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Equipment Project
Molly Chaffin
The University of Southern Mississippi

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Introduction

Within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) of Biloxi, the nutrition and foodservice
(NFS) department is responsible for preparing and distributed individualized meals to patients on
a daily basis. A variety of therapeutic diets are offered by the VHA depending on patient needs;
these therapeutic diets may alter certain nutrients or textures of the meal to meet the patients
individualized nutritional needs. One diet modification that requires special attention during
preparation is the pureed diet. Oftentimes in preparation of the pureed meals, the texture may be
too thick or too thin for the patient to properly consume and enjoy. A continuous quality
improvement (CQI) study was done to improve the quality of the pureed diet, specifically the
vegetables. During this study, it was determined that when vegetables are pureed in the blender,
additional water must be added for the vegetables to be fully blended to a smooth consistency.
This often results in watery or soupy vegetables. When attempting to blend the vegetables with
less added water, the blender did not properly function, and the product was chunky and
unacceptable.
Facility Needs
The VHA of Biloxi does not currently possess a working immersion blender; this piece of
equipment was recommended by the NFS administrative section chief to improve the quality of
the pureed dishes and likely alleviate the challenges presented with the current method of
blending. The foodservice department currently utilizes a 1-quart and a 1-gallon blender to
produce pureed items. These items use a similar storage area and power source (three-pronged
cord) as the proposed immersion blender would. The new piece of equipment would take up little
storage space and require no more than standard maintenance and cleaning. The flow of
production should be uninterrupted with the addition of this equipment; because the immersion

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blender will essentially replace the need for the standard blenders in the pureed diet production,
storage and power needs should not affect production.
The transportation of the equipment into the building should also present no problems.
This item can be delivered to the back dock and through the door nearest to its proposed area of
storage. This would require delivery though a door measuring 5 X 6.5. Transportation of this
piece of equipment into the facility through the kitchen dock area would avoid any corridors or
hallways.
The immersion blender would replace the standard blenders in the production of the
pureed diets. These diets typically require the preparation of approximately 2-3 quarts of pureed
meats/entre, 2 quarts of pureed vegetables, and 2 quarts of pureed starch for the production of
10-20 trays and stock for four service lines in the community living center.
Researched Manufacturers
The two manufacturers researched for this piece of equipment were Waring and Superior.
U.S. Foods is the VHAs prime vendor; the U.S. Foods representative for the VHA of Biloxi was
contacted to provide a quote for the Superior hand immersion mixer. TriMark is another supplier
used by the VHA; this representative was contacted to provide a quote and specifications for the
Waring model. The two different models share similarities including price and features; however,
differences in features and quality for price will help to determine the model to purchase.
Standard Features
The two products feature very similar elements. Both models feature a high efficiency
motor with two speed (high/low) options. Both models claim to be a lightweight product with a
comfort grip. A seven-inch shaft is featured on both models; the Waring model declares this shaft
to be stainless steel, while the Superior model does not specify. The Waring model also provides

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a new aggressive blade design. These specifications were not found on the Superior model.
The Waring model also specifies a six-foot cord containing a three-prong plug. The Superior
model does not specify the power source, however, similar features are predicted. A one-year
limited warranty is provided with both products.
Optional Features
Due to the simplicity of this piece of equipment, neither model denotes any additional or
optional features. Models used for larger production needs often provide interchangeable or
removable blades. This equipment can also be featured as a cordless product. For this facilitys
needs, however, these features are not necessary for production.
Life expectancy
These mixers come with a one-year limited warranty. Small appliances such as blenders
are often replaced every three to five years at this facility, depending on the quality of the
equipment and frequency of use.
Installation and Maintenance
This piece of equipment would require no installation; however, the VHA requires an
electrical test be conducted on all electronics brought into the facility. This test must be
completed on the new piece of equipment for the mixer to be approved for use.
Recommendation
Both models appear very similar in standard features, and because this product is quite
small and inexpensive, few optional features are available to make one product stand out over
another. The quote and specifications provided by TriMark for the Waring model are much more
detailed than what was provided by U.S. Foods. The U.S. Foods representative was contacted
regarding a specifications sheet, but this information was never provided. The website also offers

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a specification PDF, however, this link redirected to an error code. Less information could be
gathered on the Superior model, and although the product is relatively inexpensive ($81.97), a
new piece of equipment is unlikely to be purchased without determining all equipment
specifications. The Waring model appears to excel over the Superior model according to the
available information.
The Waring model is $6.02 cheaper than the Superior model; considered within the realm
of large foodservice facilities such as the VHA of Biloxi, this cost difference does not amount to
much, especially if differences in quality are observed. When viewed with respect to this specific
piece of equipment, however, the Waring model is about 7% cheaper. The Waring model also
appears to have superior features (due to the lack of information from the Superior model)
including a six-foot cord for improved mobility, stainless steel blades, and a new aggressive
blade design.
The Waring model is a more cost effective piece of equipment, and may provide a higher
quality product than the Superior model. More information is available with the Waring model as
well, which is a very important factor when considering purchasing new equipment. According
to this analysis of the two models, the Waring model is preferred when purchasing a new
immersion blender.

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Equipment Specifications Worksheet


Management Rotation G 1.4
1. Which menu products will be prepared/held/stored/transported using this piece of
equipment? For each menu item indicate the typical quantity that is
prepared/held/stored/transported.
The immersion blender will be very useful for preparation of pureed meals, specifically
vegetables.
Pureed meats: 2-3 quarts
Pureed vegetables: 2 quarts
Pureed starches (rice, noodles): 2 quarts

2. What is the available power?


Gas: Natural __________

Propane______________

Electricity:

X
120V 1PH
________ 208V 1PH
________ 208V 3PH
________ 220V 1PH
________ 220V 3PH

Other:

________ Volts ___ PH ______ AMPS

Water:

_______

3. Available Space:

16 AMPS
_______ AMPS
_______ AMPS
_______ AMPS
_______ AMPS

Steam ___________ Sewage __________


3
4

Width

Depth

Circulation space/equipment door clearance space

4. What other equipment will be located near/adjacent to this piece of equipment?


Regular blender, large mixer, serving utensils
5. Are there doorways that must be navigated to install this piece of equipment?
(From loading dock to final location)
Number of doorways:

Height

Number of hallways:

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Height and Width of doorways:


Height and Width of Hallways:

5 X 6.5
4.75 X 10.25

Source/Recommendation 1. Manufacturer and Model Number


Waring Model #WSB33X

Trimark Immersion Blender

Power
Gas:

_____ BTU

Electric:

100 Watts

_____ Natural

120 Volts

_____ Propane

Phase

______ AMPS
Connection:

______ Front
X

Other Utilities:

Connection:

Rear

Cord and plug

______ Hard-wired

_______ Water

______ Steam

______ Sewer

Indicate energy efficiency rating: ________________


Size
Overall size:
4.5

Weight:

Depth

2.8 lbs

4.5 Width
16

Shipping Weight

2.55 lbs Uncrated Weight

Height

Configuration
_______ Floor Model

Counter Model _______ Legs ______ Casters

Finish/Housing
X

Stainless Steel _____Galvanized Metal _____Aluminum _____ Other (Describe)

Standard Features:

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The Waring commercial immersion blender features a two-speed, high-efficiency motor
conducted by a three-prong plug. This cord is six feet in length for optimal portability. A seveninch stainless steel fixed shaft allows for blending up to a three-gallon capacity. A new,
aggressive blade design can be found on this model, with stainless steel blades optimal for
blending or pureeing. A rubber handle is provided for a comfortable grip. A one-year limited
warranty is offered for all purchases within the U.S.
Optional Features: N/A

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Source/Recommendation 2. Manufacturer and Model Number Superior Products Model


#7678691
Power
Gas:

_____ BTU

Electric:

_____ Natural

______ Watts
115 Volts

_____ Propane

______ Phase
______ AMPS

Connection:

______ Front
X

Other Utilities:

Connection:

Rear

Cord and plug

______ Hard-wired

_______ Water

______ Steam

______ Sewer

Indicate energy efficiency rating: ________________


Size
Overall size:
4-3/8

Weight:

Depth

unlisted Shipping Weight

4-3/8 Width

unlisted Uncrated Weight

16

Height

Configuration
_______ Floor Model

Counter Model

_______ Legs ______ Casters

Finish/Housing
X

Stainless Steel _____Galvanized Metal _____Aluminum _____ Other (Describe)

Standard Features:
This hand immersion blender features a high efficiency motor with high or low speed options. It
is lightweight with a comfort-designed grip. The seven-inch shaft is provided for small batch
blending. A one-year limited warranty is provided with this product.
Optional Features: N/A

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