Vogt Ice Announces new CEO Bill Snyder




LOUISVILLE, KY (July 9, 2018) – Vogt Ice, a leading commercial and industrial supplier of ice equipment, announced today that it has named Bill Snyder as the company’s new CEO, effective July 16, 2018. J.T. Sims, former CEO of Vogt Ice, will remain on the Board of Directors and maintain his ownership stake in the company.


Mr. Snyder joins Vogt Ice with more than 30 years of experience in the industrial, manufacturing, continuous processing, and supply chain and logistics industries. Most recently, he was a development executive at Neovia (formerly Caterpillar Logistics Services, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc.) where he focused on implementing business optimization processes to improve his customers’ competitive positions.


Prior to joining Caterpillar Logistics in 2005, Mr. Snyder held management positions in operations, finance, and sales and marketing at Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) where he developed the business expansion and client retention strategies for Conrail’s automotive, steel, chemical and petrochemical customers. Prior to Conrail, he worked with internal team members to automate SKF Industries, Inc.’s inventory control processes for products engineered and manufactured globally for distribution throughout North America.


“We are delighted that Bill is joining Vogt Ice as our new CEO,” said J.T. Sims. “His proven track record in creating and executing global strategies, and driving revenue and profit growth, will be instrumental in the growth and success of Vogt Ice in the foreseeable future. He has great experience with building and leading successful teams while developing new market verticals to create competitive advantages.”


Mr. Snyder’s strategy designs and leadership have led to his teams receiving the “Vendor Challenge Performance Award” sponsored by Air Products and Chemicals three consecutive years; and the “Rail Industry Performance Award” from Ford Motor Company. Additionally, his personal efforts earned him the 2015 “Strategic Partner of the Year Award” from Manitowoc FoodService.


Vogt Ice, a former division of Henry Vogt Machine Company, revolutionized the commercial ice-making industry in 1938 when it built the world’s first automatic sized ice machine, the Tube-Ice Machine. Prior to this, ice was made in block form. Vogt engineers designed the unique Tube-Ice Machine specifically to freeze ice automatically in vertical tubes, momentarily thaw ice loose from the tubes and then cut it into short cylinders with a hole in the center.


Today Vogt Ice designs, manufactures and distributes heavy duty ice making machines, chillers and parts to commercial and industrial customers worldwide. Vogt machines feature a tubular form of ice as well as plate ice technology, which produce ice at rates ranging from 1 ton to 110 tons per day. Commercial and industrial customers include packaged ice producers; food service, resorts and casinos; fishing, poultry and agriculture; and thermal energy storage, among others. The company currently has 100 employees with operations in West Louisville.


About Vogt Ice:

Vogt Ice, a former division of Henry Vogt Machine Company, is a leading commercial and industrial supplier of ice equipment. The company revolutionized the commercial ice-making industry in 1938 when it built the world’s first automatic sized ice machine, the Tube-Ice Machine. Prior to this, ice was made in block form. Vogt engineers designed the unique Tube-Ice Machine specifically to freeze ice automatically in vertical tubes, momentarily thaw ice loose from the tubes and then cut it into short cylinders with a hole in the center. For more information, please visit www.vogtice.com.



HFO10 AC to WC transformation Part 2

Watch Vogt’s Research and Development Guru, Jeremy Burchett, as he cuts away and removes the condenser from HFO10 packaged ice unit on our Going Green Journey. Stay tuned for more progress as Vogt works to make this Water Cooled 10 Ton an Air Cooled unit.

Ice Types for Industry

Industrial ice consumers use the same range of Vogt machines as plants producing ice for everyday consumers, with one addition: cracked ice. Where the industrial consumers are different is in their purposes for using all of these ice types. What does that look like?


Tube and plate ice for industrial locations are nearly always used to cool a key product for the facility like meats, vegetables, process water, or even concrete. Sometimes, the ice is taken from the machine and broken into smaller pieces before use.


