Meal Delivery Carts

New Rhino-G-84 The Best Transport Solution for Gator and Grizzly Trays

There’s a new Rhino Cart coming to corrections.  This new cart is designed to transport Cook’s Brand Gator and Grizzly Trays, or any correctional meal tray that’s 15” x 13-1/2”.  While the cart will hold other sized trays, it best accommodates Gator or Grizzly Meal Trays and was developed at the request of our customers who use these trays.  The cart capacity is 84 trays; six stacks of 14 trays each.  With trays placed in six stacks, the Rhino-G-84 Cart is optimally loaded.  Trays fit inside easily but don’t have excess room and won’t be jostled around during transport keeping trays and meals intact.

To fit the Gator and Grizzly Trays, the Rhino 630-G-84 is a little wider than the other Rhino Carts.  The Rhino-G-84 is 34”deep overall, including the new built-in bumper feature which is there to protect walls and doorways as well as the cart.  At 58-1/4” H, a taller person can see over the cart to push it, using the integrated handles that are on both sides of the cart.  The Rhino Cart is 60” wide, a size that can easily manage most corners and tight spaces.  With exterior dimensions of 58-1/4”H x 60”W x 34”D, the interior dimensions are 37”H x 45-1/2”W x 27-1/2”D. 

Like the original Rhino Cart; the 630-M-150, and its smaller sibling, the 630-M-102, the new Rhino 630-G-84 is double walled polyethylene construction and fully insulated, adding rigidity and strength to the cart and doors.  Correctional facilities that switched to the Rhino Cart from stainless steel carts appreciate that the Rhino doesn’t get dented the way their old stainless carts did.  Additionally, being made of highly durable plastic, the Rhino is built with molded in door handles and molded in hinge pins for the doors.  Because they are molded in, the door handles cannot be broken off and they don’t stick out, getting in your way when going through narrow doorways or passages. 

The molded in door hinges are one of the best features on the cart.  These allow the doors to swing out 270O to be flush with the sides of the cart making access to the interior easier in tight spaces.  Being molded in, the hinge pins cannot be removed – not even by the most ingenious of inmates – so the doors never fail and they don’t present a security risk.  Because the doors are hinged, the Rhino doesn’t have a channel on the bottom that collects food waste creating a sanitation risk.  Additionally, customers can open booth doors fully to have unobstructed access to the interior without a center support in the way so loading, unloading and cleaning are easy and fast. 

Just as the doors are designed to open wide for quick loading and unloading, they stay shut during transport by design.  All three Rhino Carts have a lockable transport latch that holds doors closed even without a lock because there is a heavy-duty hasp that comes down over the doors and pin that you can slide into place to keep the latch in position. The doors are designed with a step joint closure which ensures a tight seal, keeping outside air from entering the cabinet helping to retain heat inside the cart.  For added security or if transporting off site, you can easily add a lock to ensure there won’t be any tampering with the contents.

Like the other members of the Rhino family, the Rhino 630-G-84 has a reinforced metal base to stabilize the cart.  There are competitor carts that have a 5th caster placed in the center of the base to compensate for possible sagging when carts are fully loaded.  You won’t have that concern with any of the Rhino Carts because of the reinforced metal base.  And more importantly, having a metal base provides the Rhino Cart with a metal to metal caster mount that won’t get stripped or loosen over time. 

Having a solid caster mount is critical because the Rhino caster is one of the most important features to these meal delivery carts.  During product development, we heard loud and clear from customers that caster issues cause a lot of pain.  We talked with many of our customers to understand why and looked for the best caster we could for the Rhino, one that would meet the requirements crucial to correctional foodservice. We chose the Colson Series 4 Performa® Caster, a stainless steel caster with a maintenance free sealed precision bearing and hard rubber tread.  We selected this because a main cause of caster failure is that the interior componentry gets wet and eventually locks up. While the carts are used to transport trays out of the kitchen, they often end up back in wet environments like the dish room.  Along with the maintenance free sealed bearing; these are a large 8” x 2” hard rubber caster made to travel over a variety of terrains.  Correctional carts move over outdoor pavement as often as they are pushed though concrete corridors.  The large size and hard grey non-marking tread travel smoothly over different surfaces.  With over 700 Rhino Carts in the field, the Colsen Performa® Caster has proven that it meets the performance requirements of corrections.  These casters, which are secured in a metal to metal caster mount, are what you’ll find on the new Rhino 630-G-84. 

The original Rhino Cart set a new standard for durability, innovation and functionality when it was introduced in 2015.  The New Rhino 630-G-84 continues that tradition with all the great features that are part of the Rhino family and new features like the built-in bumper, and is ideally sized for the Cook’s Brand Gator or Grizzly Trays or any 15” x 13-1/2” meal delivery tray.  Look for the cart in the 2020 Cook’s Correctional Buyers Guide.  If you want images and cart information today, we have a downloadable flyer or you can get details and quotes with a quick call to Cook’s at 800-956-5571.  We’ll be happy to assist you. 

