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Oakland International Web Relaunch Champions Transformative Change

County Meath business, Oakland International, a sustainable family business held in high regard within the multi temperature supply chain arena, has relaunched their website and new corporate brand  championing their view of sustainable growth and transformative change.

Oakland International co-founder, Dean Attwell (pictured), comments: “Relaunching the website is the culmination of many months of planning, strategy review, and development, with the evolution of the brand and website reflecting our stance on environmental and organic change. Serving as a vehicle to increase awareness of our unique and innovation-driven identity, value offerings and corporate social commitment, Oakland has maintained growth, supported and invested in sustainable initiatives which in turn benefit customers and our network partners.”

Recognised in 2016 as a Top 100 Local Employer and ranked in the London Stock Exchange report as being in the Top 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain, Oakland International offers an expanding range of support services including tempering, co-packing, multi-temperature distribution, distress load management and brand development support from their UK and Ireland based facilities.

The new website offers enhanced functionality and additional features, information and content covering articles and industry information as well as details of Oakland’s value added UK and Ireland partner services, links to Oakland’s careers website and their registered children’s charity the Oakland Foundation to give visitors an overview of their community work with children within Redditch and Bromsgrove and the surrounding areas.

Dean adds: “Our new branding reflects our core values and key focus of adding value wherever possible for customers, our network partners and our community.”

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Blakeman’s Upgrades Processing Line With Fourth Spiral Freezer

One of the UK’s leading manufacturers of sausage and meat products, James T Blakeman & Co is investing in a freezing equipment upgrade with its fourth Helix spiral system from IQF equipment specialist Starfrost. James T Blakeman & Co is a family run business that supplies sausage and meat products to the catering and ready meal industry; manufacturing 21000 tonnes of production per year.

The company has a continuous commitment to growth and improvement within the business and recently built a 40,000 sq ft state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at its site at Staffordshire in the UK. Blakeman’s latest development was to increase capacity and efficiency of its existing aging system. The firm also wanted to optimise hygiene procedures and increase flexibility of its processing line to provide opportunities for long-term business planning.

British manufacturer Starfrost has worked closely with James T Blakeman & Co for a number of years, successfully installing three spiral freezing systems over the last decade as the meat manufacture extended its processes. For Blakeman’s most recent project Starfrost was once again selected as preferred freezing equipment supplier.

Starfrost, together with parent company Star refrigeration, designed, manufactured and installed a Glacier Spiral system for Blakeman’s. The latest freezing system upgrade combines Helix Spiral Freezer technology and a unique low carbon ammonia refrigeration plant in one complete package.

The Glacier pack included a custom designed Helix Spiral Freezer with a processing capacity of 900 kg per hour of cooked sausages. The system features a stainless steel dual conveyor belt around a single rotating drum, with 28 tiers in total. In addition, the dual twin belt is equipped with optional side guards; this allows the customer to process various products simultaneously, giving increased flexibility to the processing line.

Blakeman’s Spiral Freezer features a ‘Clean in Place’ system, the CIP System is an automated cleaning system using rotating spray nozzles and spray bars, for targeted application of the detergent and sanitizer in major operating zones. Its unique design enables the process to be a repeatable, cost effective means of cleaning and sanitising the equipment, along with reducing operational downtime required for cleaning and maintenance.

The latest spiral system installed at Blakeman’s is designed to maximise uptime and requires minimal ongoing maintenance. Furthermore, the temperature control and a unique airflow is specially designed for delicate products such as skin on sausages, ensuring product quality is maintained for the customer.

Kevin Moller, Operational Manager at Blakeman’s, says: “We have worked alongside Starfrost on former freezing projects and have been very pleased with the results, they have proven to be reliable and have an understanding of our requirements, so when it came to looking for another spiral freezing system, it was an easy decision. The Glacier Helix has been designed to meet our precise specifications; it is operating effectively, enabling us to reduce maintenance and improve flexibility of our processing line, as well giving us capabilities to expand production in the future.”

Kevin Moller adds: “The primary, most important benefit of our latest install has been optimising hygienic performance within our facility, with rising safety demands within the food processing industry, food processors today must be extremely focused on hygiene within their production. The full ‘Clean in Place’ system combined with stainless steel enclosure and reverse cycle defrost allows for an effective hygienic process at Blakeman’s.”

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Egemin to Build Third Automated High-bay Warehouse For Agristo

Belgian pre-fried and frozen potato products manufacturer Agristo is teaming up with Egemin Automation for the third time in a row for the construction of a new, fully automated high-bay deepfreeze warehouse. The new warehouse will be built in Wielsbeke (90 km West of Brussels) on a 25-hectare lot. Alongside the storage facilities, Agristo is also erecting new production buildings and green zones. The investment needs to support extra production capacity, further improve Agristo’s quality insurance and expand the company’s storage capacity.

Work started on the new site at the beginning of September. The warehouse will be nearly 45 metres high, and with 15 storage levels it will accommodate 50,000 pallets, or 35,000 tons of frozen fries. The warehouse is due to go into operation in autumn 2017. Agristo already has two Egemin high-bay warehouses in use, in Tilburg (2012) and Nazareth (2015).

agristotilburgegemincompressedEgemin is handling the complete intralogistics infrastructure and the automation of the warehouse operations. It is providing the warehouse racks for the clad rack structure, as well as the pallet stacker cranes, the conveyor system and pallet lifts that connect production and shipping with the high-bay warehouse. Agristo will use Egemin’s E’wms software for automatic control and management of its new warehouse and all transport systems.

“Automation means that it is easier for Agristo to guarantee the quality of its products,” says Marcel Spruijt, Sales Manager at Egemin. “The cold chain is never interrupted even for a moment. The pallet conveyor system automatically conveys the frozen fries from production to the high-bay warehouse. In addition, fewer actions are needed to move products to the warehouse, which reduces the risk of damage to the pallets and packaging.”

agristonazarethcompressedThe high-performance warehouse concept has a double outfeed conveyor system on two levels. This means that Agristo can handle large buffers very quickly making it possible to load trucks from the warehouse in barely 15-20 minutes.

Green Technology

The clad rack structure of the deepfreeze warehouse is designed to use energy sustainably. “The production and storage of frozen fries takes a lot of energy,” says Carmen Wallays, Procurement & Logistics Director at Agristo. “When designing this new project with Egemin, we therefore paid a lot of attention to efficiency, sustainability and the environment.”

As a result, the roof and wall insulation is thicker than the standard for deepfreeze warehouses. The pallet stacker cranes have an internal energy recovery system.The system collects the energy released during lowering and braking operations of the cranes and feeds the energy back into the power grid. In this way, the cranes save up to 20% energy, less heat is released into the warehouse and less cooling is required.

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FSA Urges Public to ‘Face Freezer Fears’ in a Bid to Tackle Food Waste

Misconceptions about how to freeze food safely are contributing to food waste in the UK, according to new research by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The research identified a number of freezing ‘myths’ that are preventing people from using their freezers to make food go further. 43% of those interviewed think that food should only be frozen on the day of purchase to be safe; 38% incorrectly said it is dangerous to refreeze meat after it has been cooked; and 36% wrongly believe that food can become unsafe to eat while in the freezer.

Over two thirds (68%) of the people surveyed have thrown food away in the past month, with bread (36%), fruit (31%), vegetables (31%) and leftover meals (22%) topping the list. The most common reason given for throwing food away is that it is past its ‘use by’ day, cited by over a third (36%) of respondents. 30% admit to throwing food away as they had bought too much and didn’t eat it, and over half (54%) say they feel guilty when they throw food away. However, the reasons given can all be avoided by making better use of the freezer.

In response, the FSA is focusing on helping people to understand how to waste less food safely by making more of their freezers. Furthermore, the FSA, working with Defra and WRAP, has announced that it will be launching a review of the guidance provided to the food industry on date marking on food. This will include consideration for whether the remit of the guidance should be expanded to cover food storage and freezing advice for consumers.

FSALogo2The research also found that 90% of people say there are foods they would never freeze. Almost a quarter (23%) of those surveyed would never freeze meat that was cooked after defrosting, with 73% of these people saying this is down to worries about food poisoning.

Steve Wearne, Director of Policy at the FSA, says: “Every year, we throw away seven million tonnes of food and drink from our homes. Much of this waste is unnecessary, and a better understanding of how to freeze food safely could go a significant way towards tackling the problem. Our research shows that many of the fears the public has about freezing food are unfounded and we need to ensure they know the facts. 31% of the people we spoke to said that more information about how to safely freeze food would help them to reduce their food waste.”

He adds: “The freezer is like a pause button, so you can freeze foods right up to the ‘use by’ date. While food is kept safe in the freezer, it’s the quality that deteriorates over time, so we recommend eating it within three to six months and checking for any freezing instructions on the packaging. Once defrosted, the pause button is off, so defrost food as and when you need it and eat it within 24 hours of it being fully defrosted.”

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ICS Cool Energy Launches New NSF Glycol For Compliance in Food and Beverage Applications

Leading temperature control specialist, ICS Cool Energy, has launched an important new development in food processing safety with the introduction of FlowCool-FS. It is a food and beverage glycol fluid that’s fully accredited by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) for use within secondary refrigeration systems, where accidental contact with food is a possibility.

The new FlowCool-FS glycol is a non-toxic mono propylene glycol (MPG) with a temperature range of -35°C to 120°C. It uses non-toxic additives designed in line with NSF and US FDA criteria. If there is any incidental direct or indirect contact with food during processing or production applications, there is minimal risk to human health.

MPG and mono ethylene glycol (MEG) are the most commonly used glycols in secondary refrigeration systems. MPG is used by food manufacturers due to its suitability for food processing as it has very low toxicity levels compared with MEG.  However, MPG is often supplemented with harmful additives – a key problem that’s avoided when FlowCool-FS is used.

Brent Hall, Technical Manager at ICS Cool Energy, says: “This is an important development and a new product with NSF approval that brings extra peace of mind for food and beverage manufacturers. FlowCool-FS is a high performance concentrated, multi-component MPG-based heat transfer fluid, with low oral toxicity that will help to minimise the risk of contaminated food and protect corporate reputations. It has been developed by a team of skilled chemists, and is independently tested and fully accredited with NSF approval, meaning that FlowCool-FS gives food and beverage manufacturers one hundred per cent confidence for use in any application where accidental contact with food is a possibility.”

“ICS Cool Energy’s new addition to the glycol range means the food and beverage industry can easily avoid the potentially toxic and harmful additives that have traditionally been used in the sector,” adds Brent Hall. “MPG has long been the go-to glycol for food manufacturers but they are often supplemented by additives which combat potentially corrosive effects on the wider cooling system.”

“Unlike the organic inhibitors in FlowCool-FS, many traditional additives can be toxic to humans and damaging to systems and components. Worryingly, this fact is not always reflected in the safety data sheets.  So by using the wrong additives, there’s still the threat of contamination if any incidental contact with food occurs,” he says.

FlowCool-FS is tested to ASTM D1384 test standards, mitigating any potential corrosive effects on metals commonly found within secondary refrigeration systems, while still providing high levels of heat transfer efficiency.

