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10 Reasons to Buy an Arctic Industries Walk-In Cooler

Arctic Industries

Since 1981, Arctic Industries has been among the premier walk-in cooler manufacturers in the U.S. They offer quality walk-ins at an outstanding value.

Here are 10 reasons to purchase an Arctic Industries walk-in cooler.

Arctic Blue Line Walk-Ins

At Central Restaurant Products, we carry Arctic’s Blue Line series of walk-ins which have been designed to provide quick delivery at a low cost.

Blue Line walk-ins feature NSF listed panels with Acrylume finish, which minimizes fingerprints and oxidation. An inside safety release is included to prevent lock-ins. Doors include 24″H diamond tread kick-plates. All self-contained units include hot gas condensate, which means no plumbing connection is required!

Arctic at Central

Shop Arctic’s Blue Line at Central today. Don’t forget, all units ship free within the contiguous United States! If you have any questions, our Product Consultants are here to help. Call 800-215-9293 for more information.

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Everpure Keeps Restaurant Water Clean: Vendor Spotlight

Everpure believes that the health of the world depends on reliable access to clean water. As an industry leader of water filters, Everpure provides solutions for beverages taste, equipment protection and operational cost savings. A customer’s first impression of the dining experience in a restaurant is the water – make it exceptional water. 

Everpure Filtration
Improve Beverage Taste

A customer sits down excited for a great meal. They are greeted by their waiter with a glass of water, but there’s a problem…. their water is cloudy and has a strange taste. If the water is not clean, then how can the couple trust the quality of the food? The couple looks at each other and decides to find a different place to eat with clean water.

Everpure helps operators deliver clean, crisp and refreshing water that customers will love to drink. This fresh water is what makes the coffee, tea, and fountain drinks also taste delicious. Consistently great tasting drinks will keep customers coming back for more. So, how do Everpure filters clean the water?

  • Reduces chlorine, chloramines and unwanted chemicals
  • Decreases harmful contaminants
  • Minimize particulates that cause cloudy water

Protect Equipment

Steam cooking equipment has grown in popularity in recent years due to being user-friendly, the ability to cook large batches at a time, and the delicate results of food produced. However, the issue with steam cooking is the maintenance of the equipment. Regardless of whether the equipment is boiler-less or boiler-based, contaminants are left behind when water is converted to steam. These contaminants can cause scale and corrosion, which can lead to abrasion, clogging and corrosion.

Utilizing clean water to run the steam equipment is essential for efficient performance and a long life for the equipment. Everpure offers a range of systems to ensure clean water for this equipment. These systems:

  • Remove chlorine and minerals that cause damage
  • Improve efficiency and reduce breakdown
  • Allow for fewer delimings
  • Lower energy and maintenance costs
  • Extend the life of your equipment investment

To find the right filter for any piece of equipment, utilize Everpure’s sizing guide here!

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Make The Move

Browse online for all filters offered by Everpure and talk with one of our helpful product consultants at 800.215.9293 for personalized assistance!

 

Dinnerware Material: China vs. Plastic

Deciding which type of dinnerware to feature in your food service operation can be daunting. There’s just so many options to choose from and several questions to ask. Will it coordinate with the current setup? Can it enhance the dining room ambiance? Will it withstand heavy use, or will it need replaced frequently?

At Central Restaurant Products, we offer hundreds of different types, styles, designs, and patterns from some of the most popular manufacturers of commercial dinnerware in the world. When shopping for dinnerware, you’re likely to come across the construction material in the features, but what does this really mean?

Not all plates, platters or bowls are created equal. Even though ceramic and plasticware are the two primary umbrella categories, not all plastic dinnerware will guarantee the same degree of durability. How will the construction of your dinnerware impact your overall bottom line? What’s the benefit of opting for a melamine collection, say, than traditional china? What’s the difference between all the different types of plastic materials? Shopping for new dinnerware can be loads of fun, but it can also be stressful if you’re not fully aware of the quality you may be receiving. Here, we seek to shed some light.

Ceramic and Fine Chinaware

Traditional chinaware is made of a durable ceramic material that is biscuit-fired at high temperatures and then glazed fired at a lower temperature. There are two common types of china dinnerware that you’re likely to come across in your search.

