Chocolate Fountain Elements
The crown sits on the top of the centre column and adds a dramatic appearance to your commercial fountain. All of the crowns in the commercial Sephra chocolate fountain range are cast in solid 304 food grade stainless steel and then machined to exact specifications to ensure long lasting quality. Our competitors crowns are made up of several pieces of metal welded together to form the crown, however our crowns are cast and machined, and because of this they are much easier to clean and will last a lifetime.
The knob located at the top of the auger was one of the first improvements we made to our commercial chocolate fountains. We often found it very difficult to extract the auger from the centre column because there was nothing to grab hold of except the slippery, chocolate covered flights on the auger. We designed the auger knob to enable users to hold on to and lift the auger out of the centre column. On the convertible models the auger knob is removable so it can be attached to either size of auger.
The auger carries the melted chocolate up the centre column so it can then flow down over the tiers. All of the Sephra augers are made so they meet the sanitation cerification requirements. No other chocolate fountain manufacturer meets these sanitation standards. The flights on our augers are made with one continual piece of metal which is then welded on to a centre tube. Our competitors augers are made by cutting and seaming the flights together and then spot welding the flights on the centre tube. This leaves gaps between the flights and the centre tube where it is difficult to clean. The Sephra augers are all fully welded the entire length of the auger both on top of each flight as well as on the underside. The full weld leaves no gaps where chocolate may be left, which would create a very unsanitary condition. Our fully welded auger, made of 304 food grade stainless steel is yer another reason why Sephra obtained sanitaion certification on all of our commercial chocolate fountains.
The design of our centre column and how the tiers are attached is one of the most important reasons people around the world select a Sephra chocolate fountain over any other model. Sephra has several USA and international patents which cover the unique design of how our tier sets attach to the centre column. Our patented design makes it easy to drop the tiers to the exact location on the centre column every time and keeps them perfectly level. The middle column is machined to create ledges upon which each of the tiers rest. The diameter in each of the tiers correspondes to the diameter of the centre column where each tier will rest. This makes it possible for anyone to set up the tier set in less than a minute, and makes disassembly so much easier than competitors models.
Sephra chocolate fountains are known world wide for our fountains beautiful design, one of the aspects that Sephra have changed unlike our competitors are the feet. Three decorative legs, which hide the adjustable feet, add a feeling of refinement to the appearance of the entire unit. On all competitors units the adjustable feet are clearly visable which makes their units appear extremely industrial.
Located on the rear of the base unit are all of the electrical controls. We prefer manual controls as opposed to digital controls on our commercial units because they are more reliable. and less likely to fail over time. They are made to handle the rough treatment that commercial equipment sometimes receives. Digital controls often get jarred and fail. Digital controls are also susceptible to the heat generated inside the base from the motor and heating element which causes them to fail early.
On/Off SwitchThis switch has three positions: Preheat, Off and Start. Preheat allows the basin to preheat and begin to melt the chocolate in the bowl. It will also maintain the chocolate at the correct temperature after it is melted and before the motor is turned on. Off In this position no electrical components are functioning. Start In the start position the heating element remains turned on and the motor is switched on which causes the auger in the centre column to turn and begin to carry chocolate to the top.
Temperature DialThe temperature of the basin and hence the chocolate is easy to control via the manual temperature control dial. The dial has the numbers from one to ten on it. Simply turn the dial to the recommended setting in the manual for melting chocolate in the basin and then adjust it to the recommended setting for normal operations.
The base unit of all models, house the motor, heating element and all other working parts of the chocolate fountain (except the auger). The Base unit has a curved edge at the bottom, unlike any of our competitors we have cast our units, which gives it a gradual smooth curve. The base also has decorative vent holes at the top, which allow the heat generated by the moto and heating element to escape, keeping the environment for the motor cooler. To protect the components of the base and also to provide safety to the operator. All Sephra chocolate fountains come with a custom fitted, reinforced wire cover.
