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.



First Vogt AmoPak 50T Delivered

Vogt has delivered the first complete AmoPak 50T, a complete skidded refrigeration system for ammonia that is capable of providing refrigeration for 50 tons or more of ice production per day.  The system is paired with a Vogt P24AL Tube Ice maker planned to operate in “crushed ice” mode.  This combination is expected to produce 38 ton of ice daily, 152% of its rated capacity.  It replaces a Turbo plate ice maker that used R-22 and which supported shrimp vessels and shrimp processing in Louisiana for 30 years.  Savings are certain due to the actual cost difference of refrigerants; But operating costs should realize significant savings too.  Gains in efficiency are expected from the new efficient Bitzer screw compressor with VFD control operating with the more efficient refrigerant. This should lower the costs per ton of ice significantly.  Anyone interested in our new line of AmoPak and HFOPak refrigeration systems, for both 25 ton or 50 ton ice production (or any other refrigeration service) is invited to contact any of our Vogt product team.  Visit our website Vogtice.com or call us directly at 502 635 3000.  Let us show you how you can save with our newest, high efficiency, fully skidded refrigeration system.

New Vogt Ice Sales Representative joins the Team

Vogt Ice is pleased to announce that Refrigeration Specialists Co, LLC. (RSC) of Bethlehem, PA will join the Vogt team as Sales Representatives for Vogt industrial equipment in the northeastern US and eastern Canada.   RSC has 6 experienced sales associates located throughout the region that can provide excellent responsiveness for your Vogt ice-making or falling film chiller equipment needs. They have experience in all the industrial markets Vogt serves including: dairy, poultry, meat packing, fishing and seafood processing, produce chilling as well as chemical and concrete cooling applications. They also have experience with refrigeration systems and are helping Vogt introduce the Vogt HFOpak and Vogt AMOpak refrigeration systems to the industrial ice market.

If you would like to speak to a Vogt Tube Ice or Vogt Turbo representative today, please check out our website: vogtice.com for the representative nearest you.  We’ll be glad to help.

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.

Vogt Ice at the 2018 Natural Refrigeration Conference & Expo

Vogt Ice at the IIAR 2018 Natural Refrigeration Conference & Expo

The sales and engineering staff are back in the office this week after an exciting time at the annual IIAR
Natural Refrigeration Conference & Expo held at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO. The
Conference is held each year to highlight advances and research in Natural Refrigerants, and Vogt was
proudly showcasing our chilling and ice making solutions for Ammonia installations.

Among our hot topics of discussion with current and future customers was the Vogt AMO Pak – a
skidded compressor system specifically designed for use with Vogt 25-ton and 50-ton ice makers. These
compressor packs feature the industry leading Bitzer OSKA-series of open drive screw compressors
paired with Vogt suction accumulators and receivers to maximize ice production. Intended to be
remote-mounted refrigeration packages, their compact size allows for easy transit and installation, even
for retrofit applications. Contact your Vogt Representative today to discuss this system for your

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.

International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration Conference

Want to know about all things refrigeration, particularly for ammonia? Then join us at the annual International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) Conference and Expo on March 18 to 21 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO. Meet your Vogt Ice Sales and Engineering representatives and in Booth 504 near the exhibit hall entrance.

Many of our Distributors and Representatives and Contractors will be attending. We all look forward to
discussing your ice and chilled water applications. See what we can do for you with the new
refrigeration packages, Vogt HFOpak and Vogt AMOpak featuring Bitzer high efficiency screw
compressors. These are designed to optimize capacity with new HFO and ammonia refrigerants. And
please look at entire wide product lineup at our website, Vogtice.com.

Please stop by. I look forward to meeting with you.


Alternative Refrigerant for R22 Ice Makers and Chillers

Vogt and Turbo Ice machines have been manufactured for decades, and as such we have a large install base of machines that utilize refrigerants that are coming under increasing pressure from the phase outs of the original Montreal Protocol, like R22.   In response to these global regulatory changes, Vogt/Turbo has spent a significant amount of time and effort researching and testing alternatives to R22, seeking a solution that could be a “drop in”, or at least a safe and effective replacement.  This has proven to be a significant challenge.


