Commercial Flake Ice Machines

a trusted name with expanded capacities

The Cascade Series by North Star is an expansion of the original North Star flake ice maker line that has been trusted in the industry since 1950. The Cascade Series includes a line of durable, commercial grade flake ice makers for industrial applications.


  • Offering both stainless steel and chrome freezing surfaces, for any application
  • Production capacities ranging from 1,100 lbs to 11 US tons per 24 hours
  • Available for use with all modern and natural refrigerants
  • ASME & CE compliant
  • Ice thickness can be varied in the field by changing the speed of the rotor.


  • Built for industrial use with high-quality, heavy-duty parts.
  • Constructed to ASME code for 377 PSIG working pressure.
  • Designed with a stationary double-walled evaporator and no sealed bearings.
  • Limited moving parts means minimal wear and tear


  • Operates continuously with no defrost cycles. All energy used goes to making ice.
  • Recirculates any water overflow back to the water tank so no water is lost. The patented drip shield ensures that no water falls into the ice storage bin.
  • Designed with an attached insulated accumulator to provide accurate refrigerant level control and complete separation of liquid and gas refrigerant. (Also available as a forced recirculation system with no accumulator).

Flake ice makers


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.

Faster Cooling

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.

Better Product Coverage

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.

Thorough Product Mixing

Flake ice melts rapidly to dissipate heat and add moisture to mixtures, aiding the blending process, and will not damage blending equipment.

Greater Product Protection

Flake ice remains dry, packs well and cushions products against damage. The flat shape will not create indentations in perishable products. 

Food Safety

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

Cost Effective Production

Flake ice is economical to produce, requiring only 1.3 tons of refrigeration per ton of ice from 60°F (+16.0°C) water. 

Easier Storage and Distribution

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.

Helpful Technical Information

Use the Capacity Calculator below to size the correct ice maker for your project. Download helpful brochures, specification sheets, and other technical data in our Resources Library.

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