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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.

Demo Day/Open House

Calling all our valued Indiana customers, restaurant owners and foodservice operators! Join us on Thursday, September 28th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for our open house Demo Day!

This is your opportunity to try in demand products before committing to a purchase. It’s also a great chance for your employees to get hands on experience with equipment they’ll be working with regularly.

Swing by and put a face to the name

Our product consultants are always here to help you via phone or email. This is also a great time to meet them face to face, ask questions, and learn more about the work we do at Central. Explore our showroom and enjoy special pricing on the equipment and supplies we’ll have on display.

We’ll have reps from Globe, Edlund and Vitamix here to answer any product-related question.

 

Visit us at:

7750 Georgetown Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46268

Or online at www.centralrestaurant.com.

Questions? Give us a call at (317)238-1010.

 

The Central Brew Podcast

Central Brew Podcast – June 30, 2017

Welcome to the end of the week… and the month!

We are excited to reveal our new podcast, The Central Brew! Sit back, relax and listen to industry-related news, Central promotions, and interesting foodservice tips.

Central Blogs

  1. Tuesday Tip: The Importance of Ice Machine Filters
  2. Types of Beer Glasses

Central Promos

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Stainless Steel Faucet

Stainless Steel: What You Need to Know

If you saw our recent Tuesday Tip on the differences between stainless steel and aluminum foodservice equipment and supplies, then you’re already a little familiar with a few of the classifications of stainless steel. I wanted to take an opportunity to expand upon these classifications (five in all) and overview a few areas from series to gauges you are likely to come across when researching stainless steel equipment.

Stainless Steel Classifications

1. Austenitic

Austenitic stainless steel is a very common type as it’s one of the most weldable. It’s used for a plethora of industrial and consumer applications, and can be divided into three groups: chromium-nickel (300 series), manganese-chromium-nickel-nitrogen (200 series), and specialty alloys.

2. Ferritic

Another common type of stainless steel, ferritic steel is comprised of iron-chromium alloys. Qualities include good conductibility and formability. Some common types of ferritic steel include 409 and 405 series used in mufflers, kitchen counter and sinks, exhaust systems, etc.

3. Martensitic

Martensitic steels include series 403, 410 and 420. This steel is similar to ferritic steel, but contains more of a balance of Chromium and Nitrogen.

4. Duplex

Duplex steel has a microstructure of equal amounts of ferritic and austenitic steel and usually contains around 25% chromium and 5% nickel. Duplex steel has a high yield strength and a greater resistance to corrosion cracking, and is primarily used in chemical plants and piping applications.

5. Precipitation Hardening

This type of stainless steel is characterized by it’s ability to be hardened by a solution and aging heat treatment. These are comprised of chromium and nickel.

Stainless Steel Gauges

The gauge is the thickness of the stainless steel. The lower the number of the gauge, the thicker and more durable the stainless steel. Common types of gauges are 18, 16, and 14. A 14 gauge worktable is much less susceptible to denting than an 18 gauge table.

The gauge of many types of stainless steel equipment and supplies, most notably stainless steel flatware, will include two numbers and may read something like 18/10, 18/8, or 18/0. This refers to the percentages of chromium and nickel, respectively, in the stainless steel alloy. Unlike how the lowest gauge is thicker than the higher gauges, the higher the nickel percentage has greater resistance to rust and corrosion.

Common Stainless Steel Series

The series of stainless steel relates to the the classification of stainless steel listed above. Some common types of series you are likely to come across include 200 series, 300 series, and 400 series.

200 Series

200 series stainless steel contains 16-18% chromium, 3.5-5.5% nickel, 5.5-7.5% manganese, as well as smaller doses of sulfur, carbon, phosphorous, and nitrogen. 200 series usually refers to austenitic stainless steel, and is used in a variety of applications such as automotive parts, clamps, cookware, food service equipment, kitchen utensils, sinks, etc.

300 Series

16-18% chromium, 6-8% nickel. 300 series is also an austenitic classification of stainless steel, offering good levels of conductibility and high strength with solid corrosion and oxidation resistance. It’s used in a variety of industrial products.

400 Series

10.5-11.7% chromium and varying, but relatively low, degrees of nickel, carbon, manganese, silicon, sulfur, phosphorus and nitrogen. Contains titanium. Designed primarily for the automotive industry, in particular exhaust systems.

Have anything to add? Let us know in the comments!

You may also enjoy our blog on types of applications for stainless steel equipment.

The NAFEM Show 2017

That’s a Wrap – Our NAFEM Recap

Another NAFEM (North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers) is in the books! We had a great time walking the floor and learning more about new trends and designs that are making a splash in the world of foodservice. We got to catch up with some of our biggest vendors, as well as meet potential new ones, and discover innovations to better enable us to continue fulfilling our purpose – to equip people who feed the world.

Here’s what was hot at this year’s show.

Enhanced Technology

Technological innovations have redefined the ways nearly all industries conduct business. From the mainstream use of smart phones to advanced computer systems that save us all time and money. This is especially true in the world of foodservice. At the show we saw our share of internet-enabled remote and programmable equipment that assists in automating cooking processes while providing that individualized experience customers expect. Examples include the abundance of new coffee makers and espresso machines that can be programmed to make that trendy, high-end latte in a fraction of the time (and price) as traditional espresso machines.

