What Kind of Ice Machine Does Sonic Use? The Burning Question, Answered

If you’ve ever been to Sonic or any other restaurant that offers the unique, nugget ice that Sonic provides, you’ve probably asked yourself at one point or another: “What kind of ice machine does Sonic use?” The chewable, frozen gem-sized treats can be eaten on their own and also work well to cool your drinks. They taste light, fluffy, and refreshing. This ice has even found Facebook pages dedicated to its existence. These one-of-a-kind frozen treats come from none other than a (cue the drumroll) Scotsman Nugget Ice Machine!

In 1981, Scotsman Industries created their first nugget machine, and for the next 30 years, this ice has seen its popularity explode, especially when Sonic began offering it in their signature beverages. When people found out that the ice in their glasses was as enjoyable as their drinks themselves, its popularity skyrocketed even further. Other companies quickly took note of the popularity spike, and began developing their own nugget producing machines. Ice-O-Matic offered ‘Pearls’. Hoshizaki offered ‘Cubelets’, and Manitowoc stuck with the traditional ‘Nugget’ name. Scotsman’s ice maker however, was and has remained the machine preferred by Sonic Drive-In.

If you’re looking for the exact ice machine that makes Sonic Ice, you would be led to one of Scotsman’s commercial ice making heads. Scotsman offers four of these units: the N0422, the N0622, the N0922, and the N1322. These four machines provide anywhere between 300 and 1300 pounds of nugget ice on a daily basis. Generally, the size of the establishment and the demand for ice will determine which machine is used in each location. The hours which the business is open for operation will also play a role in the purchase of a suitable machine. With these ice making heads, a compatible storage bin is required, which can also be chosen based on the amount of ice required on hand during peak business hours.

Many new establishments are choosing nugget producing machines in their businesses due to its boom in popularity. You can find nugget ice at Taco Time in the Northwestern United States, at Zaxby’s in the South and Southeast, and at Bess Eaton Coffee Shop in the Northeast (best iced coffee I’ve ever had, personally). While these businesses do not have the following that Sonic has, their use of nugget ice has sparked the interest of their customers, and provided new customers as well. This ice is so popular that, at one Sonic location, when a manager’s aging nugget ice machine finally passed away and he replaced them with a cube producing ice machine, he nearly had a mutiny on his hands, facing screaming customers that were demanding he bring back the chewable ice! (He later replaced the cube producing machine with two nugget ice machines to satisfy his customers.)

For those that want to provide nugget ice in a residential setting and don’t require 300 pounds or more a day, there are quite a few undercounter ice machines that make the same ice as Sonic. Scotsman once provided the best undercounter nugget ice machine in the industry, a unit called the NU130. They recently discontinued this model however, much to the chagrin of ice lovers everywhere. Ice-O-Matic – a subdivision of Scotsman Industries – now offers the GEMU090, which is the closest substitute for Scotsman’s NU130. The GEMU090 from creates around 85 pounds of nugget ice per day. It creates slightly less ice per day when compared to the NU130, but costs hundreds of dollars less. It is also identical in size and style. This ice machine has replaced the NU130 in terms of popularity when it comes to finding a high quality, residential, undercounter nugget ice machine.

For restaurant owners, a nugget ice machine will allow you to explore new beverages, and offer creative drinks, unique to your establishment. This ice will also provide a boost in your business’s popularity. If you are simply someone who loves Sonic ice to the point that you must have an undercounter nugget ice machine in your home, the GEMU090 is an excellent choice. For those that love chewing away at these delicious frozen treats, nugget ice is definitely on the “must have” list.

Scotsman had no idea how popular nugget ice would become when they created it over 30 years ago, but today, they are very glad that they didn’t put this idea “on ice”. It’s no coincidence that Scotsman’s nuggets resemble small frozen gems. Creating this ice was truly like finding a diamond in the rough. To find the perfect Sonic-style Nugget Ice Machine for your home or business, consider consulting the Ice Experts at Ice Machines Plus.

To Make Your Own Beats is Easy With Sonic Producer

To make your own beats can be both time consuming and complicated. But choosing the right beat making software will save you from all these hassle. The best example of this is the Sonic Producer.

Sonic Producer is the easiest and most effective software to use music producer to make your own beats. It’s perfect for any types of users. Plus, its incredible feature of importing your created music to MP3 file is superb!

So how does this software differ from any other beat making software? The answer is simple. Unlike any other beat making software, Sony Producer has various features that you can utilize to make your own beats easier and faster. Plus, it comes with an easy to follow video tutorial that thoroughly explains how to use the application, as well as on how to navigate its keys and software controls.

With this software, whether you’re already a veteran or still new in music production, developing a creative style to make your own beats turn into a high quality music will just be a piece of cake. Aside from this, its friendly-user interface will help you develop some techniques to master the sequencer and key controls, making you an expert of music production. Doesn’t that sound good?

To make your own beats of high quality doesn’t have to be very complicate and time consuming. It can actually be accomplished in just a few minutes with these incredible features of this software. So what are these features? Here are some:

It contains music production video tutorials for operating the Sonic Producer software, as well as on how to manipulate different keyboards and studios. All these and other supplied documentations are available for you online to make your own beats more fun and exciting.

