Commercial Dry Ice Applications

There are a variety of commercial dry ice uses. See below to learn more:
Dry ice for airline catering: image of Aer Lingus plane.

Inflight Catering

The Airline industry use Dry Ice Slices for in-flight catering, mostly on long haul flights. The Dry Ice slabs are placed in food trolleys and stores, keeping the foods chilled or frozen until ready for use. The main advantages in using dry ice, is that the food is stored according to strict Health & Safety guidelines. Once the Dry Ice has sublimated, only the packaging needs to be disposed of, unlike Gel Plates which must be returned to point of origin.

Chilled Food Distribution

Dry Ice Solid Blocks and Slices are placed in the back of the transport. Depending on where the Dry Ice is placed, food can be kept either frozen or chilled. Using Dry Ice for distribution eliminates the need for refrigerated transport and makes it possible to transport Frozen, Chilled and Ambient temperature products in the one cargo hold. The Lidl group are successfully using this method throughout Europe to greatly reduce transport costs.

Engineering & Shrink Fitting

Dry Ice will shrink metal to slide on sleeves, bushings or bearings. Adding Dry Ice to a 90% pure alcohol bath will create a cold liquid near -109.3°F which can be used like liquid nitrogen.

Dry Ice for medical sample storage and transportation

Pharmaceutical Companies & Laboratories

Dry Ice is used to inhibit the growth or decline of some biological products. It safely contains samples for storage or during transport. It also acts as a stabilising agent for a variety of pharmaceutical products. The majority of pharmaceuticals companies use Dry Ice 9mm Pellets.

Chemical Industries

The low temperature of Dry Ice slows or stops some chemical reactions. Allowing for sensitive or volatile products to be stored and shipping safely and easily. It is also a neutralizing agent for alkalis.

Individual dry ice blasting machinery

Industrial Cleaning & Technical Processes

Industrial Cleaning using Dry Ice involves using 3mm Pellets blasted at subsonic or supersonic speeds to remove surface contaminants. Upon impact the Dry Ice turns from solid into a harmless gas, leaving only the contaminant itself for disposal. The advantages of using Dry Ice cleanblasting for the customer are numerous; there is no secondary waste, it’s compact, completely portable, ideal for robotisation, safer for the environment, safer for employees, safer for end products, safer for equipment and no electrical requirements.

Polar Ice have considerable expertise in manufacturing high density, top quality 3mm pellets, commonly referred to as Drice ®, These tiny dry ice pellets flow easily through dry ice blasting equipment and make for a more thorough and effective clean.

Dry ice for food processing

Food Processing

Meat processors use Dry Ice to keep the product temperature low and reduce spoilage while processing meat. This is used in industrial processing of ground meats and sausages. The baking industry use Dry Ice in mixing ingredients, retarding yeast growth until required. As Dry Ice is bacteriostatic, food grade and residue free it is perfect for use in the food processing industry.

Preconditioning of Envirotainers

Preconditioning is a term used to describe the temperature of the container or product prior to loading. The container must also be pre-cooled before loading so as to ensure an unbroken cold chain. Load the amount of dry ice required to both precondition the container and maintain product temperature during the shipment into the container. Calculate the amount of dry ice based on the transportation schedule’s time and temperature profile.

Rubber Moulding

Dry Ice will cool and shrink whatever it touches. Rubber parts are tumbled in a barrel with Dry Ice, making them brittle for easy flash removal. It is used in cold grinding of Plexiglas, PVC resins and vinyl’s.

Dry ice for temperature regulation of plasma

Hospitals & Clinics

Dry Ice is used to safely store or transport blood products and organs for donation, transplant or examination. Other medical samples can be stored without any disruption or loss of sample quality.

Universities & Research

Universities throughout Ireland use Dry Ice 9mm Pellets for various research programmes, maintaining experiments and samples at required stability and temperatures.

Dry Ice for freezebranding

Freeze Branding & Agriculture

Dry Ice, usually Solid Blocks or Slices, is placed into a branding container, where methylated spirits is poured over the Dry Ice. Branding irons are then placed into this super cooled alcohol mixture. Upon removal the branding irons are pressed against the beasts hide, thus permanently applying the brand mark without damaging the hide.

Gift Shippers

Using Dry Ice to regulate the temperature of chilled or frozen products, such as ice-cream, eliminates the need for refrigerated transport. Dry Ice is an ideal solution for transporting small quantities of perishable goods in a low-cost highly effective manner.

Exports & Distribution

Using Dry Ice for Chilled or Frozen distribution eliminates the need for refrigerated transport. Polar Ice provides calculations on Dry Ice quantities required during transport of products based on time in transit, ambient temperatures, required product temperatures and internal dimensions of the product container. Dry Ice can be safely transported via any distribution method, provided the use of Dry Ice is declared.

Degassing tanks

Use Dry Ice to displace oxygen in tanks that may contain flammable liquids. Because the dry ice sublimates it fills the the tank with carbon dioxide gas, therefore makes it safer to repair or remove the tank. Calculate the dry ice volume requirements based on the size of the tank.

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