Quick comparison of the 7 Series / 15 Series and 12CI425A-S ice machines

7 Series / 15 Series – produces 125 lbs. of ice in 24 hours/ has 7 or 15 lbs. of ice storage

12CI – produces 425 lbs. of ice in 24 hours/ has 12 lbs. of ice storage

7 Series / 15 Series – designed for a breakroom with occasional use

12CI – designed for commercial use – such as patient care

7 Series / 15 Series – has stringent water quality parameters – see quote for specifics

12CI – does not have the stringent water quality parameters

7 Series / 15 Series – warranty – 2 years parts and labor/ 5 years total on the compressor

12CI – warranty – 3 years parts and labor/ 5 years total on the compressor

7 Series / 15 Series – does not REQUIRE a drain, however, installing this with a drain works better (this would require ordering a drain kit as well)

12CI – does require a drain

Ice Machine Sanitation

In response to the potential for infectious agents in ice machines, the following are important to remember:

  • Ice machines are not the originating source of infectious agents.
  • Infectious agents can be introduced into ice machines from external sources, such as building water supplies.
  • It is possible for infectious agents that are introduced into an ice machine to end up in the ice that is produced.
  • Diligent attention to cleaning and sanitizing is important to peak performance and delivery of clean, sanitary ice. Follett equipment should be cleaned and sanitized according to Follett instructions. These instructions can be found in the service manuals for the machines in question, or web-based video training modules.
  • If environmental conditions require, machines should be cleaned more frequently than recommended minimums. Such environmental conditions would include the presence of infectious agents in the water supply.
  • Follett’s commitment to safety and sanitation also includes product design, product enhancement, and training support as follows:
  • Design, testing, and certification of Follett equipment to NSF International standards for “materials, design, construction and performance of automatic ice making equipment and related components that are used in the manufacturing, processing, storing, dispensing, packaging, and transportation of ice intended for human consumption. This includes NSF certified in-place-cleaning procedures for the ice machines.
  • Introduction of antimicrobial components in 2011 and 2012 for new and existing ice and water dispensers and ice machines to inhibit the growth of bacteria and other organic material on treated parts.
  • Introduction of carbonless particle filtration in January 2014 to provide the protection of fine particle, cyst, and asbestos capture without removing disinfection agents from the local water supply.
  • Introduction of Symphony Plus dispensers in October 2014 with automatic self-flushing of the ice machine after every one hour of compressor run time, a shut-down routine that has the condenser fan run for 10 minutes after the compressor turns off to reduce internal cabinet temperatures to ambient, and one-hour semi-automatic cleaning and sanitizing to make cleaning and sanitizing easier.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing videos for both Symphony and Symphony Plus models to help encourage more cleaning and sanitizing.
  • Free, regularly-scheduled, local training seminars for hospital technicians.

Why promote leg kits for dispensers?

by Ernie Tarof

In the past, Follett did not offer leg kits for countertop dispensers. The high center of gravity resulting from the top mounted ice machines made leg kits unacceptable. The 12 series changed all that but only for that particular unit. With the 25CI and 50CI dispensers and the phasing out of the 25CT and 50CT dispensers the situation has changed for good. The vast majority of dispensers are still quoted and sold without legs. Why? I think it is because most people just aren’t used to thinking about them and don’t know the advantages they offer. Why have them?

First, raising the dispenser four inches off of the counter makes for a more sanitary installation. If a nurse spills fruit juice or coffee on the counter, the counter under a unit with legs is easily cleaned, a nearly impossible job if the unit is mounted directly on the counter.

Second, in the event of a plugged drain line, the water overflow is clearly evident right away, greatly lessening the chance of damage to the countertop.

Third, raising the dispenser off of the counter greatly simplifies connecting the drain line to the back of the dispenser. The elbow or tee is above the counter, not directly on top of it making connection and disconnection much easier.

Fourth, the dispenser can be leveled precisely. The advantage of a level dispenser is that it completely drains the melt water from the storage hopper. When a unit is not level, this water will collect in the low spot of the hopper and not drain out.

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