Monthly Archives: February 2015

  1. Why Prevent Legionnaire's Disease In Your Ice Machine?

    Legionnaires - 022715 - v1 Sanitizing your commercial ice machine is incredibly important, not just because an unsanitary ice machine is a target for health inspectors, but it is also a breeding ground for Legionnaires’ disease.  We’ve learned about several ice machines which tested positive in the Northern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System

    Legionella bacterium cause Legionnaire’s disease, which is a type of lung infection or pneumonia.  It got its name from an outbreak which happened at the American Legion in 1976.  Most cases, however, are isolated and happen without much publicity.

    If you believe that you’ve got Legionnaire’s from a tainted water supply, be aware that the symptoms are very similar to pneumonia.

    • Chills
    • Coughing
    • Aches
    • Headaches
    • Fever

    There are several conditions which exhibit these particular symptoms, though when taken in tandem, it’s still a prescription to get to the hospital.  Some of the patients experience diarrhea and vomiting, as well. 

    The bacteria needs the right food, water, and conditions to thrive.  Unfortunately, places like hotels and air conditioning systems for large structures are just the places where it can develop and grow.

    There can also be several complications from Legionnaire’s, including respiratory issues, kidney issues, and septic shock.  This is not something to be trifled with, as in the UK, around 10% of all patients with Legionnaire’s disease die from a complication.

    So, it’s time to clean your ice machines and make sure that they’re sanitized so that bacteria and biofilm can’t get inside.  The Ice-O-Matic machines have special coatings to fight contamination, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give it a good scrub according to the schedule in the manual.

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  2. Ice-O-Matic Hotel Ice Machines

    Hotel Regardless of whether you’re running a huge hotel or a tiny motel, your guests need ice.  It’s estimated that the average hotel ice maker produces at least 5 pounds of ice per guest per day, but do your machines measure up to fulfill the needs of your customers?

    The Ice-O-Matic Hotel Ice Makers really make the grade. They can produce anywhere from 300 pounds of ice for the tiny hostel environment all the way up to the ice machines which make over 900 pounds of ice per day – something that’s great for the long hotel floors.  There’s something for everyone in between, too.

    With a stainless steel design, the hotel ice makers made by Ice-O-Matic are not only easy to clean, but they readily fit the hotel ice buckets underneath the dispenser.  The full cube ice takes a little longer to melt, which means more time getting to enjoy the ice.

    Every hour, the largest hotel ice machine produces 37 pounds of ice.  This makes it perfect for anyone who wants to have a an entire floor party at the hotel.  The dispenser itself is just 30 inches wide by 54 inches tall.  It can hide with the vending machines or take center stage at the end of the hall.

    Great cube ice needs a great ice machine, something which Ice-O-Matic produces with confidence and style. 

  3. Making Craft Soda with the Ice-O-Matic GEMD270A

    Cherry Soda Our creative ingenuity knows no bounds, especially when it comes to new things to eat and drink.  Admittedly, we’re tired of using our ice from the Ice-O-Matic GEMD270A for just plain old commercial soda. Then we got an idea. Why not spice things up a little bit with some homemade sodas?

    Like the big commercial soda makers, homemade soda is made from a soda syrup. If you can make a simple syrup, you can make a soda. You can also buy commercial soda syrups.  We’re fond of making it ourselves and getting our hands a little bit sticky.

    For commercial syrups, pour some syrup at the bottom and mix in enough club soda to your tastes. The more soda water, the less sweet it will be. You can also add other ingredients or add beautiful garnishes. 

    Homemade soda syrup is just as easy to create. If you’ve got the juice of a fruit that you’d like to create into a soda, mix the juice with a cup of sugar and heat until the sugar is dissolved.  You can also create a sugar syrup (1:1 sugar and water, heat until mixture is clear) and put regular fruit into it like a tea. The syrup will take on the taste of the fruit. Just filter it and use it like a commercial one.

    You have a huge range of ingredients that you can use for the sodas that you create, but make sure that the pearl ice from the Ice-O-Matic ice maker goes into the glass.  It’s very tasty, crunchy ice, suited for any budding non-alcoholic bartender’s needs. 

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  4. Ice-O-Matic Ice Machines for Quick Serve Restaurants

    IceOMaticIce-O-Matic ice machines are at the top of their game for being the ice machine for health care, grocery stores, and churches, but they’ve also got a product line especially suited for the quick serve restaurant industry.  This is the ‘ground and pound’ part of restaurant service, where ice is paramount to customer satisfaction.  For larger locations, it’s not unheard of to have two or three machines on the floor because of their quiet-running brutal efficiency.