Porcelain china is constructed out of combination of rock minerals and clay including feldspar, quartz, and kaolin. Porcelain chinaware is usually the less expensive china solution and has a noticeably heavier weight than bone china; however, the brittle composition usually results in more frequent chipping, thus needing replaced more often.

Porcelain China Dinnerware

Central Model #474-483

Bone china dinnerware is constructed out of a more finely grated composition, still including the same minerals as porcelain china, but with added ox bone ash which enhances its durability. Fine bone china is often considered to create a more upscale, fine dining appearance. It’s thinner and lighter than its porcelain sibling, but runs at a higher price point. However, with its stronger durability, it will need replaced far less frequently. A classic case of you get what you pay for.

Fine Bone China Dinner Plate

Central Model #60K-806

A good test to see if your existing chinaware is porcelain or bone is to hold it up to a light fixture. If there is no trace of light shining through, you are most likely holding a piece of everyday porcelain ceramic dinnerware. Chinaware with the added ox bone ash element will allow some light to shine through.

High end chinaware is often ideal for upscale, fine dining establishments. Nice china can set the mood of the dining room, enhancing the theme, presentation, and creating personality. It holds many benefits for the front and back of the house, acting as a canvas ready for the chef’s masterpiece.

China that’s 100% vitrified works to prevent crazing and cracking that lead to bacterial growth over time, thus enhancing sanitation and food safety efforts. Fully vitrified china means that the dinnerware was fired at a lower temperature, coming out stronger and thinner than non-vitrified china. Vitrified dinnerware does not absorb water so there’s less risk of expanding and contracting, working to prevent accidental breakage and ensuring longevity of the product life.

Earthenware and Stoneware are two other types of porcelain dinnerware in the same family as china. Stoneware is durable and often trendier, featuring a stone exterior. Its unique, trendier presentation makes it ideal for restaurants serving Asian cuisine, bistros, farm to table, etc. It’s either semi or fully vitrified and safe for microwave or dishwasher use. Earthenware, on the other hand, is much less durable, a result of a quick and simple firing process. It is made of non-vitrified clay and less expensive than stoneware. It also offers excellent heat induction while adding a rustic feel to the ambiance. It is recommended to be handwashed only.

Tuxton Earthenware Soup Crock

Central Model #479-279

As we’ve discussed, some china is more durable than others. When shopping for your next china pattern, pay attention to whether or not the china can be used in the microwave or oven. A good determinant on the durability is whether it comes with a manufacturer warranty. Many top brands offer a one year no-chip warranty. International Tableware offers a Five-Year no-chip warranty exclusively at Central! A manufacturer warranty is typically a good determinant of durability, as it can be read that the manufacturer themselves have strong faith in their work.

Our top chinaware manufacturers include:

It’s important to note, however, that no piece of china is break-resistant. Most, but not all, chinaware is dishwasher safe. This is something you will want to verify in your research. Some china feature with glazed patterns that are not recommended for use in a dishwasher. Read on to learn more about dinnerware solutions that are virtually unbreakable.

Melamine Dinnerware

Melamine dinnerware rose in popularity in the 1940s for use during dinner parties. Melamine is a chemical that is used to make hard plastics and is therefore extremely durable and typically offered at a much lower price point than traditional chinaware. Some high-end melamine dinnerware even replicates the look and feel of chinaware, thus offering the best of both worlds. Given its notable durability, many melamine manufacturers will boast that their products are “virtually unbreakable!”

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Melamine is a great solution in many different types of commercial foodservice operations. Because it can withstand the rigors of day to day use, commercial melamine dinnerware is often seen in school cafeterias, hospitals, or other types of institutions with hectic, fast-paced rushes. Like china, melamine dinnerware also comes in quite the array of styles and patterns, with top brands working around the clock to define new trends.

Though melamine is difficult to break, instances of chipping have occurred if not properly cared for or maintained. However, melamine dinnerware won’t shatter if accidentally dropped, like most types of china. Most melamine will also be able to withstand high heat, many types up to 212°F. It’s an insulator, not a conductor, meaning it can maintain temperatures longer than other types of plastic dinnerware. It also stays cool to the touch when serving hot foods.

