Manitowoc Ice Machines for Small Spaces: The NEO™ Undercounter Ice Maker

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Operating a quality eatery in a small space comes with plenty of challenges… but fitting the proper restaurant equipment in shouldn’t have to be one of them. The necessary quality implements like Manitowoc ice machines, decent storage, ranges, and proper refrigeration can be the difference between subpar service and a successful operation.

Though Manitowoc ice machines’ new NEO™ Undercounter Ice Maker is small, it packs a big punch of productivity. Sporting a ton of Manitowoc technology, this bad boy fits snugly in the smallest of places, making easy for you to find a home for it in your restaurant. And once you do? Fresh ice every day, all the time, at a moment’s notice. The NEO™ Undercounter Ice Maker has a compact design, and lots of small features that put it above the rest. The NEO™ Undercounter Ice Maker is both easy to clean and convenient to use, since it has…

• Rounded corners of components make cleaning these Manitowoc ice machines much easier and more thorough.
• An ergonomically-designed ice scoop that can be attached to the Manitowoc ice machine’s left or right side—whichever is most efficient for your restaurant’s layout.
• A removable bin.
• An angled door for easy access and visibility.
• Relocated key components, now outside the food-zone for convenient servicing.
• Fingerprint-resistant external panels.

And because of its small design, it can fit in an unused corner or a low countertop, making the most of the space you’ve got.

If undercounter Manitowoc ice machines aren’t quite your style, opt for head-only dispensers, countertop ice makers, or dispensers. Check out ShortOrder’s ice machines for all kinds of restaurants. What kind of Manitowoc ice machines do you prefer? Connect with ShortOrder via Twitter and Facebook and tell us!


What Makes Manitowoc Ice Machines Green?

Monday, July 15th, 2013

If you’ve been following What’s Cooking, you already know that we here at ShortOrder love Manitowoc ice machines. As a maker of top-of-the-line restaurant equipment, Manitowoc understands what it means to produce a quality product that functions optimally in any restaurant. Manitowoc is also dedicated to keeping its Manitowoc ice machines and equipment friendly to the environment while seeking ways to reduce restaurants’ energy bills. This week, What’s Cooking takes a look at the some of the steps the Manitowoc brand takes to stay sustainable.

Manitowoc Innovation

Because Manitowoc regularly looks for ways to improve its product, it regularly uses guidelines for energy and water efficiency, as well as sustainable materials, into the creation of new products. The results are environmentally-friendly designs and more efficient equipment that keeps this kind of research and information in mind.

Manitowoc and Energy Star

The Manitowoc brand also proudly meets or exceeds Energy Star guidelines in the making of its equipment. Energy Star appliances are ones that are backed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and that have been proven to perform as well as or better than similar products that consume a higher amount of energy. If that isn’t green, we don’t know what is.

Manitowoc’s EnerLogic™ Goes the Extra Mile

Because there are some appliances that don’t fall into a category inspected by the EPA, Manitowoc takes care to ensure that those, too, are energy efficient. Manitowoc’s EnerLogic™ offers products that have received a third-party assessment and are deemed capable of reducing energy or resource costs. In fact, Manitowoc currently makes over 1,800 products that comply with Energy Star or EnerLogic™.

Air-Cooled Manitowoc Ice Machines

Air-cooled ice machines generally trump their water-cooled counterparts in terms of energy efficiency. They are also less expensive in the long run, because they are beneficial when water utility bills are high (unlike water-cooled ice machines, they don’t require cool water to circulate in order to cool the machine). To take advantage of air cooled Manitowoc ice machines, take a look at Manitowoc’s Indigo Series line of ice machines.

Manitowoc Ice Machines and More from ShortOrder

For more news on restaurant sustainability, products like Manitowoc ice machines, and restaurant equipment, keep reading What’s Cooking, and connect with ShortOrder via Twitter and Facebook.

Mobile Apps for Restaurant Owners from Manitowoc Ice Machines and More

Friday, May 10th, 2013

As a restaurant owner in the digital age, it pays to keep up with current technology—literally. Whether that means investing in advanced, energy-efficient Manitowoc ice machines, engaging with your customers on social media, or creating a mobile-friendly version of your restaurant’s website, staying on top of the newest technology for business can save you time and money, and in some cases can even help turn a profit! One such way the restaurant business has evolved to take advantage of apps available for mobile devices. This week, ShortOrder has compiled a short list of apps from which your restaurant could benefit.

