The Ice Machines Plus Infographics page provides a unique, "hands-on" way to explore prospective ice machines before making a purchase. This page uses interactive charts and graphs to show how your ice machine will perform in various conditions. We are proud to be the only ice machine vendor to offer these handy tools. We would be ecstatic if you shared them with anyone you know looking for a new ice machine, as we hope they will be useful for purchasers going through the buying process.
Hotel Ice Dispensers
While this image may not qualify technically as an infographic, it still provides a great deal of information regarding the hotel ice dispensers available at Ice Machines Plus. At first glance, all hotel ice dispensers look identical. They are constructed in full stainless steel cabinets, feature a sink area, and a dispenser from which operators can access ice. Look a bit closer however, and you will notice a few major differences among these ice dispensers. Some are equipped with a larger sink area to accept bigger containers. Others have quicker dispenser rates to cut down on wait times at the ice machine. Still others are equipped with longer power cords to allow you a greater amount of leeway when it comes to finding space for your ice machine and ice dispenser to operate. These subtle yet major differences should all be considered before purchasing a hotel ice dispenser. To read the accompanying article, click here. To view the full size image, simply click the picture below.
Water Cooled Ice Machine Water Use
In the graphic below, we examined the way in which water cooled ice machines use water in the ice making process. While water cooled ice machines are, by their nature, very wasteful, some are clearly more efficient than others. Some businesses with upper level ice requirements have no choice but to make use of a water cooled ice machine. We set out to find out which water cooled ice machine is most efficient in its water use. This graphic shows several undercounter ice machines, mid-size ice machines, and upper level production ice machines. To read about the research that went into it, and see what we were able to take away, consider reading the article that accompanies this graphic.
Of all of these water cooled ice machines, Hoshizaki on average uses the least amount of water to keep its condenser cool. Curiously however, Ice-O-Matic is the most efficient when we examined that ice machines that can make over 1,000 pounds of ice per day. In every case, Manitowoc ice machines consumed the most total water. The water used by the condenser is always dumped and wasted, which can cause your water bill to increase greatly. Some ice machines, when operating at full capacity, can run through 4,000 gallons of water in a single 24 hour period. If your company requires ice production like that, it would be best to find a more efficient water cooled ice machine. Read the full article (we linked to it just before the start of the infographic) to find the most efficient ice machine. If it must be a water cooled ice machine, you should try to find the most efficient unit.
Mid Size Ice Machines
The following infographic will compare four ice machines that produce around 500 pounds of ice in a 24 hour period. While the ice production rates are similar, we look beneath the surface to see that these ice machines are far from identical.
These are the four ice machines that we will be comparing: The Ice-O-Matic ICE0520, the Hoshizaki KML-631, the Scotsman C0530, and the Manitowoc ID-0502. We will be comparing these ice machines from a few different angles - ice production, ice machine water consumption, and ice machine electrical use. All of these characteristics will give you a good idea of what you can expect from each one of these ice machines and how they will perform when conditions are ideal for ice production and when they are not.
The four ice machines were assessed based on the following criteria:-Gallons of water required to create 100 pounds of ice
-Amount of ice created by air cooled ice machine in ideal conditions in 24 hour period *
-Amount of ice created by air cooled ice machine under stress in 24 hour period*
-Amount of ice created by water cooled ice machine in ideal conditions in 24 hour period *
-Amount of ice created by water cooled ice machine under stress in 24 hour period *
-Electrical use (in kWH) by an air cooled ice machine under stress per 100 lbs of ice **
-Water consumed by the condenser of a water cooled ice machine to make 100 lbs of ice
* Ideal conditions are defined as 50 degree water, 70 degree air; Stress as 70 degree water, 90 degree air.
** Water cooled ice machines use slightly less electricity, around 1 to 1.5 kWH less per 100 pounds of ice created.
This chart is helpful for a variety of reasons. In certain areas of the country, water or electricity prices may be higher or lower, so you may want to choose your ice machine based on these factors. Some ice machines do not handle the heat well and when temperatures rise, their production rates fall. Others, like Hoshizaki’s ice machine, realize very little in the way of ice fluctuation based on temperature changes. This is partly due to Hoshizaki’s superior construction, including a stainless steel evaporator plate that is not as sensitive to increases in temperature. Incredibly, Hoshizaki's water cooled KML-631 loses only one pound of ice production when temperatures increase, making it one of the most consistent ice machines available.
We list the water use of the condensers (water cooled only) because at first glance they appear to be a great buy- consistent ice production, quieter ice production, less electricity consumed- but they require hundreds of gallons of water per day to keep the condenser cool. This water is wasted and will cause your water bills to rise exponentially. If you don’t mind paying the higher cost of operation, a water cooled ice machine may fit you very well. As you can see, all of these air cooled ice machines make greater than 500 pounds of ice in ideal conditions, but when temperatures increase, some of them drop their production to less than 400 pounds of ice per day! If your ice machine will be operating consistently in a high temperature area like the kitchen, you may require an ice machine with a remote air cooled condenser, a water cooled condenser, or an ice machine with better production under stress. That usually means considering the a model that is listed to produce more ice than you need.
It is important to note that these are just some of the factors to consider when searching for a new ice machine. You also may want to consider whether or not your ice machine is qualified by Energy Star, the physical size of the ice machine, and how much clearance the ice machine requires to operate effectively. Using the previous infograph, you can see the differences in ice production among these ice machines, find the one that will operate most effectively in your climate, and find the perfect ice machine for your establishment. The operating climate and ambient temperature around your ice machine will be the biggest factor in your ice machine’s production rate. To find out what else you should consider before buying a new ice machine, visit theIce Machines Plus Blog or stay tuned to this area for more informative images and infographics.
Scotsman Ice Machine Water Use
The following chart compares three major cuber heads that create around 1,000 pounds of cubed ice per day in ideal conditions- the Scotsman C1030MA, the Ice-O-Matic ICE1006FA, and the Manitowoc ID-1002A. These ice machines are for larger establishments- busy nightclubs, packed bars, casinos- among other locations that require nearly a half ton of ice every day. This graph demonstrates the amount of water you can save with Scotsman's C1030MA over Ice-O-Matic's and Manitowoc's ice machines. To read the full article about Scotsman ice machines and their conservative water use, follow the link provided. Note that we left Hoshizaki off of this chart. While Hoshizaki ice machines use very low amounts of water in the ice making process, they do not make the standard ice cube - something that all of these ice machines do. Hoshizaki ice machines make crescent cubes exclusively, which by design require less water.