Hubbard Systems has introduced the Scotsman Ice Tower 56 to the UK market.
This is an undercounter unit measuring 539mm(w) X 664mm(d) X 720mm(h) with a counter top dispenser. Despite its compact size it is designed to produce 500kg of nugget ice in a 24 hour period – which Hubbard claims means it can dispense a virtually endless supply, on tap.
The ice is produced in the undercounter section of the machine, before being fed upwards through a maintenance-free ice chimney, into a 5kg capacity hopper in the tower head.
Capable of dispensing 50g in 3 seconds, it can either produce as much ice as is required or a set amount with the timer option. This allows it to dispense ice non-stop, factoring in time to replace cups.
The nugget ice it produces has been the most popular type of ice in the USA for several years, and has been growing in popularity over here as operators come to appreciate its versatility. Made by compressing flake ice, the nuggets have a slow melt rate, making them suitable for cooling drinks. They’re also relatively soft, making them suitable for use in smoothies and other blended drinks.
The Ice Tower’s refrigeration system is designed to maximise its lifespan as well as making servicing and maintenance simple. All four side panels are removable for access to the internal components, and are made from scotch-brite finish stainless steel.
Key components like the auger and freezing cylinder are also made from stainless steel, while the ice breaker is made from a specially hardened alloy, helping to produce ice that is said to be 92% dry. Standard features include a microbial UV control lamp to sterilise incoming water and the integrated mineral and algae filtration system.
Hubbard Systems’ commercial director Simon Aspin said: “Nugget ice has been growing in popularity here very quickly. Putting this level of production into a compact undercounter unit allows more places to take advantage of it than ever before.”
The Ice Tower 56’s list price £11,393.