Lots of shops call their food pans "anti-jamming", but I have not been able to find out what that means.

I don't think it's related to radio communication or making fruit jam :)

Here is an example:

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These pans (sometimes called chafing dishes) are designed to fit into a frame above water and a heat source to keep food hot. They are advertising that their pans won't get stuck (jam) in the frame.

As evidence, see this video (and this), which shows how even after pressure is applied the pan does not require effort to remove from the frame. (I found the video here, on a tradeKorea page advertising a similar pan, and it was produced by an account called 'ChefPro'.)

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    Even more impressive would be if they wouldn't get stuck when you make a stack of them. (as you can achieve the frame issue by just making sure they're undersized)
    – Joe
    Commented Jul 9, 2018 at 19:18
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    As Joe says, "non - jam - while - self - stacking" is a real engineering achievement.
    – Fattie
    Commented Jul 9, 2018 at 22:27
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    What if you stack them while they're coated with jam and then wait a few months? Commented Jul 9, 2018 at 22:36
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    I've had them jam on me many years ago when I worked in food service, pretty annoying when you're in a hurry, and their contents can spill all over when they come unstuck.
    – GdD
    Commented Jul 10, 2018 at 9:26
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    Also to note, heat can cause the expansion of the pans in general, and these pans are advertising that even despite that they will not jam.
    – Anoplexian
    Commented Jul 10, 2018 at 18:43

I refers to the fact that they won't jam up when stacked together.

ANTI-JAM STACKING LUGS - Each stainless steel steam table pan features anti-jam stacking lugs, so it won't stick to other pans when you take it out of storage. This feature allows you to save space by stacking pans without worrying about a hassle the next time you want to use them.

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    This has been my personal experience. I've never had a hotel pan (what they call them on the west coast of the U.S). jam in a steam table. Stacking them is another story altogether.
    – Tim Nevins
    Commented Apr 17, 2019 at 22:21

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