Your Ultimate Guide to Ice Machines for the Transportation Industry
Our team of experts know all about ice machines for the transportation industry. If you’re looking for that kind of commercial ice maker, this guide can help you decide which one is best.
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Choosing the Right Ice Maker Machines for Transportation Facilities
Modular Ice Machines
Modular ice machines have one job, and that's to produce ice. They do not come with storage attached, so you'll have to purchase a bin or dispenser to use these models. These machines are the most popular because they allow flexibility. Growing businesses can replace either the machine or bin to increase their overall ice supply to meet their needs. These machines come in a range of sizes from 500 – 1900 lbs of ice a day.
Stackable Ice Machines
Stackable ice machines are modular units that you can install on top of one another. Stack two or three machines onto a bin to double or triple your overall ice supply. These are great options for growing businesses that need additional ice but don't have enough space for another ice machine. There are stackable ice machines that produce 500 – 1800 lbs of a day (per unit).
Countertop Ice Machines
Countertop ice machines are great for waiting rooms or break rooms inside your transportation facility. They are self-serve, so employees and guests can grab ice whenever they need. These machines drop ice directly into drinkware, which is more hygienic than using an ice bin where multiple people have to scoop out ice by hand. Countertop ice machines are also a good choice for areas with limited walking space, but plenty of countertop space.
Commercial ice dispensers can be a great addition to your transportation facility. Many dispensers allow you to install a modular ice machine that best suits your daily ice needs. Other ice dispensers are self-contained, with ice storage built-in. Self-contained ice dispensers do not require additional storage. They are all-in-one units that have everything you need to produce ice for your employees and guests.
What is the Best Type of Ice for My Facility?
Ice comes in different shapes and sizes to meet specific needs. Transportation facilities need a solid, slow-melting cube for employees working long hours or traveling great distances. Here are some of the best types of ice cubes:
What Type of Condenser Do I Need?
Your ice maker machine's condenser is responsible for cooling refrigerant that your ice maker machine uses to create a batch of ice. There are three types of systems an ice machine uses.
What Are the Installation Requirements for an Ice Making Machine?
Cleaning and Sanitizing Ice Machines for the Transportation Industry
Keeping your ice machine clean is vital if you want to provide a safe ice supply to your employees. Also, a dirty ice machine is far less efficient than a clean one. Mold and slime can also lead to a health violation.
A professional cleaning will rid the inside of your machine from dirt and other contaminants. Manufacturers suggest 2 professional cleanings every year. Dusty shipping and freight transportation facilities may require more than two.
Mold and Slime
Mold and Slime tend to grow in dark, damp areas. An ice machine provides an adequate area from these growths. While not dangerous, they can lead to damaging health inspections.
Ice Bin Cleaning
Your ice bin is where you store ice, so you want to make sure it's free of mold, slime, or pathogens that can make employees sick. Light weekly cleaning from your staff is the best way to limit contamination.
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