Applications Overview

Ice for your needs

Our specialist competencies lie in diverse areas of application. Find out more about refrigeration solutions with ice for your area of application and factory. We offer Chip Ice Machines, Scale Ice Machines and Block Ice Factories.

Fish & Ice

Cultivation, catching, farming, trade and processing.

Ideal ice temperature of -0,5°C
  • Always easy handling free flowing ice at all times for preserving fish and seafood.
  • Better preservation of your products improves shelf life with no discolouration of the fish, thanks to the ideal ice at -0,5°C.
  • Excellent ice quality not too hard and no sharp edges.
  • Perfect for the fish display easy modelling to create the shape you want.
  • Extended intervals for re-icing standard ice or macro ice up to 9,5 mm thick to last longer.
Automatic solutions
  • Automatic silos ice dosing at the push of a button.
  • Conveying system ice distribution into boxes, storage bins or directly onto the fish display.
  • Liquid StreamIce® from fresh or salt water StreamIce pumped on demand thanks to a touch panel or your control system.
Made in Germany
  • Continuous quality control at ZIEGRA to secure a long operating life.
  • Maximum hygiene due to the closed water system.
  • Safe cooling circuit (Freon) no rotating parts in the cooling circuit.
  • Full product range up to 10,000 kg or 24,000 l / 24 h.
  • Guaranteed capacity even at high ambient temperatures.
  • Minimum 15 years guarantee on availability of spare parts.

Supermarkets & department stores

Chip Ice

Ideal Ice
ZIEGRA Eismaschinen: ice for your store display
Ideal ice temperature  -0,5°C:

  • Easy to handle Ziegra ice: always loose for easy coverage of fish, mussels and seafood.
  • Perfect for counter and display Easy shaping of ice bed.
  • Better preservation Cold enough to perfectly preserve without discolouring the fish.
  • Ice Refill Macro Ziegra ice: thickness of up to 9.5 mm, for slower melt characteristics.
  • High quality ice Optimal hardness, without sharp edges. Better hygiene Ziegra ice: your hygiene standards thanks to a closed water circuit and automatic flushing or cleaning systems on demand.
Automatic solutions
  • Automatic silo Ice dosing at the push of a button.
  • Conveying system Distribution of flake ice directly into the display, the ice boxes, or trolleys.
Made in Germany
  • Complete range up to 10.000 kg / 24 h.
  • Guaranteed capacity also for high ambient temperatures.
  • Spare parts available for minimum 15 years.
  • Continuous quality control to ensure a long product life.
  • Reliable hygiene due to closed water system. No moving parts inside the evaporator which could cause loss of refrigerant (Freon).

Ice and Display

What ice should be used for your goods displays?

The selection of the correct type of ice is of vital importance in the presentation of fresh goods such as fish and sea food.

It depends on the goods:

The ice makes sure:
  • that the correct background is created – a soft, lightly-structured layer of ice emphasise the colours and the form of the filet, whole fishes or shell fish.
  • that it is possible to angle the goods towards the customer and make a model on the presentation area.
  • that the fish is received fresh, i.e. cold, moist and undamaged.
The ice therefore must have a range of characteristics:
  • the individual pieces should have an appealing colour and form
  • it should be suitable for modelling the display, i.e. it should not slip
  • it should emit sufficient moisture, to keep the fish fresh and to rinse off secretion
  • it must not be too cold, so that it does not freeze onto the fish and the fish itself is not frozen
  • it must be soft and not have sharp edges so that the filets are not damaged
  • it should keep for a long time, i.e. the pieces must be large and thick enough to ensure that they do not have to be refrozen regularly
  • it should remain loose and not freeze together, so that the appearance remains for a long time, and damage to the fish is avoided when removing it from the ice.

Do not forget: you have to create a new ice bed each morning. That means: the main amount of ice must be available in the morning; it is therefore produced overnight and stored in a bin. It is therefore particularly important, that the ice does not freeze together in storage.

Both chip ice and flake ice are regularly used for goods displays in supermarkets. Chip ice, however, has more of the required characteristics: with its temperature of -0.5°C and the different possible grains it combines storability, softness, mouldability and long durability. In addition the appearance of chip ice is excellent for product presentations.