Manitowoc Ice Machines’ Resource Library

At the beginning of April, Manitowoc Foodservice (of the much-lauded Manitowoc ice machines) announced a new app designed to help you better operate your Manitowoc ice machines. The app allows users to access important Manitowoc ice machines’ documents all in one place. Called the “Resource Library” app, it offers mobile viewing of product specification sheets, operations manuals, literature, CAD symbols, and more. The app is currently only available for the iPhone and iPad, but Manitowoc is currently developing the app for the Android as well.

Ambur – Point of Sale (POS)

Ambur was built by a team of former restaurant owners and employees, and is meant to increase a restaurant’s efficiency when it comes to ordering, reporting, running payroll, and more. Reviewers agree that Ambur is reasonably-priced, boasts excellent support and customer service, and has major potential to streamline a restaurant’s day-to-day operations.

National Restaurant Association Show 2013 App

If you are planning on attending the NRA Show 2013 between May 18th and 21st, this app is a must. It allows you to view the show’s events and speakers, create your own schedule, see a list of the exhibitors, connect with the NRA via social media, access maps, and more. Among this year’s attendees are various international buyers; Starbucks’ Chairman, President, and CEO Howard Schultz; and Anthony Bourdain.


ChowNow lets customers view a restaurant’s menu items, customize an order, and check out right on their mobile device. ChowNow incorporates your restaurant’s logo into the app’s easy-to-use interface, allows you to send push notifications to customers with the app, and lets customers access contact information, hours, and location for your restaurant. ChowNow is ideal for restaurants targeting busy professionals who need a way to order meals or large orders at their convenience and without wait time in the actual restaurant.


Designed to make employee scheduling easier, ShiftPlanning is an app that lets you create, edit, and manage time clocking, payroll, HR, and schedules. You can do it from pretty much anywhere, since ShiftPlanning is available for iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, and WAP devices.

More News and Manitowoc Ice Machines

Want to know about the advantages that Manitowoc ice machines could give your business? Read more about it here and here. For more news about the restaurant business, restaurant equipment, Manitowoc ice machines, and beyond, visit ShortOrder on Twitter and Facebook.  Tweet or write on our wall and tell us: which apps do you use in your restaurant?

Advantages of Air-Cooled Manitowoc Ice Machines

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Manitowoc ice machines come in all shapes and sizes. You already know about the many different types of ice that Manitowoc ice machines can make, and that Manitowoc ice machines are easy to maintain… but did you know that they have a secret, energy-saving weapon? Manitowoc ice machines that are air-cooled could be the best restaurant equipment decision you make when it comes to ice.

About Air-Cooled Ice Machines

So what is an air-cooled ice machine? It’s pretty simple: air-cooled ice machines use a fan to reduce the heat generated by the mechanical refrigeration components inside. The alternative is a water-cooled ice machine, which circulates cool water around the components via pipes to keep the inside cool. The difference between the two, however, comes in the operational costs. Air-cooled ice machines use less energy and water than their water-cooled counterparts, since many water-cooled ice makers use more water to cool the system itself than to actually make ice. Thus, the cost of operation of air-cooled ice machines is lower, and they are more efficient for both day-to-day and long-term use. You could ultimately save quite a bit on your utility bills.

Air-Cooled Indigo Manitowoc Ice Machines

Manitowoc’s Indigo Series line of commercial ice machines, for example, contains some great air-cooled Manitowoc ice machines. The Manitowoc Ice Machine ID-0322A/B-320/115-1, for example, is an Energy Star certified machine that will get the job done with efficiency and ease. It monitors the machine’s critical systems, has an easy-read interface, and is fully programmable so that you can conveniently choose how much ice to make and when to make it. Never worry about losing ice production capabilities on a busy Friday night with Manitowoc ice machines in the kitchen. Manitowoc technology is steadily improving to keep commercial ice makers clean, efficient, safe, and energy-saving.

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Different Ices: Manitowoc Ice Machines Mix It Up!

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Think all ice is the same? Think again. You would be unwise to put nuggets in a cocktail or cubes in a frozen display. ShortOrder carries Manitowoc ice machines for four basic different types of ice: dice sized cubes, half dice sized cubes, flake ice, and nugget ice. The fact is, different types of ice have very different uses. How should you use each type of ice? Let ShortOrder enlighten you with a tour of Manitowoc ice machines and their many uses.

Dice Sized Cubes

Cubed ice is largely an all-purpose ice. It is used most for single servings of drinks like carbonated beverages, juices, and water. It is also a main component in cocktails and mocktails, both shaken and stirred. These hard, clear ice cubes are best for uses that need slow melting and quick production.

Half Dice Sized Cubes

These little cubes melt more quickly than their full-size counterparts, but are just as effective and refreshing in drinks of all kinds.