Sonic Producer features hundreds of pre-existing sounds in its library giving you a wide variety of choice to make your own beats as creative as you like. You can experiment by downloading other music online and adds it up into your library.

Aside from lessons and tutorials to make your own beats, Sonic Producer also teaches you to learn how to use different musical instruments such as piano and on how to produce music from them. The production lessons such as Logic, ProTools, software instruments, and keywords are just few examples of controls that you can operate to make your own beats achievable.

The flexibility of Sonic Producer makes it operable on all computers and operating systems. Whether you have Mac or PC, your this beat maker software is perfect to make your own beats a high-quality produced music.

Since learning to make your own beats is easy and fast, you can now be proud and make a big impression to your family, friends and potential music buyers. Because of this, you are given the opportunity to make money from your music creation. You can either do direct selling or put up your own business similar to Sonic Producer.

All these features described are just few or the many functions and advantage of Sonic Producer to make your beats very effortless, while saving your time.

On-Demand CRM – Integration Hub for the Small Business or Enterprise Department

There is an interesting phenomenon happening in the small and medium business segment. The widespread adoption of on-demand or software as a service (saas) CRM, led by Salesforce.com, and followed by companies such as NetSuite and RightNow Technologies.

Well, that’s not really new.

What is new is the expanded use of saas CRM software within these mini-enterprises, whether independent businesses or smaller divisions or departments of larger corporations, as their principal business platform. Since saas CRM manages the lifeblood of the business, sales and customers, and is increasingly more user friendly and flexible, it is becoming the preferred method for companies to manage their business.

As a result, it is also becoming the de facto integration hub, or SOA enabler, for the smaller enterprise.

A case in point is the experience of a well-known educational products sales company. It’s parent company sells educational toys through retailers. However, it launched a division that sells education-oriented items to schools and school districts, such as a handheld screen-based interactive tool that uses story narratives to teach English proficiency to non-native English speakers. This newer division established a territory sales model, with geographically-based sales executives selling to school districts in their area.

The main corporate entity has only a handful of account managers who sell to large retailers such as Wal-Mart and Toys’r’Us. Whereas it is geared towards a retail sales model and related B2B IT infrastructure, the newer division had the infrastructure needs of a territory-based direct sales model. They required a CRM application to track leads, opportunities, and closed sales, and because of the reduced bandwidth of this smaller business unit, they required the efficiency gains of an automated commission calculating application.

With no dedicated IT resources (IT resources are tied to corporate and are available “on-loan” to the new division), and a need to ramp-up quickly, the division chose to bring the CRM and commission calculation functionality of the on-demand model. They chose Salesforce.com and Xactly Corporation, respectively, to fulfill these functions. The one on-premise application they had access to was Oracle Financials for accounting.

The missing piece was to integrate these applications together. They chose to go with a packaged integration platform, adopting their subscription-based pricing model and on-premise software.

In addition to being the CRM platform for the new division, Salesforce.com is also serving as the de facto “enterprise service bus” to incorporate the accounting functionality of Oracle Financials, and to trigger Xactly to do it’s job of calculating sales commissions.

This use of Salesforce.com as a de facto on-demand ESB platform was noted in an August 2007 white paper entitled “Busting Myths of On-Demand Integration,” by Peter Coffee, Director of Platform Research.

“On-demand platforms exhibit the growing capability to provide a foundation for integration,” he said, citing a May 2007 announcement of the Salesforce.com SOA technology that enables the exposure and consumption of web services.

In the same paragraph he notes:

“This is not to say, however, that a move to a Web services protocol strategy (such as that of using a saas application such as Salesforce.com) is a prerequisite for on-demand integration…there are options available for use with the salesforce.com platform” such as custom coding or a third party integration platform.

In other words, on-demand applications, Salesforce.com being the most prominent, are quickly establishing themselves as integration hubs the way ESB providers such as Sonic Software, IBM’s Websphere, and BEA’s Weblogic were formulated to be.

These SOA solutions, however, are cost-prohibitive for smaller companies, divisions or departments, and are often managed by enterprise IT staffs who are unresponsive to the needs of the department. These smaller enterprises have to fend for themselves, and are adopting on-demand applications that require little to no IT involvement.

IT typically has to get involved when it comes to integration, according to Coffee. Such was the case with the educational products company. Their IT department provided the input that the newer division needed to give the technical “thumbs-up” to the integration solution. But due to human bandwidth issues they decided to go with a fully delivered integration solution as opposed to the traditional toolset that is typically sold to IT departments.

Tying together Salesforce.com, Oracle Financials and Xactly Corporation was done in the span of four months and cost less than $50,000. Why did it take that long? Because they had to take a breather between deciding on an integration vendor and a commission calculation vendor.

Compare that with enterprise application integration projects which typically take nine months or more and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and you can see why Salesforce.com, together with fully configured integration solutions, are quickly becoming the “integration hubs” or systems of record for the smaller enterprise.