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BITZER US, Inc. is a subsidiary of Germany-based BITZER SE, the world’s largest independent manufacturer of AC and refrigeration compressors with sales companies and production sites for reciprocating, screw and scroll compressors, as well as pressure vessels all over the globe. Headquartered outside Atlanta and with three manufacturing plants in the U.S., BITZER US is well positioned in 2016 to continue its extraordinary growth in an industry that demands quiet, high-efficiency products and “green” solutions. Peter Narreau, president of BITZER US, Inc, states, “BITZER has met the challenge of providing the market both high-efficiency compressors in addition to those that use natural refrigerants.” BITZER’s OEM customer base in the U.S. includes manufacturers of liquid and air-cooled AC chillers, modular and process chillers, commercial rooftop units, supermarket mechanical rooms (racks), condensing units, ultra-low temp units, commerci […]


Cold Room 101

Refrigeration is important for maintaining a proper, unbroken cold chain. Using dairy as an example, after the cows are milked, their milk is pasteurized and rapidly chilled. Once the milk has been chilled, it must be maintained at that low temperature from the farm to the grocery store, including during bottling and shipping. If the cold chain is broken, bacteria or fungus can grow, making the food unsafe for human consumption. The United States Department of Agriculture requires that business-owned refrigeration systems have an internal temperature of 40°F or below for refrigerated food and 0°F for frozen food1. Businesses operating refrigerators or freezers above these temperatures face fines and other penalties, so maintaining a reliable temperature is imperative. One of the most popular types of business-owned refrigeration systems is the cold room. Cold rooms are staples of restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, and any other place th […]


Focusun Ice Machines, your best choice.

Ice Machines For Your Restaurant Commercial ice makers are used predominantly in hospitals, food service industries, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs to produce ice for consumption and preservation. They consist mainly of a refrigeration system, a water supply, and a collection bin. Commercial ice maker basics In general, there are two main types of ice makers you can choose from: •Cubers – These are the most common ice makers for commercial use – 80% of all ice machines in the US create ice in cube form. Cuber ice makers are popular in restaurants, bars, hotels, convenience stores, and fast food franchises. •Flakers – This type of ice is easy to pack and mold to any shape. Flakers are the ice makers of choice for hospitals, health care facilities, and research laboratories. They are also used frequently in grocery shops for packing produce, seafood, and meat displays, restaurants to keep salad bar items fresh, and on fishing boats. A […]


Ice Machines Preventive Maintenance

Preventive Maintenance (PM) is the key to maximum running efficiency, less downtime, and longer life out of an ice machine. The primary items for an ice machine PM check are as follows: Clean and sanitize the water system. Clean air filters on air-cooled models. Check external filter system and change cartridges as needed. Check inlet water valve screens. Conduct bearing and auger inspection on extruded ice makers. Conduct a visual inspection of components, controls, and wiring for oil spots, loose wires, loose fasteners, corrosion, etc. Clean the bin interior and unit exterior. Clean and Sanitize As ice forms on an ice machine evaporator plate, a separation occurs. Minerals separate from the water and form scale which sticks to the surfaces of the water system components. This scale will be more visible when the surfaces are dry. The color of the scale will vary due to the type of minerals in the local water supply. As an example, lime […]


Compressors 101

Pumps Versus Compressors Some people say that compressors are simply pumps that pump gas. This may be true to some extent, but significant differences exist between them. First, let’s explore the similarities. They both have positive displacement and dynamic designs capable of satisfying a broad range of flow and head requirements. Reciprocating pumps and compressors are both used for low-flow, high-head applications; centrifugal pumps and compressors are used for high flow, low-head applications and screw pumps and compressors are used for mid-flow, mid-head applications. As with pumps, multistaging can be used with any of these compressor designs whenever higher heads are required.  Both pumps and compressors use seals, bearings, lubrications systems and some type of driver. This is where the similarities end. The T-Word (Thermodynamics) The key difference between pumps and compressors is related to the thermodynamic nature of g […]


