3M devises new system to stop catering equipment scaling up

Julius Meinl

3M has launched a new range of water filtration solutions for the catering and hospitality industries, offering more capabilities and user control in its products than ever before.

Among a host of other benefits, the ScaleGard Blend Series of cartridges and filter heads from 3M – now available in the UK and Ireland – reduces the level of both chlorine and chloramines from the mains water supply, while also tackling limescale.

This helps to improve the taste of everything from beverages to steamed food, as well as reducing machine inefficiencies caused by scale, saving businesses money on costly repairs, replacements and service call-outs.

The versatile range consists of four filter cartridges, available in both buffered and unbuffered resin types, along with two types of filter head fittings – John Guest and BSPT.

It has been developed to suit a wide variety of hot and cold water applications, catering for an array of businesses, from restaurants, coffee shops and vending to hotels, pubs and servicing companies.

The firm has included next-generation carbon block technology inside every cartridge to reduce the level of not only chlorine, but also chloramines, from mains-fed water, unlike some alternative systems.

Both chemicals are used to sterilise water from the mains supply, but can leave it tasting and smelling unpleasant. This can affect everything the water is used to prepare, such as coffee, carbonated beverages, ice and steamed foods.

Chlorine and chloramines can also perish rubber seals and O-rings inside commonly-used equipment such as coffee machines and ice makers.

By tackling the problem at its source, the ScaleGard Blend Series of cartridges and filter heads from 3M can help increase the longevity of these devices.

Each cartridge also contains high-capacity Ion Exchange Resin technology, which significantly reduces limescale formation by removing calcium and magnesium ions from the water. This can help reduce inefficiencies caused by scale build-up within common equipment.

Another benefit of the ScaleGard Blend Series of cartridges and filter heads from 3M is that its selection of heads includes a variable bypass, which allows users to control the level of water hardness minerals at the turn of a dial, in order to meet their specific requirements.

This gives operators complete taste control and optimises device efficiency based on the level of water hardness in their region.

3M application engineer, Oliver Rudman, said: “The ScaleGard Blend Series from 3M offers first class water filtration technology to suit every need. 3M’s experts have developed the range by drawing on the company’s many years of experience in developing innovative filtration solutions.

“Businesses can now rest assured that they will be able to deliver consistently great-tasting food and beverages to customers, no matter the quality of their local water supply – all while also cutting their own costs.”

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