For more information on ICS Cool Energy’s new FlowCool-FS range of NSF-approved glycols, please visit www.icscoolenergy.com  emailinfo@icscoolenergy.com or call 0800 774 7426. Follow ICS Cool Energy on Twitter @icscoolenergy.

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JBT Showcases Latest Frigoscandia® Spiral Freezer and DSI™Blade Portioning System at IFFA 2016

Global technology equipment supplier to the food processing industry, JBT will be launching its latest spiral freezer on Stand A20 in Hall 9.1 at this year’s IFFA, which the company claims is the most compact and hygienic freezer in the world, with the highest capacity of any comparable spiral freezer.

The new Frigoscandia® GYRoCOMPACT® 40 Spiral Freezer has evolved from one of JBT’s best selling products, the GYRoCOMPACT Classic 400 Spiral Freezer, which has sold over 1,100 units throughout the world.

This latest technology replaces the outdated wagon drive with the company’s patented FRIGoDRIVE® system providing a number of benefits. These include 30% faster belt speeds, even more advanced hygiene features, lower running and maintenance costs, and improved serviceability. The freezer also boasts an increase in capacity of between 15% and 20% on its predecessor, which is around 35% to 40% higher than can be produced on any competitor freezer of the same size.

A key feature of the Frigoscandia spiral freezing technology is the patented self-stacking FRIGoBELT® NOVA conveyor which forms a self-contained product freezing zone, as Torbjörn Persson, JBT’s portfolio and applications director, explains:

“With this new spiral freezer, the FRIGoBELT NOVA conveyor simply rests on the flat surface of the chain and the belt stack turns as a single unit, so there’s no need for supporting uprights or rails, either inside or outside. This means there are no stationary parts to cause jamming, or dirt-trapping structures to complicate cleaning. And the self-stacking FRIGoDRIVE system removes the need for a drum to wrap the belt around, so there’s no risk of overstretching the belt.”

As the demand for frozen food continues to increase, and legislation on Health & Safety becomes more regulated, Persson says that JBT is dedicated to producing freezer technology that sets the standard for hygiene, durability and cost of ownership.

“With the new GYRoCOMPACT 40 Spiral Freezer we’ve retained all the best technological features that we’ve developed over many years, and upgraded a best-selling design to meet this demand. This latest model is the most cleanable and cost-efficient freezer in the world, with around 35% to 40% higher capacity than any comparable freezer of the same size.”

The JBT portfolio also includes Stein coating and frying equipment, DSI slicing and portioning systems, Double D impingement cookers and searer/grill markers, and Formcook Contact and Combi Cookers.

Making its European debut at IFFA is the DSI™ Dual-Blade DB20 Portioning System, a low maintenance blade portioner, which complements the company’s existing range of DSI 800 Series waterjet portioning systems and the DSI Adaptive 3D Portioning System.

Suitable for a wide range of linear portioning applications, including poultry tenders, breast and leg meat into strips, nuggets, steaks and shots, the new system is consistently accurate, and easy to clean and operate.

“The system delivers high capacity linear portioning combined with low maintenance effort,” says Persson. “New DSI BladeSense™ software continuously monitors blade motor feedback and identifies opportunities to improve cutting performance.”

The DSI DB20 system delivers superior scanning with a single, high-performance sensor that continuously self-calibrates, while detecting product shape as well as fat vs. lean. The dual-lane system can run a separate application on each lane and weight-controlled or dimensionally controlled portions, strips or nuggets can be combined with angled cuts.

“The new system is built on 30 years of DSI portioning, software, motion control, service and applications experience. It means food processing companies have yet another way to improve profitability and achieve the lowest cost per kilo of portioned meat product.”

Other products exhibited from JBT’s portfolio include the proven Stein M-Fryer, with its efficient oil management system, small footprint and THERMoFIN® heat exchanger, and a Formcook 409 Contact Cooker for efficient sealing and searing of products.

All JBT products can be stand-alone or integrated to form complete in-line food processing operations. There are fully-equipped Food Technology Centres in Helsingborg in Sweden, and near Edinburgh in the UK, where customers come to trial their own products and recipes under the supervision of a trained technical team. For further information visit www.jbtfoodtech.com.

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Azanechiller 2.0 Sets New Benchmark in Air Cooled Ammonia Chiller Performance

Star Refrigeration’s latest air-cooled Azanechiller 2.0 range raises the bar in chiller efficiency. Headline seasonal efficiency figures are 50% higher than the Eco-Design Directive requirement, with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 5.6 for comfort cooling applications and Seasonal Energy Performance Ratio (SEPR) of 7.59 for process cooling.

Natural cooling specialists Star Refrigeration has re-engineered their new Azanechiller range to help customers reduce energy costs, avoid the uncertainty of synthetic f-gas refrigerants and invest in a future proof solution that will deliver reliable cooling for 20+ years. The company set about developing Azanechiller 2.0 by focusing on a chiller design and key components that would mark a new era in chiller efficiency. Through the combination of variable speed reciprocating compressors technology, EC fans, close approach evaporator design and in-house PLC software, Azanechiller delivers an efficiency that is 51% higher than the Eco-Directive and 20% higher than competing high efficiency chiller solutions.

Angus Gillies, Design Director at Star Refrigeration, explains: “The advent of inverted drive technology significantly enhances the efficiency and extends the maintenance interval of the compressor. This is a key factor in bringing reciprocating compressor into the new chiller.”

“With COP’s up to 3.63 at 100% load and 350C ambient, increasing to 11.9 at 50% load and typical UK ambient temperatures of 100C, the new Azanechiller 2.0 is 15% more efficient than its screw compressor counterpart at design conditions.”

During the development stages Star’s specialists engineering teams, including design, manufacture and maintenance departments worked together to manufacture a cooling system that would have reduced operating costs throughout its entire life cycle building on the company’s 4 decades of experience of innovation in ammonia refrigeration.

A low charge design uses a combined evaporator/separator to achieve refrigerant volumes as little as 0.18kg/kW. As ammonia has zero global warming potential, the chiller does not fall under the European f-gas regulation, unlike alternative technology using HFC refrigerants such as R134a and R410A.

Alan Walkinshaw, Director of Sales at Star Refrigeration, says: “We are very excited about the capabilities of the new and enhanced air-cooled Azanechiller 2.0. When setting out to develop the next generation of Azanechiller, we focused on meeting the demands of our customers for increased efficiency, lower refrigerant charge and improved capital cost. The Azanechiller 2.0 technology represents a new era for packaged ammonia systems in the chiller industry.”

“Azanechiller 2.0 has been brilliantly engineered to deliver consistent efficiency and reliability in highly demanding environments. It offers a 39% reduction in chiller weight compared to the previous model range and a 16 % improvement in seasonal running costs. This is achieved with an ammonia charge as little as 61kg.”

Each Azanechiller package is manufactured, charged, commissioned and run tested at Star Refrigeration’s production facility in Glasgow, Scotland. When delivered to site, installation and commissioning time is reduced to a matter of days based on the chiller’s plug and play design.

The Azanechiller 2.0 features two separate model ranges for high and medium temperature applications. This makes it suitable for a wide variety of end user markets including temperature controlled storage, food processing, beverage production, process cooling, HVAC, data centres, ice rinks, pharmaceutical and petrochemical industries.

The high and medium temperature Azanechiller family supply cooling capacities ranging from 200kW to 1200kW for secondary fluid supply temperatures from -10C to +10C. Each chiller features a variable speed reciprocating compressor with IE3 drive motor, low profile air-cooled condenser with EC fans, compact plate and shell evaporator with integrated separator, PLC control and stainless panels. Options are available for remote access and alarm reporting, a second variable speed compressor and motor, Axitop condenser fans, heat recovery and witnessed performance testing.

To find more about making the natural choice with the enhance range of Azanechillers 2.0 visit www.star-ref.co.uk

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Star Warns of Cold Comfort For Food Firms in 2015

Frozen and chilled food manufacturers across the UK face a sharp rise in the cost of some refrigerant gases from 2015, according to cooling expert Star Refrigeration. Star is warning that refrigerant suppliers have indicated that the price of some widely used HFC gases may increase by up to 20% this year.

Star believes that new European Union (EU) regulations will dramatically affect the cost and availability of synthetic refrigerants with high global warming potential.  As Europe begins its scheduled phase down of selected HFC gases, Star is urging food manufacturers to take a long term, strategic view of their refrigeration systems – or face significant financial penalties.

Star Refrigeration Group Sales and Marketing Director Rob Lamb says: “As the phase down of HFC gases with high global warming potential takes place over the next 15 years, we predict that there will be a rapid increase in cost and a marked decline in their availability. Refrigerant manufacturers have been allocated quotas for the HFC gases they can produce and supply within Europe. These quotas are measured in terms of carbon equivalent, with the target to cut the current level down to 63% by 2018, 45% by 2021 and 21% by 2030.”

He adds: “We would urge refrigeration plant operators to think strategically and take a long term view of their manufacturing processes by investing in future-proof refrigeration systems.”

Over the past fifteen years, the refrigeration industry has seen the gradual phase out of synthetic, ozone-depleting refrigerants. From January 2015 the last of these HCFC gases, including R22, were banned in Europe.

HFC refrigerants have been widely used as replacement gases for CFCs and HCFCs, but are now the focus of the EU’s F-Gas Regulations. Gases such as R404A and R507 have been found to have a high global warming effect and are currently the subject of a 15-year phase out programme.

In addition to production phase downs, product and service bans will come into effect over the next seven years. These include a ban from 2020 on the use of virgin R404A and R507 gases for stationery refrigeration systems with a charge greater than 10kg.

Rob Lamb says: “Food processors with refrigeration systems that operate on HFCs need to be aware that these gases are at risk in the near future. We believe that the message from Europe is clear: HFC refrigerants are not a viable long term solution. Forward-thinking refrigeration plant operators should look to invest in future-proof cooling systems.”

Whilst refrigerant suppliers are busy developing new blended synthetic gases with lower global warming potential, Star believes there is a long-established, natural alternative.

Rob Lamb explains: “Natural gases such as ammonia have been successfully used as refrigerants for over 100 years. Ammonia has no global warming effect and offers high efficiency, long term availability and low cost per Kg. The use of carbon dioxide as a refrigerant is also growing in popularity due to its relatively low global warming potential.”

He adds: “The initial capital cost of plant that operates on a natural refrigerant may be higher, but the life cycle cost of running the system is key. Those who continue to operate cooling systems with HFCs are facing the risk of escalating running costs in the short to medium term. We believe that natural refrigerants such as ammonia and CO2 offer long term security.”

When it comes to designing and maintaining energy efficient cooling and heating systems, Star is a natural innovator. Star works with strategic partners across the globe to deliver low carbon, cost saving solutions. For more information, visit www.star-ref.co.uk, emailsales@star-ref.co.uk or phone Star Refrigeration on 0141 638 7916.

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Egemin Automation to Build 44-metre-high Deep-freeze Warehouse For Agristo

Egemin Automation will build a new automated deep-freeze warehouse for Belgian producer of frozen French fries Agristo on its production site in Nazareth in East Flanders. The investment is needed to support Agristo’s projected growth. The new high-bay warehouse will be 44 metres high and eight AS/RS stacker cranes will be deployed to store frozen French fries.

