Weak shelves, trays and drawers, and the door liner and interior plastic mouldings, can crack or otherwise break due to heavy loads being applied and mishandling and rough treatment.
This could happen at any time and could lead to customer dissatisfaction and return. By specifying various aspects around this, damage and returns can be avoided.
The specification below provides the recommended improvements needed to improve product durability. They are ranked from bronze to gold based on the effectiveness of the change in improving durability, with bronze being the minimum and gold being the maximum.
Shelves, trays and liner/door mouldings
Stronger fridge liner moulding; no freezer compartment flaps
Improved reliability of components can reduce early returns and improve brand reputation which, in turn, can lower business costs and increase long-term sales.
To calculate overall cost savings for your business, use the WRAP cost/benefit analysis tool (currently in draft form and available on request).
Increased area of bonding on door
Change to current foam injection, e.g. more injection points or increased pressures to ensure foam penetration into recesses etc.
Inspection proceduresSimple inspection procedures will help to identify manufacturing faults and component issues, reduce failure rates and customer returns.
Stronger trays, drawers and shelves
Toughened glass shelves, reinforced materials (such as glass reinforced PS trays), thicker materials or greater use of sections and ribs to increase strength will add a some cost.
Refrigerator liners that can support higher loads
Use of thicker sheet materials in vacuum / pressure forming will add a small amount of cost.
No freezer compartment flaps
Having full drawers instead of flaps increases the amount of material used, hence adding some cost.