New Vert-Ergo™ Handle a Success

Have you ever wondered, why residential refrigerator handles are vertical and walk-in cooler/freezer handles are horizontal? Maybe you haven’t, but we have. We have witnessed the struggle of restaurant employees opening their walk-in cooler door several times with an awkward, uncomfortable reach with their hand gripping down. So we thought, why can’t walk-ins be designed with a more comfortable handle? This lead to the design of the Vert-Ergo™ walk-in cooler/freezer handle.

In April, U.S. Cooler launched the release of the Vert-Ergo handle for walk-in coolers and freezers. The Vert-Ergo handle is the industry’s first vertically positioned walk-in cooler or freezer handle. The vertical handle design places your hand further from the hinges on the door, which in turn, makes a substantial decrease in the effort required to open the door. When users grip the Vert-Ergo handle, they use a more natural, vertical grip allowing the use of powerful muscles in the forearm and upper arm. The round handle allows for a full grip making it more comfortable to use.

With over 200 Vert-Ergo handles in the field, we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the usage of the vertical handle. The simplistic yet strong design looks a bit different than the horizontal handle, but users enjoy the ergonomic benefits.

U.S. Cooler’s new Vert-Ergo handle is built to exact standards with a quality you can see and feel. It is available with an externally mounted lock or as a standalone handle. A padlock can be added as an additional locking mechanism. The handle is mounted with a glow-in-the-dark safety release located inside the walk-in. The Vert-Ergo handle can be mounted on either a right hand or left hand opening door.

Introducing the New U.S. Cooler Walk-in Door.

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Here at U.S. Cooler®, we work hard to bring you a quality product at a reasonable price with exceptional attention to the needs of the customer.  So, with that in mind, starting today, all walk-in coolers and freezers will come standard with our break-through Vert-Ergo™ handle, new adjustable hinges, efficient LED lighting, and a dual-temperature display with touch switch.  Below, we have more information about each of the new products, but what does this mean for you?  In short, our new Vert-Ergo™ handle provides a more ergonomic hand position while increasing your leverage to make opening your walk-in cooler or freezer easier.  The new adjustable hinges allow easy adjustment of door alignment with standard spring-action door closing.  The efficient LED lighting offers a reduction in electrical usage, plus a decrease in heat generation for further savings.  Lastly, the thermometer with built-in light switch offers dual-temperature display with an easy-touch switch, as well as multiple other add-on features for further energy control.  We work hard to ensure that every detail of your walk-in cooler and freezer is built to our superior quality standard and is manufactured with your needs in mind.

Vert-Ergo™ handle

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  • Vertical handle design for easier opening.
  • Ergonomic positioning for a comfortable feel.
  • Reversible for mounting on either a right hand or left hand door.

LED Light

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  • Designed to reduce electrical usage by 85%.
  • Minimal heat generation will lower utility cost.
  • Exceeds Federal Energy Act Requirements.
  • Rated for 50,000+ hours of life.

Adjustable hinges

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  • Strap adjusts horizontally, providing door lift and rotation to compensate for unlevel or uneven floors.
  • Built-in spring action is standard.
  • Left and right hand hinges use the same component parts for faster mounting and replacement.

Dual-temperature display with touch light switch

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  • Dual-temperature display changes between freezer and cooler temperature probes.
  • Designed for (wet & dry) in-door and/or outdoor locations
  • Light relay with touch technology
  • Quick Installation, No connectors required

Thank you for Visiting U.S. Cooler at NAFEM!

We are back from NAFEM and had another great show! U.S.
Cooler released their new Vert-Ergo vertical handle at the show in Orlando. The handle was displayed in the “What’s Hot, What’s Cool” booth and gained positive feedback.  U.S. Cooler’s new vertical handle design is the first vertical handle in the industry! The ergonomic behavior-friendly design provides increased leverage for a more natural and comfortable opening method. The heavy-duty commercial design and sleek finish make for an appealing look.

