Growers Custom Equipment, LLC
The purpose of GCE Model IS 35 T Ice Storage Unit is to store 35 Tons of Flake Ice at a temperature to maintain ice consistency without turning into slush or bridging.
The ice is used to cool fresh produce. GCE Model IG 180 ice generator is the source of the ice. The objective is to fill IS 35 T prior to start of each shift. IG 180 is capable of producing 180 tons of flake ice in a twenty hour period. Typically each carton of produce requires on average of 23 lbs. of ice. Production is typically 150,000 units in a shift. A typical shift is 12 hours. The objective is to start each shift with 35 tons and maintain constant ice throughout the day. When ice gets low PLC are programmed to start the ice generator to replenish the ice.
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Weight of ice on conveying system
Keeping ice consistent without bridging or turning to slush.
Current Product Material (BOM)
It is constructed of stainless steel to comply with food safety. The unit is enclosed with 6 inch IMP with auxiliary refrigeration available if required to maintain ice consistency.
Infeed augers are 9 inch with 1 ½ inch shafts. Motors are Baldor CEWDM3701T 7.5HP, 1770 RPM 3PH 60HZ 213TC with FAZAM213/215 gear units with 5 to 1 reduction
Out feed augers currently in unit 12 Inch with 2 inch shafts. Motors are CEWDM3701T 7.5HP, 1770 RPM 3PH 60HZ 213TC with FAZ87 AM213/215 gear units with 75 to 1 gear reduction and producing 1700 foot pounds of torque.
Scope of Work
Re design IS 35 T auger/conveying system to support on demand flake ice at full capacity (35 Tons) Using our existing IS35T frame drawings, redesign the floor to go from the existing two 12-inch augers and troughs to a flat floor with wall to wall 9-inch augers and troughs.
1) Design a safety floor above the augers to allow worker access to the interior. The grating of the safety floor must not impede the flow of ice to the augers.
2) Design a mechanism by which the safety floor can vibrate to help loosen any bridging.
3) Design a system to maintain ice from in-feed so as not to build up piles but delivers and distribute ice evenly in the unit.
Photos of current unit
Other suggestions are welcome.