With its 15 storage levels and eight crane aisles it will provide space for 24,000 pallets or 17,000 tons of frozen fries. Egemin already did a similar project for Agristo in Tilburg, the Netherlands, in 2012. The completion of the deep-freeze warehouse in Nazareth is planned for March 2016.

The deep-freeze warehouse will be built next to the existing plant. Egemin Automation is responsible for the silo construction of the warehouse and a complete conveyor system with pallet lifts and cranes for all logistics movements to and from the warehouse. Egemin will also perform the installation and management of the software systems.

The clad rack structure of the warehouse is specifically designed to be durable in its use of energy. The eight automated pallet cranes are equipped with an internal energy recovery system. The energy released during lowering and braking of the crane is recovered internally and used for a different crane movement such as lifting and moving. The cranes will save up to 20% of energy in this way.

“Agristo also asked us to keep the technology as simple as possible,” says Marcel Spruijt, sales manager at Egemin Automation. “The less complex, the more reliable the installation and we will possibly experience fewer faults. That way the frozen foods producer does not need to deploy its people inside the warehouse. After all, the temperature there is always around -25 degrees Centigrade and the oxygen level is controlled to prevent fires.”

Agristo produces day and night with a logistics service that operates 16 hours a day, five days a week. This creates a large buffer which one must be able to move quickly. “The production provides 120 pallets per hour. Our installation can handle twice that,” says Marcel Spruijt. “That is partly because Agristo opted to install eight cranes in the warehouse. They can load the lorries immediately so they do not have to waste too much time waiting.”

“The project in Tilburg was very successful and everything is working to the client’s satisfaction,” says Marcel Spruijt. “Nazareth will not be an exact copy, but an improved version of the warehouse in Tilburg. It will be three metres higher and the pallets will be stored even more efficiently.”

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Pinneys switches to natural ammonia cooling system from Star Refrigeration

Scottish seafood processor Pinneys is now using a natural ammonia cooling system from Star Refrigeration, replacing the majority of its systems for chilling, freezing and cold storage, operated with synthetic refrigerant R22.

A major processor of Scottish smoked salmon, Pinneys needed a natural cooling solution for its facilities in Annan, Dumfries and Galloway.

The synthetic refrigerant R22 in use by Pinneys was an ozone-depleting HCFC refrigerant that had to be phased out gradually as per EU directives as it has been banned in Europe from January 2015.

Pinneys approached Star Refrigeration to provide support in developing an R22 phase out strategy, which involved reviewing all multi-temperature cooling systems on site and assessing alternative solutions, including retrofit gases, installing new HFC refrigeration equipment and switching to natural refrigerants.

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“We have reduced the amount of refrigeration equipment on-site and have improved both operating temperatures and efficiency.”

Conversion of a cold store, where frozen product is held at -25°C before further processing was a major element in this strategy. The storage chamber was cooled by two ageing R22 refrigeration systems, housed in separate plant rooms.

Star designed and installed an Azanefreezer system, an air-cooled, ammonia refrigeration plant for cold storage applications. Azanefreezer operates with a very low charge of natural refrigerant ammonia and features Star’s low pressure receiver and high efficiency EC condenser fan control technology.

Azanefreezer claims to deliver efficiencies up to 20% higher than a traditional HFC refrigeration system. It does not require a plant room and can be located at ground or roof level, on either a concrete plinth or steel frame.

Star Refrigeration key account manager Alex Henderson said : “Our packaged Azanefreezer avoided the need for a new plant room. We were able to position and commission the new coldstore refrigeration plant before decommissioning the existing equipment.

“Overall, we have reduced the amount of refrigeration equipment on-site and have improved both operating temperatures and efficiency.”

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Dixon International Selects Thermo King TracKing™ for Real-Time Fleet Monitoring

Dixon International, one of Ireland’s leading national and international logistics and distribution companies,     has equipped their refrigerated trailer fleet with TracKing™ telematics solution from Thermo King, a manufacturer of transport temperature control solutions for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand.

 

As award winner of the Fleet Transport International Haulier of the Year for the last three years, Dixon International knows that fleet management and traceability are crucial to running a successful transport business. They were looking for a solution that would provide real-time temperature and fleet monitoring to assure cargo safety and quality is maintained throughout a trip.

After conducting extensive field trials, Dixon International opted for Thermo King TracKing as the telematics solution for more than100 of its refrigerated trailers. Using global positioning systems and mobile communications (GPS/GPRS), the TracKing telematics solution is a web-based system that gives fleet managers the ability to remotely track and monitor their assets. TracKing has the capability to provide automatic alarms and notification of unexpected events such as out-of-range temperatures, which is critical for Dixon International.

“The advanced capabilities of TracKing contribute to the increase of our operational efficiency and help us guarantee product integrity and on-time delivery to our customers,” said Michael Dixon, director of Dixon International. “Many of our customers are active in the pharmaceutical industry and need to adhere to strict guidelines. TracKing gives our customers peace of mind that their cargo is transported in a stable and secure temperature controlled environment.”

With TracKing, Dixon International can accurately monitor and manage their refrigeration fleet and keep their load protected. This can easily be done remotely thanks to:

• Regular updates on unit sensors and logger sensors to compare air temperature inside the trailer versus set point
• Out-of-range temperature monitoring with real-time alarm notification by email or SMS
• Remote set point changes for modifications of temperature settings
• Remote control of the refrigeration unit, including defrost initiation, change of running modes and turning the unit on and off
• A full suite of operational reports available at your fingertips and sent to your e-mail at the requested time and format.
With TracKing capabilities, fleet managers at Dixon International can effectively interact with their Thermo King refrigeration units while on the road to deliver their cargo safely to its destination.

“Dixon International has been a long-lasting partner of Thermo King and we are happy that we can further contribute to their operational efficiency not only with our refrigeration units but through a comprehensive range of solutions including telematics, maintenance programs and a 24/7 support,” said Fred Rogers, sales manager at Thermo King.

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Transit Buses on the Road to Sustainability with Thermo King Athenia E-Series Air-Conditioning Modules

Brussels, Belgium, June 24, 2014 – Traffic congestion, due to growing urbanization, strains cities and raises environmental concerns. The need for sustainable transport and passenger mobility is accelerating the adoption of more efficient technologies. According to market estimations, 15 percent of transit buses will feature either hybrid or fully electric drive by 2020[1].

The Athenia™ E-Series air-conditioning modules from Thermo King, a manufacturer of transport temperature control solutions for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, is specifically designed for hybrid and electric buses to align with the latest sustainability trends and comply with regulatory directives.

“Today, transit authorities want environmentally conscious solutions that are fuel-efficient but also reduce noise and exhaust emissions,” said Gulsah Metinoz, portfolio manager for the Thermo King bus division.

“Hybrid and electric buses are a strong solution to address these issues. Thermo King responded to the demand by designing Athenia E, which is a reliable solution that contributes to the comfort of the bus passengers and people in urban areas where these buses operate.”

Athenia™ E-Series

The Thermo King Athenia E modules are one-piece rooftop units that are fully hermetic and electric-driven. The modules offer high airflow and better circulation inside the bus for increased comfort. The design is relatively shorter compared to other rooftop heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) modules, which allows additional space on the roof of the bus for electric drive components.

The Athenia E modules increase sustainability because they are equipped with micro channel condensers that allow for lower refrigerant charge and minimize the risk of leakage. Equipped with a horizontal scroll compressor, the unit creates fewer vibrations and runs in a variable speed mode adjusting the airflow to the actual needs. This technology contributes to increased efficiency and lower life cycle costs



[1] Frost & Sullivan ‘Strategic Analysis of Global Hybrid and Electric Heavy-Duty Transit Bus Market’

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British Firm’s Chilling Results For Soup Company

A major UK soup company has boosted processing capacity by investing in a custom built, continuous chilling system from British equipment manufacturer Starfrost.

Starfrost is a global market leader in bespoke freezing and chilling systems for the food processing industry.  Starfrost works alongside food manufacturers to develop the best IQF (Individual Quick Freeze) solution, ensuring maximum throughput and low energy costs.

Starfrost has designed and installed a bespoke double drum spiral system at the market-leading soup processor’s production facility in the East Midlands. The fully automated in-line Helix Spiral Chiller has enabled the soup firm to increase capacity to meet growing demand from major supermarkets.

The soup processor was looking to replace a manual blast chiller with a high capacity in-line system. Starfrost custom designed a Double Drum Helix Spiral Chiller with a processing capacity of 2,700 kg/hr.

It features two rotating stainless steel drums, each with 14 spiraling tiers. The bespoke system is designed to chill fresh soup in 600g pots, at a rate of 75 pots per minute.

Starfrost Sales Director Robert Long says: “Our in-line Helix Spiral Chiller has streamlined soup production and enabled the processor to boost capacity to meet customer demand, whilst making significant energy and operational cost savings.”

For more details visit www.starfrost.com

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Whisper-Quiet and PIEK-Certified Multi-Temperature SLXe Spectrum Unit Delivers Peak Performance

Brussels, Belgium, June 17, 2014 – Debates are taking place in Europe to shift urban deliveries outside of peak traffic hours in order to relieve congestion and improve road safety. This shift in schedule will require whisper-quiet delivery capabilities and multiple distribution companies today are looking for efficient solutions to limit the noise levels of their fleets.

 Thermo King, a manufacturer of transport temperature control solutions for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, leads the way by offering the only PIEK[1]-certified multi-temperature monobloc trailer refrigeration unit currently available on the market – the whisper-quiet SLXe Spectrum Whisper Pro™.

The PIEK-certified low-noise and multi-temperature capabilities of the SLXe Spectrum Whisper Pro offer transport companies full flexibility in transportation and the ability to operate outside peak traffic hours. This not only enhances the time and cost effectiveness of each delivery, but increases the fuel efficiency and sustainability of the delivery operations.

The PIEK-certified SLXe Spectrum Whisper Pro provides precise multi-temperature delivery conditions to ensure product freshness and maintain shelf life for deliveries. The refrigeration units allow controlled temperature settings for two- and three-compartment configurations to suit a fleet’s particular needs with silence and flexibility.

“Multi-temperature trailer units offer flexibility, efficiency and optimize fleet utilization by allowing a variety of products to be stored at different temperatures within the same vehicle,” said Michel Poinsignon, product leader for trailer and rail refrigeration and heating for Thermo King in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“Supermarkets, distribution centers and the food-service industry benefit from the capability of delivering fresh, chilled and frozen products in a single trailer. They can now all get the benefits of multi-temperature delivery in whisper-quiet packaging.”

 

The SLXe Spectrum Whisper Pro complies with the most stringent and most recent PIEK requirements by using patented geo-fencing controllers to automatically switch into low-noise mode when entering a controlled zone. The absence of manual intervention meets the very latest PIEK requirement allowing users to operate unrestricted schedules, no matter where their route takes them.

The SLXe Spectrum Whisper Pro complies with the most stringent and most recent PIEK requirements

To be PIEK-certified, the unit’s sound level needs to measure 60dB or less at a 7-meter radius. A specially designed acoustic package reduces the creation of sound energy and contains it at the source. Strategically located noise-absorbent materials and a redesigned engine compartment reduce noise transmission. Even the exhaust system of the SLXe Spectrum Whisper Pro has been specially tuned to minimize sound generation at low engine speeds.