Generally speaking, melamine dinnerware is dishwasher safe and dries quickly, so users won’t wait long before they’re able to re-enter the dinnerware back into the food serving assembly. In addition to their durable “break-resistant” advertisements, melamine is also considered to be scratch and stain resistant.

Though dishwasher safe, melamine is not recommended for use in the microwave or oven, as opposed to some of their ceramic counterparts. Even though it’s capable of withstanding high heats, it should never be heated while in contact with food. Proper cleaning and care of melamine dinnerware ensures longevity. This video from our friends at G.E.T. Enterprises offers tried and true techniques for proper melamine maintenance.

Our top melamine dinnerware brands include:

It’s easy to talk in general terms, but like all types of dinnerware, not all melamine is the same. It’s best to fully research all the features of a specific style before committing. At Central, you can request a free sample of many of our dinnerware selections to see for yourself prior to purchasing.

But wait… is plastic safe?

A common concern with melamine and other plasticware are the chemicals used to create hard, durable plastic. These chemicals are extensively researched and tested to assure their fit and safe for dining. BPA is one of the most common chemicals used in plastic construction.

  • What is BPA?

A concern many have when it comes to melamine products is the amount of BPA they may contain. BPA, which is an acronym for Bisphenol A, is a chemical that manufacturers started using to construct certain plastics and resins starting in the 1950s. In the 1990s, consumers began questioning whether BPA was safe with many studies trying to link it to health problems. The FDA has since concluded that low levels are not harmful to humans. However, many products containing BPA, such as baby bottles, have been banned in the United States. Some melamine products on the market do still contain small traces of BPA in their construction, while others proudly exclaim they are 100% BPA free.

  • NSF Certification

If BPA is a concern for you, you can check to see if the piece of dinnerware is NSF certified. NSF is a stamp of approval given from NSF International, an independent public health and safety organization that develop standards for public health regulation. NSF approved dinnerware is always recommended over dinnerware that isn’t, and this isn’t something exclusive to dinnerware.

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NSF Approved Logo

All sorts of commercial food service equipment and supplies are NSF listed. NSF International reviews construction material and the manufacturing process to confirm that all their standards are met. Therefore, opting for an NSF approved product gives peace of mind that the brand is complying with national regulations and safety standards. Many NSF listed items also feature added sanitary protections. The benefits of choosing products that have NSF International’s seal of approval reduce the risk of foodborne illness, are often easier to clean, and may help boost overall health inspection scores.

Other Plastic Dinnerware Constructions

Ceramic and melamine are arguably the two most popular types of commercial dinnerware constructions on the market. However, throughout your shopping adventures, you’re likely to see a few other types of plastic materials. Here’s a brief breakdown of what they mean.

Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate is a lightweight plastic material that, like melamine, is commonly considered to be shatter resistant. Unlike melamine, traditional polycarbonate dinnerware is also heat resistant and safe for microwave use. A lot of polycarbonate dinnerware can withstand temperatures between -40°F through 212°F. This makes the dinnerware ideal for use in both freezers and high temperature environments.

Cambro Polycarbonate Three-Compartment Plate

Central Model #250-564

BPA (see above) is a common chemical used to make polycarbonate plastics. BPA is one of the most extensively tested chemicals today, and, again, the FDA has concluded that small traces are not harmful for humans.

Polycarbonate dinnerware is typically inexpensive, which can be a big plus. However, though it’s thought to be break-resistant, some polycarbonate dinnerware may scratch and stain easily.

Our top polycarbonate dinnerware brands include Carlisle and Cambro.

Polypropylene and Polyethylene

Both polypropylene and polyethylene are similar, and many pieces of dinnerware are made using a blend of the two. Though a more affordable alternative to other types of dinnerware, by and large, dinnerware constructed out of polypropylene and polyethylene plastics are considered to have moderate scratch and break-resistance, not holding up quite to the same standards of melamine. They are, however, highly stain resistant and safe for both dishwasher and microwave use. They have a fairly decent drying time but may require additional wiping. It can typically withstand temperatures between 32°F through 180°F.

An additional blended hybrid of polypropylene is co-polymer. This material is often observed in the construction of cafeteria trays, and has a high resistance to breakage, scratching or staining. It’s also microwave and dishwasher safe, and considered to have a faster drying time than traditional polypropylene plasticware. It can handle temperatures between 40°F and 210°F, not ideal for use in freezers.

