Monthly Archives: July 2012
Having worked in bars and restaurants for almost ten years, I have found that ice is easily one of the most (if not THE most) essential arteries in the restaurant world. It is a necessity for mixed drinks, soft drinks, mixing and shaking martinis, and in some cases storage of opened bottles and containers. The everyday uses of ice in the supermarket and fish market also make it a must-have at all times to properly store and display fresh fish and produce and to avoid spoilage. Scotsman’s Ice Express System, including models ICS-1, ICS-2, and ICS-3, allow for easy and convenient storage and transport of all kinds of ice wherever it is required. Gone are the days when ice must be scooped from a bin into a bucket and lugged around your bar or restaurant. No longer do you need to carry an ice bucket from display to display in the supermarket only to need to refill it minutes later. The Ice Express Systems from Scotsman alleviates all of these issues. With three different sizes, you can load and roll the ice transport carts right to the exact location that you need your ice. The ICS-1 allows for one cart to be rolled under a single bay storage unit. Ice is then filled from the bin into the cart with the oldest ice entering first. Up to 250 pounds of ice can then be rolled easily to the desired location. For additional storage options, the ICS-2 and ICS-3 models are two and three bay units that can contain 1200 and 1700 pounds of ice at any given time, respectively. The Ice Express System requires an ice machine to be placed on top of the unit. The different models are compatible with many Scotsman units, so you will have an ample supply of whatever ice style you require. Small and medium cubes can be produced from any one of Scotsman’s top of the line Prodigy ice machines if cube ice is required in your food service establishment. For produce and fish displays in the market, Scotsman offers a wide variety of flake ice producing machines that would fit on the Ice Express units. The top of the ICS bin is cut to match the ice machine you choose and you need to specify the ice machine you will be using when you order the ICS bin. In order to provide a quality product, the ICS bins are constructed entirely of stainless steel. The polyethylene carts are durable, scuff resistant, and also insulated so that ice is not lost in transport through high temperature areas. All parts and additional labor required on your Scotsman’s Ice Express System are covered by a five-year manufacturer’s warranty. We at IceMachinesPlus.com understand that ice is imperative to the success of your business. With the Ice Express System from Scotsman, ice can be stored and moved easily. The need to scoop ice from a modular bin to a bucket is eliminated. Bodily stress is also eliminated, as there is no longer a need to reach deep into a bin, nor are you required to lug around heavy ice-filled buckets, thanks to the wheeled ice carts. For more information on the Scotsman Ice Express Systems or to find the perfect ICS unit for your business, consult our online experts or give us a call at 877-900-4423.Read moreor
It seems that the majority of ice machine purchasers are becoming more and more inclined to purchase models with air-cooled condensers. After recent research, the benefits of remote air-cooled condensers seem to outweigh those of standard, self-contained air-cooled or water-cooled machines, especially for owners who wish to find the most value between consistent production and cost of operation. The ICE1806R from Ice-O-Matic is a perfect ice machine for any establishment that requires large-scale ice production and offers many benefits to the owner.
The Ice-O-Matic ICE1806R remote air-cooled models produce standard full or half size ice cubes (ICE1806FR and ICE1806HR, respectively), the perfect ice style for bars and restaurants. With this particular ice machine producing around 1600 pounds of ice a day (around 67 pounds per hour) when temperature conditions are ideal, your business is sure to have plenty of top quality, freshly-made ice on hand at all times. At only 26 inches tall, it can also fit in areas with lower ceilings, or underneath stairways and out of the way, even when mounted on an ice storage bin.
What separates this model from others of its kinds is the remote air-cooled condenser. With such a large machine that produces nearly a ton of ice a day, the condenser will inevitably be a loud, heat-producing piece of machinery. Remote condensers, however, can be placed outside or on the roof of your building, away from customers and employees. If your ice machine is located in the kitchen, a remote condenser will also prevent unnecessary heat being added to what is usually the warmest area of the building.
As the ICE1806R produces enough ice for a busy, larger restaurant or bar, you would not want to sacrifice any of its production due to external conditions. External factors like air and water temperature increases will greatly affect production in your ice machine, to the point of up to a 30 percent loss in production with the self-contained air-cooled models (when the air temp goes up 20 degrees). Your ice production rate will generally decrease by only 10 to 11 percent with a remote air-cooled ice machine. Therefore, a remote air-cooled condenser also assures that if you pay for large-scale, quality ice production, you consistently receive it.
Ice-O-Matic also ensures the freshest, highest quality ice with its Pure Ice technology. This way, all ice produced by the ICE1806R is flavorless, odorless, and free from bacteria. With the longest warranty in the business, Ice-O-Matic assures a well-constructed, high quality piece of machinery, including major components such as the evaporator, compressor and the condenser. Another benefit of the remote condenser that tends to go unacknowledged is the fact that the condenser can be reused when another ice machine is acquired as a replacement, provided the condenser is kept in good condition (consult specification guidelines to determine your condenser compatibility). While the upfront cost may be a bit greater, the rewards and production values are far greater.
If you're willing to pay for large scale production, you would do well to make sure you get the most out of your ice machine. With the Ice-O-Matic ICE1806R you will get just that, and the cost of operation over the lifetime of the equipment will be lower as well. For more information, or to purchase this ice machine, be sure to browse IceMachinesPlus's selection of Ice-O-Matic remote air-cooled ice machines. We’re always here to provide the latest in ice machine news and information.Read moreor