The SLXe Spectrum Whisper Pro provides the operator with compliance and flexibility while having all the advantages of a one-piece, autonomous unit. Easy to install, the unit requires no additional piping and leaves space under the trailer for additional accessories like pallet boxes.

The SLXe Spectrum Whisper Pro unit realizes all the strengths of the Thermo King SLXe trailer range including ease of service, commonality of components, and the expert 24/7 support of the Thermo King Dealer network, all contributing to the unit’s high resale value and lower cost of total ownership. All of these advantages make the SLXe Spectrum Whisper Pro a highly viable investment for distribution companies.

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Thermo King Extends Warranty on Vehicle Powered Refrigeration Units in Europe, Middle East and Africa

Brussels, Belgium, Thermo King, a manufacturer of transport temperature control solutions for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, has a new standard limited warranty on a select number of its vehicle powered refrigeration units (VP units) in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

 

The new standard limited warranty expands coverage from 12 months to 24 months or 3,000 total hours of operation. The new standard limited warranty applies to new VP units controlled by the Direct Smart Reefer (DSR) controller, which are manufactured in the Thermo King plant in Barcelona.

“The new standard limited warranty demonstrates our faith in our products’ reliability and durability,” explained Eneko Fernandez, product manager for vehicle-powered truck at Thermo King. “This longer warranty period is evidence of our continued commitment to the highest quality standards and to our customers”

To find out more about the specific terms and conditions of this new standard limited warranty, please contact one of our Thermo King Dealers.

 

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About Ingersoll Rand and Thermo King

Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane®—work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Thermo King Corp. was founded in 1938 and manufactures transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and railway cars. We are a global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit www.ingersollrand.com or www.thermoking.com.

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TITAN Containers expands – again

The rapid expansion of Denmark-based TITAN Containers’ European network continues, with the opening of new branch offices in Ireland and Hungary; both offices are expected to be fully operational by the end of this month (May).

The company has appointed Brendan O’ Malley & Csaba Szabó-Galiba as the national managers for Ireland & Hungary, where a  supply of new various sizes of its ‘ArcticStore’ range of temperature controlled storage solutions from -40C to +60C.

The two new offices bring the total number of TITAN’s European offices to 12, with managing director, Layland Barker, telling  us there are further branches expected to open in the months ahead.

Independently-owned TITAN Containers supplies most types of ISO shipping and storage containers, as well as operating dry & refrigerated self-storage sites in several countries.  It operates its own trucking services in the UK, which holds an international operating license, permitting the UK registered vehicles to perform deliveries to the mainland of Europe and the newly established business in Ireland.

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Star Refrigeration Group launches new US subsidiary Azane Inc

Azane Inc., based in San Francisco will act as the regional headquarters to serve the North American industrial refrigeration market to meet the demand for their ground-breaking “low-charge ammonia” Azane technology.  

The international group has announced it has launched a new subsidiary Azane Inc., to manufacture and supply their game-changing “low-charge ammonia” Azane technology in the US.

The industrial refrigeration group, whose Azanechiller and Azanefreezer technology has been installed at some of the world’s leading organizations , developed the unique technology to meet the environmental and legislative challenges that the cooling industry was facing as Europe started the phaseout of ozone depleting refrigerant R22.

The technology is being introduced to the US market at a key time, just as the US refrigeration industry begins to see the effects of the EPA’s R22 phaseout program. The EPA’s phaseout timetable for R-22 will gradually decrease its production until a complete ban comes into force in 2020.  The cost of R-22 will continue to rise and existing R-22 refrigeration systems will become uneconomical long before the substance is banned completely.

Derek Hamilton, US Business Development Manager at Azane says:

“We are currently trying to raise awareness of the impending R22 phaseout amongst the food industry and the wider refrigeration industry. The EPA’s phaseout of the refrigerant R22, which is still widely used in the US, is an issue that is going to effect a large number of businesses.”

“We are in a unique position because we have experience of this process in Europe and have helped a large number of companies to navigate this process.”

The Azanechiller and Azanefrezeer  are factory-built industrial refrigeration packages which  are both highly efficient and environmentally conscious. The design uses patented technology to deliver the lowest cost of ownership by minimizing running costs over 25 + years.

All Azane packages use the natural refrigerant ammonia and have been designed to operate with as little as one tenth of the charge of a traditional refrigeration system, therefore avoiding the burden of OSHA’s PSM and the EPA RPM requirements.

Ammonia is also future-proof. A natural refrigerant widely used for its environmentally friendly credentials -zero ODP and zero GWP- it is not under threat of being banned, unlike HFCs.

Derek Hamilton adds:

“The good news is that there are plenty of options available to allow a smooth transition away from R-22.  Low charge ammonia is one of a number of options available and we are always happy to talk to our customers and guide them through the various options. There are a wide range of ‘drop in’ refrigerant options are available, this typically consist of blends of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

“Our approach is to look at the overall strategy of a business to ensure that they invest in the technology which is right for their needs”.

HFCs have an uncertain future due to their contribution to global warming. The US government stated one of the key targets to address climate change is to reduce HFC consumption.  While a firm timetable is yet to be published, it is only a matter of time before restrictions on the use of HFCs come into place as has already happen in Europe at the end of last year. 

With manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania, the energy efficient packaged ammonia chiller and freezer are fabricated following US standards and regulations and supplied nationwide. Azane Inc. also provides dedicated technical support, site surveys, proposals and training to HVAC&R contractors, consultants and operators and end-users.

The Azane product range of air cooled chilling and freezing solutions offers an environmental solution with a low total life cycle cost in a number of applications including HVAC,food processing and freezing, process cooling, public refrigerated warehouses, ice rinks and more.

The factory-built design of the Azane packages makes them suitable for new installations and upgrade projects.  The packages require no machinery room and can be located close to the cooling demand, making the installation simple and low cost.

Hamilton says:“In the USA, the use of ammonia has historically been restricted to large, distributed refrigeration systems.  These systems are typically site-installed and require a central machinery room to house the refrigeration equipment.  These systems also tend to use ‘pumped circulation’ technology which requires a relatively large quantity of ammonia.

“The advent of ‘low charge ammonia’ means that ammonia is now being considered in applications which were typically the domain of ‘commercial’ systems.  These commercial systems often use the HFC refrigerants mentioned above.  Some users of HFC systems may be reluctant to switch to an ammonia system because of safety concerns, however the reality is that ammonia systems in general are very safe and the low-charge, packaged approach alleviates these concerns further by using the minimum amount of ammonia and ensuring that it stays within the refrigeration system.”

For further information or to see how we can help with your R-22 phase out contact Azane@azane-inc.com or visit  www.azane-inc.com

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Thermo King Keeps it Cool and Quiet at the Commercial Vehicle Show 2014

Brussels, Belgium, April 15, 2014 – In order to relieve the overwhelming traffic congestion and improve road safety, debates are taking place to shift deliveries outside of peak traffic hours. At the same time, voices are being raised to reduce noise emitted by transportation. With this in mind, distribution companies are looking for ways to limit the noise levels of their fleets and offer quiet delivery capabilities.

From April 29 until May 1, the Commercial Vehicle Show gathers road freight transport and logistics industry professionals in Birmingham, United Kingdom (UK). At booth 3C120, Thermo King, a manufacturer of transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, will feature customer-oriented solutions and services that drive energy and operational efficiency while helping to comply with industry regulations.

Showcased will be the new SLXe Whisper Pro™ trailer refrigeration units and the latest generation of CryoTech units for truck and trailer. Available in single and multi- temperature versions, both solutions are PIEK-certified delivering quiet operation, uncompromised performance and low environmental impact.

Together with the extensive network of UK and Irish dealers, Thermo King will help visitors find out how to add value to their operations, to discover environmentally sustainable solutions and the benefits of an extensive service network. They will also learn more about available trainings, such as the Professor Kool training tools, to increase fleet efficiency and help with driver retention.

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Shochi Bronze Medallist Aileen Neilson reveals her personal motto

The only female skip at an international level visited Star Refrigeration to tell staff about how she led her team to victory and won the Bronze medal for Britain.

British champion and local hero Aileen Neilson received a hero’s welcome at Star Refrigeration from over a hundred staff at her arrival at a branch in her native Glasgow.

Citing words from a keyring on the handbag she says she always carries with her,  the Paralympic Wheelchair Curling champion encouraged people to follow her life philosophy:  “Wish it, Dream about it, Do it!.  I wished to represent my country, I dreamt about it and I have done it!”

Aileen inspired a standing ovation and loud cheers amongst company employees when she was congratulated by director Alan Walkinshaw with flowers and champagne.

Staff at Star had the chance to admire the Bronze medal and be motivated by her general approach to life and winning attitude “if anyone set himself a goal and wants to do something really badly, if you put in the time and the dedication and have the right people around you, anything is possible”, she said.

 

“Particularly for people who find themselves with a disability and sometimes think that that’s their life over, I can truly say that being in a wheelchair has actually given me so many more opportunities and a chance to travel all over the world through sport and meet loads of fantastic people”.

She thanked everyone for their continuous support and encouraged them to take on the sport by offering a curling training session for members of staff if they were up for the challenge.

Heather Bell, junior admin at Star Refrigeration said “I felt inspired to try out curling by her strength and courageous message to dare fight for what you want– and let’s face it, it is not every day that  an Olympic champion invites you for a game”.

Commenting on her journey to Sochi, she said: “The Paralympics Games in Sochi 2014 was a roller coaster ride – highs, lows and finally triumph – A Bronze Medal.  I have been overwhelmed by the support before, during and after the Games from family, friends and complete strangers.  It is only through the belief and support from many organisations and companies such as Star Refrigeration, that have enabled us to realise our dream.”

Aileen thanked the company for supporting wheelchair curling by sponsoring the Scottish Wheelchair Pairs Curling Championships at Braehead, for almost a decade. The games take place at Braehead’s eight sheet curling rink every year and Aileen has competed several

times, taking home the top prize with partner Jim Taylor at the 2008 championships.

Alan Walkinshaw, who regularly attends the championships, has expressed his pride for Aileen and Team GB’s triumph: “As you can expect, we were all rooting for Team GB in the Paralympics curling, and I couldn’t be happier to see them return to Scotland with bronze medals. Aileen possesses an immense talent for her chosen sport and it’s no surprise that she has led the team to victory!”

“We are privilege to have her visit Star. Everyone was very excited and inspired.  She has demonstrated that she is a superb athlete and a courageous person with a can-do spirit.”

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New Smart Phone App Enables Easy Temperature and Humidity Management via Data Loggers

T&D Corporation has developed a free of charge “ThermoWeb” app for Android and IOS that enables users to supervise its TR-7wf series high precision data loggers, which monitor temperature and humidity.

Niddatal (Germany), February 2014 To facilitate data monitoring in all situations, T&D Corporation, the Japanese market leader for data logger systems, offers its clients a range of free of charge cloud solutions that are designed to make life easier. With the company’s latest innovation – the convenient ThermoWeb app for use with its TR-7wf series of high precision data loggers – users can access logged data via tablet or smart phone  from anywhere at any time. The TR-71wf, TR-72wf and TR-72wf-H data loggers automatically upload recorded temperature and humidity data to T&D’s free of charge WebStorage Service, which provides a storage capacity of up to 20 MB.

