I’ll Clean The Ice Machine…. Tomorrow

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

manitowoc_qm_45aSome of the most overlooked items in the kitchen are the spaces in the ice machine that we cannot see. Bacteria in an ice machine can cause the production of a biofilm. In turn, that biofilm causes visible mold. Even in the cold section of the ice machine, bacteria can survive. That bacterial can secrete a film and as that film increases, it gets harder and harder to remove.

I’ve been in the foodservice equipment business for almost 20 years. In that time, I’ve seen some scary things on-site. I’ve even closed a few establishments for the day as a means to reclaim the cleanliness of the facility. I have sold thousands of ice machines and have seen thousands more. I know that cleaning the ice machine thoroughly is inconvenient. If you have a 24/7 facility, you can’t do without a constant flow of ice from your machine. Regardless, you will lose ice production unexpectedly if the machine becomes so dirty it can’t function!

The ice machines of today have come a long way. Machines like those by Scotsman and Manitowoc provide on-board cleaning functions to help disinfect the ice machine. Add-on items like Manitowoc’s LuminIce Growth Inhibitor® keep your machine in top working order in a high-yeast environment (think bakeries) and the i-AuCS is an optional automatic cleaning system. Keep in mind, this won’t replace a periodic deep clean, but it will make them easier and less frequent.  Scotsman’s Prodigy Ice Machine line and water filtration systems come built with AquaArmor®, an antimicrobial compound that is molded onto key components of the ice machine to protect against bacterial growth. Filtration of the water coming into the machine can also help in keeping the machine running safe and efficiently. (more…)

Lean, Green Manitowoc Machines Get 2014 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Energy-Star-Manitowoc-id-0452We have good news for all of you environmentally-conscious restaurateurs: Manitowoc Foodservice was recently named by the EPA as 2014 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year and given the Sustained Excellence Award. Yes indeed, one of our very favorite ice machine manufacturers has been recognized for its continuing concern for the environment and dedication to excellent equipment. Manitowoc, known for its superior kitchen equipment and ice makers, has consistently exhibited a commitment to environmental protection and energy efficiency while producing quality products. Manitowoc has been an ENERGY STAR Partner since 2001, with an ENERGY STAR portfolio comprised of 556 products, some of which are the Manitowoc ice machines we carry here at ShortOrder.


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.

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Manitowoc: Ice Machines With Great Spirit

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Manitowoc, a city in eastern Wisconsin on Lake Michigan, gets its name from the Native American word meaning home of the Great Spirit. And it is with great spirit that the people that manufacture Manitowoc Ice Machines have embraced cutting edge technology and conservation since their beginnings in 1964. And with the Indigo series, Manitowoc Ice Machines now include intelligent diagnostics to provide more reliable and energy efficient monitoring, as well as streamlined cleaning, better ice quality and improved food safety.

With four pages featuring Manitowoc Ice Machines, our website offers a variety of models of Manitowoc Ice Machines, each with an excellent rating. One Editor’s Choice award goes to the Indigo™Manitowoc Ice Machine ID-0322A/208/1. With intelligent diagnostics, a space-saving design, programmable ice production, and a Duratech™ stainless, fingerprint-resistant finish, this model has it all and still makes about 350 lbs of ice per day. For those looking for more volume, the Manitowoc Ice Machine ID-1402A/B-970/208/1 will definitely satisfy, producing a hefty 1500 pounds of ice per day. You can’t go wrong no matter what model you choose, because of the 107 Manitowoc Ice Machines we offer, every single one has a rating of 4 stars or higher. Now that’s quality!

It feels great to purchase a high-quality piece of restaurant equipment from a company that has a history of performance and quality. True to its name, Manitowoc Ice Machines offer more than just quality equipment. They offer peace of mind and a great spirit of stewardship to the environment and to businesses like yours. At Short Order, we only work with companies we know will deliver quality, and Manitowoc is one of those companies. With Manitowoc Ice Machines, you know you are getting a great product from a great company. And that should put you in very good spirits!

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: A Cool Choice

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

It is only spring and an unexpected heat wave is seizing your town with an unheard of fiery grip. The news media is touting it as “unheralded” and “record breaking.” As luck would have it all the other restaurant equipment has been working just fine, and now that blasted ice machine is on the fritz again. No amount of MacGyver-like magic seems to fix it this time, and your employees are ferrying in half melted bags of ice by the truckload. And although you might be wearing a parka while reading this, it is never too late to replace that dinosaur of an ice machine, or buy a new one that lasts. One of the more popular brands to consider is our line of Manitowoc Ice Machines.

You swore to yourself that before summer you would look into purchasing a new ice machine for your establishment. With Manitowoc Ice Machines, you don’t need to worry about circuitry failures or broken parts. With Manitowoc, you pretty much just set it and forget it, heat wave or ice storm. When patrons come in to your place all clamoring for something cold and refreshing you will be able to give them a frosty cold beverage every time. From dice-sized ice production and nugget ice makers to small under-counter ice cubers and the Manitowoc Ice Machine ID-1402A/B-970/208/1which produces a whopping 1500 pounds of ice in 24 hours – Manitowoc has ice covered.

Because you never know when subpar restaurant equipment might take the week off, or when freakish and unseasonable weather might strike, its best to be prepared. When it comes to ice, Manitowoc Ice Machines will keep you and your beverages looking and feeling very cool.

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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