Acrylic

Acrylic is a hard plastic that is manufactured to replicate the look and feel of glass and high-end crystal. Acrylic is a common construction material of servingware, enhancing the presentation of buffet areas while extremely durable. Throughout your search, you’re likely to come across serving bowls, utensils, display stands, and bakery cases made of acrylic. Acrylic products are traditionally more affordable than their glass counterparts, with added shatter-proof durability.

Rosseto Acrylic Display Case

Central Model #989-019

ABS and SAN Plastic

ABS is the same type of plastic material used to make the popular LEGO® building blocks! It stands for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, a thermoplastic (a resin that becomes a plastic on heating and hardening) resin that’s largely considered to be middle of the road. Plastic dinnerware made with this type of material is typically considered to be medium strength with a good resistance to impact, breaking, and chemicals. It absorbs shock, resistant to high heat and scratches, and affordable. It can withstand temperatures between 0°F to 180°F.

Some limitations of ABS plastic include poor weatherability and not resistant to solvents that may weaken and corrode ABS plasticware over time. It also generates a lot of smoke if burned. Because of this, dinnerware made of ABS is not recommended for use in the microwave. It is, however, dishwasher safe with an average dry time. Due to the lack of solvent-resistance, it is recommended that you wipe down your ABS-constructed ware soon after the cleaning cycle finishes.

ABS is not considered to be the most environmentally-friendly plastic material on the market. It is not biodegradable or a renewable resource.

SAN plastic, also known as styrene acrylonitrile resin, is another co-polymer plastic blend and shares a lot in common with ABS in terms of its chemical structure. SAN is often used by manufacturers to create durable plasticware that mimics the look and feel of ceramic china.

Additional Dinnerware Material

In commercial dining facilities, china and plastic dinnerware are certainly the two most common. However, dinnerware made of metal and glass are occasionally used to create unique, one of a kind environments.

Metal Dinnerware

Metal dinnerware is sleek and affordable, but should only ever be used for serving, and never for cooking or reheating. Common types of metal dinnerware include stainless steel and copper, which offer a trendier presentation for appetizers, entrees and side dishes. Check out American Metalcraft’s selection of dinnerware for trendy, affordable serving inspiration.

Bon Chef Metal Soup Bowl

Central Model #16Y-037

Glass Dinnerware

Glass is ideal for upscale dining establishments. Quality glass dinnerware runs at a higher price point than their plastic counterparts that have been strategically designed to mimic the look and feel of glass (see acrylic section above). However, authentic glass adds a touch of class to every dining room.

Libbey Gibraltar Clear Glass Dinnerware

Central Model #186-087

In addition to higher upfront costs, there is also a higher risk of breakage. Glassware will need replaced down the road, so your glass dinnerware purchase more than likely won’t be a one and done experience.

The three most common types of glass dinnerware include Annealed, Fully Tempered, and Rim Tempered.

  1. Annealed glass is your standard glassware and the most cost effective (up front). It’s slowly cooled to reduce internal stress, making it capable of withstanding temperature changes. However, when it breaks, it shatters into a hundred shards, creating a cleaning nightmare and safety concerns.
  2. Fully-Tempered glass has been more processed than annealed glass, increasing its strength and making it less prone to breakage. When it does break, it breaks in chunks instead of shattering into dangerously miniscule and sharp shards.
  3. Rim-Tempered glass runs middle of the road. A part of the piece has been tempered for added protection, but not the entirety of the product. This is usually the rim, because it’s the most likely to tip over and take the blunt force of the impact. This is a nice option if you’re on a budget but want to ensure some sort of durability.

Libbey is one of our top glassware manufacturers, boasting a comprehensive selection of glass drinkware and dining solutions.

All in all, your final decision should be made around which piece of dinnerware can enhance the experience you wish to give your guests, based on your established environment, ambiance, and menu. Central offers a complete selection of all different types of dinner and servingware to help you find the right piece you’re looking for. If you have any additional questions about which material will work the best given your unique needs, give us a call us at 800.215.9293.