Cracked ice is commonly seen in fish and shrimp boats where its softer nature is less prone to damaging the fish in handling. This ice is produced quickly in the machine, helping the end users to have a steady stream of ice.

Ice Types for Consumers

Ice Types for Consumers


Vogt’s ice making product range covers a few types of ice used by everyday consumers: tube, plate and crushed. What is their purpose?


Tube and plate ice are commonly found in bags at the front of grocery stores and gas stations. Their ease of use for chilling food and drinks in a cooler for your summer cookouts makes them popular. The plate ice is collected from the machine and processed into nugget shapes for this purpose, while the tube ice is taken from the machine and dried before bagging.


Crushed ice is popular in restaurants and hotels where the ice is used in the glass. The additional surface area of crushed ice rapidly cools your drink from the time it is dispensed to the time it is served. Smaller diameter tube ice is also seen in these same places for the same reason. Vogt’s crushed ice is made on the same machine as tube ice, but with a slightly modified cutting system.


How can I help customers make an emotional connection with an ice machine?

How can I help customers make an emotional connection with an ice machine?


It occurred to me while working the Boston Seafood show this March, that logic and reason don’t usually overcome the desire to put off till tomorrow what should be done today.  Specifically it is more difficult to convince someone to order an ice machine in the middle of a snowstorm in winter than in the blazing heat of summer.    Still, to be ready for the summer ice season the logical and reasonable time to buy ice machines is now.


While sitting idle during a northeaster at the last day of the show I mused:  Why is it so difficult for so many to make the investment on an ice machine that usually has a very high and highly reliable rate of return or significantly helps prevent a catastrophic losses of product?  Perhaps I need to help my customers make the emotional connection to their ice machine too.


Before the storm blew in I had the opportunity to take an unscheduled tour of a large fishing vessel. It was revealing to me that an old boat will be continually maintained and updated to catch and bring back hundreds of tons of fresh and frozen highly marketable fish.  Whatever is required, fishermen will find the money to keep their boats operating and up-to-date.  The boats are not only necessary equipment but also are the fishermen’s lifeline and the emotional symbol of their respective chosen profession and livelihood.  So much so that the boats go by their own names.  Yet it’s generally without argument that old boats should be replaced before there is no choice about doing so!  And it seems farmers make similar connections with their tractors.  I’ve spent many hours at the family farm in the seat of “Ol Big Red”, an IH farm tractor. When it’s time to plant or to harvest, it had to run.  It served us well but when it was time, it was replaced by the newer “Big Green Machine.”  Although ice machines are nearly as important to the success of any fish catch or produce harvest, I don’t know of any customer who has named their ice machine. Is a catchy name, born out of day-to-day use and familiarity, all that is missing?  Perhaps for Vogt and Turbo ice machines it’s time to give the “Ol Reliable” a thorough going over.  Get a professional evaluation from your refrigeration contractor and (or) Vogt representative and consider the alternatives. Treat “Ol Reliable” with the respect it’s earned.  While you have a choice and before the peak of ice season is upon you, decide to fix it, or completely overhaul it, or let it retire on top– with dignity intact.


Perhaps it’s time to name a new, more efficient Vogt icemaker to take the mantle.

Advantages of Falling Film Chillers, with Ice Storage

In the discussion of the best heat transfer device for a dairy to use to chill product and processes, there are many choices available, but none except the Falling Film Chiller with Ice Storage, like Vogt /Turbo’s HP1000AR machines, offer the degree of operational flexibility, high efficiency, and robustness to common operational issues commonly found in dairy operations.


First, addressing thermal efficiency, both machines boil R717 at a capacity equal to the heat moved across the plates.  That is to say, both units move BTUs evenly per unit of work done; all of the work done chilling product is directly valuable, all work done moving heat that is “waste” or “external” to the system is the area where the 2 machines’ efficiencies can vary.


