Since 1950, North Star Ice Equipment has led the world in the design and manufacture of high-capacity, industrial flake ice makers. North Star’s enclosed vertical drum design and expert construction result in a low stress, low wear, and low maintenance ice maker that is simple to install and operate.
Flake ice differs from other types of ice in a number of important ways and all flake ice makers are not the same. North Star’s flake ice makers have unique features that make them an effective and economical choice for many cooling needs in food related applications and other types of processes.
Flake has more than 17,000 square feet (1,579 square meters) of surface area per ton of ice, providing greater cooling efficiency than any other ice.
Flake ice is formed in flat flakes which flow more freely and provide greater contact area than any other type of ice. Ice thickness can be changed from 1.5 to 2.0mm with simple adjustments to the machine.
Flake ice melts rapidly to dissipate heat and add moisture to mixtures, aiding the blending process, and will not damage blending equipment.
Flake ice remains dry, packs well and cushions products against damage. The flat shape will not create indentations in perishable products.
Our stainless steel flake ice makers are designed to meet the strict food safety requirements for food processors, including those in seafood, processed meat, poultry, produce, and baking industries
Flake ice is economical to produce, requiring only 1.3 tons of refrigeration per ton of ice from 60°F (+16.0°C) water.
Flake ice is completely dry which inhibits the ice from fusing together in a low temperature storage bin or clogging screw conveyors and pneumatic delivery systems. Flake ice will form a thin crust in a vessel hold or storage bin which preserves the ice for use at a later time. Breaking the thin crust will reveal, dry, sub-cooled ice flakes which are available for immediate use in product cooling or re-handling.