Automatic commercial ice maker manufacturers faced a double-whammy 18 months ago when new efficiency standards took effect. As of Jan. 1, 2018, all new ice makers had to meet updated
Department of Energy Appliance Standards. At the same time, the DOE’s Energy Star program raised the bar to qualify for its seal of approval with the release of its Version 3.0 standards.
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BLUE AIR BLMI-650A
Blue Air FSE offers four Energy Star-rated ice machines: BLUI-250A, BLMI-300A, BLMI-500A and BLMI-650A. The BLMI-650A batch ice machine produces up to 535 lb. of ice daily. It makes individual crescent ice cubes. Standard features include a digital self-diagnostic system, durable stainless cabinet, stainless evaporator and removable air filter. Unit uses R410A environmentally friendly refrigerant. It measures 22-in.W x 273/8-in.D x 373/4-in.H.
FOLLETT HORIZON ELITE 710
Energy Star-rated Horizon Elite 710 series Chewblet continuous ice machines produce 586 lb. per day. Its scale-inhibiting design reduces scale buildup in ice machines and the associated costs of scale mitigation, while using 35%-50% less water than comparable cube-type ice machines, according to the company. Comparisons at installations have shown that Horizon Elite ice machines may save operators costs by doubling or tripling the time between required descaling.
Hoshizaki’s remote-cooled batch ice maker with remote condenser URC-26J (sold separately) features the new double-sided KMEdge stainless evaporator and can produce up to 2,482 lb. of crescent-shaped ice cubes per day. Stackable, these units are housed in a durable stainless exterior and protected by H-GUARD Plus antimicrobial agent. It is Energy Star-rated and uses R404A refrigerant. The Ever-Check alert system audibly warns operators when service is needed. Compatible bins and dispensers are sold separately.
Ice-O-Matic’s GEM2006R continuous ice machine with remote condenser produces Pearl Ice, a soft, chewable nugget ice that absorbs drink flavors for great taste. Pearl Ice dispenses smoothly, blends quickly and displaces liquid better than other ice types. This model produces 1,685 lb. of ice daily and offers a space-saving design at 30-in.W x 24-in.D x 27-in.H. SystemSafe load monitoring system constantly checks workload on gear box and shuts down system before a problem develops to prevent costly repairs. A rugged stainless evaporator and auger ensure reliability.
KOLD-DRAFT SC200 SERIES
Kold-Draft’s SC201 self-contained batch ice machine produces up to 119 lb. of full-cube ice daily and works well in undercounter or bar applications. Full cubes measure 1¼-in. x 1¼-in. x 1¼-in. A front-breathing inlet and discharge enables installation in tight spaces. Access ice from the front; lift up the door or slide it in. Other standard features include an electroless nickel-plated evaporator and corrosion-resistant stainless exterior with plastic door and bin liner. Bin stores 100 lb. of ice. Unit overall measures 26-in.W x 283/5-in.D x 372/5-in.H with legs.
MANITOWOC INDIGO NXT iT0500
Recognized with a National Restaurant Association Kitchen Innovations Award this year, the Energy Star-rated Indigo NXT batch ice machine uses environmentally friendly R410A refrigerant and rotary compressors to achieve energy efficiency. Producing 440 lb. per day, Indigo NXT has incorporated statistically adaptive methods to assist the ice-making process that ensure consistent ice harvest even in rapidly changing environmental conditions. Machines have touch display and a start-up wizard to simplify the installation process and customize the ice maker to its owner and environmental surroundings.
MAXX ICE MIM500 SERIES
Maxx Ice’s Energy Star-rated MIM500N Modular Ice Maker produces 381 lb. of batch full-dice ice cubes daily. Unit consumes 40% less water and produces ice up to 20% faster than competitors’ models, according to the company. Solid-state controls display ice maker status and alerts when the machine requires servicing. High-quality corrosion-resistant construction makes unit easy to clean. It measures 30-in.W x 243/5-in.D x 21-in.H.
This 24-in. undercounter nugget ice maker uses a durable stainless evaporator and auger and has a production capacity of up to 266 lb. per day with 80 lb. of storage. Scotsman’s new greaseless bearings are maintenance-free to ensure maximum reliability and machine longevity. The UN324 also features an electronic control board with machine status updates and a removable, front-facing air filter for convenient cleaning access. The high-efficiency refrigeration system exceeds 2018 DOE requirements by 27%.