Ice Storage

  1. Chicken Recall Due to Bad Ice Machine

    Poultry RecallHoly cow! Or should we say ‘holy chicken!” Sanderson Farms has had to recall over half a million pounds of chicken because it was fouled with metal shavings. Not only that, but during the production run, the ice machine malfunctioned, causing the chicken to be shipped with less than favorable temperatures.

    Officials aren’t sure how the meat was tainted with the shavings. These boxes were set to go to Georgia and Louisiana. There were warnings of this tainted meat issued to customers and they were asked to bring any chicken related illness to the attention of Sanderson Farms as well as seek medical attention.

    The ice machine factors into the equation because chicken is packed in ice to make sure that it stays fresh during the trip to the customers. Keeping the poultry cold is of high priority, because the warmer the temperature, the more likelihood that the meat will become contaminated with bacteria.

    Fortunately, all of this was caught in time, and the meat packing plant chose to do the recall voluntarily. There has been a hotline set up for those who have concerns about food processing issues. Call between 10-4 Eastern time to receive live instruction, though there is recorded information available 24/7.

  2. You're Gonna Need a Bigger Bin

    Cornelius We have many different ice machines here in our catalog, but sometimes a company needs a machine that’s a little more special. Something that doesn’t just make ice, but makes a LOT of ice. Like enough ice for huge institutional settings like schools, prisons, or hospitals. We have just the machine for you.

    The IMI Cornelius CCM1448WF2 Nordic Water Cooled 1458 Lb Full Cube Ice Machine is the machine for you. This is one big ice machine head. This low-noise, compact unit can pump out 1,458 pounds of ice every day. Every day! You’re gonna need a bigger bin.

    It is a water-cooled unit, so you may need to check your local restrictions on whether or not it can be installed. However, because it is water cooled you can install it in many places an air cooled machine can’t go. The oversized condenser doesn’t need filters, so there’s no need for regular changes. It’s also only 26” x 48” x 24” in size. It is made of stainless steel and Agion antimicrobial protection coatings.

    If you need all the ice you can handle, get this big boy installed today. The IMI Cornelius CCM1448WF2 is a solid machine that can give you the cubes you want.

  3. Key Points for Ice Bin Buying

    bin image - not ice One of the confusing parts about buying an ice machine is that the ice machine and the bin are normally two separate components. The reason for this is that different industries have different needs for storage.  An establishment which is fairly low volume needs a bin with less capacity than its higher-volume counterparts.

    When ordering a bin, you need to make sure that the ice machine you choose is compatible with it. A seal is formed between the machine and the bin to preserve the ice. The wrong combination could be costly.

    Another thing that differentiates a bin is whether or not an anti-microbial treatment has been applied to the surface. Some bins also have UV lights for additional protection. An ice scoop holder is also a good feature to look for. This improves sanitation and could prevent a mark on your next health inspection.

    When it comes down to it, the ice bin that you choose should be one that your workers are comfortable with. It must have enough capacity to keep up with demand, be large enough to enter easily, and easy to clean. Take a look through our list of ice bins here at Ice Machines Plus and give us a call if you have more questions.

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  4. Start a New Revenue Stream With Your Ice Machine

    The ice machine that you’ve got in your restaurant, buffet, hotel or self-service convenience store can be the source for another revenue stream.  While we’re all about bagging the bag buying for commercial establishments, sometimes a customer just wants a bag of ice.

    And yes, while we’d love for everyone out there to purchase a hotel-grade Scotsman Ice C0530MA that produces 500+ pounds of ice every 24 hours for their son or daughter’s dorm room, we understand that that’s just not feasible. Selling ice bags becomes a natural outcropping of having an ice machine doesn’t it?  What about the people within the community who might need ice and don’t know where to turn?  These folks can look to you for excellent, reliably generated ice.

    And, well, that’s where the Follett Ice Bagger Kit can come in handy.  It’s got everything you need to attach ice bags to your hotel ice dispensers and make some more cash.  This is one of those revenue streams that can develop into something wonderful, as the events that are run in the hotel might need ice.  Bags of ice, right there?  Awesome.

    As another revenue stream, it might not be the top thing that you were thinking about.  It is, if you’re running a business that uses a lot of ice already, a logical extension.   Think about it, give it a shot. Check out the link to the ice bagger kit and see if you can add ice sales to your existing revenue streams.

  5. Hotel Ice Dispensers versus Ice Storage Bins: Which Suits You Better?

    Ice Dispenser vs Ice Storage Bin

    Having ice on hand for your hotel guests is one of the many things expected of you upon arrival at your hotel. Most people identify two things right away upon checking in: the location of the fire exits, and also important, the location of the ice machine. The size and quality of your ice machine should match the size of your hotel and the amount of ice that your guests typically require. Today, we’ll focus on which will suit your hotel, your guests, and your ice machine better: the ice dispenser or the ice storage bin. Both provide distinct advantages, and there are quite a few things to consider when deciding which would best suit your establishment.

    Ice Storage Bin from IceOMaticWhat the Ice Storage Bin Brings to Your Hotel

    Pros of the Ice Storage Bin

    Guests Are Allowed Access to More Ice

    Hotel ice dispensers may limit the amount of ice to which your guests have access. The ice scoop provided can be used to attain ice until an adequate amount is had by the user. Larger containers can be filled easily, in one stop, so guests that want to fill coolers for a day trip (to the beach or elsewhere) can do so. This saves time as ice can be accessed far more easily than with an ice dispenser.