Vendor Spotlight: Arctic Air

Since 1995, Arctic Air has been producing quality, affordable refrigeration products to the commercial equipment market in the United States and Canada. Arctic Air is a division of Broich Enterprises, Inc. and was created as a quality, lower cost alternative to the standard commercial refrigeration products offered at the time. Since that time, Arctic Air products have come to be known as very reliable alternatives for many common commercial applications.

Reach-In Refrigerators and Freezers

Arctic Air’s most popular model is the AR series of reach-in refrigerators and freezers. These solid door reach-in refrigerators and freezers are designed to bring you commercial performance at a great price. Their reach-ins are designed in a smooth stainless steel exterior which provide a quality, professional look. Features include electronic thermostat, bottom mounted compressor, which allows you to use the top of the unit for storage. The model’s front accessible condensing unit slides out for easy cleaning and maintenance.

Food Prep Units

Arctic Air’s food prep units are tested to NSF Standard 7 requirements for open food storage, meaning your food will remain safe for customers throughout the day. Their sandwich and pizza prep tables include a full-length, heavy duty cutting board to do all of your prep work. Self-closing doors remain open at 90 degrees, making it easy to replace ingredients. Plastic pans come standard with each prep unit, which means your model is ready to go to work as soon as it arrives!

See Arctic Air’s complete line of products here.

 

 

Franklin Machine Products- A Perfect 10!

Who is Franklin Machine Products?

Founded in 1918, Franklin Machine Products emerged as a small manufacturing shop, specializing in components for commercial coffee urns. They have come a long way in the past 100 years and grown into a large manufacturer, that supplies an extensive line of kitchen parts and accessories.  Some of their featured products include: The Baffle Boss, the ultimate tool for hood filter removal. Carbon Cure, which quickly removes grease from kitchen surfaces within minutes. The Fryer Splash Guard, a one-size-fits-all splash guard.

What’s new?

It’s a 10!

The Perfect 10 Spatula, a new item from FMP, empties a #10 can in less than 10 seconds! Reduce your labor and product wasted, by efficiently grabbing thick and viscous product with The Perfect 10 Spatula. This spatula works by using its unique flexible, curved blade edges. It can be used with items such as Sauces, pastes, puddings, and pie filling. The ergonomically designed large handle reduces wrist strain and features a long handle, to keep hands away from the product. It is chemical-resistant and will not absorb odors or contaminants. The spatula is made from a heavy-duty, durable FDA compliant copolymer polypropylene.

Detect Counterfeits

The UV Pro UV Light, a counterfeit detector uses UV spectrum light to validate security markings on currency, passports, license, and IDs. This detector is powered by 5 LED bulbs, includes a carrying strap and uses 3 AAA batteries (Not included).

Ready to Shop?

These are just some of the many Franklin Machine Products that we offer on our website. Shop all items here.

Serve Frosty Bottles of Beer with Beverage-Air

Sometimes, there’s nothing better on a fall weekend than a frosty bottle of suds. Every weekend, millions of people venture out to bars to catch their favorite teams on the big screen. If you run a bar, it’s paramount that the equipment you use can hold up to the demands of a busy environment. That’s where Beverage-Air comes in. Their horizontal deep well bottle coolers ensure that you have cold bottles of whatever beverage throughout the day, keeping customers refreshed.

Bottle Coolers Built for Durability

Beverage-Air’s deep well bottle coolers feature one-piece, all-metal sliding lids, the strongest lid assembly in the industry. Open them, close them, slam them, it doesn’t matter – these lids are built to hold up! Choose from a wear-resistant vinyl on steel in Black finish, or Stainless exterior finish, with a galvanized interior and stainless steel floor. These heavy duty bottle coolers are insulated with CFC and HCFC-free foamed-in-place polyurethane inulation.

Cools Bottles Quickly for Quick Turnaround

Beverage-Air’s bottle coolers are constructed with high cooling RPM fans to provide fast cooling, which is great for those times of the day when product needs to be refilled. The forced air refrigeration system holds product between 36°F and 40°F on standard models.

Shop at Central

Beverage-Air bottle coolers are available right here at Central Restaurant Products. Choose from all different sizes and depths to fit your bar’s needs. Shop now!

