Ice Styles/Ice Types

All commercial ice machines create ice in basically the same way. However, different types of ice are made differently.

There are 4 basic types of ice, with some variation on those ice styles: Cube Ice, Bullet Ice, Flake Ice and Crescent Ice.
When choosing your ice machine, consider what style of ice you are looking for. Different types of ice are more suitable for specific applications.

Cube Ice

Cube Ice is made by running water over a freezing evaporator plate which is typically divide up into a grid. All of water will freeze first and begin to form the ice. As the water is pumped back up and over the plate, the ice begins to grow until it is the appropriate cube size and is released from the evaporator plate.

Cube Ice has several different forms. Standard Full Cube ice generally measures 7/8″ by 7/8″ by 7/8″. Most manufacturers also have models that produce a Half Cube which is 7/8″ by 7/8″ by 3/8″. But in our company, all the below cube ice sizes are available as customized:

10mm x 22mm x 22mm

22mm x 22mm x 22mm

28mm x 28mm x 22mm

34mm x 34mm x 22mm

38mm x 38mm x 22mm

Cube ice is popular at sit down and fast food restaurants, hotels, and convenience stores, since it is typically a harder, long-lasting ice, ideal for cooling beverages.

Bullet Ice

Bullet Ice is a cylindrical clear ice shape. These clear “cubes” are round like little top hats or small shot glasses and are very elegant.

Available sizes:

f30 * 40mm

F40 * 42mm

It is produced by means of refrigerating stalks immersed in a water vessel as water paddle system. The ice collection tray’s tipping systems patented and enables us to affirm the high level of reliability of this particular ice making system.

Flake or Nugget Ice

Flake Ice is also Nugget ice, they are made in an entirely different way than cube ice. We have our own patented auger-type evaporator cylinders. Water is sprayed on the inner surface of the cylinder and begins to freeze into a thin layer. A spinning auger chops the thin ice into small flakes. The rotating auger blades force the loose ice flakes up to the top of the cylinder and out, where it falls over the edges of the auger like snow.

The soft tiny flakes are the ice easy to pack and shape. Therefore, flake ice is often chosen by supermarkets to display fresh seafood and meats without damaging the food items. Restaurants with salad bars also find flake ice most suitable to keep plates and bowls of salad ingredients cool.

Hospitals and other health care facilities also commonly use flakers since the flake ice is soft and melts quickly, so patients can be hydrated without worrying about choking on ice. Flake ice is also great for shaping and packing around injured extremities, so sports facilities and rehab facilities also rely on flake ice.

Crescent Ice

Crescent Ice is shaped like a half-moon and moves freely in any liquid without packing together, achieving maximum Ice storage capacity. Its unique shape allows for excellent displacement and allows liquid to flow over it more easily, so there’s no messy splashing and less waste.

Having a vertical stainless steel evaporator which is exceptionally durable and virtually maintenance free to produce crescent shaped ice. Water is constantly running over the patent design Dual stainless steel evaporator surface on both sides and gradually begins to freeze.