We make ice in three American Vogt machines with total capacity of 40 tonnes a day – or 4 million bags per year. We’re not sure if they should be called an ice tube or an ice cube because they have a hole in the middle, due to the way they are frozen. Vogt revolutionized the commercial ice-making industry in 1937 when it built the first Tube-Ice Machine.
Prior to this, ice was made in block form. Vogt engineers designed the unique Tube-Ice Machine specifically to freeze ice automatically in vertical tubes, momentarily thaw ice loose from the tubes and then cut it into short cylinders with a hole in the centre. The hole is formed during the formation of the ice as a result of the falling film of water freezing inside the vertical tubes.
In a dull moment you can sit and watch the fizz in your drink escaping through the holes in your Mackice.
Click here to watch our ice production video clip