The fundamental efficiency (the amount of heat lost to the environment the machine is in) for the plate and frame is dependent on the quality of the insulation installed at the site by the contractor (potentially subject to all the issues associated with field work, and that because this insulation is in direct contact with the refrigerated components, it’s quality must be very high to avoid losses.  Further, the when evaluating the cost of the projects, the type of insulation and special installation methods used must be carefully evaluated by the installing party, and many types of insulation, including commonly used foam materials like “Armaflex” will absorb water, reducing their effectiveness dramatically.


Whereas Vogt/Turbo falling film chillers are insulated at the factory in a controlled process, and further that because our plates are separated from the insulated exterior of the machine by an air gap, losses are inherently lower and much less effected by physical damage, water intrusion, or other inevitable degradation of the insulation’s R-Value over the life of the equipment.


But this matter is not one purely off efficiency, but robustness and suitability for purpose in the dairy.  Vogt/Turbo Falling Film chillers with ice storage offer 2 major operational benefits: the reserve chilling capacity and consistent water temperature from the storage tank outlet, and the robustness of the device in the application.


Let’s take the case of a reduction of coolant flow or refrigeration problem causing ice to be formed in/on the chiller or the plate and frame.  For the falling film chiller, there is no issue for the machine, other than perhaps the ice formed must be melted.  But the machine is designed to melt the ice if it forms, and the energy lost making it, will be recovered when it falls into the storage tank.


Whereas the plate and frame will be severely damaged, at a minimum require rebuilding or service, and could even have to be replaced.    Further, it has been seen that the freezing of the water side of a plate and frame unit, and the potential associated failing of the seals can cause the R717 side to leak internally or externally.  Clearly an external leak is undesirable, but an internal leak between the two sides of the plate and frame could go undetected and result in the contamination of the R717 side of the plate and frame.  Because the water flows down our plates under no external pressure, water intrusion not the working fluid of the refrigerant very unlikely.


Regardless, any service option for the plate and frame, means extended downtime and an almost certain risk of a loss of production during the chiller outage, since there is no “backup” of ice storage for the plant to run on during downtime.


This brings us to the second, and significant, operational advantage of the Vogt/Turbo Chiller with Ice Storage in the dairy service.  Because there is a large amount of ice stored, the dairy may continue to operate: with consistent chilled water temperatures, during the planned or unplanned downtime of the refrigeration system, and without any risk of a refrigeration failure bringing production to a stop while the refrigeration system is serviced or repaired.


The advantages of the Vogt/Turbo Falling Film chillers with Ice Storage for providing the cooling needs of a modern dairy have been well documented and proven over many years of service in applications around the world.  Vogt/Turbo has worked with many customers over the years, and understands that operational decisions are always complex.  Often new or different technology is interesting, but in the case of the plate and frame exchanger vs a Vogt/Turbo Falling Film Chiller with Ice Storage, it is clear that the decision is far reaching, and impacts the operations and contingency planning of the Dairy.  Vogt is confident in the efficiency and operational advantages of our Chillers, and is certain that our dairy customers will continue to see the value of the proven operational advantages it provides, and elect to retain the solution most fit for their needs: Vogt/Turbo Falling Film Chillers with Ice Storage.

Which voltage is more efficient?

We get asked this a lot…. which voltage is more efficient, 460V, 3ph, 60hz or 230V,
3 ph, 60hz? The answer is neither…..they are the same.
People often see that the amp rating for the 460V motors is ½ that of the 230V motors, but remember,
the voltage is double.

True Power (KW) = 1.732 * Voltage * Current * COS (phase angle) / 1000 (assume phase angle = 0.9)
KW(460V) = 1.732 * 460V * 56A * COS (0.9) / 1000 = 44.61 KW
KW(230V = 1.732 * 230V * 112A * COS (0.9)/ 1000 = 44.61 KW

The power consumption for the 460V is the same as the 230V.

The benefit of the 460V power is the smaller components. Smaller main power disconnect, smaller wire
feeding the disconnect and wire to the machine, as well as a smaller compressor contactor.