One of the best things about Monday is that the latest edition of Made for Corrections Monday is posted!
Today we’re going to review the Cook’s Brand Extra Deep Marathon Tray. The Extra Deep Marathon Tray is essentially the same tray as our regular Marathon Tray but deeper. It is made from an ultra-rugged plastic that is virtually impossible to break, features six compartments that have smooth interior surfaces and coved corners that are easy to clean. If you look at this tray compared to a regular Marathon Tray, you’ll see that it is much, much deeper than a traditional Marathon Tray. The reason that we made it deeper is so that the entire amount of food would sit down into the compartment and would not touch the tray above it as they are stacked one on top of the other for meal transport and delivery in your jail or prison foodservice operation. If sanitation is a super important concern in your correctional foodservice operation, then this is a correctional insulated meal tray that you’ll want to check out.
The Extra Deep Marathon Tray, like other Cook’s Brand products, was developed with input from our customers; correctional foodservice professionals, to develop solutions to the unique challenges they are facing in feeding inmates daily. Remember if you have a problem in your correctional foodservice operation that you can’t solve, give us a call at 800-956-5571 or visit us at cookscorrectional.com and we’ll do our best to solve it. Until next week, stay safe.
Welcome to another edition of Made For Corrections Mondays. This week Jeff Breeden, CEO of Cook’s, will show you the four different types of mugs offered by Cook’s Brand and how each of them is designed to fulfill a need in correctional meal service.
Cook’s Brand offers correctional food-service operators coffee mugs that are designed to be durable, safe and functional in correctional environments. All the mugs are designed with a large handle that will fit bigger hands. Additionally, there are indentations on the bottom of all the mugs so that water will run off when they come out of the dish machine rather than pool on top so they dry faster. There are four different material options so that you get the right mug to match the security level of your facility. Our most popular mugs are the co-polymer which are a good fit in minimum or medium security facilities and appropriate for the general population in most correctional facilities. If you are looking for longer wear, the poly-carbonate mugs are nearly unbreakable, but it is important to know that poly-carbonate is a harder plastic and if it does get broken, any shards from the mug can be sharpened into a weapon. If you have any concerns about this, the co-polymer mug is a better choice as it is a softer material. For environments where safety is a concern, the Sentry Series mug or the Flex mug are your best choices. The Sentry Series mug is an FDA approved pliable material that bends without breaking and returns to it’s original shape. For seg or maximum security areas, the Flex Mug is the best option. Flex Mugs are made of FDA approved silicone. These mugs are pliant and flexible so inmates cannot shatter, chip or break off part of the mug to use as a weapon. All Cook’s Brand mugs are microwave and dishwasher safe.
For further information about Cook’s Brand mugs or other meal service products, give us a call at 800-956-5571 and our customer service team will be happy to assist you. Until next week – Stay Safe!
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.
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.
We have a ton of experience with tray delivery carts, so much that a few years ago we felt we could design and build carts that were superior to anything on the market.
So what makes a good cart…
To start with, you need a strong frame for the entire cart and shelves. One of the biggest areas of failure on a cart is the front of the shelf, where it is typically just welded. On our carts, we reinforce the top/bottom shelves with square tube so when the inmate sits on it or overloads it, the shelf won’t break.
Next, you must have great casters. Casters that are large enough to be pushed easily through the yard or down to the housing unit at the end of the facility. We like 6” polyurethane, non-marking casters which hold about 2000 lbs. Yes, no one will ever put 2000 lbs. on it but why take the chance!
Beyond casters and a sturdy frame, corner bumpers, welded handles and heavier gauge stainless steel are also very important. But when purchasing a new 2 shelf cart, the primary focus should be on the frame and casters. IF the frame and casters are made to
withstand corrections abuse, the cart will last you a long time.
Your cart can be Stainless Steel or Aluminum – we carry Cook’s Brand carts in both materials and have many customers who purchase each of them. The difference in the materials really won’t affect the life of your cart so much as the appearance, weight and the price as aluminum is less expensive than stainless. If you in the market for a cart, make sure to look at how it’s built to be sure it will last in your operation.