Electrolux has launched the SkyLine ChillS Blast Chillers range, which is said to combine smart technology with human-centred design.
Designed to deliver efficiency and chilling performance thanks to the use of low GWP R425a refrigerant and Climate Class 5 rating, it offers a range of chilling functions ranging from -41°C to +30°C. As such, not only can it be used for chilling, but it can also double-up as a proving appliance.
In what is said to be an industry first, a built-in Cruise Cycle automatically adjusts the chilling cycle according to food size, while monitoring the process from start to finish. The chiller also features ARTE 2.0, which provides a real-time countdown to provide clarity on anticipated completion times for probe-driven chill or freeze cycles.
The X-Freeze fast freezing function should speed up the freezing process to preserve appearance, texture and flavour via the formation of micro-crystals which maintain water content during thawing and regeneration.
The SkyLine ChillS also features functions aimed at improving kitchen workflow, such as the ‘Sushi and Sashimi’ cycle, which is designed to keep fish anisakis-free by blast-freezing it at -20°C and holding it at this temperature for 24 hours (in line with EU regulation 853/2004) before thawing ready for service.
Others include dedicated cycles for tempering chocolate and fermenting yoghurt, as well as proving and retarded proving cycles for breads and pastries, and a Fast Thawing cycle. This uses OptiFlow intelligent air management technology to thaw foods quickly and efficiently in accordance with HACCP standards.
Moreover, SkyLine ChillS is reportedly the first blast chiller to receive the Ergocert’s 4-star certification for ergonomics, thus contributing to potential 75% reduction in sick leave and 25% increase in operator productivity.
The new SkyTouch touch screen user interface allow operators to choose from three different cooking modes – manual, programs, automatic – with one touch.
The blast chiller can directly communicate with Electrolux’s newly-launched SkyLine PremiumS range of combi ovens, but all data – from running costs through to cycle programming – can be remotely monitored 24/7 via Electrolux’s OnE online portal. This can provide a transparent insight into operational efficiency for kitchens with multiple appliances, or companies with multiple sites, such as the chain market, with the aim of increasing equipment uptime and maximising profit.
Darren Lockley, head of region – UK and Ireland at Electrolux Professional, commented: “The SkyLine ChillS blast chiller offers so much more than just fast chilling. It truly stands head and shoulders above others on the market thanks to its smart connectivity, intuitive user interface, and sheer diversity of programmes – from fast freezing and thawing through to the proving of breads and pastries.
“As well as being a truly environmentally-friendly kitchen appliance, the savings on offer can also noticeably reduce utility costs for operators; all of which can be remotely monitored via our OnE platform.”
The SkyLine ChillS range is available with up to a 3-year warranty.