Monthly Archives: February 2013

  1. Get Hospital Ice at Home with the Ice-O-Matic GEMU090

    Hospital Ice over Hospital SignFor those of us who have spent time in the hospital, the experience is often unpleasant. Days and nights may be spent doing nothing more than lying in bed, and unless you’re a fan of all-you-can-eat Jello, the food is usually sub-par as well. If there's one thing people look froward to during a hospital visit, it would definitely be the hospital ice that is served. This ice- for those that don't know- is usually soft, chewable, and delicious. It is usually the most missed part of peoples’ stay at the hospital (unless you really enjoyed your sponge bath). And now, you don’t need to call 911 to have access to this ice all the time. You can have hospital ice (which is also called nugget ice or Pearl Ice) in your own home with the Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 undercounter Pearl Ice Machine.

    Hospital Ice is Popular!

    Hospital Ice in Blue Beverage The ice found in hospitals is affectionately known as “hospital ice” by those that have been fortunate enough (or unfortunate enough depending on your situation) to stumble upon it. People who have never had the chance to enjoy this ice may not understand what makes it so delicious. It’s all about the composition of the ice. The soft, air-filled ice pellets are crunchy and chewable, leaving ice chewers looking forward to the moment that their glass is free from liquid. You can find Facebook Pages dedicated to  Sonic Ice, nugget ice, and hospital ice, with “ice addicts” across the country uniting in their bond over delicious nugget ice.

    We’ve heard testimonials from people who admit, “I cannot stop chewing this ice!” and will buy it by the cupful or by the bagful. (Don't believe us? Check out this blog post from Rachel, a dedicated ice chewer).  Now however, you can bring hospital ice home with you – with the Ice-O-Matic GEMU090. This undercounter ice machine from Ice-O-Matic will give you all the hospital ice you can handle, without the pain and inconvenience of a trip to the hospital. The Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 can create 85 pounds of hospital ice (called Pearl Ice by Ice-O-Matic) in a 24 hour period – enough for even the most serious ice chewers. The internal, self-contained storage area holds up to 22 pounds of ice when filled completely. The only thing that separates hospital ice from the ice created by the GEMU090 is its size. Pearl Ice is fractions smaller than some hospital ice cubes.

    Hospital Ice at Home with the Ice-O-Matic GEMU090

    Don't go to the Hospital for Hospital IceWhile the hospital may use a large nugget ice making head to provide delicious hospital ice to its patients, you can have the same kind of ice in the comfort of your own home, in your office, or in the break room at work. The Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 measures a slim 15 inches wide, and stands less than 35 inches tall. It can be fit under bar counters, or next to existing appliances in your home. The Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 takes in and releases air from the front, so it does not require any side clearance to create ice effectively. If you’re the kind of person who has faked pneumonia to secure a visit to the hospital, or have contemplated calling 911 to get your next hospital ice fix, the Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 may be the perfect ice machine for you.The Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 Makes Hospital Ice

    At Ice Machines Plus, we know that people will go to great lengths to procure their favorite ice, and we want to make the process a little easier. That’s why we remain well-stocked with the Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 Hospital Ice Machine. We want to give the people what they want, and what they want is hospital ice! Whether you call it hospital ice, Pearl Ice, or nugget ice, we’re here to deliver it to your door. Put down the phone, call off the ambulance, and consider the Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 for all of your hospital ice needs!

  2. Manitowoc Ice Machines: The Best Ever?

    Manitowoc Ice Machine LogoThese days, everyone wants the best. We’re a country overwhelmed with rankings and standings, numbers and figures, and how much better one person, team, or product is than another. All we need to do is reference NCAA collegiate athletics, where we see power rankings, AP rankings, and coaches’ rankings used evaluate who is the best week after week. People obsess with being number one, but in the world of ice machines, Manitowoc ice machines have consistently outdone their competition year after year and they don’t show any signs of relinquishing the top spot any time soon.

    If you compare a Manitowoc ice machine to any other ice machine, you may be able to find a lower price from the competition. You may be able to find an ice machine that makes more ice as well. But with a Manitowoc ice machine, the quality and technology provided  is rivaled by none. As a trailblazer in the ice machine world, Manitowoc’s Indigo ice machines are now providing the latest and greatest technology, making owning a Manitowoc ice machine easier and cheaper than ever.

