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PRODUCTION, WORKING, STORING OR DISTRIBUTION OF ICE (frozen sweets, including ice-cream, their production A23G 9/00; concentrating solutions by removing frozen solvents B01D 9/04; purification of water by freezing C02F 1/22 ; refrigeration machines, plants or systems F25B; solidification of gases or gaseous mixtures F25J; freeze drying F26B)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The term "ice" means any frozen liquid and is to be understood as also covering frozen semi-liquids or pasty substances.

References relevant to classification in this subclass
This subclass/group does not cover:
Frozen sweets, including ice-cream, their production
Concentrating solutions by removing frozen solvents
Purification of water by freezing
Refrigeration machines, plants or systems
Solidification of gases or gaseous mixtures
Freeze drying
Special rules of classification within this subclass/group

Control means for production, working, storing or distribution of ice are classified in F25C 2600/00.

Sensors for production, working, storing or distribution of ice are classified in F25C 2700/00.

Production of ice (F25C 3/00 takes precedence)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

This subclass/group covers:

Freezers for pelletizing/granulating liquids.

Production of ice slurries.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Production of ice or snow
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Production of ice slurries
open or openable at both ends
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Production of bar-ice.

by using rotating or otherwise moving moulds (F25C 1/08 takes precedence)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Rotating or otherwise moving moulds during freezing of water.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
By immersing freezing chambers or plates into water
Special rules of classification within this group

Rotating during harvesting of ice is classified in F25C 5/02 or lower and F25C 2305/022.

Construction of moulds; Filling devices therefor (metering by volume in general G01F)
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Metering volume in general
Methods or apparatus specially adapted for the production of ice or snow for winter sports or similar recreational purposes, e.g. for sporting installations; Production of artificial snow (foundations or pavings for artificial surfaces for outdoor or indoor practice of snow or ice sports E01C 13/10; working on surfaces of snow or ice in order to make them suitable for traffic or sporting purposes E01H 4/00 )
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Shape of rinks or trails
Foundations or pavings for artificial surfaces for outdoor or indoor practice of snow or ice sports
Working on surfaces of snow or ice in order to make them suitable for traffic or sporting purposes
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Spraying apparatus for discharge of liquids or other fluent materials from two or more sources
Simulating ice or snow
for ice rinks (shape of rinks A63C 19/10 ; construction of rinks E01C)
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Shape of rinks or trails
Construction of rinks or trails
for sledging or ski trails; Production of artificial snow (shape of trails A63C 19/10 ; construction of trails E01C)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Shape of trails
Spraying apparatus for discharge of lquids or other fluent materials from two or more sources
Simulating ice or snow
Construction of trails
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Special arrangements or features of snow making
Special rules of classification within this subclass/group

Different methods/devices for snow making are classified in F25C 2303/00 and lower.

[N:particularly adapted for household refrigerators]
Special rules of classification within this group

When emphasis is put on water dispenser classify in F25D23/126 and F25C 2400/10.

Tools or machines for disintegrating, removing or harvesting ice
Special rules of classification within this group

Combinations of ice-crusher and ice-shaving machine in one embodiment are classified in F25C 5/02 and in F25C 5/046 and F25C 5/12.

[N:Tools, e.g. ice picks, ice crushers, ice shavers]
Glossary of terms
In this subclass/group, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:

In this group the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:

Tools
hand tools
[N: Ice-crusher machines]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Also grinding.

Ice-shaving machines
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Flake ice and chip ice.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Production of slush ice
Production of ice by using augers
Synonyms and Keywords

In patent documents the following expressions "Flake ice" and "Chip ice" are often used as synonyms.

[N:combined with ice level sensing means]
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Indicating or measuring liquid level, or level of fluent solid material
Level control, e.g. controlling quantity of material stored in vessel
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