How to choose the proper ice machine

If you are in a business that relies on ice, you no doubt need an ice machine to make ice for you. However, the type of ice machine that is right for your business will vary greatly depending on what exactly you’re serving. There are several different types of ice machines and each produces a different kind of ice. If you are serving iced drinks, mixed drinks, or bagging ice to be sold or dispensed, then you will probably need a cubed ice machine. This type of machine is perfect for bars, bagging facilities, and many restaurants. Ice-o-Matic, Manitowoc, and Hoshizaki, and Scotsman all make variations of these machines. All of these produce the rhomboid ice cubes found in most bars and restaurants, with the exception of Hoshizaki’s cube, which is round. These type of ice machines offer a higher water to ice ratio, allowing for a slower melt, decreasing production. Another good choice for those in the bar or restaurant industr […]


R20 vs R404A: do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

According to a publication of the ‘Improving Cold Storage Equipment in Europe’ (ICE-E) project deliverables, the use of ammonia in cold stores and food processing industry applications is growing in Europe, however, the use of R404A is still quite common. In North America on the other hand, the use of ammonia is predominant, at least in large cold stores. The two refrigerants can be considered almost equivalent in terms of relationship saturation temperature/pressure, volumetric cooling capacity, thermodynamic efficiency of the reference ideal cycle. With this in mind, the “Refrigerants” information document of the ICE-E Info Pack, looks at other criteria like refrigerant cost, leakage detection, environmental compatibility or refrigerant compatibility with materials to analyze the main advantages and disadvantages of R404A and R717. Advantages of ammonia over R404A The advantages of ammonia, when compared to R404A, are cost, heat trans […]


How to determine which capacity to choose

When deciding which ice machine will be best for your needs, it is important to consider the application of the ice produced and determine the amount of ice needed. It is important to consider your ice demand during both high and low seasons, ensuring that you are never with a surplus of unusable ice or without ice in a peak season. The table below gives a good representation of ice usage estimates based on the industry your ice machine is needed for. Type of Operation Usage Food Service Restaurant 1.5 lbs. Per Person Bar/Cocktail 3.5 lbs. Per Seat Salad Bar 40 lbs. Per Cubic Foot Fast Food 5 oz. Per 7 – 10 oz. Drink 8 oz. Per 12 – 16 oz. Drink 12 oz. Per 18 – 24 oz. Drink Lodging Guest Ice 5 lbs. Per Room Restaurant 1.5 lbs. Per Seat Cocktail 3 lbs. Per Seat Catering 1 lb. Per Person Convenience Store/ Supermarket Self-Serve Beverage 6 oz. Per 12 oz. Drink 10 oz. Per 20 oz. Drink 16 oz. Per 32 oz. Drink Bagged Ice Pounds Per Bag X Bags […]


Ice Making: Then & Now

There was a time when a chilled drink and refrigerated food storage were the domain of cold climates and winter days. Since Boston businessman Frederick Tudor decided in 1806 to sell blocks of ice pulled from the surfaces of New England ponds, large parts of the world have come to rely on ice as a year-round staple and dining requirement. Over the couple centuries and some years since then, we’ve moved from fickle, hard-to-store, and sometimes dirty natural ice to cubes, flakes, and nuggets produced by ice machines. Though the process is a little less organic now, at its heart it’s no less simple than combining cold and water. Still, some steps in making ice are still a mystery even to those who have been dealing with a commercial ice maker for years. So, let’s look at the machinery and inside the process. The Refrigeration System in a Commercial Ice Machine The heart of every commercial ice machine is a refrigeration system similar to […]


Refrigeration, Yesterday and Today

  REFRIGERATION     The preservation of winter ice, principally for cooling drinks in summer, was practiced from antiquity when ice was stored in insulated caves. Ice cooling was so popular in America that, within a decade of the Revolution, the United States led the world in both the production and consumption of ice. As the use of ice was extended to the preservation of fish, meat, and dairy products, ice production became a major industry in the northern states, and ice was shipped not only to the southern states but to the West Indies and South America. By 1880 the demand in New York City exceeded the capacity of 160 large commercial icehouses on the Hudson River. This industry reached its peak in 1886 when 25 million pounds were “harvested” by cutting lake and river ice with   Horse-drawn saws. The advent of mechanical refrigeration in the nineteenth century began a slow decline in the ice trade. The natural ice industr […]

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