There were also plenty of innovations in the beer and wine scene, like this “Growler to Go” machine that allows users to hit a button and fill their own growlers.

 

Putting the Customer First in Food Preparation

Manufacturers continue to go out of their way to deliver new solutions to better enhance the customer experience. This year’s big focus was on color-coding supplies to prevent cross-contamination, accommodating guests with dietary restrictions. This includes tools for allergy-friendly food preparation. Be on the lookout for more purple products, like storage containers and cutting boards, that signify the product is may contain a popular allergen, like peanuts.

 

San Jamar unveiled their new bandage dispenser with blue bandages that standout more in food dishes than traditional beige bandages, making them easier to spot and keeping sanitary food prep practices the main priority.

More Environmental and Budget Friendly Options

Another trend in recent years is putting an emphasis on social responsibility and being conscience of energy consumption. This year, every category offered new products that provide high performance without consuming the amount of energy they used to. Such products include holding and transport equipment that can retain heat longer without a utility hookup, and green servingware options.

Water-saving options were also plentiful.

As a distributor, trade shows like this provide an incredible opportunity to network and learn more about what we can be offering to better serve our customers. But the benefits don’t stop there. NAFEM is a great opportunity for anyone involved in the foodservice industry. Meet with like-minded industry professionals, share stories, learn from the best, showcase your products and discover innovations that could transform the way you do business. The next NAFEM will be hosted February 7 – 9, 2019 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. We hope to see you there!

Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: December 2, 2016

The holiday season is officially upon us! Time to deck the halls and catch up on industry happenings, Central blogs, and promotions for the week of November 27 – December 3.

Industry News

  1. NPR: Kale is about to have an identity crisis
  2. Huffington Post: 9 gifts the cook in your life actually wants and needs
  3. Nation’s Restaurant News: 10 innovations that transformed restaurants
  4. Eater: Everything you need to know about vegan wine
  5. Nation’s Restaurant News: Chuck E. Cheese’s phases out tokens
  6. Huffington Post: The food trends you’ll probably be seeing a lot of in 2017
  7. Delish: The best new holiday treats you can buy right now
  8. NPR: The Czech pastry that took Texas by storm, and keeps gaining strength
  9. Eater: Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is stepping down
  10. Huffington Post: Holy cow, people do weird stuff with mayo in other countries 

Central Blogs

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Foodservice News Week in Brief: November 6 – 12

Happy Friday! What a week! As we celebrate the arrival of the weekend, let’s review the top foodservice-related news stories this week, and catch up on exclusive Central content and promotions.

Industry News

  1. NPR: Cheering or Mourning Election Results? Mail-Order Cocktails Head Your Way
  2. Huffington Post: Every Thanksgiving Recipe You Could Possibly Need, Right Here
  3. Eater: Are These New Toblerone Bars the Biggest Disaster of 2016?
  4. Delish: Pizzadillas Prove Italian and Mexican Food are Better Together 
  5. NPR: Pairing Wine and Cheese? Science Says White May be a Better Choice than Red
  6. Huffington Post: 7 Brilliant Trader Joe’s Finds that Make Healthy Cooking WAY Easier
  7. Eater: The Bahamas Fish Fry is the Ultimate Caribbean Feast
  8. NPR: This Food Truck Serves Up Gourmet Fare and Drinks – And Jobs for Refugees 
  9. Delish: Thanksgiving Pizza is a Genius Way to Use Your Leftovers
  10.  Huffington Post: This Quirky Coke Bottle with a Secret is Bringing Us Joy Right Now

Central Blogs

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Foodservice Industry News Week in Brief: October 14, 2016

Happy Friday! The end of the week is the perfect time to catch up on the latest foodservice industry happenings! Check out industry news, Central blogs and promotions for the week of October 9 – 15, 2016. Enjoy!

Industry News

  1. NPR the Salt: Our Robot Overlords Are Now Delivering Pizza, and Cooking it on the Go
  2. Huffpost Taste: If an Old-Fashioned is Your Drink, There’s Something You Should Know
  3. Eater: Michelin Declines to Award Top Honors to Any D.C. Restaurant in Debut Guide
  4. Delish: These Hocus Pocus S’mores Pops Will Put a Spell on You
  5. NPR the Salt: Chill Out: Stress Can Override Benefits of Healthful Eating
  6. Huffpost Taste: There’s a Reason this Easy Cheesecake Recipe is Going Viral
  7. NPR the Salt: Tax Soda to Fight Obesity, WHO Urges Nations Around the Globe
  8. Eater: Top Chef Season 14 Pits Newbies Against Veterans
  9. Delish: You’ll Either Love or Hate this New Wedding Cake Trend
  10. NPR the Salt: We Pay Billions for Greener Farms, So What Does That Buy Us?

Central Blogs

Central Promos

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Visit CentralRestaurant.com to view current promotions, or click the links below.

Connect With Us!

To keep up with the latest, subscribe to Central’s email list and get exclusive benefits such as discounts, new product alerts and early access to our clearance list. You can also follow us on the following social channels for the latest blogs, foodservice industry news and more!

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