Types—ice makers

Commercial automatic ice makers are available in two basic types:

  • Batch-type (or cube-type) units make clear, regularly-shaped ice cubes generally used in the food service industry to cool beverages.
  • Continuous-type (or flaker-type) units make irregular flakes or chips of ice generally used in grocery, food processing, scientific and other industrial settings.

Commercial automatic ice makers are also classified by their key characteristics:

Equipment configuration

  • ice-making head in which the ice-making machinery, including freezing, harvesting and condensing components, is integrated into one unit that does not include a means for storing ice.
  • remote condensing in which the ice-making mechanism and condenser or condensing unit are in separate sections.
    • remote condensing (but not remote compressor)
    • remote condensing and remote compressor
  • self-contained in which the ice-making machinery, including freezing, harvesting and condensing components, and storage compartment, are in an integral cabinet

Condenser cooling media

  • air-cooled
  • water-cooled