    Manitowoc Indigo Ice ScreenManitowoc ice machines are already the most popular in the United States. They have been the best-selling ice machine in the country for years now. It is easy to see why when you examine the features provided by their Indigo ice machines. These units are incredibly advanced, providing a small blue touch screen/ display panel that allows users to customize their Manitowoc ice machine for their exact purpose. Is your restaurant closed on Monday and Tuesday? Manitowoc ice machines can be programmed to create ice based on time of day, day of week, or to a desired bin level (note-bin level control requires additional feature). Whether you want to use these programming options to save money, or simply to provide your customers with the freshest ice at all times, only a Manitowoc ice machine will afford you the option to do so at no extra charge*.

    With a Manitowoc ice machine, the main focus is on creating the highest quality ice possible. But the overall construction of the ice machine is also incredibly important. Indigo ice machines from Manitowoc provide messages and alerts when issues arise with your ice machine. These are not like the standard, droning “beep beep beep” alerts that other ice machines provide. With an Indigo ice machine, your issue is displayed on the small monitor, so you can apply the right fix right away. If your ice machine requires further service, you can locate the nearest service technician by using the Indigo touch panel. This way, if you cannot fix the problem on your own, you can find the technician who can resolve it for you. As your Manitowoc ice machine continues to operate, all of the operation data is recorded, and can be transmitted remotely to a computer for further diagnostics if desired.

    Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of owning a Manitowoc ice machine can be found in their LuminIce™ Growth Inhibitor System. LuminIce has been independently proven to reduce the presence of yeast, sugar, and humidity inside the ice machine by providing “active air” inside the unit. A single UV light bulb keeps the air circulating inside the ice machine’s food zone, reducing the presence of yeast, bacteria, and micro-organisms. You never have to worry about the dreaded “slime in the ice machine”. Best of all, the LuminIce system does not require any chemicals to keep these hazards away. The UV bulb does all the work, and simply must be replaced once a year. The LuminIce System does not come standard with every Manitowoc ice machine however, and must be ordered separately.

    The benefits of owning a Manitowoc ice machine are seemingly endless. Cleaning and maintenance are hassle free, as all 22 and 30 inch ice machine heads can be serviced from the front, without tools. The swinging door provides access to the front facing evaporator plate, so the most important areas of the ice machine can be reached with incredible ease. Almost every air cooled and remote air cooled Manitowoc ice machine from the Indigo Series is Energy Star qualified as well, meeting or exceeding national energy standards.

    Manitowoc Ice Best in Class AwardOver the past ten years, Manitowoc ice machines have started to distance themselves from their competitors. They show few signs of stopping or letting up, recently introducing their latest undercounter ice machine sensation, the NEO – one of the smartest, most efficient undercounter ice machines (available soon). This is the first undercounter ice machine from Manitowoc that is equipped with features that were once available only with a Manitowoc ice machine head, but we will expand on this ice machine further when it becomes available. Hopefully by now, you’ve seen that a Manitowoc ice machine can be a great asset to your establishment. After all, Manitowoc ice machines didn’t become number one overnight. Manitowoc, like their ice machines, worked hard and provided consistent results year after year, earning every accolade they received along the way. They can truly be called the best ice machine ever.

    **Some ice machine companies offer this service, but offer it as an additional feature or an “add-on” with an additional fee.

  3. Manitowoc LuminIce Growth Inhibitor: Cleaner, Better Ice

    Manitowoc has received countless accolades for their ice machines over the past years. They have continued to expand on their excellence in the ice machine world. Manitowoc Indigo ice machines have revolutionized the way in which ice is created, allowing ice to be created faster, and more efficiently than in the past. These same Manitowoc ice machines can be further accessorized by the lesser known, but increasingly important LuminIce Growth Inhibitor System. This system helps keep your ice machine cleaner for longer periods of time, minimizing the growth of bacteria and mold, while helping prevent the dreaded slime in the ice machine. Your ice machine may face problems due to poor water quality, but the quality of your ice can also suffer if the interior of your ice machine is not treated properly. Manitowoc’s LuminIce system works to combat these issues.

    You’ve probably heard the saying, “a rolling stone gathers no moss”. If we take that saying at face value, that’s sort of how the LuminIce's “active air” works, inhibiting the growth of yeast and bacteria inside your Manitowoc ice machine. The internal UV light creates photoplasma, a gas that is ionized by UV light, and it in turn reacts with the microorganisms it encounters inside your ice machine. It disrupts these microorganisms and does not allow them to settle on the internal surfaces of your ice machine, keeping the food zone cleaner and more sanitary. Independent studies have confirmed that the LuminIce system significantly lowers the amount of yeast and bacteria buildup in your ice machine. Your ice will look better and taste better, and your ice machine will remain free from mold and slime- problems which can cause health issues, and cause markdowns on health and safety reports.

