Scotsman has added to its hygienic XSafe range with the launch of EC and MXG versions, both of which make supercube gourmet ice cubes.
EC models are undercounter machines with self-contained storage bins, offering production rates of from 25 to 145kg of ice per day. Their integral drain water pump is said to mean they are easier to install than conventional undercounter machines. The MXGs are modular machines designed to sit on top of an ice storage bin. They offer production rates of from 152 to 400kg per day.
The XSafe technology uses ozone, generated by ultraviolet light, to create activated oxygen, which should destroy bacteria and viruses while inhibiting the growth of mould, mildew, yeast, slime and odours. Because the activated oxygen is blown throughout the ice machine, it is designed to create a hygienic environment, enhance the cleanliness of the ice and improve food safety. In lab tests against known viruses XSafe technology has reportedly been found to eliminate 99.9% respiratory viruses in 0.44 seconds and eradicate coronaviruses.
The EC and MXG ranges are amongst Scotsman’s most popular lines. “That’s because the ice cubes they produce, supercubes, are the best for upmarket drinks presentation,” said Pete Gray, MD of Hubbard Systems, which supplies Scotsman in the UK. “They are clearer and harder than standard ice, so they not only look great but also last longer, and because they melt slowly they don’t dilute the drink.”
EC models are designed to be easy to install. The integral pump means they can be sited some distance from drains, and at a lower level.
Gray added: “Putting XSafe technology into both the EC and MXG ranges gives operators a comprehensive choice of sizes and capacities of gourmet icemakers with extra hygiene.
“Ice hygiene has been under the microscope for some time. With Covid-19, it is even more important and XSafe is a practical and effective way to boost it.”
XSafe has been integrated into the EC and MXG models without any change to the external dimensions of the machines.