This is a very large kitchen equipments family. Simply, any kitchen equipment can be provided with castors to become a trolley. Some trolleys are multi-purpose such as service trolley (see Fig.14.2.7) which can be used for several transportation functions, while some other trolleys have single function such as cheese trolley (see Fig.14.2.22).
- Materials; stainless steel, chrome plated steel, aluminum, wood, polyethylene, etc, according to function.
- Neutral, heated, refrigerated or combined (heated/refrigerated, neutral/heated, etc).
- Function; service, clearing, dish transport, tray transport, etc. See examples below.
- Number of casters (3, 4, 6… according to trolley size).
- Swivel type casters for directing (can be 2 swivel type and 2 fixed type casters) – Fig.14.2.1
- Braked casters; at least 2 casters should be provided with brake – Fig.14.2.2.
Fig.14.2.1 Casters – MANNER – FINLAND – www.manner.fi
- Wheel diameter; not less than 100 to 125 mm.
Fig.14.2.2 Caster with brake – MANNER – FINLAND
- Dimensions and/or load capacity (load capacity can be expressed in kg, number of trays, number of dishes, etc, according to trolley function).
- Number of shelves (if any).
- Pushing handrail.
- Standard dimensions (e.g. To GN standard size, to match bakery tray certain size, to match serving tray size especially for hospital serving trolleys, etc).
- Should have rubber bumpers in corners or all-around the trolley to protect wall & doors against scratching.
- Hygienic; for food contact & hospital trolleys, food approved material, no internal seams, no internal sharp corners, etc).
- Sound insulation for some types like multi-shelves trolley.
- Heat insulation for heated & refrigerated trolleys.
- Decorative external finish especially for hotel serving trolleys.
- Doors should be sealed with heat resistant gasket (heated & refrigerated trolleys).
- Electric power voltage (for heated & refrigerated).
- Electric charging time & operation time (for chargeable heated & refrigerated trolleys, charging time means time it should be connected for power supply & operation time means time it can work away fro power supply).
- Weather proof electric devices.
- Low voltage control system.
- Controls; thermostats, humidistats, safety controls, etc.
- With or without reading displays; for temperature, electric charge status, humidity, etc.
- See selection factors of different equipments on this site according to trolley type (i.e. selection factors of tables, sinks, shelves, refrigerated equipments, Bain-marie, etc).
- Sample should be inspected for workmanship & trolley stability.
- See next examples.