It’s not every day that I feel compelled to write about a new ice-cream maker, in fact I never have even considered it before. When a release for ‘The Electro Freeze’ came across my desk this afternoon, I thought to myself, “this was a machine worthy of 3 feet real-estate in my NY kitchen”.
The device pictured below utilizes the “Genni”, and that is the first “soft serve frozen dessert quality management smartphone app” according to the developers. Genni mobilizes the same company’s newly released Virtual Quality Management System ( or VQM in ice-cream business). The application is in their Genesis Series Soft Serve Freezer line. “We want to give operators the ability to better manage their soft serve assets from across the store, or anywhere in the world where they can use their phone or tablet,” said Tom Hotard , President. “We are providing real-time, pertinent information to manage business right now via cellular technology, the most secure method.” Genni, the app, will premier with the new Genesis Series SLX400 and SLX500 soft serve freezers featuring VQM at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show in Chicago IL, (which is on May 18-21, 2013 if you are in the neighborhood)
“This is cutting edge innovation, engineering and product development to revolutionize the role of equipment in foodservice management,” continued Hotard. “We are the only U.S. frozen dessert equipment manufacturer offering an application like this.” Electro Freeze’s new Virtual Quality Management System gives operators the option to make product quality adjustments, track product volume dispensed and clean-cycle indications, as well as set alerts and security settings. The VQM™ system gathers soft serve equipment data in real time and provides statistical reports on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. “The technology using the Genni™ app can communicate via cell, wi-fi or Ethernet services,” Hotard stated. “The VQM system also allows remote diagnostic access for Electro Freeze’s nationwide service teams.” The Genni app and VQM are available options on the new Genesis Series™ SLX400 and SLX500 soft serve freezers.
“The VQM touch pad on the SLX400 and SLX500 freezers is intuitive and the primary machine functions are single-button activated,” said Penny Klingler , V.P. Sales . “This means operators don’t need to scroll through multiple screens to quickly operate the machine. Our emphasis has always been on product quality and making operations more efficient for our customers. This system is crew friendly and the data is easy for management to access and use.”
“The Genesis Series and Genni interested Ryan’s Restaurants because they focus on providing quality product to their customers,” continued Klingler. Ryan’s is part of Buffets, Inc., the nation’s largest steak-buffet restaurant company, which currently operates 347 restaurants in 35 states. “The management at Ryan’s, one of our first Genesis Series™ and Genni™ customers, notes that Genni™ will give them the visibility they need to better track operations and product quality of their soft serve business.”
“The VQM system provides the ultimate in product quality by utilizing our Adaptive Temperature Sensing (ATS), the next step in temperature control (patent pending),” stated Kyle Elsom , VP Engineering. “This, in conjunction with scroll compressor technology, gives customers the flexibility to dispense a variety of product types at the highest level of quality. You truly can taste this difference.”
Now to have one installed in my apartment and dispensed by a clean-cut man in a white-paper hat and crisp white uniform.