Selecting an Ice Maker on Amazon.com
A laboratory ice machine, either a traditional water-ice maker or a dry ice maker, is used in educational, laboratory, hospital, and research settings to keep materials and specimens cool. A traditional lab ice machine uses water to produce ice in flaked, cubed, or crushed forms. Because flaked ice conforms to the shape of the item being chilled, it is commonly used for packing small vessels such as test tubes, and in applications where direct contact with the ice is required. A dry ice machine forms blocks by compressing liquid CO2. Dry ice is used in firefighting, shipping, and food handling; in medical applications to keep objects cool; and in the entertainment industry to create a fog-like effect. When selecting a traditional water-ice maker, consider the required output volume per day, cubed or flaked style, dimensions, and power requirements. When selecting a dry ice machine, consider the desired block size and production requirements.