By: The Editors
A new conveyor oven, an ozone-enhanced water dispenser and a flatware-wrapping machine join the ranks of innovative products now coming to market.
A HIGH FIVE FOR 'HIGH H'
New from speed-oven maker TurboChef is the company's first conveyor oven, dubbed the "High h." The High h cooks up to 40% faster than traditional conveyor ovens, the company says, thanks to improved air handling and a better jet design. Instead of individual jet "fingers" to direct hot air into product, the High h uses two independently operated "mono-fingers"jet plates with multiple air nozzlesone positioned above the belt and the other, below. You adjust air-speed (and cook-time) for each jet with a digitally controlled dialno tools required. And the High h is compact. The HhC3240 model, available in early 2008, features a 32"-wide belt and a 40"-long cook chamber, with throughput comparable to 70"-long conveyors. A countertop model, with a 20"-wide belt and 20"-long cook chamber, is currently in development.
MOVE YOUR WATER INTO THE O-ZONE
Ozonated water kills bacteria, germs, viruses and other microbes many times more effectively than chlorine bleach. A California company has harnessed this naturally occurring element to boost food safety and reduce chemical use for foodservice operators. The Element Ozone Generator, released to market last month, is a compact wall-mounted unit that ozonates tap water. Ozonated watergenerated when oxygen (O2) is charged with electricity and converted to ozone (O3)is a highly effective, food-grade antimicrobial agent, approved by the FDA for direct food-contact applications. And since the ozone converts back to ordinary oxygen after a few minutes, there are no chemical residuals to deal with. The Element features a motion sensor that dispenses a 20-sec. flow for hand washing or a continuous flow for disinfecting food or kitchen surfaces.
WRAPPIN' WITH THE NAPKINS
It's generally accepted that wrapped sets of flatware reduce the chance of food-borne illnessesand look a lot nicer, too. But who's got the manpower to wrap hundreds of sets per day? Take heart: There's now a machine to do the work. It's A Wrap automatically rolls up to 300 sets of flatware in napkins per hour. Dirty flatware is first sorted into It's A Wrap cassettes, which are then run through the dishwasher. The clean, filled cassettes are placed in the machine for auto-wrapping. It's A Wrap can be programmed to bind two, three or four pieces of flatware in either cloth or paper napkins. Pre-printed, self-adhesive bands placed around each set finish the process. The wrapped flatware ends up in a removable bin, where your (happy) staff can then place it at table settings. Presto, wrappo!