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
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.