Panasonic launches global microwave first

Panasonic is to reveal its latest launch at the Commercial Kitchen Show in June, an all metal door professional microwave, that comes with inverter technology for added benefits, and is hailing it a ‘global first’.

With the increase in open kitchens and feedback from operators indicating that chefs are “far too busy to stand and watch what goes on inside their microwaves” Panasonic’s NE-1878, with full metal door, brings a host of advantages to operators, as well as the benefits of inverter technology, which enables faster, more even, gentler cooking, is also better for defrosting, and uses less energy.

The Ne-1878 is also lighter, by a whopping 12kg, compared to its predecessor, the Panasonic NE-1853, which lowers shipping costs and means it is more portable and easier to move around for cleaning.

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One of the benefits of having an all metal door is in the cleaning and effect that has on the lifespan of the oven: the inside of the metal door has no ridges, seals or film to clean around, it’s totally smooth, and operators that have been involved in the development of this new oven have been singing its praises for this feature alone.

In addition, the NE-1878 comes with a spare ceiling plate as feedback given by operators indicated that when this is removed for cleaning, it is often not replaced.  As microwaves are attracted to food particles, any splatter on the ceiling of the cavity will cause arcing and burns.  The NE-1878 will also not function unless the removable ceiling plate is in position.

Iain Phillips, sales and marketing manager, Panasonic UK Ltd: “After two years working with some of our major group customers, we have developed the ground-breaking NE-1878 microwave to address some of the issues they had in their operations. Inverter technology was invented by Panasonic and, while it exists in a few domestic microwave ovens, there are no commercial microwaves in the UK that use it. And there are no microwaves that exist with a full metal door – an industry first in our 100th year!”

What is inverter?

Traditional microwaves send out a single level of power in small bursts to cook food at different speeds.  For example, when set at 60% power, the microwave energy would be on full power for 60% of the time, and idle 40% of the time, for the duration of the time selected; on and off, on and off. An inverter microwave would deliver an accurate power level so when you ask for 60% power, the oven delivers 60% power for the entire duration of the cooking time chosen. This applies no matter what power level is selected giving you better, more even cooking results. And like all Panasonic microwaves, the NE-1878 also features top and bottom magnetrons, with one inverter per magnetron, for the ultimate in even cooking.

To see this ‘industry first’ visit Panasonic on stand F19 at Commercial Kitchen on 5-6th June at the NEC Birmingham and join the team in celebrating its 100th anniversary with cake between 11am and 2pm on either day!

To find out more about the range of Panasonic microwave ovens, call 01344 853231 or go to: www.panasonic.co.uk/pro-cooking

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