Commercial Dry Ice Uses

There are a variety of commercial dry ice uses. Choose from the list below to learn more:


 

Inflight Catering

The Airline industry use Dry Ice Slices for in-flight catering, mostly on long haul flights. They place Dry Ice slabs in food trolleys and stores, to keep the foods chilled or frozen until ready for use. Especially relevant is that the food is stored according to strict Health & Safety guidelines and once the Dry Ice has sublimated only the dry ice packaging remains.

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Industrial Cleaning & Technical Processes

Industrial Dry Ice Cleaning involves using 3mm dry ice Pellets blasted at subsonic or supersonic speeds to remove surface contaminants. Upon impact the Dry Ice turns from a 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, has no electrical requirements, and is suitable for use on easily damaged surfaces. Because it’s non-toxic it’s also safer for the environment and safer for employees.

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.
 
Learn more about dry ice blasting »
 
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Universities & Research

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

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Chilled Food Distribution

Place Dry Ice Solid Blocks and Slices in the back of the transport to keep food either frozen or chilled. Using Dry Ice for this method of distribution eliminates the need for refrigerated transport and therefore makes it is 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.

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Food Processing

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

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Chemical Industries

The low temperature of Dry Ice slows or stops some chemical reactions. This allows for safe storage and shipping of sensitive or volatile products. It is also a neutralizing agent for alkalis.

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Engineering & Shrink Fitting

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

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Rubber Moulding

Dry Ice will cool and shrink whatever it touches. Tumbling rubber parts in a barrel with Dry Ice, will make them brittle as a result, allowing for easy flash removal. It is used in cold grinding of Plexiglas, PVC resins and vinyl’s.

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Freeze Branding & Agriculture

Place Dry Ice, usually Solid Blocks or Slices, into a branding container, and pour methylated spirits over the Dry Ice. Place the branding irons into this supercooled alcohol mixture. Upon removal press the branding iron against the animal’s hide. This will permanently apply the brand mark without damaging the hide. The pigment-producing cells in the hair follicle are destroyed due to the extremely low temperature of the branding iron. As a result the hair grows back white where the brand was applied.

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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.

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Pharmaceutical Companies & Laboratories

Due to it’s low temperature, dry ice is used to inhibit the growth or decline of some biological products. It safely contains samples for storage or transport. It also acts as a stabilising agent for a variety of pharmaceutical products. The majority of pharmaceuticals companies use Dry Ice 9mm Pellets. Dry is ideal for storage and shipping because it sublimates without leaving any residue or waste.

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Exports & Distribution

Use Dry Ice for Chilled or Frozen distribution to eliminate the need for refrigerated transport. Polar Ice can provide you with calculations for appropriate dry ice quantities for the transport of products based on time in transit, ambient temperatures, required product temperatures and internal dimensions of the product container. You can safely transport Dry Ice via any distribution method, so long as the use of Dry Ice is declared.

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Hospitals & Clinics

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

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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.

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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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