Machine Assortment

In the first stage you should calculate the amount of ice that you need for your display. Here the surface of the display and the desired height of the ice are decisive (normally: 10-15 cm). To the right you will find a calculator which will help you determine the correct ice machine for your ice requirements.

The total of the calculator gives you the choice between ice production on 1 or 2 machines (standard or double) as well as, where possible, a choice between the 20° and 35°C version (explanation). It takes into account the fact that the ice is recreated every day and a certain amount is needed for re-freezing and for the fish storage overnight.

Storage and ice transportation

In the morning a large amount of ice has to be available for the ice bed of the display. In order to achieve this, the machine should produce ice at day and night, which has to be stored in a suitable bin (or ice cart).

In order to guarantee the quality of the ice after longer storage, the storage capabilities should be observed. Due to the ideal temperature of -0.5° C, chip ice can also be stored for a longer period of time without freezing together. Scale ice on the other hand, freezes together over a long period of time. As a result a larger machine is required, which produces the same amount of ice in the shortest possible time.

Every morning the ice has to get to the display. The more ice is needed, the more attention should be paid to ice transportation. Contact us, we will be happy to advise you.

Important points for the selection of the correct storage and transportation solution are:

  • How much ice is needed?
  • Under what conditions is the ice stored (refrigerator room)?
  • How far is the distance from the place of storage to the display?
  • How much space is available?
  • What are the investment costs compared to the handling costs?
Heat emission and cooling

Ice machines produce heat, which is emitted via the condenser. The following options can be considered for this:

  • Compact air-cooling: Requires room ventilation
  • Remote air-cooling: Separate condenser, positioned for example on the roof
  • Compact water-cooling: for connection to a cold-water system
  • Ice maker: for connection to existing cooling units.
The positioning of the ice machine

The following points have to be clarified before making a decision on the positioning:

  • The area surrounding the display
  • Desired storage and handling system
  • Ventilation
  • Space limitations
  • Accessibility for installation and service, including cleaning.

Avoid installing your ice machine in a refrigerator room, as it emits heat that warms the room. This also applied to the ice maker with a separate condenser.

In a refrigerator room, even one with a temperature above 0°C, the room condenser emits cooled-air below 0°C. If this air comes into contact with the ice machine or the ice output then the ice machine can freeze, which can cause production losses and defects to the machine.

What You Should Know

What you should be aware of
The costs

The total annual costs for the ice in your ice display comprise the following items:

  • Capital costs for the ice machine / investment (approx. 25%)
  • Operating costs, e.g. electricity and water (approx. 30%)
  • Operating costs, e.g. for shovelling, transportation and distributing the ice around the display (approx. 40%)
  • Maintenance costs (approx. 5%)

The potential for cost reductions on the operating costs, with a share of 40% of the annual overall costs, is particularly high. With suitable ice distribution systems you could even save up to 50 or even 75%. Due to the working time this would save with the ice bed, your employees would be able to concentrate fully on the design of the goods presentation.

Capacity and operating temperatures

The production capacity of an ice machine depends heavily on the surrounding and water temperatures. Each machine has a nominal output for certain, stated temperatures. Consequently the output is sometimes stated at a surrounding and water temperature of 10° C, sometimes at 20°C / 15°C or even at 35°C / 25°C.

The higher the nominal temperatures of the ice machine, the more powerful it is.

Compared to the nominal temperatures, the ice output is reduced by approx.:

  • 1% for each additional 1°C in the surrounding temperature
  • 1.5% for each additional 1°C in the water temperature.

Example: An ice machine with 1,000 kg/24h produces the following amount at a surrounding temperature of 35°C and a water temperature of 25°C.

  • 1,000 kg, if the nominal output is stated at 35° surrounding / 25° water
  • 700-800 kg, if the nominal output is stated at 20° surrounding / 15° water
  • 500-600 kg, if the nominal output is stated at 10° surrounding / 10° water

In addition to this the ice quality reduces considerably above the nominal temperatures. The ice becomes watery, slushy and melts very quickly.

