Northstar Ice
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Flexible Ice Storage

North Star modular ice storage systems are a versatile way to store and automatically discharge any type of ice – flake, plate, shell or tube. These systems do not require the construction of a refrigerated building with wooden support columns and instead can be installed as a free standing unit in an existing refrigerated room. For this reason they are increasingly popular for retrofitting older plants or for new plants where wood construction is not practical.

These systems include a modular bin frame and sheet metal liner fitted with a North Star ice rake and bin frame mounted hoist. The rake levels the ice as it is produced and discharges it when needed, and the hoist automatically adjusts the height of the rake to the volume of ice in the bin. All North Star modular ice storage systems come with a control panel which can be customized to control the ice makers and storage system as well as equipment by others.


  • Capacities range from 18 to 280 tons (17 to 255 MT) per unit.
  • Hot-dip galvanized tubular steel wall frames with galvanized steel bin liners and access doors with clear plastic viewing panels.
  • Electric operated rake assembly with soft start fluid drive coupling and low speed overload protection.
  • Electric operated hoist assembly mounted on top of bin frame with galvanized drip pan, and electronic controller with “bin empty” and “bin full” detection.
  • Electric operated bin door assembly with viewing panels and plastic liner. Linear actuator-type bin door operator on SMR and LMR, automatic winch-type bin door operator on JMR, HMR, GMR and FMR.
  • Manual control station for rake, hoist and bin door. All systems include state-of-the-art safety and protection features.
  • Electric control panel with programmable logic controller with motor starters for rake, hoist, bin door and discharge screw; door mounted operator interface panel; consolidated power supply wiring with main disconnect, circuit breakers, power conditioner, all motor starters and control power transformer.
  • Stainless steel drive shaft and guard cover.
  • CE compliant.


  • Floor mounted discharge screw conveyor.
  • Floor mounted twin screw conveyors*
  • Externally mounted rake hoist.

*depending on model


  • Motor starters for additional conveying equipment
  • Variable delivery rate hoist controller
  • Enhanced operator interface with status and fault message display
  • Internet communication


MR-1:  Bin with external elevating conveyor.
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MR-2:  Bin with pneumatic conveying system.
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