Setting The Bar: Excellence In Bar Systems

Striking, practical and carefully designed to support efficient operations, bar systems offer a range of benefits for bar operators, their staff and customers. But it can be a daunting decision choosing from a crowded marketplace offering units that – to the untrained eye – all offer similar qualities. Chris Hinton, sales director at Shine Catering Services, sets out three things to look for when investing in a new bar system.

Material choice. While front of bar units can be made from wood, metals, composite or a wide range of other materials to support design features, behind-the-bar units tend to be stainless steel construction. It’s hygienic, easy to wipe down and durable. But not all stainless steel is the same.

Shine’s units are made from high quality 304 grade stainless steel, which has a higher corrosion resistance than regular steel and a greater tensile strength, whilst offering good welding and forming properties. Always check the grading of stainless steel from manufacturers so you know what you’re buying.

Modular vs bespoke. Another key decision to make is whether to buy modular units or single-piece construction.

Bespoke one-piece units, designed and made to exact dimensions for a specific project, can include integrated ice trays, drip wells, sinks, basket holders and storage as required – including full length features for a more appealing finish and greater efficiency. One-piece construction also ensures greater rigidity and durability than modular units, with seamless units and no joins for enhanced hygiene.

Quality control. It’s a common quandary in commercial kitchens and bar spaces – do you invest more for the initial product, or buy cheaper and risk having to spend again, sooner. We all know what the answer should be – but how can you be sure of quality when choosing where to spend your capital?

Make sure you ask about the manufacturing process. Our units are made in Shine’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in South Wales, modelled using Solidworks 3D CAD/CAM software with a Driveworks automation before being manufactured with fibre laser cutters and automated brake presses.

Welding and finishing, assembly and quality checking by hand is all done in house by tradesmen that Shine has predominantly trained in-house through its own apprentice scheme. In total, the factory team offers more than 150 years of cumulative experience.

These are the signs of quality you should be looking for – particularly in the current climate where ethics and sustainability are so important, even through your extended supply chain.


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