    The Ice-O-Matic ICE0500HA, is a half cube ice machine that crunches and tastes just a little better than the full cubes.  It fits neatly on top of its bin which can accommodate almost a full day’s worth of production.  These two pieces of equipment fit together extremely well, like they were the peanut butter and jelly of ice machines and ice machine bins.

    It comes with plenty of the same features as many of the Ice-O-Matic ice machines, as well.  It’s made from corrosion resistant stainless steel, which means that it’s incredibly easy to clean.  The plastic covering the door to the ice is fingerprint-proof, so there won’t be any errant smudges.

    The opening to the ice bin is large enough so that it doesn’t require a step stool to get down to the very bottom of it.  You can just bend down and get ice easily. The material itself is coated with antimicrobial protection, as well.  These machines are tough!

    This Ice-O-Matic is the perfect ice maker for quick serve restaurants.  It’s got enough production to really make an impression on the users. 

  5. Ice-O-Matic's GEM0650A Ice Maker: GEMU090's Bigger Brother

    ice-o-matic-gem0650a We’ve talked a little bit about how Ice-O-Matic’s GEMU090 machine is the perfect pearl ice machine for doctor’s offices, waiting areas, and other areas where keeping clients happy is at a premium.  The GEMU090 is great for the smaller applications, but what about a restaurant ice machine or an ice machine for buffets?

    For larger restaurants, a GEM0650A might be just the thing for providing perfect drinks to your patrons. It provides up to 740 pounds of pearl ice every day, which makes it a great option for mid-volume restaurants.  Many pounds of ice can be stored in the separate bin for use throughout the day. Here’s what you get this machine:

    • A state-of-the-art machine, the Ice-O-Matic GEM0650A is self- monitoring, constantly on the lookout for errors and other anomalies.  When it finds one, it reports the issue clearly through its monitoring panel.
    • The GEMU0650A provides efficient service at the top of its game. It is Energy Star rated.  Not only is money saved when purchasing from Ice Machines Plus, but it’s saved further down the line in power and water bills.
    • Pearl ice is versatile, usable in many sodas.  It can also be used for the sweeter, more tropical drinks that your restaurant might serve.  Perhaps you wish to devise some hand-crafted sodas?
    • Automatically cleans bacteria and slime, extending the time between cleanings. We always suggest that you manually clean the machine, but with the AgION technology, the time between necessary cleanings is increased.

    You may have heard of the Ice-O-Matic GEMU090, but might not have seen its bigger brethren.  The GEMU0650A can make the life of your servers a breeze.

  6. Ice Machines Plus Scratch and Dent

    Scratch and Dent Have you ever wondered what happens to equipment that’s gotten a bit scratched from the manufacturer? We have a big sale! We sell it at a reduced scratch and dent price. For that, we’ve created the Scratch and Dent Outlet at Ice Machines Plus.

    All of the machines that find their way to our scratch and dent outlet are new, but they’re being sold as is.  Most of the time, the only thing that excludes them from our normal inventory are cosmetic issues. If you don’t mind a little external wear and tear, you can have a new working ice machine for cheaper than new that will work just as long as a new one.

    For example, right now, we have Scotsman HD22B-1 120lb Hotel Ice Dispenser available for $1,679.  That’s a significant savings off of the normal price of $2400.  Each of the items in the scratch and dent sale have this type of deal.  For the record, the HD22B-1 is not only an excellent machine for hotels, but it would work quite well in an office environment for employees.

    By considering the scratch and dent option when looking for your next commercial ice machine, you are potentially saving a significant amount of money – money which could be used for further establishing your restaurant, hotel, or convenience store. If you’re in a cash bind and really need an ice machine, check out our scratch and dent outlet.

  7. Scotsman CU1526SA: Commercial Ice Machine Dynamo

    Full Cube Made by Scotsman Undercounter Ice Machines When you’re looking for a commercial ice machine for your bar that doesn’t take up a lot of space and doesn’t require a lot of hassle, it’s time to consider the Scotsman CU1526SA.  It doesn’t appear like much, but it still packs a lot of power within its small frame.

    At just over 2 feet wide, it’s easy to find a place to put the Scotsman ice machine.  It stands, with its 6 inch legs, at close to four feet, which makes the ice inside just within reaching distance for a busy bartender. There’s no need to provide clearance in the back or on the side, as the exhaust is done from the front.

