Laying the ice using REALice® treated water gives you an optimal foundation for high-quality ice. REALice® treated water produces ice which is hard and more resilient than traditional ice. As micro-bubbles, that normally are in the water have been removed, the ice obtains greater clarity so that advertising and lines become more clearly visible through it.
Some of our operators were really worried about the ice quality we’d get by using cold water to flood the ice. We found that when we converted over, they didn’t mind it at all. If there had been a difference in ice quality, I would have heard about it from everyone. But no, we’ve had nothing of the sort. With the REALice system, we’re not missing a beat!”
We have huge savings and having great ice. Even some of the pro teams skating in our facility are saying how hard it is. There is nothing I would want to change.
I was the biggest skeptic, being an old-school ice maker, but I can eat crow now.
No spider cracks, fantastic ice, 5,000 hours less runtime. The biggest thing for us was the quality of the ice. If the quality went down, we wouldn’t be using the system.
REALice has allowed us to reduce our water temperature, decreasing our flood-to-freeze time without sacrificing our ice quality.
We have been running the Real Ice System in Our Lac du Bonnet Arena in Manitoba Canada for 2 years now. We get compliments on our ice almost on a daily basis. From hockey coaches, players and figure skaters: they all just love our ice!
The change in the ice is hard to describe -- it just feels denser.
We are very pleased with the results of the REALice system thus far. The users have reported very hard, consistent, and fast ice. The ice also looks very clear and has a nice sheen to it.
In Williams Lake we have very hard and mineralized water and we have found that the ice is as good as before the Real Ice installation if not better. We have also noticed our ice stays much clearer than before. We flood with 57-60 degree F water and have not had any problems at all since the system was installed. The cost savings on our utilities is also quite noticeably better and this is a big positive when you deal with your politicians or directors.
REALice works and making great ice comes from good ice maintenance. There’s nothing else out there that we could put in so easily and save the money we’re saving.
Ice made with REALice is resilient and strong & allows for a faster and better Hockey Game.
Our staff and users are completely satisfied with the switch, in fact if we hadn’t told users about it they wouldn’t even have noticed the change. On top of that, we are already seeing reductions in our gas and electricity usage.
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What is important to mentioned that in the ice maintenance process not only the snow is removed with the ice machine but also the ice also shaved 1mm per round to eliminate the scars and make it nice and transparent again.
Through ice crystal comparison it was shown that the ice made with REALice® treated water is:
leading to reduced energy usage in ice rinks. With the ice crystal being bigger, the density of the ice increases.
Image shows ice crystals of normal ice (left) and REALice® (right) as seen in cross-polarized light. The scale at the bottom is in cm. (Source: Lulea Technical University, Sweden, May 2011).