When selecting your ice machine make sure that the nominal temperatures of the surrounding temperatures correspond to those in the warmest period of the year. This is because at this time your requirement of good quality ice is at its greatest.

Hygiene

The hygienic quality of the ice should correspond to the water used. Increasing bacteriological checks by vets guarantee the hygienic standard in the supermarket industry. Our ice machines are suitable for this.

The following rules have to be observed by the user:

  • Select an ice machine with a hygienic design, including the accessories.
  • Clean the ice machine and the bin regularly (make sure that the machine and the bin are easily accessible).
  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and let experts carry out cleaning and maintenance at regular intervals.
Replacing the ice

For hygienic and optical reasons, the ice should be exchanged daily. The evening is the best time for this, so that a fresh bed of ice is available the following morning.

Here are a few recommendations on removing ice from the display:

  • Let the ice melt overnight, and remove the remains in the morning. It’s obvious, but the display must be cleaned in the morning.
  • Select a display with a warm water cleaning system; low maintenance costs but energy costs.
  • Manual removal (optional: in a heated container); the display has to be cleaned immediately, but it is the process which requires the most time.

The ideal ice

Ideal Temperature of -0,5°C
  • Always easy handling Remains friable in warm ambient temperatures.
  • Better dough quality Enhances yeast development and dough elasticity.
  • Achieve accurate dough temperature, consistently Aids repeatable process control.
  • Evenly distributed cooling effect Rapid and homogeneous cooling for a shorter mixing time. Dry flour until delivery into the mixer. More efficient than surface cooling.
Automatic solutions
  • Fresh water liquid ice (StreamIce®) Pumped on demand to multiple mixers and controlled by your process or a touch panel.
  • Automatic Silo Dosing of chip ice at the touch of a button.
  • Conveyor Direct dosing of chip ice into the mixer.
Made in Germany
  • Permanent Quality Control For longer durability.
  • Improved hygiene Thanks to a closed and sealed water circuit.
  • Refrigeration circuit secured By removing all rotating parts.
  • Complete Range Up to 10.000 kg or 24.000 l / 24 h.
  • Capacity guaranteed Even at high ambient temperature.
  • 15 year guarantee On parts availability.

Ice for meat processing

ZIEGRA Ice Machines:

Ice for meat processing, offals, entrails, hides, as well as poultry.

Ideal ice temperature of -0,5°C
  • Always easy handling the ice does not freeze together.
  • Excellent ice quality not too hard and no sharp edges, thus also preserving the cutter blades.
  • Fast and even cooling as the ice does not form lumps it provides a homogenous temperature for your quality meat products.
Automatic solutions
  • Ice silos with automatic dosing Weighing and dosage manually at the touch of a button, or by your processing system.
  • Conveying system ice transport directly where it is required.
  • Liquid (StreamIce®) from fresh or salt water dosing directly into the cutter, by manual or automatic control.
Made in Germany
  • Maximum hygiene due to closed water circuit, and easily operated flushing and cleaning options.
  • Safe cooling circuit (Freon) no rotating parts in cooling circuit.
  • Continuous quality control at ZIEGRA to secure a long operating life.
  • All models compact machines, with split condenser or condensing unit, standard or special designs.
  • Guaranteed capacity even at high ambient temperatures.
  • Minimum 15 years guarantee on availability of spare parts.

Sauna & Spa

Sauna & Wellness & Ice

ZIEGRA ice machines: Chip ice for your ice fountain

Advantages
  • Large selection Ice production 70, 150, 250, 350 kg and more.
  • Optimum hygiene due to closed water circuit and automatic flushing and cleaning functions.
  • Special “Sauna” ice discharges Ice distribution directly into the ice fountain, wooden tub, basin, etc.
  • Turnkey models Machines ready-to-connect, available for reduced space.
  • Custom-made solutions Machines to suit your requirements, e.g. with remote condenser.
  • Guaranteed capacity even at high ambient temperatures, e.g. by water cooling.
  • Environmentally friendly ice makers leakproof refrigeration circuit without rotating parts.
  • Strict quality control for a long life span of the machine.
  • Made in Germany according to highest quality standards.
  • Supply of spare parts guaranteed for minimum 15 years.
  • Satisfied customers For quite some years, many well-known thermal baths, spa complexes, saunas, hotels and luxury ships rely on ZIEGRA Ice Machines.