    The machine pumps out 150 pounds of ice during a 24-hour period and is able to store 80 pounds within the bin.  While you’re scooping out the goodies, this undercounter ice machine is pumping out a little bit more.  The small cubes have a high surface area to volume ratio which helps beverages cool quickly.

    The longer power cord gives bars more options as to where to put the machine.  It’s just long enough to get it plugged in without any excess cord for people to trip over.

    The alert systems on the ice machine also make it easy to know what’s going on with it.  There are no more problems with the mysterious yellow or red light flashing, you’ll know exactly what’s going on with the machine.

    You are also able to clean the Scotsman CU1526SA easily, as many of the doors detach enough so that service technicians or the handyman on site can get inside to fix what’s wrong. 

    The Scotsman line of undercounter ice machines wouldn’t be complete without this tiny powerhouse.  It’s effective for bars and any other place where you’d want to keep an inconspicuous ice machine. 

  8. Illinois Man Creates Self-Service Ice House

    Ice House Could self-serve ice machines become the next trend for the consumer and convenience store market?  Zachary Beatty of Morris, IL believes so.  He’s taken the first steps to get his ice house zoned and regulated. 

    The building itself is 9 feet wide by 26 feet long and 15 feet high.  There is not only an ice machine in the building, but a mechanized way of dispensing 20 pound bags of ice right into customer coolers.  Water will also be offered from the small house at 25 cents a gallon.

    What he’s hoping is that the boaters who are coming up the Illinois River need to ice down their fish.  Beatty also believes that people from around the area will come to the self-contained ice machine to pick up their ice for parties and other events.

    What this demonstrates is the fact that people with ice machines are opening boundaries and finding new entrepreneurial vehicles. With a restaurant and a large-volume ice machine, one can take that ice and sell it to neighboring folks in small bags.

    With the Follett Semi-Automatic Bagging System, one can take those bags of ice and create a personal market around the area.  Or, if you were feeling more charitable, you could give excess ice to the local churches in the area.  Stories like this demonstrate that there are many ice machine opportunities to be had. 

  9. Commercial Ice Machines Make Great Charitable Donations

    scotsman cu1526sa-1a When people give to charity, they think more about curing cancer, stopping dangerous diseases, and generally changing the world.  In reality, a lot of charity goes to the installation of ice machines, repairing buildings, and other practical things which make the lives of those who work to help others better. 

    Commercial ice machines make great charity items because they are not necessarily the first thing that people think about. The lack of that machine can be a sore spot for many organizations.  Let’s take a look at the Delaware Hospice. A local community-centered organization called the Rose Colored Lasses helped them out by donating money to their cause. 

    “Last year’s donation enabled the center to purchase a crushed ice machine for our patients,” said the Clinical Supervisor of Inpatient Services. 

    In 2011, Scotsman installed two nugget machines for the Community Kitchens in Birmingham.  These machines are put to good use helping the people who need them.  “The Community Kitchens of Birmingham is a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding and serving the hungry, homeless, and working poor 365 days a year.”

    The Mount St. Joseph Foundation recently gave the Mount Saint Joseph Nursing Home a blanket warmer and an ice machine.  These two pieces of equipment are absolutely vital to the comfort and well-being of the patients at the home, but without the help of the charity would not have been in place.

    When you think about charities and charity donations, think more about practical things which can be used.  Does your favorite hospice or care facility need an ice machine for the comfort of their patients?  

  10. Reminisce With a Metalfrio Milk Cooler

    Milk Cooler Some of the best memories that we have of school revolve around lunchtime in the cafeteria.  Getting to spend time with friends, talking about the day without having to think about the subjects learned in class, and finally getting a meal to prepare us for the second half of the day are just some of the memories. We also remember reaching into the school milk cooler and pulling out a little carton of whole milk, ready for drinking.

    Sometimes, there would even be chocolate milk.  And, while the carton would offer that paper flavor, the milk would be so soothing and satisfying if we got to it while it was still cold.

    Now that we’re adults, we don’t have time to truly romanticize the School Milk Coolers that we once delved into with tiny little fingers.  Times have changed, and technology has advanced to the point where the coolers themselves have accurate sensors and ways to keep everything inside cool and fresh.

    With the milk cooler in place, one can accommodate student bodies from the smallest to the largest. The 34” cooler can handle up to eight crates of milk, where the 58” cooler doubles that capacity.  The best part about these milk coolers is that there are casters on the bottom to allow for easy wheeling in and out of the kitchen.

    Think about your old cafeteria. Wouldn’t it be neat to go back to those nostalgic days where you didn’t have a care in the world?  With a milk cooler, you might just start dreaming of yesteryear. 

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