Monthly Archives: March 2013

  1. Prepare the Patio with an Outdoor Ice Maker

    It may not feel like it depending where you live, but summer really is right around the corner. April is here, and soon too will suntans, summer days, and weekend barbecues be here. The sights, sounds, and smells of summer events are a mere moment away, and unless you have an outdoor ice maker, you probably aren’t adequately prepared to host a proper party! What separates a excellent event from an average one is often the quality of the food and drinks, and no one ever raves about a party that serves a warm margarita on a hot summer day. To properly prepare you or summer, we decided to highlight the best outdoor ice makers available at Ice Machines Plus so you can find the right one for your next event.

    All of the following ice makers have been approved for outdoor use: Ice-O-Matic’s popular GEMU090, Hoshizaki’s AM-50BAE and C-100BAF, and U-Line’s BI95, BI98, CO29, and the ADA15IMS. They are available in different sizes (some are meet ADA hei

  2. The Manitowoc QM-30A and QM-45A – Intimate Ice Making in a VIP Setting

    Vodka on Ice in VIP AreaManitowoc is well known for their large ice machines. Their Indigo ice machines are some of the most popular, advanced ice machines available to date. Less is talked about regarding Manitowoc’s undercounter ice machines however, and the QM-30A and QM-45A deserve some consideration. These two undercounter ice makers are excellent for special purposes. They are not suitable for the larger bar or restaurant, but rather for those with small-volume ice needs. In fact, the QM-30A and QM-45A are better suited for ice making in more private, intimate settings. The QM-30A and QM-45A are perfect ice machines for small offices, break rooms, or private suites. If you own a nightclub with a VIP area, both of these ice machines will suffice for small-scale ice making. If you offer bottle service, providing an ice machine in each sectio

  3. Medical Science… On Ice, with Flake Ice from Ice-O-Matic

    Canteloupes Laying on a Bed of Flake IceIce has evolved greatly from being simply frozen water. It's not just for beverages anymore, and can be used for many purposes. We display our food- fresh fish, fruits, and vegetables, over beds of flake ice. We use it to calm and soothe physical injuries like bumps and sprains, and we also use it to store perishable items that must remain at colder temperature. Ice-O-Matic has been at the forefront of self-contained flake ice machines for years. Their EF Series provides a flake ice machine that is an all-in-one machine. These units are built sturdily, and are efficient and durable. Not only are Ice-O-Matic ice machines great for providing ice for beverages but they are ideal for applications in medical labs and health care facilities. Flake ice is easily malleable and can be transported and used for var

  4. Ice Machine ENERGY STAR Partners Announced for 2013

    Energy Star LogoENERGY STAR has announced their award recipients for 2013, and many of the results are not surprising- not in the world of ice machines at least. Hoshizaki, Scotsman, and Manitowoc all took home accolades and acknowledgements this year. Hoshizaki and Scotsman were both named ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year, while Manitowoc Foodservice earned the “Sustained Excellence Award” for their continued commitment to, and production of ENERGY STAR qualified products. This is an especially celebrated year for ENERGY STAR, as 2013 marks their 20 year anniversary of setting the standard for energy efficiency across a wide array of spectrums.

    Over that 20 year period, ENERGY STAR estimates that their program has saved the American population over $230 billion and prevented over 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases from ente

  5. 5 Tips to Keep Your Ice Machine Performing Well

    1. Clean and Sanitize Your Ice Machine Regularly

    Clean and Sanitize Ice Machine RegularlyAs with any major appliance, your ice machine will require regular care and cleaning. Ignoring this can cause irreparable damage to your unit, allowing slime, mold, and scale to build up inside the machine. Aside from the damage this can cause, it is also unsanitary for those consuming the ice produced by your machine. An ice machine that is not cleaned regularly may produce foul smelling ice that alters the taste of the beverages it cools. Some smaller, self-contained undercounter ice machines require you to simply push a button to initiate their cleaning cycle, while larger ice machine and bin combinations require slightly more complicated measures to provide a proper cleaning.

  6. Turbo Air Premiere Series: Go Pro for the Best

    If you were to take up a new sport or activity, it would probably be wiser to buy used equipment before spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on top of the line gear. The same theory often works when buying your first house or apartment. Hand-me-down goods and furniture often perform just as capably for first time home owners as brand new appliances. In other areas however, it makes little sense to purchase hand me down equipment. I would be a bit nervous if I was scheduled for an organ transplant and saw that a rusty, antiquated refrigerator was being used to keep my new liver “safe”. Certain appliances simply will not suffice as second hand goods. That’s why, when you need the best in refrigeration, you can turn to the Premiere Series from Turbo Air.

    Turbo Ai

  7. Manitowoc Indigo Ice Machines: Best for Hotels and Motels

    For hotel and motel owners across the country, there are a few certainties that can be expected every year, depending on the type of establishment you run. A ski resort sitting in the mountains of Colorado, can expect more visitors in the winter months, when the mountains are covered with snow. A hotel in famous Atlantic City, New Jersey, you will see an influx of guests in the warm summer months, when people flock to the famous boardwalk. Your location and the services you provide will greatly dictate the time of year when you are happily displaying the “No Vacancy” sign outside your establishment.

    Hotel No Vacancy Sign
    A Full Hotel Makes a Happy Hotel Owner

    While the ebbs and flows of your hotel’s occupancy become more predictable over time, there are certain lesser known actions that can

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