Hubbard goes hydrocarbon with Scotsman superflaker

Hubbard Systems intends to meet the demands of customers wishing to reduce their impact on the environment by launching an ice machine that runs on eco-friendly hydrocarbon refrigerant.

The Scotsman MF 57 modular flake ice machine uses R290, an environmentally safe, naturally occurring with an ozone depletion potential (ODP) of zero and a low global warming potential (GWP) of three.

The MF 57 has a production capacity of up to 500kg of ice per 24 hours. It makes superflake ice, which is dryer than standard flake ice, and therefore means it lasts longer and cools more effectively.

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A variety of features protect the gears and refrigeration system, including an electronic rotation sensor and a low-water sensor. An optical ice-level sensor can shut the machine down to avoid over-production and reduce water and energy consumption.

Optional extras include a UV lamp for bacterial control and an anti-scale, anti-algae water filtration system.

As a modular unit, the MF 57 is designed to sit on top of an ice storage bin. The unit has a list price of £7,990.

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