Monthly Archives: August 2014

  1. Ice Bucket Challenge Numbers

    Like you, we’ve been watching the ALS ice bucket challenge spread like wildfire around the Internet. People have been challenging their friends, neighbors, celebrities, and even orange traffic cones to take the challenge.  They’re complying, too (well, we haven’t seen the orange cone video yet).  Judging by the number of Youtube videos, over 1 million people have taken up the challenge.  

    This is incredibly encouraging news, because not only does it draw attention to a degenerative disease, it also means that more than one countertop ice maker out there is working a little more to make perfect cubes of ice.  Yes, there are some people out there who are putting ice in their ice buckets to make it extra cold! We wondered just how much ice has been used in all those buckets?

    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    For the sake of discussion, we’re going to say that each bucket holds 5 gallons of water.  Let’s also say that 25% of those ice buckets contain 2 gallons of crushed ice (weighing around 16.68 pounds) and 3 gallons of water. The rest were just wimps using cold water. Let’s do the math…

    25% of 1 million recorded videos of water dumping is 250,000 buckets.

    250,000 buckets containing 2 gallons of ice is 500,000 gallons of ice

    500,000 gallons of ice in pounds is 8.34 MILLION pounds of ice!

    Think about that for a moment as you look at your average countertop ice maker. That countertop ice maker most likely produces between 400-600 pounds of ice per day.  

    One Scotsman ice machine (the HID525A-1) that produces 500 pounds of delicious nugget ice per day would have to be in constant operation for 16680 days or over 45 years (45.69) to produce that volume of ice.  Wow!

    Even if you’re talking about one of the largest ice machines, the Scotsman C1448MA-BH1600BB which makes 1553 pounds of ice every day, it’s still going to take many years to make all of the ice for a short challenge on one machine.

    Fortunately, for individual challenges, it take a bit less than an hour to make 2 gallons worth of ice to fill the ice buckets for the ALS ice bucket challenge.  Just let your countertop ice maker run while you’re watching ice bucket challenge videos, and before you know it, you’ve got your own.

    Participating in the ice bucket challenge is up to you.  Because of the challenge, the ALS Association has already raised $80 million and encourages others to keep pouring buckets of ice water on their heads.  And, if you need ice, you know where to turn.  


  2. The Benefits of an Ice Machine Filter

    Most of the time, the ice in your restaurant stays unnoticed, like the owner’s manual of any small appliance.  When something goes wrong, the ice in your ice machine takes center stage.  By installing a water filter, you’re taking a positive step to keep that ice maker away from the spotlight.

    What do water filters do?

    3M Cuno ICE145-S Ice Machine FilterWater filters remove the particulates and chemicals which remain from the main water supply.  These chemicals might include chlorine, fluorine, sand, and dirt that might have dissolved in the water.

    A water filter might be considered an optional attachment to some, but to many restaurants, it’s an essential piece of equipment.  Here are six benefits of using a commercial ice filter.  

    Your ice is cleaner and tastes better

    Unless you’re specifically importing your water or have a well, you’ve hooked your machine up to the standard water line. This water, while drinkable, still has contaminants that can alter the taste of the water. A water filter can keep these out of your ice.

    Your Water Doesn’t Taste Like a Pool

    Ice and water shouldn’t taste like the local pool.  The ice machine water filters will take your city’s water and make it taste cool, rather than pool.  

    The Inside of Your Ice Machine Won’t Slime as Fast

    Don’t you think that it’s better to remove the causes of slime right from the source?  While it doesn’t completely eliminate the slime which can form, a water filter reduces the number of contaminants which cause slime in your ice bin and your pipes.  

    Not as Much Scale

    Scale is the sediment that is left over when water is turned into ice.  The minerals which were once dissolved in the water return to their solid form and cling to the sides of the ice bin.  When you remove those particulates from the process, cleaning the ice bin becomes much easier.  