Their high precision and wide range measurement facilities combined with their flexibility makes the TR-7wf data loggers ideal for use in industrial as well as public areas. They can be utilized, for example, in hospitals, museums, warehouses or subway trains for temperature and humidity management and also for humidity and heating control in housing. If a disturbance should occur while the data loggers are in use, warning notifications can be sent via e-mail. The ThermoWeb app is also able to receive visual and acoustic warning signals. If the access point is not available, the ThermoWeb App can be used to communicate with the data loggers directly.

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Coolsuredoors – A New Business Venture in Britain

With a remit to design and manufacture innovative doors for refrigerated retail cabinets, coolsuredoors is a new business based in Sandy, Bedfordshire.

Utilising the company’s new £250,000 research and development facility on site, the team at coolsuredoors rigorously test new door concepts to ensure they operate at maximum efficiency under varied conditions. By continuously analysing different door solutions, coolsuredoors is able to provide specific products which fulfill retailers’ unique requirements.

Mike Tucker, managing director of coolsuredoors.

All doors are designed in modular form and can be supplied fitted on new retail cabinets or retrofitted, on or off site, to existing cabinets. The doors fit most types of cabinets to provide the right solution for the majority of applications.

Mike Tucker, managing director of the new company comments: “Launching a specialist refrigerated door company, coolsuredoors, is the culmination of several years of planning and development. We are more than confident that our range of doors will prove invaluable to retailers. They offer clear benefits that include proven energy cost savings, simple and reliable operation and minimum maintenance requirements.”

He adds: “Whether we have manufactured the doors in our factory inSandyor are working with one of our partners, we continually strive to maintain high quality standards and competitive prices. We pride ourselves on the professional service we offer our customers – whether major multiples or independent retailers.”

For further information contact coolsuredoors on Tel +44 (0)1767 222100, Fax +44 (0)1767 222111, Email sales@coolsuredoors.co.uk.

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Star’s Cool Performance Nets a 25% Energy Saving For Seafood Firm

A Scottish seafood processor has cut over 25% from its annual energy bill by investing in a high efficiency cooling system from Star Refrigeration. Braehead (SFO Enterprises) is a seafood processing company run by the Scottish Fishermen’s Organisation (SFO). The firm operates a large processing facility in the coastal town of Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire, NE Scotland.

Braehead (SFO Enterprises) is a key producer of high quality whole Scottish langoustine, landed by SFO members. The company processes and supplies the fresh and frozen Scottish shellfish to retail and food service markets across Europe.

The company was looking for an energy efficient and environmentally conscious cooling system to replace aging refrigeration plant at its langoustine processing facility in Fraserburgh. The existing plant operated on R22 gas, a HCFC refrigerant with high global warming potential that is currently being phased out by European legislation.

A world leader in cooling and heating system innovation, Glasgow-based Star designed and supplied a bespoke multi-temperature refrigeration plant for Braehead (SFO Enterprises). The plant supplies a total of 460kW of cooling to three cold store chambers, an in-line freezing tunnel and a blast freezer.

Star handled the removal of the existing R22 plant and installed a single stage economised pumped circulation cooling system, with two Star built compressors and a surge drum/economiser package, all operating on natural ammonia refrigerant. The plant provides 270kW of cooling for the three cold store chambers (-25°C), 190kW for the freezing tunnel (-40°C) and 65kW of cooling for the blast freezer (-35°C).

Star’s Operations Director, John Fraser says: “Star secured the contract following a competitive tender process and recommendation from an independent survey by the Carbon Trust. Our competitors specified HFC refrigeration systems, but the client was ultimately looking for an environmentally sound and energy efficient solution.”

He adds: “Star’s low charge ammonia plant uses an environmentally benign refrigerant in terms of global warming and ozone depletion.  Highly efficient operation was key to the plant’s design and an advanced control system ensures an energy saving, low carbon cooling solution. We’re delighted that the client’s energy bills are less than 75% of the previous cost.”

Star’s Telstar PLC computerised control system ensures optimum plant performance, with HMI touch screen interface. Plant operation can be monitored remotely and power consumption is measured and input into the Telstar system, which produces a graphic record of performance. The Telstar system hardware and control panels were supplied by Star M&E Solutions, Star’s mechanical and electrical contracting company.

The operating efficiency of the plant is further enhanced by Star’s energy saving Aether system, which automatically reduces condenser fan speed and uses floating head pressure control to optimise performance. Further energy saving features include high efficiency motors, evaporative condenser, automatic leak detection and a hot gas defrost system.

A new weatherproof plant room adjacent to the main building houses the plant’s compressor packages, whilst the surge drum and evaporative condenser are located outdoors. The new refrigeration plant at Braehead (SFO Enterprises) site is now benefiting from Starcare, Star’s planned, preventative maintenance (PPM) programme for refrigeration plant operators run form the local Branch Office in Aberdeen.

When it comes to designing and maintaining energy efficient cooling and heating systems, Star is a natural innovator. Star works with strategic partners across the globe to deliver low carbon, cost saving solutions. For more information, phone Star Refrigeration on 0141 638 7916, email star@star-ref.co.uk or visit www.star-ref.co.uk.

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Another Star Performance For Yearsley Logistics

Yearsley Logistics has invested in a bespoke high efficiency cooling system from Star Refrigeration as part of an expansion to cold storage facilities at its flagship distribution centre in Lancashire. As the UK’s largest cold storage and logistics company, Yearsley Logistics has 13 sites nationwide including its head office and key distribution facility in Heywood, Lancashire. A recent expansion plan at the site included the construction of two new 57,000 cubic metre cold storage chambers for frozen food.

A world leader in cooling and heating system innovation, Star was chosen to supply a highly efficient refrigeration plant to deliver cooling for the new cold storage chambers.  Star has over 40 years experience in industrial cooling systems for the cold storage sector and is currently providing planned preventative maintenance at the majority of Yearsley Logistics’ UK distribution sites.

The bespoke refrigeration plant was designed to provide Yearsley Logistics with over 25 years of reliable service, with the lowest possible total lifecycle costs in terms of energy usage and maintenance. Star engineered and installed a single stage pump circulation plant, operating on natural ammonia refrigerant.

The plant has a 1.2MW (Mega Watt) cooling capacity and features three 400kW screw compressor package units, each fitted with a high efficiency electric drive motor.  The two frozen food chambers are served by a total of eight evaporators, which maintain a constant air temperature of minus 24 degrees Celsius.

Star’s bespoke refrigeration plant for Yearsley Logistics.

The evaporators operate with pumped circulation ammonia via a surge drum and open flash economiser vessel. The cold store evaporators have a hot gas defrost system, with waste heat rejected to the atmosphere via three air-cooled condensers.

The evaporators and air-cooled condensers incorporate EC fans with integral variable speed drives. This enables efficient operation and yields significant energy savings particularly during periods of part load.

The refrigeration plant is housed in a dedicated plant room adjoining the two new cold storage chambers. The plant room has been designed to accommodate an additional refrigeration system to serve a third chamber, as part of a future expansion plan. This includes extending the pumped glycol under floor heating system, which utilises waste heat from the refrigeration plant oil cooling circuit.

The refrigeration plant is controlled via Star’s fully integrated Telstar touch screen computerised control system. This features intelligent functionality including compressor sequencing, evaporator optimisation, floating suction pressure and load shedding in order to minimise plant operating costs.

Star worked alongside the main construction contractor for the project.  Independent refrigeration engineering consultancy and plant specification was undertaken by Star Technical Solutions (STS), whilst mechanical and electrical contractor Star M&E Solutions (SMES) was responsible for supplying plant control panels, as well as all electrical works on site.  The plant is now being maintained by Star’s Manchester branch operations team under an extended warranty agreement.

When it comes to designing and maintaining energy efficient cooling and heating systems, Star is a natural innovator. Star works with strategic partners across the globe to deliver low carbon, cost saving solutions. For more information, phone Star Refrigeration on 0141 638 7916, email star@star-ref.co.uk or visit www.star-ref.co.uk.

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Thinking Beyond Individual Solutions For More Productive Food Processing

Getting the most out of food processing goes beyond choosing individual solutions. It’s about fitting all the pieces together in the best way. And it’s about making sure the whole process continually works at peak performance.

JBT FoodTech has found that taking a comprehensive approach to food processing brings the highest possible quality, productivity and profit for its customers. It also makes it possible for customers to make exciting advancements in food processing to meet ever-changing consumer needs. An excellent example is the JBT FoodTech Dry-Fry System, which comprises a complete in-line process.

Individually, the system’s solutions offer big benefits.

* The Revoband Continuous Protein Oven combines continuous automatic high-volume processing with accurate temperature and airflow control for maximum yield.

* The Frigoscandia GYRoCOMPACT® is the world’s most effective spiral freezer/chiller, giving rapid return on investment and maximum future flexibility by exactly matching food product and processing requirements.

* The Frigoscandia FRIGoBELT® NOVA is the next step in belt evolution giving, among other benefits, 30 times more contact surface for less wear and increased belt life.

Yet, together, the individual benefits go much further – offering a unique total system designed to process a wide range of healthier food options while maintaining a “just fried” taste and appearance. By strategically combining advanced technologies, customers can use less oil for healthier options while retaining excellent taste and texture. Flexible solutions can be developed for all applications, large or small, and each Dry-Fry System can be custom-built to meet individual requirements.

To further optimize performance, reliability and availability of equipment, JBT FoodTech also offers PRoCARE™ – a preventative maintenance program focused on helping customers minimize downtime and control their budgets. Again, it’s because JBT FoodTech knows the greatest success lies in optimizing the whole process – from designing the right system to keeping it running. For further information visit www.jbtfoodtech.com or e-mail info@jbtfoodtech.com.

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Star Quality Cooling For Brakes’ Distribution

Star’s packaged LPR ammonia refrigeration system, which supplies cooling to the frozen food cold store at Brakes’ landmark distribution centre in Reading.

Brakes has invested in a bespoke cooling system from Star Refrigeration for its landmark multi-temperature distribution centre in Berkshire in England.

Brakes recently established a state-of-the-art temperature controlled storage and distribution centre nearReading. Brakes is a leading supplier to the UK foodservice industry and the brand new purpose built facility forms part of the company’s continued drive for sustained growth.

With an overriding commitment to reduce environmental impact, Brakes awarded the refrigeration contract to Star following a competitive tender process. A world leader in cooling and heating system innovation, Glasgow-based Star designed, supplied, installed and commissioned a bespoke refrigeration plant for cold and chill stores at the new facility.

Star’s Director of Sales – Food Market, James Ward, says: “Energy efficiency and reduced carbon footprint were key factors in securing the cooling contract for the new Brakes facility in Reading. As well as offering a competitively priced bespoke system, we selected high quality components and built-in design features such as reverse cycle defrost and floating head pressure control, to maximise efficiency and significantly reduce energy consumption.”

