How to Prevent Your Equipment from Freezing Up

Frozen Car On Ice - Freeze Conditioning - Novamen

What Does Freeze Conditioning Mean? 

Freeze conditioning is the process of using chemical products to help stabilize or moderate equipment from icing up and becoming frozen in harsh climates. When equipment gets frozen at a construction project, workers can find themselves in difficult and dangerous positions as they try to work around any frozen materials or tools.

Freeze conditioning products are used at construction sites to help to lower the temperatures of the equipment, weaken any ice formation and ease the overall process of material handling during the winter times. 

Why Do We Need Freeze Conditioning? 

Frozen equipment can become hazardous and difficult for workers to maneuver and manage in such climates. When equipment is exposed to extreme temperatures at a construction project, surface moisture forms ice which can cause machinery to become too frozen to work properly. Ice formation can cause great challenges for construction site workers, especially when freezing occurs on conveyor belt systems. 

Additionally, freezing can even cause the equipment to stick to its nearby surroundings, slowing down the process of the project as a whole. Freeze conditioning products help to make the process of de-icing and the management of frozen equipment easier for all. As such, you’ll need the best solutions for freeze conditioning products which can help make the whole process easier.

How to Prevent Equipment from Freezing Up

With Novamen’s mission to offer you the best de-icing and anti-freeze compounds, our freeze conditioning solutions can help you with the lowering of temperatures for your construction tools and materials, and to help prevent any other challenges which may occur from frozen equipment.

How to Choose Freeze Conditioning Products

At Novamen, we recommend choosing freeze conditioning products that include the following:

  • antifreeze
  • non toxic
  • non hazardous
  • environmentally-friendly

Below is a list of our freeze conditioning products that are highly effective to make your construction project a smooth success in the harshest of winters:

NovaMax BWD Conveyor Belt Wetting Deicer

NovaMax BWD is a non-toxic belt wetting antifreeze/de-icing compound developed by Novamen Inc.


  • Can replace ethylene or propylene glycol-based belt wetting deicing compounds at a lower cost
  • Non-toxic and non-hazardous
  • High flash point
  • Biodegradable
  • Improved worker safety
  • Non-toxic to animal life

NovaMax Deicer Type I High Performance Environmentally Friendly Deicer

NovaMax Liquid De-Icer Type I is an environmentally friendly deicer with highly effective properties. 


  • Ideal for preventing coal, petroleum coke and other aggregates from freezing to truck boxes, conveyor belts and rail cars. 
  • is non-hazardous and less corrosive than calcium or magnesium chloride
  • Because of the low corrosiveness, equipment lasts longer and in small doses has little to no effect on soil and vegetation. 

NovaMax Deicer Type II Economical Environmentally Friendly Deicer

NovaMax De-IcerType II is manufactured from environmentally friendly, non-toxic, biodegradable organic compounds.


  • Non-toxic and non-hazardous
  • High flash point
  • Lower cost
  • Biodegradable
  • Improved worker safety
  • Non-toxic to animal life
  • will stick well to most surfaces and prevent product freezing
  • minimizes product buildup and downtime.

NovaMax SRA Side Release Agent

NovaMax SRA is comprised of naturally occurring triglycerides and environmentally friendly emulsifiers.


  • Eliminate costly chipping, picking, or shovelling to remove left material out of rail cars and truck boxes
  • Easier to clean rail cars, truck boxes and other equipment
  • Reduce amount of dust
  • Non-flammable
  • Non-corrosive
  • Easy to apply
  • Provides “Dump-&-Go” turnaround
  • Economical
  • leaves a clean, oily barrier providing ubricity between metal surface and particulate products, allowing easier release when unloading

Potassium Acetate Deicer

NovaMax De-Icer, a potassium acetate based product, is one of the industry’s top de-icing products available in Western Canada. 


  • Safe for runways
  • Minimal environmental impact
  • Requires fewer applications than other alternatives
  • Easy to apply
  • Active at sub-zero temperature (freeze point -60°C)
  • Improved safety during inclement weather
  • Cost effective
  • Active at low temperatures (-30°C and below)
  • Less slippery than glycol-based products
  • Low BOD (biochemical oxygen demand)
  • Biodegrades at low temperatures
  • Does not contain urea
  • Low toxicity to fish, mammals, and vegetation
  • less aggressive on soils and much less corrosive, and for this reason is preferred for airport runways and areas of environmental sensitivity.

Novamen Inc. Is Here to Help

As a supplier and manufacturer of various freeze conditioning products, we offer a full range of suitable products for various applications. With an excellent customer service and operations team, Novamen can provide top quality liquid de-icer all winter long for worry free service at an affordable cost. 

If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-403-348-5956 or email us at info@novamen.ca to get in touch with a Novamen representative today on how our freeze conditioning products can keep your equipment ice-free this winter.

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