The UK division of global manufacturer Hoshizaki has introduced a compact, countertop DCM ice machine to the market.
The unit dispenses cubelet ice and/or water, straight into a glass or jug at the touch of a button, meaning that the user has no direct physical contact with the ice.
There are three models in the DCM range. The DCM 230HE is push button only, while the DCM 60KE and the DCM 120 KE can be supplied with either push buttons or levers.
Hoshizaki believes the range is a solution for ensuring that hygiene standards can be maintained in situations where multiple people need to access an ice machine. Also, a portion control setting regulates the quantity of ice dispensed, said to reduce both energy consumption and waste.
The DCM is said to avoid the problem of both airborne and human borne bacteria entering the interior of the ice maker, as the ice moves directly to the storage hopper as soon as it is made, meaning that it has no contact with light or air until dispensed. Meanwhile, ambient air is prevented from entering the hopper by a close fitting lid and rubber diaphragm on the dispense mechanism.
The only day to day cleaning required is the sanitisation of the small dispensing area, claimed to last a few seconds. All internal cleaning is carried out under a normal maintenance contract.
The DCM 60KE produces 60kgs of ice per day, the DCM 120KE creates 125kgs a day and the DCM 230HE produces 230kgs per day.