Flake Ice

Flake ice has many uses, some of which actually go beyond the restaurant world. In the cases of culinary use, they are often best for retail ice displays, as of cold beverages, and in blended beverages like smoothies, blended cocktails, and the perennially-popular slushie. Flake ice is actually a slow-melting ice. Outside of kitchens and bars, it can be used in medical settings as well.

Nugget Ice

Nugget ice is, in a word, crunchable. It is a soft, crushed ice that is easy to chew but whose pieces hard enough to serve without needing to hand-scoop the ice. Nugget ice, like flake ice, can also be put to therapeutic use.

About Manitowoc Ice Machines

Regardless of the type of ice they make, all Manitowoc ice machines are made with strong, quality materials, so they stand up to day-to-day use and abuse in a hectic kitchen. That’s right; Manitowoc ice machines are made to weather the culinary storm. The best ice machines are also efficient. Fortunately, efficiency is one of the things that Manitowoc ice machines do best. Different models support different rates of ice production per 24 hours, depending on your need. Browse ShortOrder’s selection of Manitowoc ice machines today and decide what types of ice your business needs, or call us if you have questions at (800) 211-0282.

Hey Good Lookin’!

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Is there anything better looking than an ice machine full of fresh cold ice when the customers are lining up outside your door? They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Well, when the beholder is the owner of a successful restaurant like yours, sometimes the “sight for sore eyes” takes the boxy shape of a stainless steel machine designed to make ice–and lots of it. Just check out this super sexy product video from Manitowoc Ice Machines and you’ll know what we’re talking about.

Our website offers no less than four pages of Manitowoc Ice Machines, featuring a variety of models with just about every combination of features possible, each with an excellent rating. Topping this list and earning our Editor’s Choice award, is the Indigo™Manitowoc Ice Machine ID-0322A/208/1. With this stunning model, you get an amazing space-saving design, intelligent diagnostics, programmable ice production, and a Duratech™ stainless finish that resists fingerprints and dirt. Who wouldn’t want brains, beauty and durability all in one package? And this little wonder still produces up to 350 lbs of ice each day. But if you are looking for volume, you’ll bat your eyes at the Manitowoc Ice Machine ID-1402A/B-970/208/1, which produces a respectable 1500 pounds of ice per day and includes all the same great features that are expected in high quality Manitowoc Ice Machines.

When it comes to restaurant equipment, there may be nothing more important than a reliable ice maker. Just imagine serving your customers water, sodas or beer at room temperature. You’d soon become a laughing stock. Don’t wait until your old ice maker breaks down and you have to open on bag after sloppy bag of ice while you wait for the mechanic to diagnose and finally fix the problem. Just take a look at our Manitowoc Ice Machines product line, and you’re sure to find the perfect match.

Manitowoc Ice Machines: Essential Ingredients

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Let’s talk about ice. It’s perhaps the most essential, yet overlooked ingredient for making the perfect cold beverage. Ice perserves the flavor of your favorite hors d ‘oeuvres, and keeps those delicious salads crisp. However, the production of this ingredient doesn’t just happen via magic or Mother Nature’s whim. No, for the ingredient of all ingredients, you need restaurant equipment like Manitowoc Ice Machines that produce those frozen cubes of water – the right way.

You might be thinking, “Hey, it’s just ice. What’s the big deal?” However, running out of ice in the middle of a busy day can really make you sweat—and not just from the heat. At Short Order, we have a large selection of powerful and high-production Manitowoc Ice Machines. That means you can rest assured, knowing that no amount of global warming or kitchen heat will make that ice melt. These ice machines are built for durability and long-lasting reliability. And Manitowoc Ice Machines don’t skimp one iota on ice production, which is a very good thing when the drinks are flowing and the food needs chilling. Imagine 340 pounds of ice in one hour. That’s how much ice the Manitowoc Ice Machine ID-0322A/208/1 can crank out. It is almost like having a mini polar ice cap right there in your establishment.

Ice machines, as restaurant equipment, may be one of the most underestimated tools in the kitchen or bar repertoire. Yet, when you lack ice, you lack one of the most important ingredients anywhere. Try making tasty libations without it, or keeping displayed meats and poultry cold. Try setting up your salad bar without plenty of ice on hand, and you’ll know why Manitowoc Ice Machines are a necessity. 

Manitowoc Ice Machines: Admiring Ice Production

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Ice is pretty important. You can skate on it; build an igloo and cute little sculptures out of it. It’s not all that fun to drive on, or scrape off car windows, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that we need ice. In fact, try running your establishment for just one day without any ice and you’ll notice its importance really quickly. From making tasty iced teas and iced coffees to chilling hors d’ oeuvres, blending the perfect cocktail and using in meat displays, you will likely need ice and lot’s of it. For that, Short Order carries such a nice selection of cool (yes, pun intended) Manitowoc Ice Machines that it would make a penguin happy.