The challenge of replacing R22 with one of the new pure HFC refrigerants or azeotropic refrigerant blends (the R1XX or R5XX families of refrigerants), or non-azeotropic HFC blends (the R4XX family refrigerants), lies in four main areas: the working pressure of the refrigerant, which must be below the safe operating levels of the current system; the glide of the refrigerant, which must be near zero to work effectively in large industrial ice machines and falling film chillers; and the volumetric efficiency, which needs to be close to that of R22 so that the sizing of the vessels, piping, and TXV(s) in the system remains viable for service without an unacceptable reduction in capacity.


The working pressure of the refrigerant is the first issue to consider, as a safe system is of the utmost importance.  Low-side refrigeration components of R22 Turbo Ice Makers and Falling Film Chillers were rated for between 150 and 200 PSI Maximum Allowable Working Pressure (MAWP), depending on the system and the era.  The most common HFC alternatives to R22 in industrial systems today are R404a and R507, but unfortunately both of these working fluids require a low-side MAWP of 250psi for most applications.


Second, we considered the glide of the refrigerants available for substitution for R22.  While R404a and R507 have acceptably low glides, they have already been discounted from serviceability due to their MAWP requirements.  The other common R4XX family of refrigerants, including R407C, R407F, and R410, also have glides well above that of R22.  These high glide refrigerants pose long term operational issues caused by fractionalization in any application, but are particularly problematic for industrial ice makers and falling film chillers.  Because these refrigerants have significant temperature glides, they also segregate and fractionize in service, as both ice makes and falling film chillers have very low temperature gradients across the evaporators.  This causes the higher vapor pressure constituent of the refrigerant blend to volatize preferentially and reduces the lower vapor pressure component to the role of a heat transfer fluid, rather than a working (volatile) fluid.  As a result, the evaporator fluid chemistry changes over the course of time and causes both erratic operation and a reduction in capacity.


The last factor reviewed in detail was the volumetric efficiency of the alterative refrigerants.  As we have already discussed, the R4XX and R5XX families of refrigerants pose challenges for use in existing R22 systems, and their generally lower volumetric efficiency adds to the challenge of using them for a replacement.  Unmentioned, as yet, is R134a, a common replacement for both R22 and R12 in many air conditioning and centrifugal chiller applications.  R134a has a lower working pressure than R22 and, as it is not a blend, has zero glide.  The challenge R134a faces as a retrofit for Turbo Plate Ice Makers and Falling Film Chiller Systems is that it has a dramatically lower volumetric efficiency than R22.  The R22 Turbo Ice Machines and Falling Film Chillers were not designed to account for this, and, while the plates themselves can function on R134a, the balance of the system (TXVs, the evaporator piping, and the plate to piping connections) will be severely undersized and reduce capacity dramatically.


Also worthy of note is that there are innumerable additional working fluids being marketed by both large and small entities specifically as “R22 Replacement Solutions”.  Vogt/Turbo has reviewed several of these and has not found any to be suitable for retrofit of our R22 Ice Machines or Falling Film Chillers.  These fluids were all found to have excessively high glides; further, and not mentioned above, some of these alternative refrigerants are either mildly or severely flammable, while R22 and the alternatives mentioned above are non-flammable.  Vogt Turbo strongly advises against the use of any flammable refrigerants in our equipment and recommends discussing this hazard with the manufacturer and distributor of the refrigerant specifically before considering it for use.


Lastly, in all of the research that Vogt/Turbo has done, we have found that virtually all of the alterative refrigerants available have significant high-side component impacts that must also be taken into consideration when evaluating potential alternative solutions to replace R22.  Most, if not all, of the potential alternatives will require the system to be fully flushed of the mineral oil used in R22 compressors and the oil type changed after this flushing.  Failure to fully remove the old oil can result in significant costs related to failures of components.  Some elastomeric seals may also require replacement.


In summary, while the market has a large number of solutions for R22 alterative refrigerants that are suitable for some equipment and applications, Vogt/Turbo has not found any alternative that maintains an acceptable level of safety, capacity, and reliability in the R22 Turbo Plate Ice Makers and Falling Film Chillers built in the past.  Vogt/Turbo has invested significant effort into this investigation over the past 10 years, and we remain convinced that the best solution for most customers in the face of the impending R22 phase down, not to mention the rising cost of R22, will be to look at replacing their existing equipment with new systems designed to use the low GWP-HFC, HFO, or natural refrigerants that are favored by the newest amendment to the Montreal Protocol.