What Factors Can Affect the Output of a Commercial Ice Maker?
The amount of ice that can be produced is affected by factors such as restricted airflow/ventilation, incoming water temperature, water quality, and the cleanliness of the machine. While the output indicated in the ice maker's specifications is a decent indication of how much ice it will produce in a 24-hour period, these factors can negatively impact the operation of your ice machine.
- Ventilation / Air Temperature: The quantity of ventilation and the air temperature, particularly in air-cooled systems, can have a significant impact on ice output. High ambient temperatures can be caused by poor ventilation, and even placing the ice machine in a hot kitchen setting might make it work harder. Make sure to study the ventilation and air temperature requirements in the spec sheet and manual for the unit you choose attentively to ensure that it produces at its best.
- Water Supply and Floor Drain: Your ice maker will require a cold water supply with a shutoff valve, as well as a floor drain. It will also require a floor drain. For precise drain type and placement restrictions, consult your local codes.
- Power Supply: Because many ice machines don't come with a chord and plug, you'll need to have your electrician install a hard wire. Make sure you understand and can fulfill the machine's power requirements—not all machines can run on a typical 110V outlet. The machine's specification document will always include any electrical requirements and any other particular installation considerations.
What Size Ice Storage Bin Do I Need?
You can keep ice in an ice machine bin until you're ready to utilize it. When choosing a bin to go with your modular ice maker, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Bin Capacity: Choose a bin with enough capacity to keep slightly more ice than you use in a 24-hour period. A 10-20% capacity buffer is usually sufficient to ensure that the bin is large enough.
- Your Schedule: Plan for your peak hours if you use a lot of ice on weekends but not so much during the week. This could entail combining a large bin with a smaller ice maker to store enough ice for the weekend without overproducing and squandering ice during the week.
- Daily Demand: Make sure to factor in how much ice your ice maker makes throughout the day. Keep in mind that your ice maker does not produce ice all at once. Your employees will utilize ice at the same time the machine replenishes your supply during the business day, therefore you may not require a bin that exactly matches the capacity of your machine.
When it comes to selecting an ice machine bin, there are a few problems to be aware of.
- Avoid selecting a bin/machine combination that is too large, as this may result in ice waste. Due to the extra melt water, the bin will become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold.
- If you choose an ice machine and bin combination that is too small, you risk running out of ice and putting a strain on your machine as it tries to keep up.
- Don't make the mistake of presuming that the bin must equal the capacity of your machine. When you pair a modest ice maker with a large bin, you'll avoid overproducing during slow periods while still accumulating enough ice to manage the weekend rush.