Inventors: Lee G. Mueller, Kewaunee; Howard
G. Funk, Manitowoc; Timothy J.
Kraus, Two Rivers; Steven P.
Kutchera; Gregory McDougal, both of
Manitowoc; David J. Williamson,
Manitow, all of Wis.
 Assignee: Manitowoc Foodservice Group, Inc., Manitowoc, Wis.
 Appl. No.: 09/111,985  Filed: Jul. 8, 1998
Related U.S. Application Data
 Division of application No. 08/746,315, Nov. 12, 1996, Pat. No. 5,787,723, which is a continuation-in-part of application No. 08/702,362, Aug. 21, 1996, abandoned
 Provisional application No. 60/002,550, Aug. 21, 1995.
 Int. CI. F25C 1/12
 U.S. CI 62/73; 62/351
 Field of Search 62/347, 351, 352,
 References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
A remote ice-making machine is disclosed having a compressor unit remote from an evaporator unit, a supply line for transferring refrigerant from the compressor unit-to the remote evaporator unit, and a return line for returning refrigerant from the evaporator unit to the compressor unit during an ice-making mode. The preferred evaporator unit has an ice-forming evaporator and a heating unit, as well as a valve for controlling the flow of refrigerant into the evaporator unit. A method for making ice with the remote ice-making unit is also disclosed.
25 Claims, 5 Drawing Sheets