He adds: “Rising energy costs are putting increasing pressure on temperature controlled storage and distribution businesses. With refrigeration accounting for up to 80% of total energy consumption in warehouse facilities, plant design and efficiency is key to cost saving and energy management.”

The glycol pump set for chill store cooling, part of Star’s bespoke refrigeration system at the new Brakes distribution facility near Reading.

Star’s multi-temperature cooling system for Brakes comprises four LPR (low pressure receiver) refrigeration units. The packaged LPR plant has an ultra low charge of ammonia and is designed with energy saving features for highly efficient operation.

The plant features two direct ammonia LPR systems, which supply cooling to a frozen food cold store (-21ºC) via four ceiling evaporators. Two ammonia/glycol chillers supply cooling to a chill store for meat products (+1ºC), a banana store (+13ºC) and vehicle loading bays via 13 ceiling mounted air coolers.

Star has a long standing working relationship with Brakes, installing systems in depots across its UK network.  As well as supplying cooling solutions for Brakes over many years, Star’s nationwide refrigeration engineering team continues to deliver planned, preventative maintenance support to ensure ongoing plant safety, reliability and efficiency.

When it comes to designing energy efficient cooling and heating systems, Star is a natural innovator. Star works with strategic partners across the globe to deliver low carbon, cost saving solutions. For more information, phone Star Refrigeration on 0141 638 7916, email star@star-ref.co.uk or visit www.star-ref.co.uk.

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British Firm Scoops Major Ice Cream Contract From Thailand’s Minor Dairy

Thailand’s premier ice cream firm is investing in bespoke processing equipment from UK-based freezing and chilling system manufacturer Starfrost. Minor Dairy produces a variety of premium ice cream products for food service outlets across the Thai and international markets.

The company was looking for a high capacity freezing system to increase ice cream production at its processing facility near to Bangkok. Minor Dairy required an efficient in-line freezing system capable of achieving the long retention time needed to harden large containers of ice cream.

Starfrost’s UK engineering team has custom designed a Double Drum Helix Spiral freezer for Minor Dairy with a processing capacity of 1,500 kg/hr. The Helix Spiral features a 620mm wide stainless steel mesh product conveyor belt and two rotating drums, each with 10 spiraling tiers.

The bespoke Double Drum Helix Spiral system is designed to process ice cream in 6kg plastic and paper containers, at a rate of 25 cans every six minutes. The product enters the freezer at a temperature of minus 4 degrees Celsius. Each container of ice cream is then hardened to minus 25 degrees Celsius.

The Minor Dairy system is the latest Starfrost freezer designed for a leading food manufacturer in Thailand. Starfrost has recently supplied freezing and chilling systems to Thai processors for tropical fruits and poultry. For further information visit www.starfrost.com.

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Solid Belt Brings Benefits For Seafood

The key to success for seafood processors is getting product to market in the right condition. Because it is so delicate, seafood needs to be handled very carefully to retain the best possible visual appearance to the consumer. It will also be damaged if it is frozen too slowly.

As a specialist in freezing technology, JBT FoodTech is constantly modifying its Frigoscandia range to improve processing capabilities, efficiency and throughput. The company’s latest development, the ADVANTEC™ Steel Belt Impingement Freezer, has been designed specifically with seafood processors in mind.

The key feature is the solid steel belt, particularly effective for seafood as it prevents product sticking to the belt, allowing it to be placed and moved around the belt easily by hand, as Barry Jackson, JBT FoodTech’s regional sales manager for the UK, explains: “The ADVANTEC™ Freezer uses patented impingement technology to blast high velocity air jets at products, dispersing the boundary layer of insulating air which holds heat around the product. This results in extremely fast freezing times. Normally the product would immediately stick to a frozen mesh belt or, if soft and delicate, could sink into the mesh leaving marks.”

He adds: “However, the infeed of the solid steel belt is ‘wet’, not frozen as it’s defrosted as it travels around from the outfeed. This means that it’s possible to move the product around once it’s been placed on the solid belt ensuring it retains its shape, and resulting in a much better-looking end product. The solid belt is particularly useful for large delicate products such as king scallops, which deform easily, and flat fish as it prevents any head-to-tail U shapes.”

The new solid belt machine will be offered alongside the traditional mesh belt of the conventional ADVANTEC™ Impingement Freezers and has many uses. For example, pureed peas or sauces can be frozen as droplets and used in small quantities by chefs or in the QSR sector. Extruded seafood, particularly scampi, can be re-formed and re-shaped into scampi-shaped nuggets before being coated and fried. The solid belt can also be used for marinated chicken breasts, or any soft, sticky products which would normally sink into, or drip through, a mesh belt.

The solid steel belt comes in a 1500mm width with a variable belt speed of 0.5 metre up to 24 metres per minute. The upper impingement fingers can be adjusted from 35mm to 185mm from the top of the belt. Cleaning systems are available for belt rinsing, belt foaming, evaporator cleaning or a combination of these.

“Many seafood processors will have to phase out their old, traditional steel belt freezers when the use of CFC refrigerants is outlawed at the end of 2014,” says Barry Jackson. “At JBT FoodTech we anticipated this need, and we consider the solid belt ADVANTEC ™ Steel Belt Freezer to be an excellent alternative providing superior rates of freezing and higher throughputs within the same footprint.”

The ADVANTEC™ Impingement Freezer forms part of the complete range of Frigoscandia freezing solutions available from JBT FoodTech. For further information contact info@jbtfoodtech.com or visit www.jbtfoodtech.com.

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High Energy Losses in Cold Stores are a Thing of the Past

It is a world premiere, it revolutionizes door technology in cold stores and sits at the top of deep-freeze doors with an extremely low heat transfer – the EFA-TK-100 featuring EFA-AFM. With the development of this product Efaflex has designed a high-speed door that sets new standards for equipping deep-freeze areas in cold stores.

In the light of climate change and rising raw material prices, there is a growing trend towards developing low-energy products and equipment to improve the energy balance of companies. With a heat transfer of down to 0.74W/m²K at dimensions 3000 x 3180mm, this low-energy door from industrial high-speed doors specialist Efaflex achieves more than any other deep-freeze door has achieved so far. A dynamic door blade and AFM spiral track (Active Framework Mechanism) ensures the door blade remains pushed against a seal around the door frame when closed, and thereby seals off the deep-freeze area practically hermetically.

Unlike other high-speed spiral doors, the spiral box of the EFA-TK-100 featuring EFA-AFM is mounted on the outer, warm side of the door. This protects it against increased wear due to cold. Unlike EFA-ISO-K, contact surface heaters are employed, installed in the seal strips around the frame, the lath seals and the contact edge strip, heating the contact surfaces to the door blade, the floor and the individual laths of the door blade. High-speed doors between deep-freeze areas down to -30°C and areas at 0°C must be especially well insulated and tight.

The excellent insulation of the EFA-TK-100 featuring EFA-AFM is achieved for the first time using 100 mm-thick EFA-THERM laths. The laths are individually fixed to the hinge chains. Accordingly, the laths exert no force since the rollers only need to bear single laths. This ensures a long life of the motors and makes the laths individually changeable.

The TLG infrared door light grid, a worldwide unique and fully self-monitoring safety system, can be integrated into the new Efaflex deep-freeze door. Even more features can be easily integrated for greater safety, such as approach area surveillance, laser scanners and an additional external light grid.

The EFA-TK-100 makes its UK debut at Temperature Controlled Storage & Distribution (TCS & D) exhibition in Peterborough on the 18 – 19th September.

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Thermo King Introduces New V-600 and V-800 Series of Powerful Refrigeration Units for City Distribution

Brussels, Belgium, 08 August, 2013 – Thermo King, a manufacturer of transport temperature control solutions for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, introduces the new V-600 and V-800 refrigeration units. The new solutions provide environmentally friendly transport refrigeration for medium to large sized trucks.

Transport companies are looking for sustainable solutions that help maximise fuel efficiency and meet current and pending environmental regulations. The new V-series delivers high performance while consuming significantly less energy and achieving lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per Watts compared to its predecessors V-500 Plus and V-700.

The V-600 and V-800 series comprise two-piece split units designed for fresh, frozen and deep frozen applications for urban distribution. In addition, the new series are quieter than conventional units in this segment. This low noise solution enables companies to make inner city deliveries at any time, increasing the cost efficiency of each delivery.

“New Thermo King V-600 and V-800 Series are the most powerful vehicle powered units available today in the market,” said Eneko Fernandez, product leader for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa at Thermo King. “Both solutions are more sustainable and environmentally-friendly than self-powered products, and they consume less energy while delivering higher capacities. This makes them a great solution for all type of applications from dairy to pharmaceutical transportation and also a reliable option for renting companies.”

V-600 Series range – The V-600 Series range delivers increased performance more efficiently. A more efficient evaporator and an all-aluminum condenser coil bring significant life cycle benefits and create less environmental impact. The V-600 Series is equipped with the TM16 swash plate compressor for ease of installation and drive kit availability.

In comparison to the V-500 MAX Plus Series, the V-600 delivers a 6.5 percent increase in capacity and 20 percent higher airflow. The V-600 Series is designed for trucks up to six meters long. To better match customer needs, the unit is available in a wide selection of models and voltages.

The V-800 Series – The V-800 Series is equipped with a new swash plate compressor powered by the vehicle’s engine increasing availability of drive kits for ease of installation. The series delivers reliability and efficiency in both cooling and heating modes.

Suitable for trucks up to eight meters long, the new V-800 Series is the most powerful range for both cooling and heating modes currently believed to be on the market. This series offers 12 percent capacity increase and 15 percent higher airflow with the ES800 evaporator in comparison to the V-700 Series. The V-800 Series is available in a full range to meet specific application requirements.

Both series use the advanced Direct Smart Reefer controller, bringing the latest in microprocessor-based intelligent control to Thermo King’s direct drive range. The controller provides accurate temperature control. In addition, it employs an easy-to-use interface and offers best-in-class exposure experience.

Thermo King Celebrates 75 Years

Since 1938, Thermo King has been at the forefront of the transport refrigeration industry providing temperature control systems that enable users throughout the world to lower energy, fuel, and operating costs while providing temperature stability. Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, Thermo King offers a wide range of temperature control systems for vehicles of all sizes, from small vans to large trailers, as well as airborne and ocean-going containers. In addition Thermo King provides heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment for passenger buses and railcars.

Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®,Thermo King® and Trane® —work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings, transport and protect food and perishables, secure homes and commercial properties, and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Thermo King manufactures transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and railway cars. Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit ingersollrand.com or thermoking.com.

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Nestlé Inaugurates New Nescafé Factory in Vietnam

Nestlé has inaugurated a new, SFr230 million (Eur185 million) factory in Vietnam that will meet growing demand for its Nescafé soluble coffee products in the region. More than 200 new jobs have been created with the opening of the factory, which is located in Dong Nai province and manufactures products for both local consumption and export.

Nestlé’s investment in Vietnam supports its activities around the Nescafé Plan, the company’s global initiative to optimise its coffee supply chain that includes measures such as increasing direct purchasing from farmers and providing them with free technical assistance.

