Manitowoc is a leading competitor for ice makers in the restaurant industry. Year in and year out, Manitowoc produces award-winning, energy-efficient ice machines. The Q-series undercounter fits this description and is one of the most popular series Manitowoc produces. If you’re looking for an undercounter ice machine, you should definitely consider one from Manitowoc, and here’s why:
At Prima Supply, even though we’re primarily a restaurant equipment company, we do have some products that would make good Christmas gifts and would work very well in a residential setting. So let us help you with your Christmas shopping by suggesting the following items.
Let’s face it: Facebook is here to stay, whether you like it or not. Nearly all who are reading this blog post right now have a Facebook page. It’s just one of those things that has become a part of our daily life, with businesses being no different.
In previous weeks, we’ve discussed the different types of condensing units and ice available, as well as how much ice you’ll need for your particular business. This week we wrap things up by answering 7 questions regarding ice machines.
First of all, what brand of ice maker is best? At Prima Supply we sell four different brands: Hoshizaki, Manitowoc, Scotsman, and Ice-O-Matic. Hoshizaki is the world’s largest manufacturer of ice equipment and is known for making consistent, dependable products. Manitowoc has won numerous awards for their well-made products, including Energy Star Partner of the Year and the Kitchen Innovation Award. Scotsman produces some of the best flakers in the business. And, finally, Ice-O-Matic produces cost-effective, durable ice machines that feature AgIon antimicrobial technology, designed to eliminate unwanted bacteria for a cleaner, better tasting ice.
Last week we talked about how much ice you need and whether you should purchase an undercounter or modular unit. In this week’s segment, we’re going to discuss the three different types of condensing units available for ice makers and which one would work best for your place of business. At first, types of condensing units can seem irrelevant when you’re looking at ice machines. But it’s yet another important step to finding the right one for your business..
By far the most common type of condensing unit available is an air-cooled unit. As the name suggests, it uses air to cool the ice machine, which means that generally less energy is consumed. However, in order for an air-cooled condenser to be effective, the temperature in the restaurant has to be below 75 degrees. If the temperature is above 75 degrees, ice production greatly decreases. Also, air-cooled condensers expel warm air, causing the room temperature to increase. This forces the air conditioner to work harder to keep an optimal temperature, resulting in an increase in your electric bill.
A couple of weeks ago we talked about the best type of ice for your business. Hopefully from that blog you were able to determine which type of ice best suited your situation. This week we shift our focus onto determining how much ice you will need and whether you should purchase an undercounter or a modular ice machine. For reference, we'll be following this flow chart.
Believe it or not, the amount of ice required varies depending on the type of business you’re operating. Here are some general estimates per day:
Restaurants — 1.7 lbs per guest
Fast Food — 0.9 lbs per guest
Cocktail Lounge — 3 lbs per guest
Health Care — 7 lbs per room + 2 lbs per employee
Hotels — 3 lbs per room, more if guests are allowed to fill their own buckets
Founded in 1997, Turbo Air is a newcomer within the refrigeration industry. As such, they recognize that the only way to gain the trust of the consumer is to produce both quality and innovative products. Turbo Air has therefore invested heavily into researching new technological developments for their refrigerators and freezers. As a result, their products boast of many features that other refrigeration brands lack.
Stainless Steel Shelves
One such prominent feature on some Turbo Air models might not seem significant at first, but, in fact, it is a rather creative solution for protecting against corrosion. It is none other than using stainless steel shelves instead of PVC coated shelves. Traditionally, PVC coated shelves corrode and rust after some time, creating an unsanitary storage environment for food. Stainless steel shelves, on the other hand, are highly resistant to corrosion if properly maintained. While it shouldn’t rust in terms of how you think of rust, that is, red flakes, it is possible for stainless steel to corrode. However, with proper cleaning and maintenance stainless steel can last for a long time. See our blog on how to clean stainless steel to learn more information.
Every story has a beginning. And the story for True Manufacturing begins in 1945, when Robert Trulaske, along with his father Frank and brother Art, decided to form a refrigeration company. At first, they produced their roll-top bottle coolers in their own garage. But, within a year, they moved their manufacturing site to a warehouse in downtown St.Louis.
Success and Expansion
Eventually, True products would catch the eye of some beverage companies like 7Up and Pepsi, helping True gain some recognition in the refrigeration industry. As the years continued to go by, True began investing in research and development and capital expansion, and, as a result, they would go from a small family-owned company to a worldwide leader in refrigeration.
Believe it or not, refrigeration is a very ancient practice. Early on, people realized that storing food in cool environments actually preserved it. Thus, ancient civilizations such as the Chinese, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans all had techniques for storing food. One of the most common techniques shared between these groups was simply to put food in a cave or underground. The cool temperature of the cave or ground was just enough to lengthen the life of meats, fruits, and vegetables.
So you’re looking to buy a commercial refrigerator. That should be a simple process, right? Just open up a catalog and pick one out. But wait a minute! Why are there so many different brands and features? And how do I know which one is the right one for my kitchen? These questions are going to come up in your mind, so in this blog post I plan on writing about four things you should look at in a commercial refrigerator. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll simplify the whole buying process as a result.
Are you a bargain shopper? Of course you are. It’s that time of the year where “sniffing” out a bargain is a must. Now I’m not talking merely about Christmas shopping, although bargains are more than welcome there. I’m talking instead about restaurant equipment—those wallet-straining pieces your restaurant needs.
Common at the turn of the year, many of our manufacturers have... read more
Have you heard? There are new health code requirements for commercial grade faucets. Thankfully, it's not too complicated, and you've come to the right place. Here's a breakdown of what you need to know:
In 2014, you'll no longer be able to purchase a faucet for potable purposes containing more than .25% lead.
The EPA estimates that 14-20% of all lead exposure in the... read more