Check Out Our Newest Meal Tray Delivery Cart For Corrections

Last year we introduced the Rhino M-102 tray delivery cart, a smaller version of our Rhino M-150.  When we introduced the original Rhino in 2015, we had a lot of interest in the cart along with requests for a smaller version.  Customer feedback is great for product development, so we asked more questions and found that there were customers who loved what they saw with the Rhino Cart but needed a smaller version for jails and prisons looking to transport 100 trays or less.  There were also customers who wanted a shorter meal delivery cart that they could easily see over.

These were our top priorities and the Rhino M-102 delivers.  The first thing you’ll notice when you see the two carts side by side is that the Rhino M-102 is a full 14” shorter than the original.  It doesn’t block your view and because it’s shorter, smaller quantities of trays fit better inside.  Fully loaded the Rhino M-102 holds 102 Marathon trays where the original Rhino will hold 150 Marathon trays.  Hence the names; M-102 holds 102 & M-150 holds 150, we want to keep it simple.  For facilities using the Gorilla tray, the smaller Rhino holds 84 trays and the larger Rhino holds 120.

When we designed this cart, we had the benefit of a year’s experience in the field. We kept all the features that our customers loved and we refined anything that we could make better, but why read about it when you can see it?  Watch our video demonstration of the Cook’s Brand Rhino M-102 Meal Tray Delivery Cart presented by Jeff Breeden, CEO of Cook’s. In less than 4 minutes you can learn why the Rhino M-102 is a great tray delivery solution for corrections.

Cook's Brand Rhino M-102 Video

Cook’s Brand Rhino M-102 Video

 

You can also see more online at https://www.cookscorrectional.com/product/cooks-630-m102-gr-rhino-cart-grey.

We also have a Rhino Flyer that you can download and print for future reference: http://ccr.commercev3.com/downloads/Rhino.pdf

 

Food for thought: Tray Delivery Carts (part 3 of 3)

Cook's Aluminum 40-Tray Delivery Cart

Cook’s Aluminum 40-Tray Delivery Cart

This is the third and final post (in this series) on Tray Delivery Carts and things to know or think about prior to purchasing.  Our first blog post was on the questions we ask our clients before recommending or quoting carts (click here for Part 1).  Our second blog post was on general facility and cart questions that should be answered before making a purchase (click here for Part 2).  This post is going to cover some of the various cart options available to you that you should consider as you review your Tray Delivery Cart options.

1.  Will you be holding or transporting things on the top of the cart?  You can find carts that offer a sheet pan rack for 18″ x 26″ pans.  These can be open, enclosed and even insulated.  You will want to think through how many pans you would want to carry and the spacing.  If you do this, you need to also consider how much space you will need above the cart to fit the rack.

Rather than product on sheet pans or in steam table pans, will you be transporting Beverage Servers?  You’ll want a rail on the top of the cart to keep them in place.  You also want to consider how tall the cart is because someone needs to be able to put the fully loaded beverage servers on top of the cart.  If you have a five gallon beverage server – it will weigh 40 lbs. fully loaded, as a gallon of water weighs 8 lbs.

A rail can keep wash racks in place too, if that’s how you’re transporting tumblers or mugs.  A top rail can be three-sided which allows you easy access to load the top of the cart or it can be four-sided which keeps things in place more easily.

2.  Will you be doing any assembly at point of delivery?  You may want to consider a work shelf option.  These are available in pull out or flip-up styles.  You will need to consider where you would like it located on the cart, the size and the height you want it to be above finished floor.

3.  Are you purchasing heated carts?  If you are, do you want a thermometer on the outside of the cart that tells you the internal temperature of the cart?  This is a really good idea because then you’re not opening the door and letting the heat out in order to make sure it’s at temperature. Consider how many thermometers do you want on the cart and where you want them to be.

A nice option to consider is a cart with a removable heater because it can extend the life of the cart.  By removing the heater before you wash the cart you minimize potential for damage to the heater.  Additionally, with a removable heater – if the heater goes, you can replace it pretty easily.

4.  Have you experienced damage in your facility from carts or have specific failure areas on your current carts?  You may want to review options for special bumpers beyond the standard 1″ vinyl.  You may also consider wear plates, which are extra stainless.  Be sure to specify where you need these to be located.  There are also options for a top bumper which adds additional protection to walls and cart.

5.  Do you want to gang carts together?  A tow hitch can be used to create a string of carts.  Tow hitches can be ball style, pin or ‘C’ Clamp.  If this is a new option, you’ll want to consider who will actually tow – is it the inmate or the staff, and how many carts will be towed at one time.  Keep in mind that there is typically NO warranty beyond towing ONLY two carts at one time.

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6.  Do you have any special considerations regarding the doors?  There are options like a magnetic latch which helps to keep heat in by closing and sealing the doors.  Do you want your  door pulls to be flush?  This can ensure there are no handles to get in the way in tight spaces.  A special transport latch will keep the door latch covered so that it stays closed. You may need to specify a security latch or locking latch so that you don’t have any concerns about contamination during transport.

Meal Delivery Carts are a large investment for the correctional kitchen and they will impact your meal serving operation significantly.  Any time you spend before hand making sure you get what you need, what you want and what will work is time well spent, and possibly dollars not thrown away.  If you need help with on carts or other equipment, all the Cook’s Correctional sales reps are trained on our products we have lots of experience that we’re ready to share with you.

Marketing Manager, Cook's

Candace Meneou