    Faster Ice When You Need It

    Without all of those contaminants clogging the lines, an ice machine will run at super speed. Water with contaminants or deposits causes overall production to slow down. That tiny boost in speed translates into happier patrons and higher tips.

    Lower Bills

    Have you ever noticed how the air conditioner seems to blow a little bit cooler with a new filter? Ice filters help your ice machines run more efficiently.  Change out your ice filter every six months for the maximum effect.

    Choose a water filter that can handle the load

    You want a water filter that will grow with the size of the ice machine.  Let’s say that you have a Hoshizaki ice machine that fits under your counter.  You want to pick out something for your Hoshizaki ice machine that will match the water flow.  So, for the smaller Hoshizaki ice machine, you might choose to go with the H9320-51 or 52 water filtration system.

    The water filter you choose, whether it is for a Hoshizaki ice machine or another ice machine, will work tirelessly to make sure that your ice machine stays in the background.  Let the awesome customer service and divine cooking take the stage, not frozen cubes of water.

  3. Give Your Manitowoc Ice a Tan

    We have been amazed with the rise of health inspections mentioning ice machines that have mold, dirt, slime, and other material in them.  This is especially shocking when we know that the newer machines like the Manitowoc ice machines have a wide range of features and attachments that make cleaning a snap.

    Give your Manitowoc Ice a Tan

    We are firm believers in cleanliness, as clean surfaces not only extend the life of your Manitowoc ice machines, but they keep your restaurants away from the negative spotlight that health inspectors can give.  While they don’t automatically come attached to the Manitowoc Ice machines, we’ve found that the Luminice Growth Inhibitor leaves the ice in the bin cleaner and fresher.

    Luminice Growth Inhibitors are installed directly into your Manitowoc ice machines so you don’t have to worry about where you’re going to find that extra space.  They use an ultraviolet light on the air within the ice bin which drastically slows down the growth of bacteria, yeast, and other particles which can cause troubles down the line.

    When those harmful particles are reduced, the cleaning process goes a bit faster.  Your staff is able to pay more attention to other parts of the restaurant rather than the ice machine.  The installation of a Luminice Growth Inhibitor doesn’t mean that a restaurant can give up on cleaning their Manitowoc ice machines altogether, of course.

    The only part which needs to be changed within a Luminice Growth Inhibitor is the UV bulb.  That should be changed every year for maximum effectiveness.    You don’t have to worry about changing out strange chemicals from your ice machine because there are none involved.

    Cleaning the bin of your ice machine

    Every week, the bin of your Manitowoc ice machine needs to be cleaned.   While the Luminice Growth Inhibitor might have been installed, a little extra protection never hurts.  Having slime in the ice machine can be embarrassing and unhealthy for all involved.

    • Using a clean paper towel, wipe down the surfaces of the ice machine. cleaning ice machines  Use an approved sanitizer, but stay away from the bleach, as it can sometimes react with stainless steel.  

    • If possible, you want to also clean any nozzles and tubes with the machine.  On some of the more advanced Manitowoc ice machines (like the Manitowoc Indigo series), there is a self cleaning process which will clear out the hoses and other moving parts.

    • Be sure to clean and sanitize the scoops in your ice machine, too.  Microorganisms can be passed on through your hands onto the scoop, and that bacteria can spread to make your patrons sick. Don't leave your scoop directly in the ice bin, but use an appropriate scoop holder mounted inside the bin. 

    Keeping your Manitowoc ice machines doesn’t have to be a chore.   Adding the Luminice Growth Inhibitor can severely hinder the growth of yeast, mold, and other bacteria.  That bad health inspection is not something that you want to risk, so why not clean your machine today?

  4. What Can You Expect from Scotsman Ice Countertop Ice Makers?

    Each variety of ice machine serves a definitive purpose and function.  The modular machines are the stand alone workhorses that you’ll find on hotel floors and in commercial kitchens.  Undercounter machines can be found in many bars, as they are perfect for bartenders to just grab a scoop of ice to put into their bar blenders.   Countertop ice machines bridge the gap between the front and back of the house.