Motor HousingThis covering not only protects the motor, but also facilitates the flow of air through the base, thereby maintaining a cooler operating environment for all working components. Attached to the wire cover on the inside of the CF34/44 units, are two high speed fans, which circulate air inside the base. Once again, the purpose of these fans is to maintain a cool environment for the motor and thereby extend its life and efficiency. Since the moto is the most important element of the entire machine, we have taken extra precautions to ensure the moto is operating in the best environment.
Fuse HousingThe electrical fuse is located inside of the small back fuse housing on the side of the base. The low profile nature of our fuse housing prevents it from being broken and makes it easy to access and replace a fuse when necessary.
The Basin Sleeve holds the centre column firmly in place, so it does not wobble when the auger inside is spinning. it is cast in solid 304 food grade stainless steel. The Sleeve is mounted in the middle of the basin by four posts, machined to fitflat against the basin surface, then contoured to be easily cleaned and comply with sanitation certification requirements. The sleeve is machined to create "flutes" on the inside surface so the centre column is more easily removed from the sleeve once chocolate is covering it. Lastly, there is a groove cute into the insde surface of the sleeve where the locking pin, fitted into the side of the centre column, fits to hold the column solidly in position.
The steep contour of the basin promotes the circulation of the chocolate, opposed to the flat basins on our competitor’s commercial units. The sleeve holds the centre column firmly in place, so it does not wobble whilst the auger inside is carrying chocolate to the top. The basin sleeve is mounted in the middle of the basin by four posts, machined to fit flat against the basin surface, then contoured to be easily cleaned and comply with sanitation certification requirements. The sleeve is machined to create "flutes" on the inside surface so the centre column is more easily removed from the sleeve once chocolate is covering it. Lastly, there is a groove cut into the inside surface of the sleeve where the locking pin, fitted into the side of the centre column to hold the column solidly in position.
Our basin has been certified to comply with electrical and sanitation requirements. The rounded basin edge prevents any chocolate from flowing over the edge of the basin and down the side of the base unit and potentially fouling the electrical parts inside the base. The basin provides approximately three inches between the edge of the cascading chocolate curtain and the edge of the basin creating the area we call "the drip zone". The "drip zone" space is for the guest to hold the dipped item over, allowing excess chocolate to drip into the basin.
A uniqure distinguishing feature of our Sephra chocolate fountains is that the basin, which holds the chocolate, is easily removed by simply unscrewing it from the base. This is done by turning the basin counter clockwise only a few turnes then lifting the basin free of the base unit. The large threads make it easy to place the basin on and take it off.
Another unique feature of our chocolate fountains is the unique floating aluminium heating element. The heating element of the Sephra 34/44 convertible model is made of solid aluminium so it will conduct the heat to the basin as evenly and quickly as possible. This circular, aluminium, contoured place is 3 inches in width and 3/16 inches thick. It is crafted to fit neatly against the bottom of the basin when it is screwed on to the base. This is the reason you can melt the chocolate directly in the basin in a short period of time. prior to using the chocolate fountain. This cannot be done with the competitors unit.
The key element to the operation of the chocolate fountain is the motor. The motors life would be shortened and would fail if it is exposed to a lot of heat over time. If the motor fails it doesn’t matter how good the rest of the unit looks, it still wont work. In order to protect the motor from the heat generated by the heating element, we have developed a unique con shaped metal heat shield which deflects the radiant heat from the heating element. This is one of the unique elements Sephra has incorporated into every unit in order to provide the coolest operating conditions possible.
Attached to the wire cover on the inside of the CF34/44 units, are two high speed fans which circulate air inside the base. Once again the purpose of these fans is to maintain a cool environment for the motor and thereby extend its life and efficiency. Since the motor is the most important element of the entire machine, we have taken extra precautions to ensure the motor is operating in the best environment.
Motors in Sephra chocolate fountains are custom designed to achieve the quietest operation possible, create maximum long lasting power. These motors are all direct drive so there are no belts to worry about. The motor shaft directly turns the auger as compared to others who use gears and belts which add an additional element of maintenance. The warranty on the motor is for two years. Attached to the bottom of the motor is a fan which rotates as the shaft of the motor rotates. This causes air to flow and carry heat away from the motor and pushes it out of the base through the wire cover.
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