Shane Gannaway on March 9, 2016 0 Comments Scotsman: Ice the World Demands Scotsman is one of those brand names that has been around for quite a while. With well over 50 years of experience in the industry of ice, this manufacturer is definitely a respected name in commercial ice dispensers, ice storage and water filters. But just existing for half a century is not enough to garner accolades and a loyal customer fan base. Scotsman knows this and it shows. This company is one that is on a constant mission to not just survive in a competitive market, but actually stand-out and innovate. It’s estimated that today there exists over a million Scotsman ice machines. It’s no wonder since they’re often thought of as the largest manufacturer of ice makers and appliances in the world, operating with distributors and service agents in over 100 countries. They strive for maximum efficiency, unmatched performance, and uncompromised food safety. Scotsman is clearly in a class of its own when it comes to the production of ice. How Scotsman Started In 1921 there wasn’t the type of ice manufacturing going on like we’re used to today. Scotsman wasn’t in the ice industry yet. What began as a company called Queen Stove Works was bought by the King-Seely Corporation, and then merged with the American Thermos Products Corporation, which Scotsman was a part of. At the time, Scotsman wasn’t quite in the business of selling ice makers; but it was around here when they started to more closely resemble the brand they are today. In 1967 an Italian commercial ice making company was acquired and they began to sell ice machines across Europe and Asia, using that same familiar name Scotsman. Today, the company boasts over 1,000 distributors worldwide, six various manufacturing facilities, and 5,000 service technicians. With this amount of resources at their disposal, it’s no wonder Scotsman has such a wide variety of products and accessories for the commercial ice making world. Famous Machines A few ice machine types are manufactured by Scotsman, each with their own unique type of features and ice output. From classic cubes, to soft flake ice, to the ever-popular, chewable nugget ice, there’s a machine that makes the ice you want. Flakers: Popular in a number of various industries including retail and hospitals, these machines make a flake-type ice that melts slowly and works well in a variety of different types of drinks. This ice is soft and can be made with units like the Prodigy Air Cooled Flake Machine. A part of the energy-saving Prodigy line, this useful commercial ice machine can produce over 1500 pounds of ice in a single day. It consumes approximately 12 gallons of water per 100 pounds of ice, making a bit more efficient than other comparable machines. Cubers: A classic and familiar type, cube ice makers are best-sellers for Scotsman, and it’s easy to see why. Great for any type of drink, whether it be cocktail or cranberry juice, cubes are used in just about every type of commercial industry. They aren’t uncommon in the residential world either. A part of the ever-efficient Prodigy line, this Self-Contained Air Cooled Ice Maker from Scotsman will make medium- or small-sized cubed ice, and can produce up to 200 pounds of the stuff a day. This little commercial model is even Energy Star rated for efficiency. Nuggets: Scotsman takes credit for what they call “The Original Chewable Ice.” First premiering in 1981, you might recognize this type as nugget ice. Some people fondly refer to this type as “hospital” or “Sonic” ice. This ice is soft, small, and pellet shaped. While the cube-type ice may be the most ubiquitous, nugget ice a held as a personal favorite by a large amount of people that try it. In fact, it’s probably one of the few types of ice that people will refer to as “delicious” or “tasty”, even though it is literally just frozen water. Scotsman makes a Modular Nugget Ice Machine that can output over 900 pounds of ice a day. Since it’s just the machine and doesn’t come with a storage bin, this doesn’t hold any additional ice. Still, it is a part of the Prodigy line so it’s very efficient when it comes to electricity and water usage. Dispense the Best Ice You Can In a lot of commercial retail settings it’s appropriate to have some sort of ice dispenser available. Whether meant for customers or employees or both, you’ll want to find the most dependable unit available; then, depending on your needs, you can start to narrow down your search. As far as dependability goes, you can’t find a better brand than Scotsman. In fact, they even make units that dispense water and ice, making them useful in a lot more situations. Find dispensers that are slim, under 25 inches wide. Or, if you’re looking for extreme output, Scotsman makes dispensers that can hit up to 500 pounds of ice a day. There are even especially small dispensers that are no taller than 35 inches and are just over 16 inches wide. For large quantities of ice out of a small dispenser, check out the Countertop Ice Dispenser from Scotsman. With a simple top-load design and an obvious push-bar dispensing mechanism, this little powerhouse can put out up to 150 pounds of cube ice a day. Despite the relatively large amount of ice this can make, it still has a small footprint, able to fit and operate on a variety of small-size counters. A bigger ice dispenser model, the Meridian Countertop Ice Machine and Water Dispenser does things the typical commercial dispenser cannot. Able to produce over 500 pounds of ice a day and store as much as 25 pounds, this dispenser is ideal in healthcare facilities, as it makes nugget ice. Traditionally known to be soft and a source of comfort, many visitors and employees of hospitals prize this ice type over most other types. This useful unit even has a touch-free infrared dispenser sensors which help to detect optimal ice level. This feature also helps minimize the possibility of cross contamination. Storage Pros Sometimes just having a powerful, high-output ice maker isn’t enough. You need somewhere to store the ice! Not all ice machines come with included storage bins. Scotsman makes ice storage bins for their machines in a wide range of capacities. From 240 pounds of ice capacity to over 1,500 pounds, Scotsman makes a bin that fit your ice storage needs. This 42″ Ice Storage Bin from Scotsman holds nearly 800 pounds of ice and features premium polyurethane insulation in order to keep your ice supply chilled longer than expected. Or, if you need even more storage space, check out Scotsman’s 48″ Ice Storage Bin that comes in a slick stainless steel and can hold as much as 1,100 pounds of ice. This unit makes sure that the first piece of ice put into the bin is the first piece of ice used. The roto-molded door is pouch-style in design and makes for easy ice extraction. Clear, Clean, Filtered Water & Ice Any sort of commercial industry setting that involves an ice machine needs to be worried about water quality and sanitation. Scotsman utilizes a number of sanitation systems. These are meant to add up to a multi-method approach to making sure the water used in your ice stays clean and clear. Take the AquaPatrol Triple Water Filter System, for example. These filters use a Tri-phase filtration method that helps to not only ensure clear ice but also odor-free ice. UF and NSF listed for safety, this triple-threat filter is meant for high-output ice machines that produce up to 1300 pounds of ice. A polyphosphate feed even works to inhibit scale build-up over time. Or check out Scotsman’s ultrafine .5-micron filters. Sold in packs of 6, this filter utilizes phosphates to inhibit mineral buildup and each filter has a service life of up to 9,000 gallons. It won’t matter which type of ice you use or how much you make if your ice is bad tasting or smelly. Make sure it stays safe and edible with Scotsman water filters. World Famous Ice After becoming familiar with the name Scotsman, you’ll probably start to see their commercial products everywhere. Schools, hospitals, factories, laboratories, and more–businesses from all across the world choose Scotsman ice machines. With over 300 models on the market, there is sure to be a model to fit whatever specific commercial need you have. Scotsman specifically employs service technicians all over the globe to help ensure there will be one in your city or town should you need maintenance on your machine. After becoming acquainted with the innovation of Scotsman, it’s hard to not consider choosing them for your ice manufacturing needs.