How Do They Do It? KOLD-DRAFT® Commercial Ice Machines Turn Ice-Making Upside Down to Produce the “Best Ice in the World"

October 20, 2009—KOLD-DRAFT® is known for manufacturing commercial ice machines that produce the “Best Ice in the World"—always pure, sparkling, easy to handle, and perfectly shaped because of KOLD-DRAFT’s unique and time-proven water control system, water plate assembly, and exclusive “upside-down" horizontal evaporator.

ice-machine-technnologyWhy Is Upside Down Better?
Visualize an upside-down ice cube tray. KOLD-DRAFT uses a similar ice tray, called an evaporator, inverted atop a molded water plate. The evaporator is refrigerated and has individual ice cube cells. The water plate has a hole corresponding to every cell through which water is pumped vigorously, injecting it to the top of each cell and down the four sides.

Each cell acts as an individual freezing unit. As the water circulates continuously through the cell, it forms ice smoothly on the cold surfaces, eliminating air and flushing away impurities, producing one perfect ice cube per cell.

Pure water freezes first, so the water containing mineral impurities is washed down and out through two drain holes located under each cell. This leaves only pure water frozen into KOLD-DRAFT cubes. After automatic rinsing, the next cycle is started with a measured amount of fresh water.

Horizontal Versus Vertical Evaporator Design
Many of KOLD-DRAFT’S competitors offer their customers machines that make ice using a cheaper vertical design. But ice machines designed with vertical evaporators tend to freeze the impurities in the water into the ice and make ice shapes that often stick together in the bin. The impurities in the water also tend to corrode the evaporator and clog the ports through which the water is being pumped. Most vertical designs require expensive water filtration equipment or a self-cleaning system to minimize these basic problems.

KOLD-DRAFT commercial ice machines are engineered to be self cleaning. With KOLD-DRAFT, you get pure ice and machines with better reliability—all by design.

Since 1955, KOLD-DRAFT® has been manufacturing commercial ice machines that produce “The Best Ice in the World." KOLD-DRAFT’s exclusive “upside-down" horizontal evaporator ice-making system produces pure, solid, sparkling ice that cools faster, melts slower, and doesn’t distort the taste of beverages. KOLD-DRAFT ice machines have a longer life cycle and a three-year warranty on all parts and labor, making them the least expensive to own. For more information, contact KOLD-DRAFT at 1525 East Lake Rd., Erie, PA 16511-1088. Phone: 814-453-6761. Toll free: 800-840-9577. Fax: 814-455-6336. Toll free fax: 800-548-9392. Web: E-mail: