Can & Pail Openers

Are you looking for an Edlund can opener? How about a Nemco can opener? Or maybe you are looking for a commercial can opener from trusted brands like Focus, Browne, and Tablecraft? Here at Rapids Wholesale, you get only the best industrial can openers (both commercial electric can opener and commercial manual can opener units) from those reputable brands and more.

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Commercial Can Openers and a Brief Look at Their History

A commercial can opener is the professional counterpart of a household can opener, which is a device used to open metal cans. Although food preservation using tin cans has been around as early as 1772 in the Netherlands, the first can openers were only patented many years later in 1855 in England (and eventually in 1858 in the United States). Those early can openers were essentially simple variations of a regular knife. The first can opener that used the modern sharp rotating cutting wheel, which moves around the can's ring while slicing open the lid, was actually invented in 1870, but initially people found it difficult to use. However, a breakthrough in 1925 came with the addition of a second serrated wheel that helped hold the cutting wheel on can’s ring. This easy-to-use design helped usher in the industrial can opener while also managing to become one of the most popular can-opener models of all time.

In the 1950s, the commercial electric can opener was introduced to the public, with great success. The commercial electric can opener has since been the preferred restaurant can opener in many food-service establishments across the country and even worldwide.

Different Types of Industrial Can Openers

Generally, there are two types of industrial can openers: a commercial manual can opener and a commercial electric can opener. A commercial can opener, needless to say, is one of the most important smallwares in a busy food-service or restaurant kitchen because countless cans of ingredients and food are opened on a daily basis and used in cooking dishes and for garnishes.

Many models of industrial can openers are designed to open large cans that are up to twenty-one inches tall with minimal cranks of the handle. And while it is up to you whether you want to get a manual or an electronic opener for your business, one advantage of a commercial electric can opener over a commercial manual can opener is that it is capable of opening dozens and dozens of cans on an hourly basis. However, for very large cans, it is better to utilize a manual opener.

However, both variants of industrial can openers (mechanical and manual) are specifically built with durability in mind as they are designed to handle industrial-type cans that most owners of food-service businesses and restaurants purchase in bulk.

One important thing to remember, however, is that periodic cleaning of your industrial can openers—especially the blade—is a must if you want your opener to be in the best working condition every time. To clean your can opener, disassemble it first but making sure to follow the instructions on the manual. Then wash the components in warm water and soap to eliminate bacteria and hardened food. Before reassembling your cleaned commercial can opener, make sure to dry all the components first to avoid rusting.