Panasonic is launching what it terms as a world first, an all metal door professional microwave that comes with inverter technology.
The NE-1878 is said to be 12kg lighter than its predecessor, the Panasonic NE-1853, which should lower shipping costs and mean it is more portable and easier to move around for cleaning.
The manufacturer believes one of the benefits of having an all metal door is in the cleaning and effect that has on the lifespan of the oven, as the inside of the metal door has no ridges, seals or film to clean around.
Inverter technology is claimed to enable faster, more even, gentler cooking, be better for defrosting, and use less energy. An inverter microwave should deliver an accurate power level so when 60% power is requested, the oven delivers 60% power for the entire duration of the cooking time chosen, whereas traditional microwaves would be idle for 40% of that time, for the duration selected, sending out a single level of power in small bursts to cook food at different speeds.
Like all Panasonic microwaves, the NE-1878 features top and bottom magnetrons, with one inverter per magnetron, for even cooking.
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 said: “After 2 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!”
The manufacturer will reveal the new model to the industry for the first time at Commercial Kitchen from 5-6 June in NEC Birmingham, on stand F19.