Monthly Archives: November 2014

  1. Water Filters Make Ice Clean and Fresh

    Having filtered water in your ice machine is a no-brainer.  We’ve repeatedly talked about the importance of filters, not only for the fact that ice made from filtered water tastes better and is cleaner, but who would want to know they were eating dirty ice? Not only that, but health inspectors may require them. Ice is a food after all!

    Water filters perform several different functions that make your ice taste better and keep your machine in top condition:

    • Removes contaminants
    • Reduces scale
    • Minimizes mold
    • Makes ice taste better

    Ice machine filters come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  Each of them is designed to take care of certain volumes of ice.  To get the right one, you should not only be aware of how much ice you’re producing, but how much water it takes to produce that ice.

    If you’ve been having maintenance problems with your machine, the first thing you should look at is the water filter. That’s the first line of defense against problems. Yet some businesses decline putting a filter on their lines. It shouldn’t be a nice thought, it should be an absolute necessity.

    If you’re not sure about the water filter that you should use for the machine, give us a call and we can steer you in the right direction.  We’ve been selling ice machines and filter accessories for years. Even if you have an older model, we probably have a filter that will work with it.

  2. Manitowoc's IB600 Series A Dream For Drinks

    If you’ve got a beverage dispenser, you know how much of a pain it can be to keep it stocked with ice.  Carrying those huge buckets from the back to the front of the place can’t be good for the back, but more than that, it’s not the most sanitary of procedures.  The Manitowoc IB Series 696 might just be the cure for all of that heavy lifting.

    The IB designation on Manitowoc’s machine stands for ice and beverage.  This beautiful ice maker was custom made to work with nearly any standard commercial beverage dispenser.  Just think, no more employee complaints about having to lug those buckets around.

    You can have up to 640 pounds of ice per day piped right into your dispenser.  Of course, if you’ve got a busier place, there are ice machines for larger capacities, as well. And if you’re really busy, you can open the top and manually put in ice from the back, if you had to.

    The real beauty of this machine, though, is that it takes up less than 8 cubic feet of space on top of the machine.  In fact, the dispenser will probably be a lot bigger than the ice machine.  As long as you have the height and the right lines, you’re pretty much in.

    Practically noise free, trouble free, and error free, the Manitowoc IB600 series might just be the way to go for your convenience store. Take a look at our listing for more information.

  3. Considerations for New Ice Machines

    Make sure that it will have enough space to perform.  While there are many low profile and compact ice machines on the market, you want to make sure that you’re giving the ice machine that you’re purchasing enough space to operate.  Else, it will heat up the area and lose some of it efficiency.

    Make sure that you’ve got the right connections already established to the machine.  At Ice Machines Plus, we put all of the equipment specifications right on the page so you can see what types of electricity and water lines that you’re going to need.

    Make sure that the ice machine has more production capacity than what you need right now.  You want to have an ice machine that you can grow into, rather than one which is already too small for your needs.  If it’s too small, there will be inconvenience all around, from the servers to the chefs.

    Choose efficiency over price.  A more efficient machine is going to pay you over the long haul. It will not only give you lowered water bills and energy bills, it will also provide satisfaction since you’ll know you’re doing your part to help out the environment.

    Filtering out the contaminants of your ice machine is important. Always get a filter. Your ice will taste better and your machine will experience less wear.

    For more information about purchasing your ice machine, we have an ice machine buying guide right here.  If you still have any issues, give our experienced customer service reps a call. 

  4. Choosing the Perfect Commercial Dishwasher

    Dishwashers are the unsung heroes of the kitchen.  Try serving your customers food on dirty plates, and you’ll see how long it takes to scare off your clientele.  Finding the right dishwasher can be difficult, as there are many considerations to be had. 

    How busy are you?

    Everyone wants to have a busy restaurant, as the more business you bring in, the more money is brought in.  If you’re ultra busy, the dishwasher might not be able to keep up, if you’re slow, the washer is just sitting there.  When you think about the commercial dishwasher you want, think about the average number of tables you have each night.

    Space Requirements

    The type of dishwasher you choose will also depend on the space requirements that you have.  A conveyor dishwasher, though it is a great tool to have in your kitchen, might not be the best bet for someone who has a small kitchen or is just starting out.

    Heat

    We’ll always suggest getting a dishwasher with a booster heater.  The heater will raise the temperature so that your dishes can be sanitized.  There are very few issues with using the heat, but hey must be considered: it makes the washer slightly more pricy, and plastic melts under the influence of serious heat.

