Following the news that FEM is supplying the latest Manitowoc Indigo NXT ice machine to the UK market, manufacturer Welbilt has released more details of the model.
Indigo NXT is said to simplify the process of owning and operating an ice machine thanks to the introduction of a 2.8-inch icon-based easyTouch display which gives one touch access to asset information, service menus, reminders and alerts.
The display features full colour status indicators and a start-up wizard to simplify installation and set-up. By being able to program the ice machine to close down during peak energy times, operators could also benefit from lower running costs.
Other features include: auto detection of key accessories, water usage settings, a one touch icon to locate a service provider and a display lock feature to prevent unwanted tampering.
Indigo NXT is also designed to be sanitary due to a hinged front door that swings open and which does not need to be removed to access the foodzone. A front facing evaporator allows foodzone access without removing the top or side panels. The inside can be easily wiped clean thanks to smooth rounded corners, whilst all the foodzone parts that require sanitising can be removed without tools.
Indigo NXT is said to offer the industry’s only fully integrated advanced sanitation solution through the optional built-in LuminIce II device, which has a status icon in the display to show that the system is working correctly. Visual and audible indicators alert the operator to when servicing is required.
Welbilt claims that the new models are among the most efficient cuber ice machines on the market, providing improved energy efficiency of up to 27% and lower water consumption of up to 21%. Daily ice production has been increased by up to 65%. Using R-410A or R290 refrigerants, Indigo NXT ice machines have also been designed to meet the EU refrigerant standards, effective from January 2020, and are certified by the AHRI (Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute) to ASHRAE standards.
More than a half a million hours of testing went into the development of the next generation ice machine. Key component parts were also tested through HALT (Highly Accelerated Life Testing).
To complement the range, Manitowoc has also introduced a new range of ice bins. The new D-Series bins have side grips moulded into the bin door to allow for easy access to the ice. The door is also self-latching so it stays in the open position when accessing the ice.
Wrapped in DuraTech, a unique aluminium alloy, each D-Bin features an artic blue polyurethane liner with foam insulation, along with a foamed door to reduce sweating and to maintain the ice longer in the bin. Angled at 53 degrees, the door should allow for easier access to the ice in the bin, especially when scooping from the bottom.
Manitowoc ice storage bins are also certified by the AHRI, validating that the bin volume capacity is measured correctly for calculating the amount of ice that can be stored inside the bin.
The new D-Bin features a built-in scoop holder that keeps the ice scoop handle above the ice line and free from contamination. For areas where the ice scoop must be stored outside the bin, Manitowoc has developed an optional external scoop holder which can be configured in seven ways.Each D-Bin is shipped with an NSF-approved sanitary ice scoop which features a knuckle and thumb guard design to help prevent hand contact with the ice.