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Cool stars unite to form glacier

11 November 2010

Glacier is a new range of equipment for the food processing industry, combining a spiral freezer and refrigeration plant in one complete package

The launch of the new Glacier range is the result of the unique partnership between equipment manufacturer Starfrost and parent company Star Refrigeration. Glacier offers food processors a total in-line freezing and chilling solution from a single source market leader.

As a spiral system, Glacier is suitable for freezing or chilling food items such as pizza, ready meals, poultry, meat and fish, as well as pastry products and desserts. Each Glacier package is designed, manufactured and installed to meet individual cooling requirements, with dual-purpose freeze/chill operation available.

Glacier features a range of spiral systems and associated refrigeration packages, with cooling capacities from 75kW to 450kW. Available with a range of belt sizes and tier heights, Glacier can be designed to process from 500kg/hr, to over 6,000kg/hr.

Starfrost managing director Neil Winney says: “The launch of Glacier will enable food manufacturers to benefit from the joint expertise of Starfrost and Star. Glacier combines high efficiency equipment and robust engineering, with cutting edge refrigeration technology.”

Star Refrigeration sales and marketing director Rob Lamb adds: “Glacier’s cooling system operates with natural refrigerant ammonia. This results in excellent operating efficiency, with zero environmental impact in terms of ozone depletion and global warming. The spiral unit and refrigeration plant are designed to work in complete unison and offer a cost effective, energy efficient and flexible solution.”

Each Glacier refrigeration plant is factory assembled and only requires simple connection on site, whilst the spiral is delivered in modules for ease of assembly. The spiral unit and refrigeration plant both have a compact design and small footprint. An optional weatherproof housing for the refrigeration package means that no internal plant room is required.

All Glacier refrigeration plant components have been selected to optimise efficiency, maximise uptime and deliver low operating costs. Further efficiency enhancing options include reverse cycle defrost, condenser fan inverter control and high grade heat recovery.

The Glacier spiral system also has a simple but robust design to maximise uptime and requires minimal ongoing maintenance. The spiral unit has an all stainless steel structure, fully welded stainless steel floor system and a fully accessible product zone for ease of cleaning.

Additional low maintenance features on the spiral include a hygienic sealed direct drive unit with an automatic oil top up system and PLC computerised control with HMI touchscreen for optimising running conditions and ensuring safe, trouble free operation.

Established in 1984, Starfrost has remained a market leader in freezing and chilling technology for over 25 years, working with food manufacturers in more than 50 countries worldwide.

As part of Star Refrigeration, Starfrost also has the unique ability to offer total freezing and chilling solutions that are truly ground-breaking. Together the two companies have developed ‘green’ systems focused on energy saving and significantly reducing lifecycle costs for food manufacturers.

Starfrost’s in-line systems are designed to add maximum value, boost production and minimise running costs. Whatever the food product, Starfrost’s equipment solutions are focused on high efficiency and low maintenance.

In addition to the new Glacier range, Starfrost’s equipment portfolio includes the Starlite HT (Hybrid Tunnel), Spiral Helix, Turbo IQF and StarContact system. The company’s UK headquarters and manufacturing facility is based in Lowestoft, Suffolk.


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