    Scotsman Ice makes incredible countertop ice machines.Ice Cubes  Because of the company’s devotion to quality and longevity, this company has become one of the major players within the ice machine industry.  What can you expect from Scotsman ice machines?

    Convenience for the user

    Countertop ice machines are traditionally smaller than modular ice machines because they are designed to fit on top of a countertop.  The Scotsman ice machines are intended to be convenient for both customers and servers, and fit anywhere there is a connection to a water line.  

    There are two types of countertop ice machines:

    1) Countertop ice dispenser – This countertop ice machine only dispenses ice.  You can fill it with ice made in the modular ice machine that’s out of the customer’s view.  Most of the Scotsman ice machines can accommodate the three major types of ice.   The Scotsman Ice ID150 series can hold around 150 pounds of ice in its bin.

    2) Countertop ice maker and dispenser – An all-in-one unit which makes the ice that it dispenses.  Often a smaller unit, because there doesn’t need to be as much storage capacity.  The Scotsman ice MDT2C12A can both create and dispense cube ice for its users.  

    Fresh, clean ice every time

    Most of the countertop ice machines offered by Scotsman ice have a dispenser attached to them.  The dispenser removes the possibility of contamination from scoops and dirty hands entering the bin of ice.  You just put your ice into a container and you are ready to go.  This is perfect for those areas where you’d like the customers to get their own ice and drinks.  

    Quiet Environment

    The amount of noise that an ice machine makes is often a major factor within a restaurant, hotel, or health care setting.  The Scotsman ice machines were designed with quiet in mind, each one has been engineered to be 25% more quiet than their counterparts from other brands.  

    Before purchasing your countertop ice machine, there are factors which must be taken into account.  After all, you don’t want to get something which isn’t suited to your needs.  Water filtration systems and bin capacity both play a part in the machine which is ultimately chosen.  For these and other considerations, take a look at our ice machine buying guide.  

  5. What’s wrong with this Crazy Ice Machine?!

    Ice machines are often taken for granted, right up until they go on the blink.  No ice can mean drinks aren’t served.  No ice can also mean that a hospital patient might not get that soothing relief for their tonsillectomy.  Ice machines need to be working at all times and any down time has to be minimized.   Waiting for a repair person to come out can be excruciating.  Companies like Manitowoc Ice know this and have come up with solutions to lower the down time and keep the ice flowing.

    Commercial Ice Machines get an Upgrade

    Manitowoc ice machine You have most likely seen the error messages on printers when they’ve run out of paper or are low on toner.  Ice machines can be a lot more complicated than printers, so Manitowoc Ice has started installing diagnostic modules inside of their commercial ice machines.

    These displays can do more than just tell you when ice is low in your commercial ice machine. The Manitowoc Ice Indigo mode can do things like:

    • Give diagnostic messages that not only tell techs what is wrong, but what parts are needed to quickly fix the machine.

    • Store service data and usage data to show trends over time.

    • Monitor energy and water consumption of your commercial ice machine.

    • With that usage data, it can generate the exact amount of ice you need, when you need it at peak times.

    • Have their service issues be remotely diagnosed, letting customers fix small problems with the Manitowoc Ice machine on site.

    Some models even come with a built-in “safe mode” to allow ice production to continue until service can be restored, albeit at a lower rate.

    Common Ice Machine Problems

    Here are some issues you might run into with a commercial ice machine:

    • Low water flow – Could be a problem with the water supply or with the water filter. Will cause small or misshaped cubes, or freeze up the evaporator

    • Water leaking into the machine – Makes big cubes that the machine can’t handle.

    • Room is too hot – This is sometimes a problem in commercial kitchens.  The Manitowoc ice machine has to work a lot harder to make the ice.

    These diagnostic tools make the Manitowoc ice machines some of the best in the business.  Minimized down time means more money in your pocket as well as in the pockets of your bartenders and servers.  

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