Pantheon has branded its high-performance 20-litre planetary mixer one of the safest mixers on the market after re-designing it to incorporate a wealth of new safety features.
CE specifications state that food production machinery now has to conform on 3 levels — electrical, mechanical and user safety.
And as one of the market’s most experienced suppliers of food prep equipment, managing director Nick Pendlebury told FEJ that the onus was on it to ensure its machines are fully compliant and more.
“The sophisticated safety features we’ve added bring a whole new level of assurances for operators — and without inflating the price. The most significant of the new features is a magnetic safety switch located at the rear of the bowl that prevents the machine running without the bowl in place. Quite simply, if the bowl is removed, the machine stops,” he explained.
Pantheon has even brought a CE specialist consultant on board and acted on the advice given to it, Mr Pendlebury added.
Operational controls are purposely designed to prevent accidental misuse. A white ‘on’ button, black ‘off’ button and a much larger, red ‘emergency off’ button make the system clear to operate.
The simplicity of this arrangement also means that operators with colour blindness will not have a problem — an issue that is more widespread than you might think given that the latest figures from Colourblindawareness.org suggest that 8% of men are colour blind.
Further safety controls include secure locks to either side of the bowl once it’s in position and a heavy stainless steel wire guard that locks securely into place. There is also a motor safety switch with a heat sensor that prevents the mixer from operating if it becomes too hot through overuse.
Additionally, Pantheon plans to introduce a new safety guard later this year. “This is to prevent flour particles from being ingested or inhaled by operators. We see this as an option available mainly for bakery-focused establishments,” said Pendlebury.
The PM20 is built for durability. Its cast metal body undergoes an exacting finishing process to ensure it can withstand the most rigorous use. This comprises an undercoat, two coats of silver paint that are oven baked and a final coat of lacquer.
The mixer is powered by a durable and dependable 1.1 kW motor while the hard-wearing, reliable, all gear-driven transmission ensures smooth, friction-free operation across 3 speed settings — 97, 220 and 316 revs per minute.
Pantheon’s 20-litre planetary mixer is undoubtedly its most popular model, with local authority users such as schools and colleges among the heaviest users. “That’s why it’s the first model in our range that we’ve addressed. However, we’re planning to re-launch the rest of our planetary and spiral range over the coming months,” revealed Mr Pendlebury.