Ice Making Process
Making ice in a commercial ice machine needs to be more efficient than the household method. Our mid-range ice machines can produce from 2,000 lbs. to 20,000 lbs. of ice per day. In order to produce that much ice, these machines are a bit more advance, but still simple enough to easily maintain.
In the Arctic-Temp® Ice Maker, ice is produced on vertically suspended, double-walled cylindrical evaporators. This process utilizes 100% of the evaporator surface and provides fast production with maximum efficiency of heat exchange.
Chilled water is continually recirculated over the inner and outer surface of the evaporator, while ice-making water is recirculated by a pump from the stainless steel sump. Water flows onto the inner and outer evaporator surface by simple tubed water distributors.
The freezing period is determined by a repeating cycle timer. When the ice has reached its desired thickness, hot gas from the compressor is introduced into the annular space, breaking the ice bond from the evaporator surface, and releasing the concentric circles of ice into the ice breaker/crusher assembly.
The rotation of the ice breaker delivers the ice across the grid and discharges it into the storage bin or bunker.