by Ernie Tarof
In the past, Follett did not offer leg kits for countertop dispensers. The high center of gravity resulting from the top mounted ice machines made leg kits unacceptable. The 12 series changed all that but only for that particular unit. With the 25CI and 50CI dispensers and the phasing out of the 25CT and 50CT dispensers the situation has changed for good. The vast majority of dispensers are still quoted and sold without legs. Why? I think it is because most people just aren’t used to thinking about them and don’t know the advantages they offer. Why have them?
First, raising the dispenser four inches off of the counter makes for a more sanitary installation. If a nurse spills fruit juice or coffee on the counter, the counter under a unit with legs is easily cleaned, a nearly impossible job if the unit is mounted directly on the counter.
Second, in the event of a plugged drain line, the water overflow is clearly evident right away, greatly lessening the chance of damage to the countertop.
Third, raising the dispenser off of the counter greatly simplifies connecting the drain line to the back of the dispenser. The elbow or tee is above the counter, not directly on top of it making connection and disconnection much easier.
Fourth, the dispenser can be leveled precisely. The advantage of a level dispenser is that it completely drains the melt water from the storage hopper. When a unit is not level, this water will collect in the low spot of the hopper and not drain out.
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New Symphony PlusT Ice And Water Dispensers New Maestro PlusT Ice Machines Follett Corporation announces the release of its newly redesigned Symphony PlusT ice and water dispensers and Maestro PlusT ice machines. While maintaining the proven performance and reliability of the SymphonyT and MaestroT product lines, Symphony Plus dispensers and Maestro Plus ice machines represent the next step in Follett’s ongoing efforts to meet the demanding needs of the healthcare and foodservice markets with solutions that provide sanitation, serviceability, sustainability and overall low life cycle costs.
Key among the many technical and performance improvements to Follett’s market leading dispensers include automatic self-flushing to remove impurities from the water supply after every hour of ice making, semi-automatic cleaning and sanitizing to reduce service times by 50-75%, QuietNightT sleep mode to reduce noisy compressor starts and contribute to a more peaceful environment, and a patent pending drain system to better evacuate melted ice and water from the dispenser.
“Offering the broadest line of ice and water dispensers in the industry, Follett has been the leader in ice and water dispensers for the healthcare market for over 35 years and has developed a significant position in the employee refreshment market. These improvements demonstrate our ongoing commitment to continuous improvement, something our customers expect from the market leader,” according to CEO Steve Follett. “Not only will the introduction of automatic self-flushing, additional antimicrobial treatment, and a patent pending drain system advance Symphony Plus to the next level of performance and sanitation, the new, semi-automatic cleaning and sanitizing process will reduce service times by 50% or more, a major win for overtaxed maintenance staffs,” says Follett.
All Symphony Plus and Maestro Plus machines feature Follett’s proprietary ChewbletR ice, a chewable nugget that consumers prefer for both patient care and fountain beverages. “We’re excited about this great addition to our Chewblet ice family of products,” says Follett. Follett Corporation has been manufacturing ice and water dispensers featuring chewable ice since the early 1970s and has been manufacturing ice machines that produce chewable ice for almost 35 years following its acquisition of the rights to the Borg-Warner/York patent for nugget ice technology in 1977.
With its highly efficient refrigeration and water systems, Symphony Plus dispensers and Maestro Plus ice machines meet the stringent CEE Tier 2 standards for energy efficiency and offer up to a 40% reduction in water consumption compared to cube-type ice machines.
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The Follett 50CT400A and the Follett 25CT400A are being phased out later this year in favor of the Follett 50CI400A and the Follett 25CI400A. Here is a comparison of the CT vs. CI:
- The Follett CI model comes in one piece with the icemaker pre-installed compared, to the Follett CT which comes in 2 boxes and requires on-site installation of the ice maker.
- The ice maker in the Follett CI model is removable from behind the splash panel at counter height instead of above the bin with the Follett CT models, making it easier to access for cleaning and sanitizing the icemaker.
- Because the icemaker in the Follett CI models is located behind the splash panel, it is also easier to access the ice storage bin to sanitize the ice storage bin when necessary. To effectively clean the ice storage bin with the Follett CT units, you need to take off the icemaker to get good access to the bin. This process of removing and reinstalling the icemaker adds additional time and effort to cleaning and sanitizing.
- The width of Follett CI units is the same 21” as the Follett CT models; however, the Follett CI units require 3” clearance on each side. Even with the required clearance, the Follett CI has the smallest footprint in the industry for its capacity.