Rational has launched the iCombi Pro series of combi ovens, which the company claims is “the most intelligent cooking platform” it has ever produced.
This is the first in a series of online launches the major cooking equipment manufacturer will be revealing over the next few weeks.
The manufacturer promises that each new product will be presented using detailed videos, and Rational dealers, consultant and kitchen planners will be given the opportunity for exclusive previews.
The iCombi Pro is said offer 50% higher productivity, 10% shorter cooking time and 10% lower energy consumption compared to the predecessor model, while still producing uniformity, even at full loads.
The R&D team at the company’s German HQ have spent months developing the line, which is claimed to deliver time and energy-optimised cooking as well as intervention in the cooking path to provide more flexibility in the kitchen.
Simon Lohse, MD of Rational UK, said: “In these difficult times many catering establishments are required to operate differently, with more flexibility, more efficiency, more productivity and with more innovation than ever before, controlling and reducing costs, while still providing high quality food.
“Chefs therefore require flexible, simple and efficient support from intelligent functions such as those in the iCombi Pro.”
The cooking intelligence of the iCombi Pro is based on the Maillard reaction, the chemical formula for the browning reaction in food, which Rational has decrypted and translated into a software algorithm.
Together with sensors, which send actual data such as size, quantity and condition of the food product from the cooking cabinet, the iCombi Pro is designed to regulate the entire cooking path, and with reproducible results.
If conditions such as the temperature of the food product or the duration of the door opening change, the iCookingSuite should intelligently adjust the cooking path.
Whatever is being cooked, and however much is being cooked, it should always be cooked as quickly as possible and in high quality, according to the brand.
Additional fan wheels, optimised cooking cabinet geometry and higher dehumidification performance are said to enable up to 50% bigger loads and shorter cooking times compared to the previous model.
iDensityControl, the intelligent climate regulation, is designed to ensure everything works smoothly, creating the optimal cooking climate.
Meanwhile, with the iProductionManager, entire production sequences, even with different foods, should be regulated intelligently. The user should only need to state whether they want to cook using the time or energy optimising system, or to a certain target time.
It knows what can be cooked together and will show when a food product does not suite the cooking cabinet climate. This should mean more flexibility and planning reliability.
The product features an iCareSystem cleaning programme, which needs 12 minutes for an interim clean. All cleaning programs use phosphate-free cleaner tabs in half the quantity compared to the previous model.
WLAN is also integrated in the iCombi Pro, providing a connection to the Rational network ConnectedCooking and management of kitchen processes.
Lohse concluded: “Due to its intelligence, the iCombi Pro responds just like an experienced chef. It takes on routine tasks and provides freedom. This will sustainably change working methods in kitchens.”
The iCombi Pro is availables in various sizes, from the compact XS to the 20-2/1.