Carbon Fiber heating technology for portable warming oven
By Mike Hanlon
May 21, 2007
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.
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.