    We’ve got some excellent commercial dishwasher choices over at Ice Machines Plus.  Yes! We have a lot more than just ice machines!

  5. All You Need is an Ice Shaver For This Delicious Treat

    When I was growing up, one of my most favorite things to do was to go down near the railroad tracks and get a snow cone.  My mother had to take me, of course, as it was just out of the walking range for a kid (I would have walked anywhere, but 2 miles or so was hitting my limit).  My favorite snow cone flavor was rainbow flavor – essentially, a mix of all of the flavors in boldly colored stripes.

    I would be happy with the shaved ice treat, and my mother would be happy that I would be quiet for at least the time that it took to eat the snow cone.  It was a win-win for everyone involved (win-win-win, if you consider the snow cone vendor who sold it to us). 

    One of the things that many restaurant owners are doing as we approach the New Year is considering menu changes, direction, and resolutions.  What do you want to change?  Where do you want to go? Serving snow cones in the summer’s heat might be just the thing to grow your profits.

    If you’ve already got a storefront, you only need a few additions to your restaurant arsenal.

    Flavorings

    Ice Shaver

    Paper cones

    That’s not very much to take into consideration, and considering that you’ve probably already got an ice machine on the premises, it’s a simple leap to making snow cones seasonally.

    Ice is useful for so many purposes, and, with a little tweaking you can make saleable products JUST from that ice. Perhaps you can think of a gourmet variety?

  6. Get Your Holiday Party Started with the GEMU090

    The holiday season is coming up, which means that it’s the time for giving gifts and generally celebrating the end of the year.  It’s also the season for company holiday parties. Why not bring in an Ice-O-Matic GEMU090?

    Yes, we’re ice geeks. Roll with us, here.

    They’re perfect for these types of events. With 22 pounds of nugget ice in the container and the ability to produce up to 85 pounds of ice, you’ll have enough for any small office party. It’s also very quiet in operation. You won’t have to shout over it to get the juiciest office gossip. Nugget ice is quite chewable, easily melts while keeping drinks cold, and goes down easy in case someone chugs a little too quickly.

    If you’re worried about the cost, know that the ice machine will pay for itself over the course of the year.  It will boost morale with that wonderfully chewable ice.  It will also go well with the filtered water that you have coming from the sink. Or if your tap water doesn’t taste good you won’t have to keep buying pallets of bottled water. Just make sure you get a filter for the line. Happier employees means higher productivity and greater revenue. Get the picture?

    Also, getting an Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 will demonstrate that you care about your employees by giving them a reason to drink more water. Most people prefer to have ice in their tap water. If there’s no ice around they won’t drink and may get thirsty. Dehydrated workers are unhappy workers.

    Break room or board room, why not get your company the gift that keeps on giving and install a GEMU090 ice machine? The GEMU090’s got the chewable ice gift that your employees will love. Consider bringing it to your holiday party instead of another boring vegetable tray. They may need that ice it if it ends up being one of those holiday parties that management says never to speak of again!

  7. Reviews for the GEMU090 From Around the Web

    We’ve been talking about the popular Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 undercounter ice machine during this whole week, and we thought that we’d continue.  Today’s travels take us around the web to look at some of the reviews that this dynamite machine has gotten. 

    “I debated back and forth about spending the extra money for the pearl ice. It seemed like it was over the top for the ice machine, but I am so glad we did it. It makes ice so fast, and the drinks are so nice with the pearl ice. I have requests to bring the ice with us when we go to parties.” – Anonymous

    “This ice maker is everything we wanted! It produces perfect "sonic" ice and it produces lots of it! We fill up two ice bags with each empty of the machine. We use it for parties, everyday usage as well ice for our ice chest! We did buy a filter to help buildup. Couldn't be happier!” - Rachie 

    “A little pricey for such a small ice maker but once you get over that, it makes great nugget ice just like Sonic, quiet running, self-maintaining. I was curious how long the ice lasts when not being used so I turned it off and the 20 lbs of ice will melt and be gone in 3 days (granted it is in my garage that stays about 90). I searched for a model with chilled storage to prevent this but not available, would have paid even more for that feature”. – BruceH

    These are just some of the reviews that we’ve found for the GEMU090.  The machine itself is easy to use and works wonders when you need it to be producing nugget ice. Give one a try!

