Hubbard has launched XSafe, a new system for Scotsman ice machines that is designed to destroy viruses and bacteria as well as reducing the formation of mould, yeast, mildew, slime and odours.
XSafe will be a standard feature on most Scotsman ice machine ranges, and it is said to eradicate airborne viruses such as Covid-19.
The cleaning system uses the natural disinfectant power of UV light to help keep the interior of ice machines in a hygienic condition. It uses UV light to first convert oxygen into ozone, then convert the ozone into activated oxygen. This activated oxygen is what attacks contaminants including germs and bacteria. It does this by destroying the bonds in the molecules of the contaminating material, converting them into harmless molecules.
Ice machines pose a few design challenges in order to take advantage of the disinfectant powers of UV light. Putting a lightbulb in the storage bin would leave anything covered by the ice untreated. XSafe is an integrated unit that processes air constantly, pumping it throughout the bin ensuring the activated oxygen is distributed evenly throughout the interior. This is claimed to help reduce contamination by more than 99%, as well as prolong the working life of the equipment by up to 30% while reducing cleaning costs by at least 50%.
Pete Gray, MD of Hubbard Systems, said: “The pandemic is putting huge pressures on businesses to raise their standards of hygiene, while implementing measures for social distancing has often meant fewer staff having to do more in less time.
“The addition of XSafe to our range of Scotsman machines represents one part of Hubbard’s commitment to bringing innovative solutions to these issues. It’s a huge leap forward in commercial ice hygiene.”