Foodservice Equipment Marketing (FEM) has launched Manitowoc Ice’s newest modular dice ice cube machine range, the Indigo NXT Series.
The updated models add to the pre-existing Indigo range, with improvements made to make them more user friendly, energy efficient and reliable, and offer high levels of hygiene.
A 70mm reflective touch screen is the hub for all of the ice machine’s features, displaying its status, step-by-step cleaning guidance and one-touch access to all operating data. It should also minimise human error by providing a start-up wizard to simplify the installation and ice machine set-up process. Firmware functional upgrades can be easily uploaded by using the USB port.
In order to offer a greener option and improve efficiency, Indigo NXT Series models use R410A refrigerant. This should be more environmentally friendly and has 48% less global warming potential than previous models.
Meanwhile, programmable ice production and scheduling – including documenting ice volume, the on/off time and bin level – could help reduce the day to day running costs of operation. As a result, the NXT ice makers are claimed to be up to 43% more efficient than previous modular models, and water usage has been reduced by a claimed average of 23%.
Manitowoc Ice reports it took more than half a million hours of testing during development to trial the NXT Series. To provide assistance in adapting to its environment, some of the NXT machines feature built-in Active Sense software and hardware, which collects data to predict the optimal freeze times for the ice machine.
A Duratech exterior offers a corrosion resistant surface with a wipe-clean clear coating. Plus a front-facing evaporator is designed to provide easy access for cleaning the foodzone, while a LuminIce growth inhibitor should control the development of bacteria and yeast within the interior. The new, ergonomic scoop is designed to eliminate hand contact when extracting cubes, by keeping the knuckles and thumb away from the ice.
Manitowoc Ice suggests pairing the Indigo NXT with the D-bin range of ice storage bins. The largest NXT Series model, the IDT1900A, produces up to 828kg in 24 hours, and works in tandem with the D970 ice storage bin, which can hold up to 322kg. The smallest NXT is the IDF0300A. It is 762mm wide by 662mm deep and 419mm tall, can deliver 141kg in 24 hours and is said to be best paired with the D400 ice storage bin, which holds up to 131kg of ice.
The FEM package for Manitowoc Ice Indigo NXT Series models includes a warranty of 5 years parts and labour on the evaporator, plus 5 years parts and 3 years labour on the compressor, and 3 years parts and labour on all other components.