  8. 7 Great Reasons to Love the GEMU090

    There are many benefits to owning the Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 as manufactured by Ice-O-Matic.  It is simply one of the most efficient, reliable, and fun ice makers on the market.  Designed for both home and commercial use, the GEMU090 by Ice-O-Matic shines brightly as one of the top pearl ice makers on the market today.

    Let’s take a look at some of the features of the GEMU090:

    1. Nugget Ice.  Hands down, this is one of the best types of ice for chewing and eating. Ice-O-Matic calls it pearl ice, but that is just nugget ice under another name.  Slushy, chewable, wonderful- for-drinks ice. 
    2. Stainless Steel Finish.  The stainless steel finish of the Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 makes it an easy fit behind any light-use bar or modern home kitchen.  It’s right at home in the stadium and hotel suites.
    3. Production.  The machine makes enough ice for any small party at 88 pounds every 24 hours.   Depending on the guests that you’re serving, it should be more than enough for a 10 person party that needs those chilled drinks.
    4. Storage.  The GEMU090 can hold up to 22 pounds of ice in the bin.  You can get the first round of drinks out to your partygoers and have enough for the second round when they’re done.  Keeping ice on hand in the anti-microbial bin makes you a party maven.
    5. Runs Quiet as a Mouse.  A small mouse.  Quite away from your party and your food.  One of those cute mice that doesn’t have any issues.  It’s whisper-soft, letting you and your guests talk the night away.
    6. Safe Refrigerant.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want refrigerant to be running rampant and causing environmental problems for me, my guests, or the planet.  The R-134A refrigerant can help with that.
    7. Self Contained.  You get everything that you need in an ice machine with the GEMU090.  No extra parts, it’s all just there, ready for you to hook up in an instant.  No muss. No fuss.  Just ice.

    The Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 has a lot to love.  It’s one of the very few versatile machines that can fit in either home or commercial functions and be just as comfortable.  With proper maintenance, these machines can last for a long, long time. Consider a purchase of one today from Ice Machines Plus.

  9. Perfect Pearl Ice For Stadium Suites from the GEMU090

    There have always been luxuries made for those who appreciate the finer things in life.  You could have a chef’s table at certain restaurants, you could get tickets or exclusive performances, or you can get a stadium suite at a sporting event. And what if you want some ice to go with your beer in the suite? Ice-O-Matic’s GEMU090 Pearl Ice Maker is perfect for the stadium suite scene.

    Most professional stadiums have party suites and corporate suites where sponsors can talk to their clients and show off a little bit.  Many of these have professional service, wet bars, and ice machines that provide ice on demand for hungry patrons.

    The GEMU090 fits perfectly under the counter, and makes the perfect size for a stadium suite. The machine itself is around 15” wide, which means that it can be put anywhere and still fit in the sleek design of that stadium suite. With its high ice production, the GEMU090 makes events exciting and fun by providing quality ice for everyone.

    In fact, we consider pearl ice to be luxury ice. The type of cube, the soft chewability, puts it in a class different than normal cooler ice everyone else is using. The GEMU090 makes the good ice – something out of the ordinary that you wouldn’t serve just anyone.  It’s the ice that speaks the language of luxury and luxury suites.

    So, the next time that you’re in a luxury suite at a stadium, take a look at their ice machine.  If it’s not an Ice-O-Matic GEMU090, then you’re not getting the luxury you deserve. 

  10. What are the Certifications for an Ice-O-Matic GEMU090?

    Have you seen the certifications on the Ice-O-Matic GEMU090?  There are three certifications: NSF, ETL/Intertek, and ISO Certified 9001:2000.  What do those certifications mean? 

    NSF stands for National Sanitation Foundation, and its motto states that it is the health and safety company.  They conduct a series of independent tests on each piece of equipment which is up for certification, approving it only if they meet their stringent safety standards.

    An ETL listed mark, “is proof of product compliance to North American safety standards.  Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) across the US and Canada accept the ETL-Listed Mark as proof of product compliance to published industry standards.”  In other words, the Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 rises up to a different set of compliance and safety standards.

    ISO Certified 9001:2000 means that the product rises up to quality standards.  These standards were developed by the International Organization for Standardization.  The machines and the company, Ice-O-Matic are audited annually by outside folks to make sure that their work is up to snuff.

    Basically what you’re getting when you get a GEMU090 ice machine is a machine that has been through its paces not only on the company level, but it has had several individual and independent organizations rate and value it as well. 

    This machine is a workhorse, and, being certified as one of the top of the line, is a very good fit for several applications – including hospital ice, stadium ice, and more. For more information, take a look at the listing at this link.

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