Triangle Ice: An Automation Case Study
Based in Savannah, Georgia, Triangle Ice has additional operations throughout Georgia, Northern Florida, and South Carolina. At their Walterboro, South Carolina plant, they produce bagged ice serving Charleston, Columbia, and surrounding markets. Eighteen months after purchasing the plant, Triangle’s management realized they needed to:
- Decrease the distance of travel from their ice makers to their bins,
- Increase overall production, and
- Become more energy-efficient.
There was one more requirement: Triangle would like to use as much of its existing equipment as possible.
According to Triangle’s Rob Neall, “Most of the other companies we asked for proposals required a full upgrade — take everything out, and you gotta do it this way or no way at all. Modern was very helpful in adapting what we had to what we needed to accomplish.
They also identified some areas of improvement, including more efficient ice-makers, all-green systems, and a wiser use of our electrical power. “
“Modern Ice adds value to what they provide us. They go out of their way to help us and through the weekends and the holidays I have no problem calling them and getting the answer. We hope to further upgrade this facility to a fully automated, robotic facility, and we expect that Modern will be our partner in that.”
Adds John Potter: “The whole thing just made sense. They came up with very good compact design. Now we have a control panel that gives us remote access to the equipment. I can even shut down the ice-maker from home if there is a problem. We also have cameras that allow us to physically look at the rakes on my phone. These are quality-of-life improvements that allow us to have more time with our families.”