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CCUs help meat storage depot chill out

17 April 2017

Three commercial condensing units are playing an important role in the expansion of a north west-based meat wholesale depot, helping to increase storage capacity at the facility. 

The meat wholesale depot of Dalziel Ltd in Chorley, Lancashire, recently benefitted from an extension to its chill room – almost doubling the storage capacity of the premises.
The company has 12 strategically located distribution depots nationwide, supplies a wide range of meat products and equipment to the butchery and catering trade, including frozen and chilled meat, meat seasoning blends and ingredients for food processors, crumb and battering systems, plastic casings for cooked meat applications and industrial food machinery.

The chill room extension project was specified and installed by Bolton-based Michael Ward. The company has a commercial refrigeration and air conditioning division and a transport division for refrigerated trucks and trailers. David Wright, commercial manager at Michael Ward, appointed a sub-contractor to carry out the installation of the new chill extension before selecting the ideal cooling equipment for the job.

A J & E Hall twin fan JEH2-1000-M-3 Fusion Commercial Condensing Unit (CCU) was specified for the chiller room where a range of boxed meat including beef, pork, lamb and chicken is stored at 2°C.

For the nearby loading area, two J & E Hall JEH2-0500-M-3 Fusion CCUs were specified to maintain 8°C. The units were supplied by FSW of Preston. "We have specified and installed J & E Hall condensing units for well over ten years now as our first choice where possible. They are well specified, competitively priced, reliable, and straightforward to repair and maintain," said Wright.

A compact solution
The refrigeration units provide a solution when a compact yet efficient unit is needed, where noise, size and reliability are important. 

Housed in a cabinet made of electro-galvanised mild steel – with an anti-corrosion treatment – and coated in baked polyester powder paint, the units can withstand stringent weather testing. An integral IP54 rated control panel provides protection for all the essential electrical components and all the units are acoustically lined. 

Explaining the importance of a reliability for the company, Mark Wright, coldstore manager at Dalziel’s Chorley operation said that the reliability of equipment is paramount across the operation, as well as a back-up service in the event of a problem: "If our freezer went down for any reason we have a four-hour window to get it back up again before it loses too much temperature. It is important to have 24-hour cover."
"The new equipment is virtually silent and we have had no problems with it. This site has been here for 20 years and the equipment needs upgrading from time to time. The new equipment is so much more energy efficient and this is important as cold rooms, by their very nature, are expensive to run. 

“Energy saving is always a factor that we have to take into consideration. I am hoping we can achieve some good savings over a period of time."

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