    No minimum clearance

    One of the most inconvenient features of the hotel ice dispenser is the limit to the size of the container which can be used to be filled with ice. Manitowoc’s ice dispensers offer the greatest amount of clearance (10.5 inches), so they can accept the largest ice buckets or containers, but others have smaller sink clearances, so they may not be able to accept some containers. With the ice bin and scoop, there is no minimum clearance as ice is scooped and removed from the ice bin.

    Ice Bins Have Larger Storage Capacity

    This is simple enough. With an ice bin, you can store up to 2,000 pounds of ice. Granted, your hotel probably won’t require that much ice, but with the option of having such a great amount, an ice bin is always convenient. Most hotel ice dispensers max out around 180 pounds. Hoshizaki’s ice dispenser, the DB-200H, has the greatest storage capacity with the ability to store up to 200 pounds of ice when filled to capacity, but even the smallest ice bins can match this type of storage.

    Ice Bins Require Little to No Maintenance

    The ice bin is very simply constructed. There are no mechanical parts and very few moving parts to worry about. There are never any mechanical issues that your ice bin may face over its lifetime and, should your ice machine stop running for any reason, oftentimes you can replace the ice machine without being required to purchase a new ice storage bin. This can save you a good deal of money long term.

    CONS of the Ice Storage Bin

    Guests Handle Ice More Frequently

    In terms of sanitation, the ice bin leaves a bit to be desired. Many guests will make use of the ice bin which means there will be more hands in and around the ice bin, on the scoop, and sometimes even on the ice itself. This can allow germs and bacteria to build up incredibly quickly, and if a guest becomes sick from the ice you provided, they will more than likely blame the owner of the hotel and the ice machine. This can be a liability issue.

    Ice is Not Regulated, Can Be Used Faster

    Aside from the increased germ risk, you also have much less regulation on the amount of ice your guests are allowed. If a rowdy group of college kids are having a party in room 614, they can very easily clean out your ice machine’s storage bin in an hour or two. This can lead to lower levels (or no ice at all) for the remaining guests in your hotel, which will inevitably lead to complaints from these guests.

    Hotel Ice DispenserWhat the Ice Dispenser Brings to Your Hotel

    PROS of the Ice Dispenser

    Regulated Ice Dispensing (Especially with Room Key / Coin Op Feature)

    Not only are you able to regulate the size of the container your guests can use, but you can regulate those who have access to the ice machine with select hotel ice dispensers, especially that are operated by room key or are coin operated. This will ensure that ice is not wasted, as access will either cost money or require a room key to be swiped

    Guests Have No Direct Access to the Ice

    With the ice storage bin, your guests can directly access ice. The hotel ice dispenser keeps ice completely enclosed and it cannot be accessed without the guests using the ice dispenser. This way, ice cannot be returned to the ice dispenser, so there is zero risk of cross contamination from one guest to another. The ice is also stored in an insulated cabinet that is not exposed to the air outside, so your ice will be better protected from warmer air.

    Fewer Ice Spills

    With the ice dispenser, ice is transported directly from the dispenser to the user’s ice bucket. If there is a spill, it is usually captured in the sink area of the ice dispenser. With a bin, there is a much greater risk of spillage when transporting ice from the bin with a scoop to a container or cooler. There is also no catch sink, so any spilled ice will likely remain on the floor to melt. This can ruin hardwood floors or lead to mold buildup in carpets, not to mention the problems it may cause if wires or electrical outlets are present in the area.

    Faster Ice Fill-Ups

    With an ice dispenser, the fill-up process is simple and hassle free. There is no need to lift the bin door and repeatedly scoop out ice. Guests can push a button or a lever, receive their ice, and get on with their day. The process is far more efficient than that of filling up by repeatedly scooping ice.

    CONS of the Ice Dispenser

    Require Higher Ceiling, More Space

    The hotel ice dispenser is not a small unit, and requires a greater amount of room to operate, specifically a higher ceiling. While every company does provide the option of a 22 inch wide ice dispenser, they often stand taller than the standard ice storage bin. If you own an older hotel with lower ceilings, finding room for your ice machine and ice storage bin to operate can be an inconvenience.

    More Likely to Require Repairs / Service

    The hotel ice dispenser features far more moving parts than the standard ice storage bin. More moving parts can equate to more problems, and because of this, hotel ice dispensers are susceptible to breakdowns more frequently than ice storage bins. You will never see an “Out of Order” sign on an ice bin, but you may on an ice dispenser from time to time. Your guests will not react warmly to this inconvenience.

    Accepts Limited Amount of Container

    With a hotel ice dispenser, the sink area is limited in size, so not every container can be easily filled, whereas ice scooped from an ice bin can be placed in any container desired. If ice is limited to smaller containers, guests will have to make trips more frequently, which will create more foot traffic in your hallways, and can lead to a greater amount of guest disturbances and complaints.

    Cost

    In terms of cost, the hotel ice dispenser costs far more than an ice storage bin. Cost of operation will also be greater due to the fact that the ice dispenser requires a greater amount of electricity to operate. If you are looking to save money, an ice storage bin will definitely be a better choice than an ice dispenser.

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    There are benefits and drawbacks to both the hotel ice dispenser and the standard ice storage bin. They are for you to weigh in order to find the best piece of equipment for your establishment. As always, you can call Ice Machines Plus for assistance in finding the right one for your hotel or motel. Your requirements will vary based on the size, occupancy, and location of your hotel or motel. Find all of our hotel ice dispensers here and our ice storage bins here. For help finding the best dispenser, consult this article about hotel ice dispensers, which compares all of those available at Ice Machines Plus in one easy-to-read chart.

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