Chip ice - the perfect ice

Chip ice – the perfect ice

Due to the ideal ice temperature of -0.5° C, ZIEGRA chip ice feels agreeably soft on the skin. It does not have any sharp edges and always stays loose and easy to dispense, and never freezes together.

There are many ways of using ice in a sauna, spa, swimming pool or thermal bath :

  • as a tingling and quick cooling down of hot skin after sauna
  • as an effective refreshment during a sauna- infusion
  • as an additive to a cold water pool. The ice perfectly cools down the water
  • using ice during massage (ice therapy).
Options of presentation:

There are a number of different possibilities to present the ice in sauna facilities:

  • In ice fountains, ice basin, or an ice grotto.
  • A shower sprinkling soft ice particles on the guest.
  • We would be glad to realise your ideas.
What ice type?

Depending on the application, select from different ice types. Most suitable for cooling of the skin are MicroIce and StandardIce.

We will definitely find the best solution for you. We appreciate your inquiries.

Scope of supply

Scope of supply

ZIEGRA can provide everything you need to always offer your guests a tingling refreshment with newly produced ice.

Ice machines, plus all nesessary or optional accessories to supply refreshing ice at any time, either automatically or manually.

Share your ideas with us; we will adjust the necessary background technology to your requirements.

In automatic mode, the ice machine provides a constantly filled ice basin, invisible and inaudible to the guests: when ice is taken out, the machine automatically restarts the ice production. When the basin is full, the ice machine stops automatically.

For us reliability, long product life and customer service are certainly taken for granted.

All our ZIEGRA team is at your disposal for any questions at any time.

Which Model?

Which machine size?
Machine size

The machine size is determined by several key data:
The size of your ice basin, the purpose of use, your opening times and number of guests, whether ice is used during a sauna infusion, etc. We would appreciate to assist you selecting the right model and accessories.

From our experience and for a rough calculation :

Fitness studios / smaller hotels / smaller thermal baths usually require between 70 kg (ZBE 70) and 150 kg (ZBE 150) ice per day.

Larger hotels / larger thermal baths mostly use between 250 kg ZBE 250 and 350 kg ZBE 350 ice per day.

Machine cooling

Our machines can be delivered as aircooled or water-cooled models, with different options of each. By this we can give the best solution to the most difficult requirements.

We will be happy to find the ideal solution for you and are looking forward to your inquiries.

Options and accessories
  • Water-cooled ice machines for high ambient temperatures.
  • Remote installation of the ice machine and refrigeration unit.
  • HygienePlus – Water drain automatic water drain when ice production stopped.
  • HygienePlus – Flushing system automatic flushing of the water circuit at any chosen time.
  • HygienePlus – Flushing with disinfection automatic flushing with disinfection of the water circuit at preset times.
  • UV sterilisation reliable sterilisation of the supplied water.
  • Cartridge water filter to fight limescale and for fine filtering of the water supply.
  • Leak water sensor & water recipient to prevent potential water damage in cases where the machine is installed in a suspended ceiling.

Ideas for Installation

Ideas for Installation

Some suggestions how to invisibly install an ice machine.

With light barrier: discharge D

The ice machine is installed in an adjacent room or in a suspended ceiling. Ice discharge by flexible tube downwards through the wall and/or ceiling and into a basin. The machine is switched off when ice gets to the light barrier.

With reflection light scanner: Ice discharge F

The ice machine is installed above the ice basin, the ice falls down freely. The filling level is controlled by a reflection light scanner.

We invite you to share your ideas with us, please include us in your project plans early enough. Or just ask us for suggestions.

Hygiene in the sauna

Hygiene in the sauna

You wouldn’t want to attach a sign to your ice fountain, stating “Not for human consumption”, would you?
Definitely not!

Our technicians could effectively support you in meeting general and specific hygiene regulations. Of course we cannot completely replace them.

