Ice Machine Basics That You Should
A commercial ice machine is used in many different places of
business. Ice machines are used in office buildings,
restaurants, country clubs, golf courses, schools and the list
goes on and on. Commercial ice machines, such as Manitowoc, are
used everywhere you look and they are very important to the
success for many different businesses. This being said, if you
are in charge of choosing and purchasing a commercial ice
machine, obviously, you will need to make sure you buy a
Commercial Ice Machines For Different Businesses
With the introduction of cutting edge and innovative
technologies, a commercial ice machine is no longer a bulky
device producing insanitation, consuming a lot of energy, making
noise, and taking a lot of time to make the needed supply of
ice. As a result of high end technologies, commercial ice
machines are able to achieve “being green” the highest levels of
energy and water conservation. Now a commercial ice machine can
easily produce from 65 pounds to 2,000 pounds of ice cubes in a
So after considering your quantity and space requirements, you
now need to decide upon the shape of ice cubes, you desire.
shapes on offer are Diced cubes,
Half Diced, Contour cubes, Nuggets and
Flakes. Each of the different shapes is suited for different
applications and has its own advantages.
Diced ice is
regular ice in the shape of cubes. It is commonly used for
carbonated beverages, mixed drinks, ice displays, ice
dispensing, banquet services and ice retailing. The
Half Diced cube
ice has a favorable liquid displacement.
Contour cube ice is just right for carbonated beverages, mixed
drinks, ice displays, ice dispensing and ice retailing. Their
unique design reduces splashes as the contour shape encourages
the liquid to flow over easily. Individual cubes make them easy
Nugget ice or
Sonic ice is the ideal choice for blended
cocktails, bar fountain drinks, produce displays, salad bars and
even therapeutic needs. Its diverse uses are due to the fact
that the ice melts slowly. It cools a drink faster without any
foam formation. It is the right option for patient care and
therapeutic needs. It also displaces more liquid, which could
translate to better profits. The last of the lot is
Flaked ice. It is
the thing for seafood, produce and meat displays. It is also
useful in blended cocktails and salad bars. Flaked ice can be
easily molded to use for ice displays. As it cools faster than
any other ice shape, it is ideal for therapeutic or patient use.
Under Counter Ice Machines and Their Uses
Today's hottest appliances have broken out of the box
and are redefining the way Americans outfit their kitchens and
homes. Imagine a never-ending supply of restaurant-quality ice.
The under counter ice machine unobtrusively adds accessibility
and convenience to your kitchen. The way an
under counter ice maker
will work is that it creates its gourmet-like ice cubes by water
being continually circulated by a pump that gently sprays water
into inverted ice cube molds. Only the water is frozen, leaving
impurities in the bottom of the tray where it is washed away on
the next ice making cycle.
Under the counter ice machines are compact enough to be
installed under the counter. They are also self contained ice
machine units with a low capacity suited for smaller bars or
Commercial Ice Machines For
As you are looking to purchase a commercial ice machine for your
restaurant, bar, country club or golf course or factory, there
are some questions that you may have prior to your purchase to
make sure that you are purchasing an adequate sized ice machine
for the needs of your facility. Here are some common questions:
How do I determine how much ice I will need for my facility?
This is a question asked by many and we will provide some
figures that are averages for proper ice levels, we will advise
you on this.
contained unit is a single unit, where the ice maker
and the ice bin have been put together as a single unit.
Typically the capacity of self contained ice
machines is much lower than that of the modular units.
Air Or Water Cooled
?, Ice Machines can be either air or water-cooled, whichever is chosen is dependent on location of the machine and cost of
water, for example a machine located in a confined space or hot environment may need to be water cooled as the hot ambient reduces
ice production and adds heat to the apace and increases strain on the machine. Many times ice machines in these types of locations can be
air cooled with a remote mounted condenser which rejects the heat of operation to an outside space, we can also advise on this.