“We are investing in the future of coffee production and consumption in Vietnam and the region,” says Wayne England, Nestlé Indochina chairman and chief executive. “By opening this factory in Vietnam, we will be closer to our consumers and better able to adapt our products to their needs and preferences. It demonstrates our long-term commitment to Vietnam and our continued confidence in the region.”

Nestlé trained more than 19,600 coffee farmers in Vietnam in 2012 as part of the Nescafé Plan. The company aims to train about the same number again this year, while distributing two million high-yield, disease-resistant coffee plantlets. Nestlé is also working with the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in a public-private partnership to help improve farmers’ productivity by promoting better coffee growing practices.

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Thermo King Mobile ColdCube™ Containers Provide Precise Temperature Control and Easy Transport

New ColdCube™ containers from Thermo King provide powerful mobile cooling and freezing solutions that can be easily moved between different field applications. These lightweight, durable, flexible solutions can be loaded relatively quickly into a standard van or truck and powered by the vehicle battery, or once unloaded, the containers can be plugged into a standard wall outlet for continuous cooling.

Thermo King, a manufacturer of transport temperature control solutions for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, offers three ColdCube™ container sizes, each available in cooling and freezing models, to fit a variety of business needs.

“ColdCube™ containers provide a simple way to manage temperature-sensitive cargo, providing consistent temperature management while optimizing flexibility for users,” said Gary Mullins, accessories product manager for Thermo King in the Europe, Middle East, India and Africa region. “These containers are ideal for managing the transport of refrigerated and frozen cargo in mixed fleets or for initial startup companies.”

These food-grade, heavily-insulated solutions offer precise temperature control with the added flexibility of operating on both AC and DC power. ColdCube™ containers are competitively priced compared to full van conversions and offer a lower price point to businesses that need intermittent refrigeration and/or freezing capability during transport.

Potential applications for the ColdCube™ include:

  •  load optimization in larger vans and full-size trailers,
  • small vehicles with limited capacity requirements for cooling and freezing,
  • rental and leasing option for special events.

The ColdCube™ features a digital temperature controller with easy read out. With a wide range of accessories available, this solution is ideal for business applications such as catering and special events, delivery of medicines and vaccines, fresh and frozen blood bank transportation and courier services.

This flexible cooling and freezing solution provides customers with financial flexibility as well as the flexibility to either purchase or lease the unit depending on their specific needs. The Thermo King dealer network, with more than 300 service points across Europe, is available to support ColdCube™ solutions with their knowledge and expertise.

 

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High velocity air jets said to enable faster freezing

GEA Refrigeration Technologies has developed a HVF-Freezer (high velocity freezer) that uses newly designed air jets in a bid to reduce the outer layer temperature of food.

The high velocity jets break down the insulating boundary layer, allowing the surface to be frozen very quickly. According to GEA, this enables the product to freeze faster than in conventional freezers while minimising dehydration losses.

The hvf is described as ‘an innovative and improved freezer concept’ and built on existing impingement freezer technology. Impingement freezers apply to freezing of hamburgers and other flat products, as well as for crust or set freezing of various food products. GEA claims benefits to food processors include higher quality food products as the result of less cellular damage, improved capacity with more than 10% – 15% than existing impingement freezers, higher yield, longer shelf life of food and faster freezing time.

“GEA brought plenty of time and development work for improving the freezing dynamics to produce better results, increasing yield and allowing for faster and more complete freezing while using less energy,” said Robert Laflamme, president of GEA Refrigeration Canada Inc. “We’ve taken the impingement concept to a new level of quality and performance, while also incorporating GEA’s trademark hygienic features, including fully welded seams, sloped floor and more.”

GEA will launch its HVF-Freezer at the International Poultry Expo (IPE) in Atlanta.

For more information go to www.gea.com.

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One of the United Kingdom’s Largest Refrigerated Hybrid Trucks Features Innovative, Sustainable Solutions from Thermo King

Energy-saving concept truck completes successful pilot test in London

Brussels, Belgium, January 15, 2013 – One of the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) largest refrigerated hybrid trucks, engineered by Thermo King in collaboration with Volvo and Arla Foods, is transporting milk throughout London while providing increased sustainability, lower fuel costs and reduced noise.

The 26-tonne, 8.65-metre concept rigid truck features transport refrigeration solutions from Thermo King, a manufacturer of temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand. The truck features a combined conventional and eutectic plate solution that Thermo King engineers helped developed for the vehicle to provide temperature control when the vehicle operates in both engine and battery-powered mode.

Thermo King developed the solution in cooperation with Volvo UK and Volvo Belgium for Arla Foods, the UK’s largest dairy company. Arla has a challenging environmental agenda and the key focus of this project was to find a solution to support the delivery of their carbon dioxide reduction targets. The truck represents the only Volvo 26-tonne refrigerated dairy truck hybrid in the UK today.

“Thermo King is working to develop innovative solutions such as this to help customers meet forthcoming regulations and increase sustainability for both large and small deliveries,” said Steve Williams, UK sales manager for Thermo King.

The vehicle features the Thermo King vehicle-powered V-700 Max Spectrum refrigeration system which is used to provide over-the-road refrigeration. The V-700 Max Spectrum, the latest addition to the Thermo King V-Series range of transport refrigeration units, has a nominal capacity 20-30 percent higher than its direct competitors.

This technologically ensures that the V-700 Max Spectrum is the most environmentally responsible unit for the application and meets all the criteria required by Arla Foods. The V-700 Max Spectrum refrigeration unit is a low-noise unit, allowing for inner city delivery at any time.

The hybrid truck also features specially designed eutectic plates, which are connected to the V-700 Max Spectrum’s refrigeration system, that provide backup refrigeration when the truck is operating in the over-the-road battery mode.

When the unit is plugged in on electric standby overnight, the refrigeration unit’s host compressor provides the necessary refrigeration to freeze the liquid solution that is inside the eutectic plates, providing the overall system with additional temperature hold over capacity when the Volvo Hybrid is operating in battery mode during its deliveries.    .

Leaders at Arla and Volvo are evaluating the vehicle for commercialization. They anticipate that it will deliver significant fuel savings and reduce truck emissions.

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Thermo King Recognizes STAF With Energy Efficiency Leader Award

STAF, a leader in refrigerated retail transport serving the greater metropolitan Paris area, has expressed a growing interest in the cryogenics solution developed by Thermo King. This innovative sustainable cooling technology reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, noise and maintenance costs and improves performance and load protection.

Thermo King, a manufacturer of transport temperature control solutions for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, honored STAF’s commitment to energy and operational efficiency and sustainability by presenting the company with the “Energy Efficiency Leader Award.”

Dwight Gibson, vice president of transport solutions for truck and trailer for Thermo King in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa, presented the award to Kara Mendjel, chief executive officer of STAF.

Since a successful test pilot in 2011, STAF has converted five delivery trucks to the new CryoTech refrigeration unit using recycled R-744 refrigerant in a unique open-loop system to achieve a significant reduction in emissions and superior performance compared to conventional diesel powered units. STAF has cut their CO2 emissions by approximately 44,560 kg annually with the new solution without any compromise to refrigeration performance.

The switch will enable STAF to meet PIEK low-noise requirements and the regulations regarding priority air action zones or Zone d’Actions Prioritaires pour l’Air (ZAPA). The French authorities have started implementing experimental ZAPA and banning highly pollutant vehicles from low emission zones to improve air quality in urbanized zones.

“Innovation has always given us a strategic competitive edge at STAF,” says Kara Mendjel, chief executive officer of STAF. “We’re very pleased that the Thermo King CryoTech refrigeration units go beyond increasing sustainability, optimizing performance and reducing costs to actually anticipate regulatory and commercial requirements, creating a win on all fronts.”

The CryoTech refrigeration units offer the industry’s quietest refrigeration solution and substantially exceed the demanding PIEK low-noise standard, which make them ideal for the demands of distribution in dense urban areas such as Paris and its surrounding suburbs.

Transport distribution in large cities generally mean frequent door openings, allowing ambient air to enter the cargo space, raising temperature and risking damage to the load. The CryoTech units offer quick temperature recovery and precision temperature control. This in turn reduces the risk of product spoilage and extends shelf-life of the transported produce.

“Thermo King is pleased to offer proven cryogenic technology, backed up by more than a decade of experience with this innovative technology,” says Eric Lunven, managing director of Paris Froid Services, the local Thermo King dealer. “CryoTech offers a sustainable alternative that is ideally suited to the rigorous demands of an urban distribution operation.  Our in-house expertise will ensure that STAF continues to experience a seamless transition to the new technology.”

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TT-Thermo King Receives Dealer of the Year Award from Thermo King

During the InnoTrans trade fair in Berlin, Germany, last month, leaders from Thermo King, a manufacturer of transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, honored TT-Thermo King as rail dealer of the year for 2012.

 The award recognizes the TT-Thermo King sales and service teams for quality production, customer service and fast response. TT-Thermo King is the largest Thermo King dealer in Poland and the only certified rail dealer in Poland.

 Group photo at awards ceremony:

Shown here during the award ceremony are (from left) Tomasz Szmajter, sales manager for TT-Thermo King; Magdi Sayegh, service manager for Thermo King; Jakub Glinkowski, service and operations manager for TT-Thermo King; Wojcieh Zoladek, chief executive officer and president of TT-Thermo King; Michel van Roozendaal, vice president of bus for Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa and global rail for Thermo King; Dominique Vallas: sales director of global rail for Thermo King.

 Rail yard photo: Shown here at the trainyard in Poznan, Poland, are TT-Thermo King team members (shown from left to right) including Michal Brejwo, TT-Thermo King technician; Tomasz Szmajter, sales manager for TT-Thermo King; and Hubert Lawniczak, technician for TT-Thermo King.

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Star Delivers Another Cool Solution For Logistics Firm

Global logistics specialist Kuehne + Nagel has invested in another environmentally efficient chill store cooling system from Star Refrigeration. Kuehne + Nagel required a new refrigeration plant as part of an extension to a chilled storage facility at its Brinklow site, near Milton Keynes. The distribution centre handles food and drink logistics for one of the UK’s leading supermarket chains.

Following the success of previous cooling projects at other UK sites, Kuehne + Nagel approached Star to design and build an environmentally conscious, robust and reliable refrigeration plant for the new chill store. Star worked in partnership with the main building contractor for the expansion project to deliver a turnkey cooling solution for Kuehne + Nagel.

A world leader in cooling and heating system innovation, Star designed and built a high efficiency refrigeration plant incorporating two of its Azanechillers. The compact ammonia packaged chillers supply cooling to the new multi temperature chill store, with a 56,000sqft chamber for chilled goods and a 45,000sqft produce chamber for fresh fruit and vegetables. Each temperature controlled chamber has a throughput of around 30 tonnes per hour.

Star combined the new Azanechiller system with an existing refrigeration plant to give Kuehne + Nagel the flexibility to operate the two chambers within the new chill store at different temperatures. The existing plant allows the fresh produce chamber to operate at +9 degrees Celsius, with the new Azanechiller system enabling an operating temperature of +2 degrees Celsius in the chilled goods chamber.

Working to a strict time schedule, Star pre-commissioned and performance tested the Azanechiller system at itsGlasgowmanufacturing facility to reduce installation time on site at Brinklow.  Group company Star M&E Solutions was awarded the role of mechanical and electrical contractor, including main low voltage panel works, lighting for the two chambers, fire alarm and alterations to the ventilation system.

