Scotsman Leads the Way with the MDT Series
If you’ve never considered the ways in which ice can positively or negatively affect your business, then you probably haven’t done a great deal of research. In our March Madness “Best Ice Ever” Tournament, we proved that there are clearly some ice styles that are preferred over others. Nugget Ice (known affectionately as Sonic Ice and Hospital Ice by its followers) is the preferred ice of the people, and since it was created over 30 years ago by Scotsman Ice Systems, this ice has grown in popularity at an incredible rate. Scotsman now offers more countertop ice makers that make and dispense nugget ice than ever before, and owning one can be greatly beneficial to your establishment.
Countertop ice makers differ from standard ice machines and undercounter ice makers in a few ways. They make, store, and dispense ice from one compact unit. Though they are smaller, they generally hav
Hospital ice. We never really thought about the costs of hospital ice and hospital ice machines until we read this article about a hospital in Cambridge denying ice to its patients to save money. The hospital itself blamed budget cuts on the need to eliminate ice from water jugs that are given to patients.
So, patients are no longer able to get ice in their water jugs, even though having that ice helps the medicine go down. Will the Follett Nugget ice machine at the end of the hall go by the wayside? There are plenty of people who aren’t so sure that the removal of ice from the water jugs was a great move.
Even when you do everything that you can to prevent disease from spreading, there are some bacteria that need to be hit hard with disinfectant if they get into your ice bin. The VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach was recently subject to a water scare. Legionella was found during a routine water check.
Legionella is the precursor to Legionnaire’s disease, a disease that has been linked to many deaths. Two areas of the hospital were affected: the Veteran Resource Center and the Community Living Center. These two areas see a lot of traffic every day, a reason why we’re very thankful that the bacteria was found early. “We want to make sure that the veterans, their spouses, visitors
Having an ice and water dispenser available within the patient and family waiting areas saves hospitals both time and money. You’d be surprised at how much time can be saved in a year.
“…although it was only a 45-second interruption for them (the nurses) to get the water or ice, the interruption occurred an average of 27 times per day. This may not seem like much until an annual rate is calculated: 45 seconds x 27 occurrences per day x 365 days per years = 120 hours of preventable waste.”
We’re talking wasted time, wasted energy, and wasted resources. Granted, there are times when the family or patient isn’t able t
Hospital ice machines serve important functions on the floors. One moment, they might be used to satisfy a young child’s need to cool the pain from tonsillitis. The next moment, injuries and wounds might need ice to soothe swelling. Ice might also be needed to crunch on because of special dietary needs.
On The Hospital Floor
In many cases, the job of the patient is to lay there and wait for the healing process to begin. One of the best ways to pass the time is to chew on ice and drink lots of water (if possible), and nugget ice is the best ice for this purpose, hands down.
It’s important for hospital facilities managers to choose the right ice machines for their hospitals. Nugget ice offers many benefits, being easier for patients to chew and slower to
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. T
Scotsman’s Nugget Ice Still Leads the Way.
While it may no longer be a well-kept secret (or a secret at all anymore), it can safely be said that, when it comes to the various ice styles served in foodservice establishments everywhere, nugget ice (the ice used by Sonic Drive-In, among others) is the most sought after by customers throughout the foodservice industry. This is the only ice style that has a steady social following, and if you are even remotely familiar with social / internet marketing, you know there is nothing more desirable than having your customers do much of your promoting for you. Potential new customers are far more likely to listen to and trust information provided by friends and family than they are a company or brand that engages in shameless self-promoting.
Author's Note: When I look for any new product, I always like to compare my options and get as much information as possible. While customer reviews are helpful, I find that opinions vary too often on the same product. This article reviews the facts about the four most popular countertop ice makers on our site, how they perform, and the price at which they are currently being sold (subject to change). This is to help you make the most educated choice possible, and if you have any further questions, please call us, email us, or leave them in the "Comments" area below.
When it comes to finding the right countertop ice maker for your hospital or health care facility you have quite a few options. Every major ice machine provider has some sort of countertop ice maker to offer, but no two are exactly the same. We created this p
During the major October snowstorm about a year and a half ago, the bar at which I was employed offered use of our ice machine to our customers, as many were left without power for up to two weeks. We would fill coolers with ice for our customers and do our part to help out those who had lost power and could not store their perishable, refrigerated goods. While we had an ice machine that produced standard ice cubes, a larger flake producing ice machine would have been best for storing refrigerated products. An ice machine like Ice-O-Matic’s MFI0800A would have been ideal as it can produce nearly 800 pounds of flake ice on a daily basis.
Last year’s east coast snowstorm was followed by Hurricane Sandy, which left a trail of devastation in its wake on the east coast. Recently, tornadoes in O
If you’ve been looking for Scotsman’s most popular undercounter nugget ice machine lately, you probably haven’t had much success. That’s because Scotsman discontinued production of the NU130 about six months ago. While they have not been producing any new NU130s, Scotsman DID make an interesting discovery while doing some spring cleaning a few days ago- the discovery of a few unsold, untouched NU130s. And Scotsman was good enough to us at Ice Machines Plus to let us offer them for sale on our site. Our quantities are extremely limited (in the single digits), so if you’re looking for an NU130, you’ve got to act as quickly as possible!
The NU130 rose to stardom as Scotsman’s nugget ice increased in popularity. This ice has been around for more than 30 ye