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Miners turn the heat up on Scotsman

Europe’s second deepest mine operated by ICL Fertilizers at Boulby, North Yorkshire has commissioned another Scotsman Modular cube ice maker.

The commission also includes insulated bin system to support the 0.6 Tonnes of Scotsman ice production it installed just six months ago.

The initial installation of two Scotsman MC 46 Modular Supercubers, was so successful that miners at the 200-hectare site on the northeast coast of the North York Moors, increased their consumption of ice, keeping them cool at the mine face.

The mine is 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) deep and produces half of the UK’s output of Potash for use in agricultural fertiliser. The mine also produces rock salt as a by-product that is used as a de-icing agent on roads in winter conditions.

Over 200 hundred miners working double shifts enter the mine each day and due to the extreme depth of the mine and the equipment being used, temperatures at the mine face can reach up to 3 deg C.

Mark Stebbings, technical manager for Hubbard Ice Systems, UK distributors of the Scotsman brand of ice-makers, said: “The equipment we specified and installed early in 2012 has proven so successful that we were asked by the mine owners’ to increase the production capacity of ice by 25 per cent.”

“We specified and supplied a Scotsman MC 16 Short – production unit that can produce up to 170 kgs of medium-sized ‘Supercubes’ in a 24-hour period. This was supplemented by a Follet EDB650 insulated storage bin and bagging system that can store, and bag up to 200 Kgs of ice per day”.

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