    Mold and Slime in Ice MachineJust as your car requires routine service and maintenance, so too does your ice machine. The LuminIce System from Manitowoc keeps your ice machine cleaner longer, so cleanings are not required as frequently, and they take less time to complete. This means your ice machine will face less downtime for maintenance and lower labor costs. With so many health inspectors taking to Twitter and Facebook these days to announce their findings, slime or mold in your ice machine can lead to the instant downfall of your ice machine. With risks such as E. coli and salmonella, a report of a filthy ice machine will make your customers avoid your establishment like the plague, even if you reconcile the situation.

    The LuminIce System from Manitowoc is only available on Indigo ice machines. It can be added at the time of purchase or added to an existing ice machine. The LuminIce System does not require any Manitowoc's Indigo Ice Machine. Can Be Fitted with LuminIce Growth Inhbitoradditional space to operate either, as it fits inside your ice machine, and power is supplied from the interior. This system does not require an additional outlet to operate. It also does not require any chemicals to work effectively either. This is one reason for the LuminIce System's popularity, as the owner is not required to purchase chemicals and maintain the LuminIce System over time. It operates simply, with a sole UV light bulb that must be changed once a year.

    Manitowoc’s Indigo ice machines stand out for many reasons, and the LuminIce Growth Inhibitor System is an excellent accessory to make sure your ice machine operates as efficiently as possible. For more information on Manitowoc's high quality ice machines, or the LuminIce Growth Inhibitor System, be sure to consult the ice experts at Ice Machines Plus, who are eager to assist and help with all of your ice machine needs.

  4. High Temperature Dishwashers: The Basics and Benefits

    Washing Restaurant Dishes by HandIf you’re stuck in the Stone Age of dishwashing – i.e. still scrubbing with a sponge and washing dishes by hand – it may be time to consider your alternatives. Commercial dishwashers provide great benefits to any kitchen that serves food in large quantities on a daily basis. Not only does a high temperature dishwasher clean your plates and glasses, but it does so in a fraction of the time that a person could be expected to perform the same task. High temperature dishwashers also do not require dishwashing chemicals to be added to the water, so there is no chance for soap or chemical residue to be left on newly cleaned dishes and glasses.

    What is a High Temperature Dishwasher?

    A high temperature dishwasher is exactly what the name suggests -  a dishwasher that uses water that is heated to an extremely high temperature to clean and sanitize dishes and glassware. In doing so, there is no need for chemicals or dish detergent to be added during the dishwashing process. By not using chemicals, there is no need to purchase additional chemicals during the life of the dishwasher. This will save a bit of money over time, and you will never have to worry about running out of dish cleaning products.

    How Hot is a High Temperature Dishwasher's Water?

    Champion UH-200B High Temp Undercounter DishwasherHigh temperature dishwashers must meet NSF standards and heat water to an approved temperature of 180 degrees Fahrenheit. In some cases, high temperature dishwashers require the addition of a booster heater to aid in this process. The booster heater is a device that ensures that your water is heated to the appropriate temperature between 180 and 195 degrees. While some high temperature dishwashers include a booster heater with the dishwasher, others do not, and they must be purchased separately. The booster heater elevates water temperatures by 40 to 70 degrees in the final rinse state to provide proper sanitization of dishware and glassware.

    What Benefits Does a High Temp Dishwasher Provide?

    There are a few benefits to owning a high temperature dishwasher. These dishwashers make dishwashing simpler for every party involved. They wash dishes at a faster rate than any person ever could. Since they wash glasses and dishes at such high temperatures, the dishes dry faster as well, so they are ready for use almost immediately after exiting the dishwasher. Using a commercial high temperature dishwasher is also more sanitary than washing dishes by hand, as the human error element is removed from the equation.

    Do High Temperature Dishwashers Have any Drawbacks?

    Champion 44-WS Conveyor DishwasherAs with any appliance, there are a few drawbacks that come with a high temperature dishwasher. First of all, since the water is so hot, there is an increased risk for scalds and burns to the users when operating the dishwasher, especially if it is a conveyor dishwasher. The hot water also makes soft and delicate plastics more likely to warp or permanently disfigure, as it can soften them and change their form. They also use slightly more energy than a standard chemical dishwasher, because chemical dishwashers are not required to heat the water to such great temperatures.

