THE manufacturer of a liner which extends the lives of commercial microwaves in restaurants around the UK is celebrating its 30th year in business by moving premises.
Regale Microwave Ovens was started on August 1, 1982 by Pat Bray and Barry Clark in a warehouse in Cosham.
While there staff developed a special liner for the ovens which made cleaning them much easier and quicker, and which in turn means the microwave itself is protected.
Pat said: ‘We realised that most of the major problems experienced by the end users were in fact due to the lack of correct cleaning procedures which were not being carried out.
‘It takes approximately 20 minutes to correctly clean a microwave correctly to remove all the splashes and spills from the roof, back, sides and base – and if not completely cleaned, eventually the ceiling plate would arc and spark or the base plate would crack, making the microwave oven unusable.
‘These parts are not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty and the owner could end up with a large repair bill.
‘This led to us coming up with an idea to protect these parts and after several years in research and design we invented the now well-established Cavity Protection System which saves cleaning time.’
The system is basically a liner which can be taken out of the commercial microwave and cleaned separately in a restaurant’s dishwasher, taking about two minutes to do.
Pat added: ‘It also helps stop down-time, costly repair bills and is great value for money as the liner costs less than the cost of an engineer calling and fitting a new ceiling or base plate.’
The firm has seen its sales increase by 75 per cent since 2011, and has moved from its previous home in the Glenmore Business Centre to just down the same road at 140 Ordnance Business Park.
As reported in The News, last year the company was named by Panasonic as being the technology giant’s number one UK wholesaler of commercial microwaves, with the three-man team being taken to watch the Olympics by the company.
Now the firm says its liners are used in 10,000 microwaves up and down the country in busy pubs and restaurants, supplying well-known chains such as Frankie & Benny’s, Chiquitos, La Tasca, Yates, Slug and Lettuce and Las Iguanas.
The firm is also now working for Daewoo and Sharp as a microwave wholesaler.