Store your kegs with New Age Industrial

Shelves- Built to Withstand the Impact Shock of Dropped Kegs

These heavy-duty aluminum units store 1/6, ¼ and ½ barrels (kegs) of beer as well as dry general storage. These keg shelves are extra-reinforced for the added abuse associated with handling kegs. Unlike most wire shelves, these units have easy-to-clean flat surfaces that aid in the easy-on and easy-off of smaller heavy product. Approved for use in freezers, displays, as well as packaging and storage areas, these heavy-duty, all welded aluminum racks, keep product organized and off the floor while providing adequate air flow.

Adjustable

Fully adjustable shelves can be raised or lowered to fit your specific requirements. Units assemble in minutes with only an Allen wrench (provided). Aluminum posts are marked in 2” increments for easy leveling with all ends capped.

Guaranteed to Last

Each rack carries a Lifetime Guarantee against rust and corrosion as well as a Five-Year Guarantee against material defects and workmanship.

Roll Kegs with Ease- Keg Carriers

All welded keg carriers nest securely on our BDT Trucks for safe keg transport. The carrier is easy to install, no tools required and is easily removed when not in use. Lifetime Guarantee against rust and corrosion. Five-Year Guarantee against material defects and workmanship.

 Secure Storage

Install your own security system with New Age Security Fences. Designed to keep your epicurean products secure, in ANY atmosphere. Fences are ideal for backroom, cooler and freezer installations. Custom built to meet your specific cooler/needs. Security Fences are built tough with heavy-duty aluminum extrusions and bolted together with stainless steel hardware. Slotted panel construction keeps individuals out, without hindering the flow of air or light into the space. The door is easily padlocked for security. Constructed of Primary grade, rust proof aluminum.

Accessories

Now you can design your own keg shelving system, options include:

Solid Shelf Cover: Constructed of 5052-H32 aluminum alloy, .065” thick sheet.

EZ Panel Regulator Mount: Constructed of 5052-H32 aluminum alloy .125” thick sheet.

1/2 Shelf: Framework for the keg shelves is constructed out of 1½” x 2¾” x .070” wall tubing. Keg Shelf laterals are constructed out of 1½” x 211⁄16” x .15” wall channel. Shelves utilize standard posts that are constructed out of 15⁄16” Diameter pipe (Sold Separately).

Five Year Guarantee against material defects and workmanship. Lifetime Guarantee against rust and corrosion.

Shop with Central!

Ready to buy? Shop NewAge Industrial with Central, Today! Have questions? Call 800-215-9293 to speak to one of our knowledgeable product consultants!

Make your Kitchen More Efficient with Hobart Slicers

There are many items kept in the kitchen, that can contain bacteria and other hazards to food, if not cleaned properly. Food slicers are main items that are often found in most kitchens but require proper use and cleanliness.

There are different slicer options available to help keep your slicer clean while keeping your kitchen productive and efficient.

Removable parts

Slicers that have removable blades and as many parts as possible, reduce the risk of bacteria settling. Kitchen employees are also more likely to clean slicers, more frequently and thoroughly, if the parts are easier to take apart and clean.

When choosing a slicer, you should also consider one that offers a zero blade exposure at all times. This way the operator will have minimal exposure to the blade, even when the machine is apart and they are cleaning.

Considering a slicer that uses cobalt-edged knives, also offers more efficiency. It helps the knife stay sharper and have a longer life. Because the knife stays sharper, it reduces the time spent on sharpening and changing the blade.

A removable top cover is also helpful to keep your slicer clean. If the top cover can be taken off and brought to the sink or dishwasher, it offers a more thorough clean

Additional options

No volt release: This function allows for a “reset” of the machine if the power is lost. This reduces the risk of injury when the power is restored.

Home-Start: This function prevents an operator from starting in the middle of a stroke. The slicer must be brought “home” in order to begin. Some units also have an automatic shut off function after 30 seconds of inactivity.

Gas assist lift: This function allows operators to easily raise and lower the unit to clean underneath.

Shop Hobart with Central

Hobart offers a line of Heavy Medium Duty slicers for your needs! These offer the removable parts so that you can ensure the cleanliness of your slicing machine. Shop Hobart’s line of HS series slicers with Central, today!  Have questions? Call 800-215-9293 to speak to one of our knowledgeable product consultants!