What is the flake ice ?
Flake ice is made of the mixture of brine and water (max 500 g [18 oz] salt per ton of water), in some cases can be directly made from brine water. Thickness between 10 and 22 mm , irregular shape with diameters from 12 to 45 mm.
Flake ice is dry and no stick together , easy to store and easy for usage.
Flake ice is sanitary, clean with rapid temperature reduction effect. Because of its large contact and less damage with refrigerated materials, it is also applied in vegetable, fruit and meat storing and transporting.
Applications of flake ice?
In food service, flake ice can be useful for meat and seafood counters, as well as for buffet displays where food needs to be on ice to remain within a safe temperature range. In baking, during the mixing of flour and milk, flake ice can be added to prevent the flour from self-raising.
This product can be used in health-care applications. Medical samples often need to be packed in ice for secure transit. A flake ice machine yields consistently sized ice that will be easy to pack, ensuring even and consistent cooling. Sample vials still need to be carefully secured on the bed of ice to reduce the risk of breakage and contamination.
Flake ice is also used for artificial snowing, so it is widely applied in ski resorts and entertainment park.
Flake ice is used as the direct source of water in concrete cooling process, more than 80% in weight. Concrete will not crack if has been mixed and poured in constant and low temperature.
Sea water flake ice machine can make ice directly from the sea water. This ice can be used in fast cooling of fish and other sea products. The fishing industry is the largest user of flake ice machines. Flake ice can lower the temperature of cleaning water and sea products, therefore it resists the growth of bacteria and keeps the seafood fresh.
Brief introduction into working theory of flake ice machine
A flake ice machine is an ice-making machine that produces small chips or flakes of hardened ice. The evaporator of the flake ice machine is a vertically placed drum-shape stainless steel container, equipped with the rotating blade which spins and scratches the ice off the inner wall of the drum. When operating, the principal shaft and blade spins anti-clockwise pushed by the reducer. Water is sprayed down from the sprinkler; ice is formed from the water brine on the inner wall. The water tray at the bottom catches the cold water while deflecting Ice and re-circulates it back into the sump. The sump will typically use a float valve to fill as needed during production. Flake machines have a tendency to form an ice ring inside the bottom of the drum. Electric heaters are in wells at the very bottom to prevent this accumulation of ice where the crusher does not reach. Some machines use scrapers to assist this. This system utilizes a low temperature condensing unit; like all ice machines. Most manufactures also utilize an E.P.R.V. (Evaporator pressure regulating valve.)
What capacity flake ice machine?
Flake ice machine has fresh water type used on land, Seawater type used on Land, also have seawater type used in fishing trawlers, the daily capacity is from 1 ton, 2 tons, 3 tons, 5 tons, 10 tons, 20 tons, 30 tons, 50 tons, up till 60 tons, and if you have any interest, feel free to contact us CBFI!