    Overall, the commercial, high temperature dishwasher is a great asset in any kitchen or establishment that requires large scale dishwashing on a regular basis. High temperate dishwashers cut down on dish washing times, clean and sanitize dishes effectively, and allow food to be served on your dishware almost immediately after being washed. We have recently added a variety of commercial dishwashers – including door type dishwashers, undercounter dishwashers, and the extra-convenient pass through conveyor dishwashers - to our website. Check out our selection of commercial dishwashers at Ice Machines Plus for your foodservice establishment, and get out of the dishwashing Stone Age.

  5. Manitowoc Remote Air-Cooled Ice Machines: Cool and Quiet

    The effect of continuous, oppressive heat on the human body is astounding. Excessive heat has been shown to increase stress, decrease productivity, and there is also a correlation between the crime rate and an increase in heat in many areas. Your Manitowoc ice machine reacts similarly, showing an inevitable decrease in production when the temperature of the air and water used by the ice machine increase. With a standard air-cooled Manitowoc ice machine, the problem may be cyclical, as the air released by the ice machine may be warmer, causing the temperature of the room in which it operates to increase.

    Manitowoc Ice Machines Provide More Consistent Production

    Manitowoc ice machines that are air-cooled, like all air-cooled ice machines, will increase the temperature of the room in which they operate, especially if it is smaller and without proper ventilation. This increase in temperature may cause your Manitowoc ice machine’s production to fall as well, but there is a way to stop this cyclical process altogether – consider one of Manitowoc’s remote air-cooled ice machines. These ice machines allow the condenser to be placed in a more suitable location, like outside, or to the roof of the building. This way, the ice machine is less affected by temperature swings, providing more consistent ice production. This will also save you money as your Manitowoc ice machine will not have to work as hard as if would while fighting to operate in undesirable conditions

    Manitowoc Ice Machines Create Better Working Conditions

    If you’ve ever stood next to a remote air-cooled condenser and heard it kick on and start whirring away as the ice machine makes ice then you already know what a nuisance these units can be. Moving them outside, and away from your building will help in many different facets of your business, especially if the ice machine is located in your kitchen. The kitchen temperature may increase with the use of fryers, ovens, and other heat-producing equipment. With the ice machine’s condenser outside, the noise is eliminated, and the heat is reduced, and your employees are allowed to operate in a more comfortable environment.

    Remote Air-Cooled Ice Machines from Manitowoc are More Energy Efficient

    Manitowoc Remote Air cooled condenser for ice machineAside from the more obvious benefits mentioned in the previous two sections, it is lesser known that remote air-cooled ice machines from Manitowoc are more energy efficient. In fact, most are ENERGY STAR qualified due to their efficiency. This is simply because remote air-cooled ice machines from Manitowoc do not use as much water as other models. Water-cooled models from Manitowoc consume and waste incredible hundreds of gallons of water per day to keep their machines cool. Manitowoc ice machines which are cooled remotely are also free to operate in more favorable conditions, as the temperature outside the building does not fluctuate as rapidly as it may inside.

    Finding the Right Manitowoc Remote Air-Cooled Ice Machine

    There are a few things to consider when looking for the right Manitowoc ice machine for your business, but most importantly, you must know what your ice will be used for. Manitowoc ice machines that are required for a bar or restaurant will probably require Manitowoc’s dice or half-dice cubes. This is type is most commonly found in beverages in the foodservice industry. The half-dice cubes also tend to dispense better when placed on top of hotel ice dispensers or soda dispensers. Manitowoc also has a remote-air cooled flake ice machine available too, which can produce over a ton of flake ice per day (Imagine all that noise from the condenser as this ice machine churns out over 2,000 pounds of ice). Finding the right Manitowoc ice machine depends largely on the purpose for which you will use your ice.

    Manitowoc Indigo Ice Machines: Ever Heard of Them?

     

    Manitowoc Indigo Ice Machine Display Panel

    It should be mentioned that all of Manitowoc’s remote air-cooled ice machines that produce the dice or half dice cubes are from Manitowoc’s Indigo Series as well. Indigo ice machines from Manitowoc are well-renowned for their new technology. They allow the owner to program a customized ice making schedule for up to seven days in advance. They also feature a blue screen which communicates to users the operating status of the ice machine. Indigo ice machines from Manitowoc are some of the easiest to maintain as well, since they allow users to address minor issues before they become major problems.

    With so many options, you will surely be able to find the right Manitowoc ice machine with a remote air-cooled condenser. Consider improving your business by providing a quieter, cooler environment for both your employees, and your ice machine to operate, and save yourself a few dollars in the process as the cost of operating a remote air-cooled condenser is often less than a water-cooled or air-cooled ice machine. Manitowoc remote air cooled ice machines are always a viable option for the ice needs of almost any establishment.

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