The Right Ice Machine Will Save Your Business Money
If there were an easy way to make your business more money, would you consider it? You don’t need to answer that question, because we all already know the answer. Having the occasional promotion or special is a great short term way to draw in customers and to generate a buzz or interest in your establishment. Long term however, you must consider the money you spend as well as the money you generate. In the bar or restaurant, you are required to purchase food, soda, beer, liquor, and supplies on a weekly to monthly basis. These purchases are inevitable, so to save money long term, more consideration must be given to the amount of money spent simply on the cost of operating your larger kitchen appliances or machinery – appliances like your ice machine.
It is both a blessing and a curse that most electronics, machinery, and appliances are outdated within a year or two after they are purchased. Your ice machine is no different, and if you’ve owned your ice machine for five years or longer, there is a good chance that a newer, more energy efficient ice machine is available. Maybe your ice machine uses too much electricity, or requires a great amount of water in the ice making process. Perhaps you own a less-than-conservative water-cooled ice machine, which has caused your water bills to skyrocket because of its liberal use and waste of water. If you have a reliable ice machine, the time to upgrade may be a ways away, but now is definitely a good time to start considering your options.
If we wish to view the latest improvements in ice machine technology, we need to look no further than Scotsman’s Prodigy ice machines and Manitowoc’s Indigo Series. Prodigy ice machines from Scotsman made their presence known in 2007 when they were announced as a finalist for the Foodservice Consultants Society International’s (FCSI) “Product of the Year Award”. It was easy to see why these ice machines were received with such high regards. The Prodigy line of ice machines had the ability to create more ice than competing cuber heads while using less water and less electricity. This type of efficient ice making caught the attention of many establishments very quickly, as those looking to cut costs were able to cash in with Scotsman’s ice machines’ extra efficient ice making capabilities.
In 2011, Manitowoc’s latest ice machine joined the party, and went even further to improve the ice making process. Manitowoc introduced the Indigo Series as the latest in revolutionizing the way ice was created. Ice machines from Manitowoc’s Indigo Series went beyond simply being energy efficient. These ice machines brought more to the table. Manitowoc made their ice machines intelligent – with the ability to monitor themselves – and with ability to communicate to users any problems with the ice machine as they occur. Since they are monitored in real time, all problems can be dealt with swiftly, before they turn into bigger, more serious issues. This ends up saving users valuable time and money, as no establishment can function for a prolonged period of time without ice on hand. Manitowoc won the Kitchen Innovations Award in their first year on the scene due to their innovations in ice machine technology.
Both Scotsman’s Prodigy ice machines and Manitowoc’s Indigo ice machines also allow users to do something that no other ice machine can. They allow users to program the amount of ice they desire based on bin level or production level. Scotsman offers the optional Vari-Smart ultrasonic ice level control, while Manitowoc has available the Bin Level Control. With these options, you can program your ice machine’s production in advance, so if you are closed on weekends, or find that Mondays and Tuesdays do not bring the same amount of business as Fridays and Saturdays, you can adjust your ice production rate accordingly. Maybe during football season, your Sunday brunch crowd decreases a bit, and you lose some business to the sports bar across the street. With these accessories available from Scotsman’s Prodigy and Manitowoc’s Indigo ice machines, you can adjust your ice production levels accordingly.
By reducing the cost of operating your ice machine, you can save an exorbitant amount of money over your ice machine’s lifetime. Nearly every Indigo ice machine from Manitowoc and Prodigy ice machine from Scotsman are Energy Star qualified as well. Although water-cooled ice machines are not eligible for Energy Star qualifications, both the air-cooled and remote air-cooled models are usually included. Energy Star appliances also qualify for government rebates in certain areas too, so be sure to check with Energy Star’s official website to find out if your ice machine (or other appliance) qualifies within the rebate program.
The first thing we look at when making a major purchase is the price tag. However, many ice machines may cost a bit more up front, only to have you realize that the money spent is returned to you within the first year or two of ownership. Your ice machine will most likely be required to operate every day – in some cases for hours on end. It makes far more sense to have an energy efficient unit especially with the viable options available from Scotsman Ice and Manitowoc Ice.