The Kuehne + Nagel system features two air-cooled Azanechillers with ammonia as primary and glycol as secondary refrigerant.  Each unit has a cooling capacity of 400kW and features a low ammonia charge of less than 0.45kg/kW. The Azanechillers are located externally, mounted on concrete plinths adjacent to the existing plant room.

As an environmentally conscious natural refrigerant with zero global warming and ozone depletion potential, ammonia overcomes concerns over HFCs. Waste heat from the Azanechillers is recovered for defrosting the evaporators in the new and existing refrigeration plant.

Azanechiller is a complete refrigeration package, ideally suited to temperature controlled storage as well as food processing, building services and process cooling. Only an electrical supply and flow/return pipework is required to provide cooling. This reduces site installation and commissioning time, whilst also avoiding the need for a plant room.

Suitable for cooling both water and glycol, Azanechiller was developed by Star for environmentally conscious end users. Azanechiller typically offers a 30% increase in performance compared with standard HFC chillers. Its packaged design and careful component selection result in an ultra low refrigerant charge, with all ammonia contained within the chiller and sited outside the warehouse or production facility.

Azanechiller features high quality, industrial components to offer unrivalled performance, reliability and low maintenance. Each unit includes two screw compressors, low noise drive motors, Star’s low charge low pressure receiver and semi-welded PHE evaporator. Star¹s Telstar computerised control system ensures optimum performance, with HMI touch screen interface and optional broadband connection for offsite remote monitoring.

Azanechiller is available as an air-cooled or water-cooled unit with cooling capacity from 200kW to 850kW. Air-cooled Azanechillers feature high efficiency EC condenser fan technology. Water-cooled Azanechillers include a welded plate heat exchanger condenser to minimise refrigerant charge. Both include floating header pressure control, which optimises efficiency at part load conditions and low ambient temperatures.

When it comes to designing energy efficient cooling and heating systems, Star is a natural innovator.  Star works with strategic partners across the globe to deliver low carbon, cost saving solutions. For more information, phone Star Refrigeration on 0141 638 7916, email star@star-ref.co.uk or visit www.star-ref.co.uk.

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Zero loss refrigeration dryers operating at low cost

The latest Tundra range of refrigeration air dryers, now available from Hi-line Industries Ltd, have been designed to the highest engineering specification, providing the maximum operating performance with the lowest operating cost.

Eighteen models in the range are available ex-stock including units from 20 to 1040 scfm air throughput and operating off a 230V single phase 50Hz supply, together with models having air throughput from 605 to 1040 scfm with a 3 phase 440V 50Hz power input.

All models are designed for a standard 7 barg inlet pressure, at 35°C air inlet temperature (25°C ambient) and offer a constant 3°C dewpoint temperature delivery at all times. The new design heat exchangers incorporated give a very low differential pressure drop across the dryer, ensuring further energy savings.

Non-standard operating conditions that can be accommodated include inlet air pressures (4 – 16 barg), ambient air temperatures (10 – 50°C), inlet air temperatures (20 – 60°C), and air throughput up to 9988 cfm can also be accommodated on dryers manufactured to order.

A high pressure range up to 50 barg can also be supplied. Dewpoint indicators are incorporated as standard (digital on larger models), together with an illuminated ‘Power On’ switch. An optional zero loss condensate drain can also be fitted. The larger models also have built-in filters to protect the heat exchangers from particulate build-up, so helping to protect from restriction and eliminating potential damage to the heat exchanger.

All products are designed to operate at minimal air consumption, achieved by minimising air pressure-drop and lowering the level of absorbed power, while the direct expansion technology of the equipment offers a constant 3°C dewpoint, preventing dewpoint spiking. More effective methods of operating efficiency, however, have resulted from the built-in engineering design, providing both good performance and high reliability. Additional energy savings are also achieved when the optional Hi-line ZLD autodrain unit is specified.

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ZERO LOSS REFRIGERATION DRYERS COMBINE PERFORMANCE WITH RELIABILITY FOR MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY

The latest Tundra range of refrigeration air dryers, now available from Hi-line Industries Ltd, have been designed to the highest engineering specification, providing the maximum operating performance with the lowest operating cost. Eighteen models in the range are available ex-stock including units from 20 to 1040 scfm air throughput and operating off a 230V single phase 50Hz supply, together with models having air throughput from 605 to 1040 scfm with a 3 phase 440V 50Hz power input. All models are designed for a standard 7 barg inlet pressure, at 35°C air inlet temperature (25°C ambient) and offer a constant 3°C dewpoint temperature delivery at all times. The new design heat exchangers incorporated give a very low differential pressure drop across the dryer, ensuring further energy savings.

 Non-standard operating conditions that can be accommodated include inlet air pressures (4 – 16 barg), ambient air temperatures (10 – 50°C), inlet air temperatures (20 – 60°C), and air throughput up to 9988 cfm can also be accommodated on dryers manufactured to order. A high pressure range up to 50 barg can also be supplied. Dewpoint indicators are incorporated as standard (digital on larger models), together with an illuminated ‘Power On’ switch. An optional zero loss condensate drain can also be fitted. The larger models also have built-in filters to protect the heat exchangers from particulate build-up, so helping to protect from restriction and eliminating potential damage to the heat exchangers.

All products are designed to operate at minimal air consumption, achieved by minimising air pressure-drop and lowering the level of absorbed power, while the direct expansion technology of the equipment offers a constant 3°C dewpoint, preventing dewpoint spiking. More effective methods of operating efficiency, however, have resulted from the built-in engineering design, providing both good performance and high reliability. Additional energy savings are also achieved when the optional Hi-line ZLD autodrain unit is specified.

 

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Excalibur improve refrigeration efficiency at Cargill by 30%

Part of Cargill since 2008, Freeman’s of Newent are a primary chicken processing business, supplying independent butchers and the retail food sector.

As part of Cargill’s drive to improve energy efficiency a site review showed that the spiral refrigeration plant used to cool chicken prior to packing and despatch was a major energy user.

The system comprises five large Sabroe reciprocating compressors, operating on the R22 replacement refrigerant R417a, which processes 72,000 chickens a day. Due to the site having a limited electrical supply power is provided from 2 oil fired generators.

Freeman’s approached Excalibur to investigate the possibilities of improving the efficiency of this system. A study was undertaken which enabled Excalibur to identify the potential to reduce energy consumption by more than 30%

Excalibur were contracted to undertake the modifications which involved the installation of Liquid Pressure Amplification and inverter control of condenser fans, the system was then recommissioned to operate at low head pressure, reducing compressor energy consumption and increasing refrigeration capacity.

The effects of the modification were immediate; production was increased due to lower temperatures in the chiller, while oil consumption of the generators dropped by 1000 litres / week. Achieving a payback against investment of 18 months, and an annual reduction in carbon emissions of 150 tonnes.

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Energy-saving cooling cuts Fluorocarbon’s costs by 67%

 Due to a steep rise in on-site electricity costs – which have doubled in just two years –Fluorocarbon has invested in energy-efficient inverters and a free cooling system from process cooling specialist, IsoCool.  The measures are paying off fast – cooling costs are on track to reduce by 67%. This gives the project, which is funded with a loan from the Carbon Trust and Siemens Financial Services under the Energy Efficiency Financing Scheme, a payback schedule of less than two years.

One of the largest fluoropolymer processors in the UK, presently celebrating 50 years in the polymer industry, Fluorocarbon supplies PTFE and polymer related components, high performance engineering plastics and stock shapes.  Their international client base spans a range of industries, from food to plastics. To fulfil demand, the company operates five manufacturing facilities across Europe.

Fluorocarbon’s Hertford factory is one of the largest, with on-site processes including industrial bakeware, moulding and screw extrusion. Consequently, the cooling system is integral, supporting more than 70% of plant equipment within the polymer factory.

Historically the cooling system consisted of a single water chiller with a 120kW cooling capacity, and cost just over £20,000 a year to run. But with electricity prices rising, Fluorocarbon took action, as Shaun Grundon, Health, Safety and Environmental Officer explained:

 “A few years ago, the cost of electricity on the site doubled from 7p to 15p per KWh. We already had plans to improve energy-efficiency, so we looked at the site as a whole and applied for the Carbon Trust/Siemens loan to cover four projects, of which the cooling system is the biggest. As we’d had such great results from IsoCool on previous projects, we approached them to help. They’re also an approved Carbon Trust supplier, which was ideal”.

To significantly reduce the energy-consumption of the process cooling system, IsoCool retro-fitted a separate RFC air blast cooler to the chiller. This provides the cooling source during the times of the year when the ambient will allow partial and up to 100% direct air cooling, thus offloading the compressors and the inherent high operating costs.

According to Shaun, the benefits of an air blast cooler were clear: “An investigation into the weather conditions in Hertford showed that we could save a lot of money with free cooling. Our cooling system has an outlet temperature of 18oC, and the ambient temperature in this area is below that for about 8 months of the year”.

IsoCool also identified that further energy savings could be achieved by installing inverters to the process pumps. Unlike standard process pumps, which work at either full capacity or are switched off in stages, inverters alter the speed of the pumps in direct response to demand. They also limit peaks in electrical usage. This keeps energy consumption and operating costs to a minimum.

Both IsoCool and Fluorocarbon were right to be confident in these energy saving technologies, as Shaun explained: “Our water chillers used to be on 24/7, 52 weeks of the year, they never shut down. Now thanks to the free cooler, the main chiller only comes on two to three months a year. The energy savings are massive”.

Results from the inverters have been equally impressive: “Our process pumps were a similar story – one of them was running all the time and we had a backup pump on stand-by. The inverters mean that we’re saving 25p an hour on the pump alone,” Shaun continued.

Based on the chilled water system running at 60% load factor, IsoCool calculated that the energy efficient upgrades would lower the running costs of the cooling system to approximately £6,800 – just a third of previous total. Factoring in the fees of the Energy Efficiency Financing Scheme, this gives the solution a payback of less than two years.

“We’ve been monitoring the energy consumption of our new system closely, and so far we’re right on track to achieving the savings which IsoCool predicted in their cost analysis. It’s basically a self-financing project – once the loan is paid back, we’ll be saving in excess of £13,000 every year,” explained Shaun.

Fluorocarbon is delighted with IsoCool’s work, as Shaun confirmed: “IsoCool did an excellent job with the installation. Because we run a 24/7 production, we can’t afford for the chillers to be shut down. IsoCool worked it so that there was no loss of production. Their site survey was extremely thorough too, and our savings forecast is spot on”.

Editors’ notes

Established in 2002 by Managing Director Nigel Hallett, IsoCool Ltd specialises in industrial cooling, designing, installing and maintaining energy-efficient cooling systems across a wide range of sectors, from plastics and packaging to engineering and food. IsoCool also provides high level environmental advice relating to the age and performance of existing cooling systems at client premises. For a full company profile or to arrange an interview with Nigel Hallett, please contact PrettyGood PR.

IsoCool: www.isocool.ltd.uk, info@isocool.ltd.uk, +44 (0)1376 328455.

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