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Pre-planned Chiller Hire Preserves Stored Food

27 August 2015

When a major food distribution warehouse needed to upgrade its in-house chiller it called upon the services of one to the UK’s leading chiller hire companies, Andrews Chiller Hire, to provide an alternative solution that would keep warehouse temperatures at a safe level for preserving stored food.

Andrews Chiller Hire provides a true 24/7, 365 day access to specialist engineering staff that will advise and offer solutions to maintaining room temperature, whether it is an office environment issue, a production problem or chilled warehousing requirement.  With more than 25 depots strategically positioned around the UK and an extensive fleet of air-cooled fluid air chillers with capacities from 6kW to more than 750kW Andrews is well placed to respond quickly and deliver temporary, time-critical response.

During discussion with Andrews’ sales engineers it became apparent to the customer how Andrews’ Fast Chill units would prove to be the perfect solution these self–contained chillers supplied ready-to-run.  The main advantage of Andrews Chiller Fast Chill 90 units is their portability.  It meant quick and easily temporary installation, providing 100kW of cooling at -10oC to ensure stock did not degrade during a schedule plant shutdown.

All FC90 units were placed at a high level within the storage area and connected to a bank of exterior heat exchangers to dissipate the extracted heat to atmosphere.  They draw hot energy into the system, this passes over a cold coil, is converted into water which is then pumped to a condenser within the heat exchanger where it is discharged outside the building.  The Fast Chill 90 has a powerful fan delivering outstanding performance, 10,000 m3 cooled air flow with a capability down to -10oC and ability to maintain local environments to within +/- 0.5oC.

Pre-planned Plant Upgrade
During the past decade many organisations operating chilled and cold stores have had to implement planned maintenance programmes for a R22 refrigerant swap out or consider a more costly option of investing in totally new plant.

New equipment using HCFC refrigerants like R22 were banned from 2001 (or 2004 for small air-conditioning systems) and since 1st January 2010 the use of virgin HCFCs to service and maintain existing refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) equipment was also banned in all EU Member States.  From 1st January this year it has been illegal to use any HCFCs to service RAC equipment, hence recycled or reclaimed HCFC may no longer be used.

The major food chain distributor had carefully pre-planned for closure of its’ in-house cooling plant and taken positive precautions by discussing their situation with chiller hire experts, Andrews Chiller Hire, to ensure food stock would not degrade.  On the scheduled date Andrews delivered and installed a total of ten Fast Chill 90 Low Temperature Chillers to keep the warehouse at the required temperature until maintenance work was completed.

The simplicity and speed of installation of the Fast Chill hire range makes it ideal for many applications especially in the food and beverage sector, specific engineering process applications as well as in pharmaceutical and agricultural industries.


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