Remington Ice Machine


| September/October 1986



Ice machine

4700 Bayshore Road Sarasota, Florida 33580

The ice machine pictured here was made by the Remington Ice Machine Co., of Wilmington, Delaware, in 1907 and installed in the summer of that year in the milk processing plant of Henry Becker, Sr., my grandfather, at Roseland, New Jersey. (The company was later known as Henry Becker & Son, Inc.).

The steam engine was single cylinder, double acting, approximately 10' bore by 12' stroke and operated on 100 PSI, speed controlled by governor at 75-80 R.P.M.'s.

The ammonia compressor was two cylinder, approximately 8' x 8', 'high' side, 150 pounds, low (suction) side approximately 15 pounds vacuum. It had a water cooled condensor. After water passed through the condensor it went to a storage reservoir for re-use.

The engine and ammonia compressor were mounted on a common cast iron base. This was known as a 12 ton machine. In later years the evaporator controls were improved to provide approximately 15 tons on a continuous 24 hour basis.

This machine was in continuous operation, 12 to 16 hours a day with the exception of very few days a year from 1907 to November 1964. Its slow speed, as well as the excellent care it received, accounted for its long operational life.