Please see our “Hygiene guideline” for detailed information.

The basics in brief:

  • Daily cleaning of ice discharge tube and ice basin.
  • Dispose of unused ice.
  • Do not use stale water for ice production.
  • Select any of our HygienePLUS options.

or ask us for advice.

HygienePLUS options:
  • HygienePlus – Water drain automatic water drain when ice production stopped.
  • HygienePlus – Flushing system automatic flushing of the water circuit at any chosen time.
  • HygienePlus – Flushing with disinfection automatic flushing with disinfection of the water circuit at preset times.
  • UV sterilisation reliable sterilisation of the supplied water.

Solutions for laboratories, hospitals and universities

Advantages
  • Always easy handling: Ice of -0,5°C which is always free flowing.
  • Use of demineralised water: Works with either demineralised or with tap water.
  • Stainless steel cabinet Stainless steel (1.4301) of 1 mm thickness guarantees high stability (inside and outside of storage bin and flap).
  • Low noise level: With 45 dBA at a distance of 3 m very convenient in laboratories.
  • Little space required: Small laboratory ice machines of only 40 cm width x 50 cm depth.
  • Additional hygiene: Automatic water drain and flushing (optional) to reduce the risk of bacteria.
Solutions
  • Wide production program: Daily capacities: 30, 70, 110, 150, 250 and 350 kg, with storage bins for 10, 35 and 100 kg. On top of these, we could offer you our standard machines with capacities of 550 kg up to 10 t/ 24 h.
  • Different ice types for different application: Whether ice is used for mixing, or for conservation of samples, we always can offer the right ice type.
  • Capacity guaranteed: At 20°C air and 15°C water temperatures.
Made in Germany
  • Continuous quality controls to ensure a long product life .
  • Reliable hygiene due to closed water system.
  • No moving parts inside the evaporator to avoid loss of refrigerant (Freon).
  • Complete range up to 10.000 kg or 24.000 l / 24 h.
  • Guaranteed capacity also for high ambient temperatures.
  • Spare parts available for min. 15 years.

The chemical industry and ice

Advantages
  • Chip ice has the ideal ice temperature of -0.5°C
  • Chip ice never freezes together, therefore: excellent storage characteristics; fast mixing and equal cooling at the mixer no lumps formed.
  • Equal cooling without salt or other additives in the ice.
  • Fast dispersal in mixing processes at an equal temperature
  • Minimal investment
  • Fully automatic solutions available for ice dosages in the process.

Fruit & Vegetables

Fruit & Vegetables

Ice For Fruit And Vegetables (E.G. Broccoli And Asparagus)
Advantages:
  • Freshness The ideal ice temperature of -0.5°C keeps broccoli fresh and prevents blossoming. With asparagus, freshness is guaranteed from the field and during transportation to the customer.
  • Ideal for transportation, sales and deliveries quality goods for an optimum sales price.
  • Long durability The ice thickness of up to 9.5 mm guarantees that your vegetables arrive covered in ice, even if your customer is a long distance away.
Solutions:
  • Complete program daily output of 30 to 10,000 kg.
  • Flexible solutions: Machines adjusted to the conditions at their location, e.g. with separate condensers.
  • Tropical version guarantees output even at surrounding temperatures of 35°C.
  • Suitable storage from simple ice carts to silos with automatic discharge.
Made in Germany:
  • Constant quality checks at ZIEGRA for the long durability of the machine.
  • Optimal hygiene due to a closed water system.
  • Closed cooling system, therefore no leaks due to rotating parts.
  • Guaranteed performance even under high surrounding temperatures.
  • Guaranteed consumption production costs less than 0.02 €/kg.
  • Spare parts – guarantee for at least 15 years.

