An ice maker is a device where water is poured into a tray that has a specific format to shape the ice that you want to create.
The tray freezes slowly and gradually in layers until the water freezes completely and creates the ice cubes. Once the correct temperature is reached, the tray heats up enough to allow the cubes to separate. The cubes are deposited in the storage tank.
Types of ice makers
- Modular Ice Maker: Comes in a wide variety of sizes and with different ice production rates. The storage tank is a separate unit, also available in a variety of storage capacities. The machine is typically stackable on top of the ice bin, creating the appearance of a single piece of equipment. However, this arrangement of separate units facilitates cleaning and maintenance of the ice machine.
- Self Contained Ice Makers: Include the ice maker and ice collection tray within the same box, creating a truly individual unit. It takes up less physical space, but on the contrary, the ice production and storage capacity are less than that of modular units. Self-contained ice machines are available in a variety of sizes and capacities, which is a very practical solution when there are problems of lack of space in the workplaces where it must be installed.
- Undercounter ice machines: This type is very practical because its compact design allows you to have ice at hand without taking up too much space. However, these types of machines have lower ice production rates and their storage capacity is significantly less than the larger autonomous units, which means that they have to make ice more times, with the consequent energy expenditure.
How does the ice maker work?
The water comes from an external source and rises through a tremendously icy metallic coating, which, in less than 60 seconds, turns the water into columns of ice. A stainless steel spiral is responsible for raising the ice to the upper part of the machine, where a rotating arm is responsible for splitting the columns, turning them into cubes and sending them to the freezer where they are stored.
Size and capacity
Storing ice can use up a lot of space. It is important to find the perfect balance between the area you have available and the amount of ice you need to store in a given period of time. If you have room to spare, the best option is a modular machine and a large container to store it, always taking into account how much your premises need to avoid wasting or wasting space.
Ice maker Utility
Manufacturing machines are, today, an essential piece in the best laboratories and hospitals in the world. And is that the ice they produce is a great ally for most professionals in the health sector. As a consequence, the majority of health centers, laboratories, hospitals and research centers include an ice maker in their equipment, either for cubes or granular ice.
On the other hand, diagnostic laboratories that perform analytics, take tissue samples, or research centers, need to have granular ice to preserve the samples.