Starting in April 2017, all U.S. Cooler walk-in coolers and freezers will showcase the new Vert-Ergo handle (unless specified otherwise). By taking the user into account, the Vert-Ergo handle creates an easier, more comfortable pull method for opening walk-in doors.

 

 

The Infinity 090 Glass Door by Anthony International

The Elegant Edge – Infinity 090 Glass Door

Looking for a sleek new look for your glass door displays? Anthony International’s Infinity door offers a contemporary, elegant appeal with slim borders and a stylish handle. Anthony’s Infinity 090 Door is engineered for maximum efficiency and high durability with energy savings up to 70% compared to typical heated doors.  If you are looking for a contemporary style to showcase product, ask about the Infinity door option for your glass doors.

Features for the Infinity 090 Glass Doors

  • Cooler and Freezer options
  • Retrofit packages
  • EISA Compliant
  • T8 Lighting
  • Standard door rail finishes: satin silver or black
  • Handle options: chrome, satin silver or black
  • Black or white shelves with galvanized posts
  • Automatic hold-open and door stop
  • Magnetic door gaskets
  • Optional: energy controls, LED lighting, cylinder lock, french door frame and anti-fog add-ons

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Information provided by Anthony International. For specifications and more information visit www.anthonyintl.com.

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Aging the Best Deer Meat with the Game Locker

hunting deerDeer hunting seasons are underway in some parts of the nation, so it’s time once again to prepare yourself to venture into the fields and forests. Once you’ve managed to harvest and field dress your first deer, there’s the matter of storing it in the proper environment to get the best tasting meat.

Some people will quarter the deer without aging it, but this is a major mistake if you want quality venison. The deer stiffens during rigor mortis in the 24 hours after being killed. If it is processed during this time, the muscles shorten and contract causing the meat to become tough. You should let your deer hang for 2 to 4 days at minimum before processing to avoid this. For the best tasting deer meat Mississippi State University recommends 14 to 18 days of hanging time. A general rule of thumb is, the older the deer, the longer the hang time. Longer hanging times will allow the deer’s natural enzymes and acids to break down and tenderize the meat and give it a smoother, less “gamey” flavor.

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Deer meat hanging in a U.S. Cooler Game Locker

An optimal temperature to hang deer meat at should be temperature above freezing but below 40 degrees F. Many people let the deer hang in their garage, but this far from the proper conditions because of contaminants, pests and temperature fluctuations that come with an uncontrolled environment such as this. If your meat is stored above 40 degrees it will start to rot, but if it is frozen at temperatures below 28 degrees it can become freezer burned. In these situations, having access to a commercial-sized refrigerator that will keep your deer at a constant temperature and free of outside contamination is optimal.

Game Locker Coolers for Hunters & Processors

We are quickly approaching that time of year again… hunting season. Many hunters know that after their tags are filled, the game must be cooled and held at a certain temperature to maintain its freshness. Due to the size of the game, it is necessary to have a larger cold storage unit to hold the meat before and after processing.

Game Lockers are a perfect solution for preserving and storing meat after the hunt. Game Lockers come in two sizes: 6’ x 6’ x 8’ and 6’ x 8’ x 8’. These meat coolers are sold as a package including refrigeration and overhead rail system with hooks. They also feature reinforced ceilings to support the weight of deer or other game. Both models have available space for shelving to help organize your inventory in the cooler. Game Lockers are available to purchase online from U.S. Cooler dealer sites.game meat storage

Now is the time to start looking into Game Lockers for this upcoming hunting season. Visit this page for more detailed information and to get a quote for Game Lockers.

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(Also known as meat lockers, ranch coolers, game coolers, deer boxes or deer coolers)

Anthony Transparent LCD Glass Doors with Video & Animation

Anthony, a manufacturer of commercial glass refrigerator and freezer doors, announced it will debut first-ever Transparent LCD Refrigerated Glass Doors at the 2011 NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores) tradeshow at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

Anthony debuted this innovative new product with a 5 door display of Transparent LCD Refrigerated Glass Doors. Below you can see their iDoor Intelligent Merchandising display.