Asparagus cooling

Asparagus cooling with Ice – guaranteed freshness

ZIEGRA Ice Machines:
FlakeIce / ChipIce for asparagus cooling

Advantages:
  • Freshness The ideal ice temperature of -0.5°C keeps the asparagus fresh – directly from the field to the customer.
  • Ideal for transportation, sales and deliveries quality goods for an optimum sales price.
  • Long durability The ice thickness of up to 9.5 mm guarantees that your vegetables arrive covered in ice, even if your customer is a long distance away.
Solutions:
  • Complete program daily output of 30 to 10,000 kg.
  • Flexible solutions Machines adjusted to the conditions at their location, e.g. with separate condensers.
  • Tropical version guarantees output even at surrounding temperatures of 35°C.
  • Suitable storage from simple ice carts to silos with automatic discharge.
  • Ice Machines for rent buy, rent or lease – ask us.
  • Used Ice Machines used Ice Machines are available upon request.
Made in Germany:
  • Constant quality checks at ZIEGRA for the long durability of the machine.
  • Optimal hygiene due to a closed water system.
  • Closed cooling system, therefore no leaks due to rotating parts.
  • Guaranteed performance even under high surrounding temperatures.
  • Guaranteed consumption production costs less than 0.02 €/kg.
  • Spare parts – guarantee for at least 15 years.

Catering & Ice

For all areas of application
  • For your counters always free-flowing ice to present your quality products: salads, desserts, seafood etc.
  • For your drinks: Small ice nuggets in the drink. Crush them without crushing your teeth.
  • For beverages ideal to cool bottles and cans.
  • Fast cooling in canteen kitchens Fast and efficient cooling with ice. Also used in large-scale catering establishments.
Tailor-made solutions
  • For your specific requirements: Daily capacity of 30, 70, 110, 150, 250, 350 kg and up, with ice bins of 10, 35 and 100 kg.
  • Stainless steel cabinet Stainless steel (1.4301) of 1 mm thickness guarantees high stability (inside and outside of storage bin and flap).
  • Low noise level: with 45 dBA at a distance of 3 m very convenient in a big kitchen.
  • Little space required: Machine dimensions only 40 cm width and 50 cm depth.
  • Additional hygiene: Automatic water drain (optional) to reduce the risk of bacteria.
Made in Germany
  • Continuous quality control to ensure long shelf life.
  • Reliable hygiene due to closed water system.
  • No moving parts inside the evaporator to avoid loss of refrigerant (Freon).
  • Complete range up to 10.000 kg / 24 h.
  • Guaranteed capacity even at high ambient temperatures.
  • Spare parts available for at least 15 years.

Concrete cooling & Ice

Advantages
  • Chip ice has the ideal ice temperature of -0.5°C.
  • Chip ice never freezes together, therefore: excellent storage characteristics fast mixing and equal cooling at the mixer no lumps formed.
  • Equal cooling without salt or other additives in the ice.
  • Fast dispersal in mixing processes at an equal temperature.
  • Minimal investment
  • Fully automatic solutions available for ice dosages in the process.

Health Care / Physiotherapy & Ice

Fresh, cool Ice for health care
Treatments with Ice

ZIEGRA Chip Ice is gentle and kind to the skin with an ideal temperature just below 0°C. It is used in different areas of health care and physiotherapy:

  • physical therapy
  • rehabilitation
  • cryotherapy
  • ice packs
  • cool packs
  • ice baths
  • sports medicine

The enhanced use of Ice in physiotherapy allows for the best available gentle skin cooling.
Ice therapy is used in human and veterinary medicine as well as human and animal health.
The development of new and innovative treatments with Ice is especially enhancing animal health care for sports (race horses, race dogs, etc.) as well as other areas.

Further
  • Regeneration during & after competition phases
  • Animal health
  • Relaxation
  • Detumescence
  • Medical SPA
  • Wellness
  • Heath Care
  • DNA cooling with ice
  • RNA cooling with ice
  • PCR cooling with ice
ZIEGRA Ice Machines Health Care / Physiotherapy
  • Always fresh, hygienic, gentle Ice
  • Reviving & refreshing, always soft & free flowing
  • Ice Machines for laboratories, hospitals, doctors’ practices and surgeries, physiotherapy, wellness SPAs, rehabilitation centers, etc.
  • Plug-and-play delivery
  • Easy installation & simple connection to water and power
  • Latest ZIEGRA IceTechnology. Made in Germany
  • Economical and future oriented
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