Industrial Ice Machine

Industrial Ice Machine with half the energy costs compared to conventional drum systems

An Industrial Ice Machine manufactures at half the the energy costs, compared to all drum systems. For the best possible quality of certain foods, you need cooling through dull ice, without freezer burn on the direct product surface, and with customizable ice thickness. With our  Industrial Plate Ice or Chip Ice Machine, you do not only get the fastest possible product cooling, but also a continuous cooling. Our Industrial Chip Ice Machine gives you the maximum power reserve and safety in production.

Function of an Industrial Ice Machine

The ice freezes on the vertical stainless steel evaporator plates to a thin layer, which keeps the thermal resistance always low. After a few minutes of ice formation is defrosted via automatic control for a few seconds with hot gas. In the case of the fall, the ice breaks up into roughly hand-sized pieces, which are separated from the water on a suction slide and then crushed in a rotating icebreaker. The crushed ice or chip ice falls down the full length of the Industrial Ice Machine and is available for transport with a conveyor belt or auger in the ice factory or industrial food processing. Both the ice thickness and the piece sizes can be adjusted continuously.

Energy consumption advantage of an Industrial Ice Machine

To produce ice, we do have the efficiency in prior focus. Only by melting of the ice, the heat for cooling of the water is taken from the surrounding. Ice is melting at a temperature of 0°C to water and gives 335 kj per kg ice. Therefor we do produce ice with an evaporation temperature T0= -10°C, which generates ice at a temperatures of  T= -0.5°C to -1.0°C. The idea is simple, as the cooling gain for subcooling of the Flake Ice in conventional drum systems is down to T= –8°C, which is only approx. 8% of a higher melting capacity. Unfortunately this has a high energy consumption impact for the drum ice machines as such:

Energy cost comparison of an Industrial Ice Machine
and a conventional drum system

Example: 30 to ice / day
Necessary refrigeration power including losses: ca. 150 kWref
Electric power for the drive of the refrigeration machine:
-30 / 35 °C with COP = 1,8 Pel = 84 kWel -Drum system –Flake Ice
-10 / 35 °C with COP = 3,6Pel = 42 kWel -BUCO Ice Pack
Additional drives: 6 kW
Price for electricity: 0,15 €/kWhel
Running costs at -30 °C : 324 €/day or 11 €/to ice -Drum system
Running costs at -10 °C : 173 €/day or 6 €/to ice -BUCO Ice Pack
Savings: 151 €/ day
for 300 days production: 45.300,-€/ year savings of electricity costs

Industrial Ice Machine advantages

  • Half power consumption due to high evaporation temperatures
  • No mechanical scraper as wearing part
  • Ice maker made entirely of stainless steel
  • Ideal ice temperature with -0.5 ° C, hardly undercooled
  • No sharp ice edges
  • Does not freeze during storage due to the ice temperature 0.5 ° C
  • Stepless presetting of the piece size

Industrial Ice Machine technical specifications

  • Ice quantities: 10 to 60 to / day
  • Evaporator for ammonia and freons
  • Plug-in units or for on-site refrigeration systems

Industrial Ice Machine applications and benefits

  • Consumption ice for direct product cooling
  • Increasing the cooling effect through direct contact with ice

Indsutrial Ice Machine constructions and dimensions

TYPICAL DIMENSIONS L (m) B (m) H (m)
Compact system 2.5 0.8 2.3
System type A 2.5 1.0 3.3
System type B 2.5 2.5 3.3
without refrigeration system, with separator and ice crusher

We have always assimilated engineering science and thermodynamics optimally in the various manufacturing processes.

Thermodynamicists,mechanical engineers and welding engineers define the dimensioning, design and construction of customised heat exchanger panels and systems in materials ranging from mild and austenitic steels through to titanium, and ensure successful distribution of their work worldwide.

In doing so they fall back on production engineering expertise and calculations developed in the course of the past hundred years that are still being continuously optimised in an ongoing process.

In the perception of our customers, the Buco product stands for:

  • Technical and process-oriented consulting
  • Thermodynamic efficiency
  • Quality and longevity
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