Of course, any restaurant equipment is only cool if it is well built, reliable, and efficient. Manitowoc Ice Machines are widely considered one of the most reliable in the market place and available service reports rate them highly. They also utilize a system that efficiently minimizes water wasted and the cost to produce ice. All Manitowoc Ice Machines are made to be durable.

In fact, with the IndigoManitowoc Ice Machine ID-0322A/208/1, you get an amazing space-saving design, intelligent diagnostics, programmable ice production, and a Duratech stainless finish that resists fingerprints and dirt. With up to 350 lbs of daily ice production, you probably could build an igloo too. Now, if you’re trying to build a village of igloos or just need substantially more ice for your food service operations, the IndigoManitowoc Ice Machine IY-1004A/208/1, produces a walloping 1,020 pounds of ice production per day and includes all the same great features that are expected in a high quality ice machine.

At Short Order, whether its making ice sculptures or a playground for penguins, we believe that what you do with your restaurant equipment is your business. But, when it comes to high-quality and reliability we have you covered. 

Manitowoc Ice Machines: No Tech Support Necessary

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Manitowoc Ice Machines will probably never spark a technological revolution. You can’t ask it questions, expect it to upload photos to Facebook or play music. Yet, you can take heart in the comfort that you also won’t have needed to memorize a phone number for tech support or upgrade contracts every few months like today’s innovations. The ice machines also produce enough cold cubes that you won’t have to worry about buying a truck full of bagged ice down the street or having to deconstruct an igloo.

We know that restaurant equipment doesn’t have to be fancy. It needs to do the job and do it well. Manitowoc Ice Machines are reliable and produce enough ice to create a miniature iceberg. Whether you’re chilling drinks, serving hors d’oeuvres, or stocking meat displays or a salad bar, ice is Manitowoc’s specialty. For example, the Energy Star compliant Manitowoc Ice Machine ID-0322A/208/1 is only 22 inches wide and still produces up to 350 pounds of ice per day. The “Easy to Clean Foodzone” makes cleaning simple and this unit also includes select components made with AlphaSan® antimicrobial. However, just because it’s just an ice machine doesn’t mean there aren’t some neat technology advancements available. The ID-0322A/208/1 features intelligent diagnostics providing “24 hour maintenance and diagnostic feedback for trouble free operations.” This unit also includes an “Acoustical Ice Sensing Probe” and an easy to operate display that allows you to program machine settings. The DualTech™ Exterior means this ice machine is both durable and looks great on the outside too.

We gave this Indigo™ series ice machine our Editors Choice and 5-Star rating because it is incredibly dependable, easy to clean and operating costs are minimal. At Short Order, we carry a wide assortment of Manitowoc Ice Machines in all shapes, sizes and ice production capacity. To help you decide which ice machines or other commercial restaurant equipment is best for your establishment, our Buyers Guides will help guide you eliminate the guesswork in the equipment purchase process.

Maintenance is a Breeze With Manitowoc Ice Machines

Friday, April 1st, 2011

When you’re on the market for new restaurant equipment, especially high-quality, top-flight equipment from trusted manufacturers like Manitowoc ice machines, you know you’re going to be making an investment into your restaurant’s future success.  You may be spending a decent chunk of change, but you know that money will pay dividends down the road, when you’ve had your equipment for a few years.  While cheap equipment ia often more likely to start breaking down with age, the good stuff is more likely to weather the typical wear and tear of a hustling, bustling commercial kitchen environment.

That is a great reason to buy the best restaurant equipment money can buy, pieces like Manitowoc ice machines.  Nevertheless, that’s not the only reason to opt for Manitowoc ice machines when you’re looking for new ice machines.   Manitowoc ice machines, like many other notable lines of restaurant equipment from the best manufacturers, are easy to maintain.  Cleaning any such ice machine according to the manufacturer’s recommendations is the best upkeep any owner can take.  And when a piece of restaurant equipment is well-conceived and artfully designed, regular upkeep is surprisingly easy to keep on top of.

Consider a common scourge of the ice machine, the buildup known as slime.  Slime consists of an accumulation of mold that occurs in ice machines.  It’s easy to stay on top of slime problems by regularly cleaning the ice machine in question while sprinkling in regular, deeper cleans to really keep your machine sparkling.

Now, that’s no so bad, but Manitowoc ice machines make it even easier to keep on top of things, with its sodium chloride sachet insert, which aids in the inhibition of mold growth.  And that’s just one of the many wonderful, thoughtful touches you’ll see in Manitowoc ice machines and other high-grade pieces of restaurant equipment.

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