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A quiet condensing unit solution for walk-in freezer

09 January 2017

A key component of a new cooling system for Gelato.Cool, a UK-based Italian ice cream manufacturing business. was a Fusion commercial condensing unit from J & E Hall. The JEH2-0400-L-3 unit was required for a new walk-in freezer which stores gelato ice cream. 

At Gelato.Cool all the ice cream is made in-house with specially imported machinery from Italy. The company has more than 160 Napoli tins of ice cream in storage containing around 1000 litres of ice cream. Production is demand driven and gelato is manufactured in advance of the summer months to cope with the peak season. 

The company needed a new walk-in freezer to cope with the demands of its growing business. The 3.5 sq m freezer is racked out to handle the 4.5 litre Napoli tins into which the ice cream is held. The main challenge for the cooling system is keeping the temperature in the freezer at a constant -22°C for deep life storage.
Mark Weston, director at Gelato.Cool, explains: “Reliability and efficiency are important for us and the new Fusion unit works well. It is very quiet, efficient and represents good value for money. It keeps the freezer at -22°C all day. We manufacture the gelato at around -14°C and the ideal serving temperature is -17°C. Our new walk-in freezer allows us to store the gelato at a perfect temperature all year round.”

The freezer was designed and built by Milby Coldrooms of East Goscote, Leicestershire. The company has installed Fusion units for ice cream vendors so understand the demands of the industry. The J & E Hall unit, supplied by AFR Refrigeration of Wandsworth in London, is linked to a Maxkold LFJ/14 3.8L evaporator.

Nigel Rodgers, group managing director at Milby, said: “It was a turn-key job for us and we came recommended by another customer in the ice cream industry. We were delighted to be offered the chance to build the new freezer room and we have to make sure that the equipment we use is reliable and does all it should. The Fusion unit was our first choice.” 

J & E Hall offers an extensive range of medium and low temperature reciprocating and scroll-housed commercial condensing units which use R404a. Medium temperature scroll condensing units qualify for Enhanced Capital Allowance, a scheme which offers tax relief for businesses investing in energy efficient projects.

The acoustically-lined Fusion range houses a reciprocating compressor which is fitted with a compressor jacket to further reduce noise.

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