Ice-O-Matic Ice Machines
There are many brands out there claiming to produce the best ice on the market, but in their pursuit of success, have they got more caught up in the sometimes excessive technological trimmings rather than actually concentrating on the end product? Is simpler actually better? Ice-O-Matic machines do prove that your grandma was right when she said that simple and reliable was the way to go!
The motto of the Ice-O-Matic company is ‘Ice, Pure and Simple’, and this theme serves as inspiration for all their products. Their no-nonsense approach means that they cut down to the basics, while at not forgetting that their primary purpose is to concentrate on giving their customers great ice, and not getting lost in the next great technological move towards bigger, better screens, and endless numbers of buttons or flashing lights. Some companies charge so much more for the technology, whereas Ice-O-Matic only concentrates on giving you a great price for your ice. It is a company dedicated to fulfill the task it was designed for.
A Brief History
Ice-O-Matic is a Denver based company that is one branch of the world’s largest ice machine manufacturing organization ‘Scotsman Industries’. Ice-O-Matic has risen to be the world’s biggest producer of ice evaporators, and has gained a name for producing star quality ice machines, ice storage bins and ice dispensers. This fame however, came in stages as they attempted to improve their systems step by step.
The company was first established in 1952 in Denver, Colorado by a man named Dave Smith. The founder’s goal was to concentrate purely on producing the best, top quality ice, and that vision has since been handed down to all his successors. It was not until 1970, that the first Ice-O-Matic cube ice machine was introduced to the market, and gained instant success, and continues to be successful in today’s competitive market.
The Harvest Assist Feature
Ice-O-Matic has gained its popularity by bringing simple, reliable innovations to the ice maker industry. It began this journey by introducing their patented ‘Harvest Assist technology’, which become a much sought after feature soon after it was added to their machines. What it does is combine simple controls that increase the speed of the ice making process, with technology that prevents scale buildup and gives people the peace of mind that they are truly getting the purest form of ice possible.
Most manufacturers use heat to slightly loosen the base of the cubes, but Ice-O-Matic uses programmed pins that knock the ice loose and straight into the storage bin. Simply put, this means that the ice that reaches you is drier, and has wasted less wasted energy to get to your drink.
‘Ice, Pure and Simple’
These are the types of ice the ice makers produced by Ice-O-Matic produce.
Flake Ice Makers
Flaked ice is popular because of its texture and properties. It is mostly used in the food and storage industry because it keeps fresh produce, meat and seafood looking fresh, and keeps them from losing moisture. Flaked ice is also used in hospitals and nursing homes as patients need soft and easily chewable ice in their drinks. This type of ice can also be used in blended drinks as it absorbs the flavor of the drink well because of its high ice-to-water content. Ice-O-Matic produces ice makers can produce anything between five hundred to over two thousand pounds of flaked ice daily.
The most common type of ice the world over is the cube shaped ice, and this is because it cools drinks down so quickly. One of the Ice-O-Matic goals is to produce pure cubes, and because of this, you have a much slower melting cube than what’s commonly found in bars, restaurants and in drink dispensers. They also produce a half cube which means that more ice can be stored for later use, and you can pack more ice into your glass. Ice-O-Matic has many different cube ice makers, that range from household units that produce just a few pounds on demand, to bigger industrial makers what produce more than a whopping 1800 lbs of ice a day.
Gourmet Ice is royalty among all other cubes because of the excellent crystal clear and slow melting qualities they possess. They are often used at high end functions and special events. Ice-O-Matic has an air cooled under counter model that produces up to 84 pounds every day and comes highly recommended.
It’s the baby of the Ice-O-Matic family, but can produce very commendable results. These machines have been widely used in many fine dining establishments because of the excellent quality of ice they produce. They not only look great, but they also last a very long time. That is the recipe for a very satisfying drink!
We’ve left the best for last. This is what made this company a name to be reckoned with. The Pearl Ice® machines, first produced in 2007 are by far the fastest selling machines of the Ice-O-Matic brand. The cubes they produce are chewable, soft, long lasting and blend well with many kinds of beverages. It is no surprise that they are a crowd pleaser! Although the machines are capable of producing smaller quantities with their self-contained units, they work best for restaurants, and fast food restaurants that need a steady and reliable ice machine to meet their ever increasing need for ice.
Other Great Features
In 2007, Ice-O-Matic introduced the AgION® antimicrobial compound to improve food safety by preventing the growth of slime or bacteria that contaminate your ice. They do this using silver ions, and a bit of natural chemistry.
These machines also come equipped with the longest warranties in the industry. To prove their reliability, producers give their ICE series machines warranties such as: three years for the parts and labor, five years for the compressor and evaporator, and a massive seven years (US and Canada only) for evaporators bought with a filter that’s changed every 6 months. No other producer can make such promises.
Many of the Ice-O-Matic ice makers are Energy Star qualified, and they have frequently pledged their support to many green initiatives like the American ‘Green ReLeaf’ program. Not only is it easy on your wallet, but it always pays to go green!
We hope that this guide that has shown you that Ice-O-Matic is a company that took simple to a new level by proving to the world that going back to the basics is what it takes to improve the future!