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Hoshizaki unveils its first ice cube maker with hydrocarbon refrigerant

Use of environmentally friendly R290 refrigerant also reduces energy by 20 per cent

Hoshizaki has unveiled the IM-240ANE-HC, its first cube machine to use hydrocarbon as a refrigerant, making it ‘one of the few available in the UK’ the firm said.

The icemaking specialist said the high-capacity 210 kg per day machine is targeted primarily at larger outlets under pressure to demonstrate environmental awareness and realise major energy and water savings.

The firm added that the R290 refrigerant provides a further benefit in that it reduces energy consumption by approximately 20 per cent, is in addition to other water and energy saving features developed by Hoshizaki’s R&D team.

Manufactured to -25 deg C, the ice remains solid for the longest possible time, Hoshizaki said. In addition, the machine will operate continuously at temperatures of up to 40 deg C.

Other features include a closed cell, jet ice making system that contains the water in the ice making process, thus reducing cleaning and potential bacteria build-up and bespoke water filters that improve water quality by removing discolouration, odour and treat hard water. This, Hoshisaki says ‘contributes to the production of perfect ice’ as well as reduced machine maintenance.

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