Making the decision to use an ice bin or dispensing unit for your ice machine is a very personalized task. Business owners will have to consider who is using the machine, what their needs are, and how to best fill those needs in a clean, sanitary, and convenient way. Today, the team at American Services heating and cooling near Belleville are here to help you make this decision. Let’s get started!
Ice Storage Bins – Ice storage bins are ideal for establishments that need to have a large quantity of ice on hand at all times. The ice is then transferred to areas where it is dispensed from smaller storage bins. A few of the basic features found on ice storage bins include: lots of storage, stainless steel finish, large doors, insulation, and drains. When sizing your ice storage bin be sure that the unit you choose can hold 10-20% more ice than your machine can produce. This will assure that you have plenty of ice on hand at all times and plenty of space to store it.
Countertop Ice Dispensers – Countertop ice dispensers are particularly helpful in self service areas like employee break rooms or hospitals. These small units easily fit on a countertop and allow for clean, sanitary dispensing. A few of the basic features found on countertop ice dispensers include: small size, cup dispensing, and a lever system that reduces the risk of cross-contamination. When using a countertop unit, you will either have to fill the machine with ice made by a separate machine or invest in a modular ice machine unit that can attach to the countertop unit where it sits. To size your counterop unit properly, account for the fact that each person served from the machine will use 1.5 pounds of ice.
Contact the ice machine experts at American Services for assistance with choosing the right ice machine, accessories, and complimentary equipment today!