Scotsman Prodigy Ice Maker Machine Review and Buying Guide

Scotsman Ice Maker Machine Review and Buying Guide

Scotsman Ice Machine have always been the smart choice for ice cubes, flakes, or nuggets. Combining reliability with the industry’s best energy consumption and groundbreaking innovations including automatic variable purge water.

As a leading manufacturer of commercial ice machines, Scotsman is committed to quality and performance bringing the latest smart technology found in the new prodigy modular cube ice machine.

The Scotsman History

Scotsman started in 1950 when Queen Stove Works purchased the American Gas Machine Company. This company is manufacturer of lanterns, ice chests, heaters and a commercial ice maker. They then developed a line of commercial ice makers and named that division Scotsman.

In 1957 King-Seeley Corporation acquired the Queen Stove Works and in 1960 the business was merged with American Thermos Products Company. In the early 1960’s the main focus of the company was the ice machine. In 1967 King-Seeley Thermos acquired Frimont S.p.A., one of the largest Italian commercial ice makers. They changed their name to Scotsman.

This made the Scotsman one of the largest manufactures of ice machines in the world. In 1968 the King-Seeley company was purchased by Household Finance (later known as Household International). In 1989 the Household International divested in the division that manufactured all refrigeration products. They changed the name to Scotsman Industries.

In 1999 Scotsman Industries was acquisition by Enodis Global Ice Machine which owned Ice-O-Matic brand of commercial ice machines. In 2008 the Manitowoc purchased Enodis but had to sell the Enodis Ice Group which Scotsman Industries was a part of. In May of 2009 the Enodis Ice Group was acquired by Warburg-Pincus and re-named Scotsman Industries, Inc. In 2012 the ALI Group purchased Scotsman Industries from Warburg Pincus.

Scotsman Ice Machine Features

Energy and water efficiency

Uses significantly less water and energy than other cube ice machines.

Auto-Alert™ Indicator

Auto-Alert indicator lights constantly communicate about operating status and actually signal your staff when it is time to descale, sanitize, and more – taking the guesswork out of maintenance. Preventative maintenance is simpler than ever with easily-removable panels allowing clear access to internal components and a diagnostic code display ensuring the right fix the first time. The reusable air filter is easily removable from the outside and all external panel components are crafted for optimal aesthetic appeal through superior fit and finish.

WaterSense Purge Control

The patented WaterSense adaptive purge control delivers maximum reliability by reducing scale buildup for a longer time between cleanings.

Front Air Intake

This air cooled ice maker draws air from the front of the unit. This allows for smaller clearances so that you can install your ice machine in a convenient location.

Sleek Compact Design

Offers a convenient, space-saving, durable design that can be placed anywhere you need ice.

Scotsman Products

Scotsman Ice Machine offers a range of cube form choices to meet customer needs. If you’re just need of a small, efficient machine, especially for home use, we recommend the Scotsman CU50GA-1A. If you need more serious for commercial ice machine, Scotsman C0330SA-1 Prodigy Plus is the one for you.

Scotsman Ice Machine Operation and Maintenance

To show the lines ease of operation and the maintenance servicing let’s take a walk through.

Beginning with the Scotsman smart technology of the auto alert indicator light panel on the upper-left corner of the front panel. It contains easy to reach on and off switches plus a power indicator light. The green status light shows the machine is operating correctly in the ice making mode.

If the machine malfunctions the light will blinks red. The water light signals a water supply problem by blinking red if the reservoir fails to fill properly.

This smart machine makes maintenance a breeze. The descale and sanitation light is normally off. Changing to yellow when it’s time to descale and sanitize. The cleaning process described later turns the light off.

The panels are easily removed using a Phillips head screwdriver. First the two screws at the top of the front panel, then two screws at the front of the top panel freed by lifting and pushing it back an inch. Side panels are easily removed from the front and the unique sound shield under the front panel is also easily removed.

The internal components are now open to clear view and easy access. The controller, the water level sensor, the ice thickness sensor, the curtain switch, the water inlet valve, water purge valve, hot gas valve and evaporator. All easy to reach without moving the machine.

Scotsman Ice Machine produced clear ice in two cycles. First the free cycle, when it begins the controller drains the reservoir refilling it when the mid-length probe is uncovered, stopping when the water touches the top. Free cycles which follow the harvest cycles refill but do not drain the reservoir.

The compressor and water pump start and the fan begins blowing hot air out the back of the machine. When the water reaches a preset temperature the pump shuts down for 30 seconds then restarts and ice begins forming on the evaporator. When the water touches the ice thickness sensor for a few seconds the ready to harvest light blinks, becoming steady as the harvest cycle begins.

Harvesting begins as hot gas heats the evaporator and the harvest assist solenoid pushes the ice slab from the evaporator. the cubes being held together by thin ice bridges.The harvested ice forces the curtain open actuated the curtain switch which tells the controller the ice has been harvested ending the cycle.

The hot gas and harvest assist are shut off and the curtain closes ready for the next free cycle.

During harvest a water purge has been taking place the free cycle does not use all the water that flows over the evaporator to make ice.

Some of it is drained out every cycle to reduce hard water scale. To reduce scale build-up, Scotsman Prodigy Ice machines with WaterSense technology automatically vary the amount of water purged based on water purity.

Scotsman Ice Machine Price

Scotsman ice machine is typically use for commercial environment, place it in bars, cafeterias or restaurants. Scotsman price are more than home ice makers.

Scotsman Ice Machine Warranty

  • 3 years parts and labor on all components
  • 5 years parts and labor on the evaporator
  • 5 years parts on the compressor and condenser

Scotsman Ice Maker Machine Q&A

  • Does Scotsman Ice Machine comes with ice storage bin?
  • Yes
  • Water Cooled or Air Cooled
  • Air Cooled
  • Does Scotsman Ice Machine keep the ice frozen?
  • Yes, this machine keep the ice frozen
  • Does Scotsman Ice Machine requires filter?
  • Yes

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