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Bartech to Introduce Eco-friendly Minibar Technology at HITEC


LAS VEGAS—Bartech, a provider of automatic minibar solutions, will debut its new Green Automatic Minibar (G32 model) at HITEC 2012. It uses advanced compressor technology that consumes 70 percent less energy than typical absorption minibars. Thanks to a new and improved insulation known as cyclopentane, that is thicker and more environmentally friendly, the G32 minibar stays cool longer. Once its target temperature is reached, a eutectic plate mounted in the rear of the unit provides more than 12 hours of cooling without consuming additional electricity.

Bartech’s green technology extends to a remote digital component as well. A standard feature on Bartech automatic minibars is the Computerized Energy Saving System, which monitors cooling production according to whether a guestroom is designated as vacant, occupied or out of order. This feature generates a savings up to 30 percent depending on occupancy and the hotel’s preference for the level of cooling.

“With the addition of the Green Automatic Minibar to our product line, Bartech continues to push the guestroom amenity technology space forward,” says Bartech CEO Mario Agrario. “The Bartech name has always been synonymous with profitability and guest satisfaction, and now we can add green to that list.”

Minibar Design Can be Customized

As with all of Bartech’s models, the Green Automatic Minibar can be built to blend with guestroom décor and can be customized with choice of wooden or glass door with the hotel’s logo.

Bartech incorporates three different types of sensor technologies into their advanced product design, including infrared, magnetic and micro-switch. This allows Bartech minibars to use the most effective and reliable technology for each type of product dispensed, maximizing reliability and efficiency of the minibar operation and minimizing guest disputes.

Bartech offers multiple choices of data communication methods between the minibars and servers. This allows each hotel to adopt the most cost-effective and efficient technology solution to seamlessly integrate minibars with the hotel’s property management system. The five options include the ZigBee platform, Wi-Fi, coax cable, twisted pair and Ethernet communication.

By converting to automatic minibars, hotels are often able to reduce the number of minibar attendants on staff by 75 percent, reassigning them to other guest service tasks and trimming the total number of work hours required. In addition to the payroll cost savings, hotels deploying automatic minibars routinely increase revenue from minibar sales, while maximizing guest satisfaction.

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