to have easy access to everything in your commercial kitchen. The following information will help you optimally design and plan you kitchen, and our expert commercial kitchen team can help you with anything not found below.

    The Size of the Space

    Calculating the exact amount of space to work with in your commercial kitchen is the first step in designing the most optimised plan. Make use of the tape measure to know the actual size of your kitchen length, width, and height. Use these measurements to come up with a planned scaled plan in the kitchen area. Also consider filling in extra details that may be unique to your kitchen, this includes any brand-specific layout requirements, strange features in the building, or anything else that might be necessary to know when creating a detailed layout plan.

    Required Equipment

    Make a full list of all essential equipment that you will need in the kitchen. This list will be helpful as a starting point, and can be updated and streamlined by one of our professionals. The knowledge we have of current kitchen technology and specials means that you can end up saving money both initially and in the future.

    The Layout

    Once you have made your plan, and listed all the equipment you’ll need to incorporate in your kitchen design, the next thing you should do is start to position different items in the kitchen and work out the optimal layout. Our 3D drawings can allow you to visualise how the kitchen will fit together and can be easily tweaked. With accurate measurements, this is the best way to proceed with the layout planning. Sufficient space will be planned out to allow your chefs to have proper workflow, and our custom made items will greatly improve the ease and end result of the design.

    Custom commercial kitchen fitouts

    A professional commercial kitchen design team will make sure that you have the best and most suitable equipment for your kitchen fitout. Our knowledge of the current machinery means that we can offer ideas and solutions that would otherwise be unknown to someone not as immersed in the industry. Our stainless steel fabrication means that the kitchen flow and space requirements can be easily optimised.

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    • Posted By: Simpson Brandon