Current methods of delivering ice to customers are outdated, unsanitary and present potential risks. Because they require human labor, they’re also expensive. Besides Ice Link, there are two common ways to transport ice—manually (the bucket method) and with dispenser-mounted icemakers.

Here’s a look at some problems associated with current ice management methods—and the benefits offered by Ice Link.

Manual ice transport
• Unsanitary: Studies have shown this to be the most unsanitary method of ice transport. Human contact can produce E. coli, salmonella, shigella and fecal contaminants in the ice.

• Unsafe: Even the slightest spills can lead to slip-and-falls by employees or customers. This is one of the most common causes of Workers’ Compensation cases in the food service industry.

• Poor supply management: Without automated ice monitoring, the busiest ice use points are often depleted of ice at peak times.

Top-mounted icemaker
• Expensive: Requires additional icemakers plus electric, water supply and drain at each dispenser.

Heat: Individual icemakers mounted on IBDs generate excessive heat, requiring significant additional cooling BTUs to compensate.

• Inconvenient upkeep: Both the maker and dispenser must be manually cleaned regularly, which is difficult while the icemaker is in place.

• Limited volume: Each point of ice use is limited to the capacity of the top-mounted icemaker.

• Incompatible: Top-mounted icemakers only work with IBDs, NOT drop-in ice bins.

Ice Link addresses each of the above problems and offers a number of critical advantages:

It’s fast: Ice Link’s patented vacuum delivery system transports ice faster than it can be made or consumed at ice use points. It moves as much as 900 pounds of ice each hour.

• It’s clean: Ice is transported straight from the maker to the desired location with sanitary sealed storage and no human exposure. It features NSF-certified, hands-free cleaning.

• It’s safe: Ice Link eliminates liability problems associated with transporting ice manually. Zero spillage means no slip-and-falls by employees or customers, and automated delivery reduces manual labor injuries.

• It puts the ice where you need it: Ice Link constantly monitors use points and delivers ice the moment the use point falls below full.

• Set it and forget it: Automated ice management frees employees to focus on more important revenue-generating store functions.

• It saves money: By eliminating costs for labor and additional top-mounted beverage dispenser icemakers, Ice Link saves businesses thousands of dollars annually.