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Blue Cube Coronavirus update - 17 March 2020

Coronavirus update – 17 March 2020

  • March 17, 2020 /

We want to reassure our customers that with the latest updates from the government, Blue Cube IT systems are set up on a cloud based system meaning that during this changing situation the team are able to work from home to provide account management and service support if needed. Our engineers are currently still out on the road able to attend breakdowns, and we also work with a network of trusted suppliers and contractors who we are receiving regular updates from.

Each site that our engineers attend will have their own systems in place, and we will work with your requirements. Please ensure that you communicate any changes of protocol to the service team as soon as possible so they can let our engineers know before they arrive to site.

As usual, the team can be contacted on 0333 3202620.

Why should I run a manual defrost?

  • September 23, 2019 /

Why does ice-build up?

Even at set points which are at an ambient temperature, in order to keep temperature regulated and controlled, the temperature at the evaporator is likely to be much colder.

Water particles are present in the air, and so the amount of water present in the unit increases with every door opening. This water when mixed with cold air then creates ice build-up on the units. If there are more door openings then ice is more likely to build up, therefore you are likely to need to run a defrost or tempering cycle more often.

Frozen evaporator coil

How does ice affect the running of the unit?

Ice puts all components in the unit under more pressure and reduces cooling and operational efficiency. Due to the way ice forms, excessive build up can crush the evaporator coil. This means the unit is likely to breakdown, and can cause costly repairs, as well as leading to significant operational down-time.

What should I look out for? How do I look for it?

Although it seems obvious, look for any signs of ice on the unit. The most important places to check are the evaporator coil, this is inside the unit where the cold air comes from. In Blast Freezers this may be above a false ceiling, so please ensure that you use appropriate health and safety procedures to check this area, and don’t cause damage to the false ceiling. Ice can also build up on the floor, or walls of the unit, so ensure you check these areas also.

What should I do to solve the issue?

All of our units run an automatic defrost in their running cycle, however, these automatic defrosts are stopped when doors are opened. If interrupted the efficiency of the automatic defrosts are significantly reduced. This re-concurrence of interruptions over a period of time will eventually render the automatic defrost less efficient. Our units additionally come with manual defrost or tempering cycles which are able to be activated in order to remove this ice-build up.

If any ice is detected then you need to run additional manual defrost or tempering cycles.

Ensure that after the cycle all ice has melted, and the water has completely cleared from the drains. Depending on the amount of ice build-up, it may be necessary to run more than one additional manual defrost or temper for longer in order to clear all the ice and ensure all water has drained away. For very excessive ice, empty the unit and run at at least 8oc and ensure all water drains away.  If all ice and water hasn’t cleared then by running the unit again you are more likely to rebuild ice up again quicker.

We recommend that clients get to know their units, understanding when automatic defrost are run and how long they run for. Keeping a chart on the wall can lend a hand to ensuring that during automatic defrosts the doors aren’t opened. We would also recommend that units are cleared out and a full manual defrost s run once a month.

If you have any further questions then please don’t hesitate to contact the Blue Cube Service Department on 0333 320 2620

Daloon thrives from solution driven partnership with Blue Cube

  • August 27, 2019 /

When frozen food producer, Daloon, needed to update their cold storage needs, they were considering numerous companies, and at this time received a call from Blue Cube Portable Cold Stores (PCS) introducing their services.

Lisa, UK Sales manager, explains, “I met with Andy from Daloon and he explained they were looking for a facility to increase capacity and ease product movement on site.

"They were facing challenges with working at heights, and so it was vital to find a solution which resolved this. We’re very transparent as a company and try to work in partnership with our clients rather as suppliers, and so we gave our best cost-effective price on first quotation for a solution that worked for Daloon.”

The cooperative working relationship was a key driver of the decision making process according to Andy Reed, GoodLife Foods Interim Engineering Manager, “I’ve been really happy with how Blue Cube have worked with us to find a solution that fit our business needs. We found the process very straightforward and customer friendly.

“The speed that Blue Cube work at really sets them apart from their competitors. They focused on finding a solution to our particular needs which was cost-effective, and their customer service throughout the entire process was excellent. The relationship with UK Sales Manager, Lisa, has been spot on. Everything I asked of her she delivered on, I couldn’t fault the whole process.

“The units arrived on time and we were given plenty of information to get the best use out of them. I couldn’t fault the service from beginning to end. I’d use Blue Cube again without a shadow of a doubt.”

Keep your unit running smoothly this summer

  • July 22, 2019 /

​With a summer scorcher predicted, ​and temperatures in the 30s expected, your unit will be under increased pressure to maintain and reduce temperatures. To avoid potentially costly call-outs follow Blue Cube's summer tips below: 

  • ​Check condenser coils at the back of the unit aren't blocked or dirty. This may prevent enough air being circulated around the unit causing parts to overheat and not work to their optimum performance.
  • ​Check there is no ice build up on the evaporator inside the unit. The area in which cold air is circulated into the unit can become built up with ice, which becomes a blockage to the cold air circulating keeping products cold. Running regular defrosts, and ensuring that any water is draining freely, will help to reduce any ice building up in your unit.
  • ​Make sure to try and reduce door opening as much as possible. Doors openings allows warm external air to enter, meaning the unit has to work harder to cool more air. Although some door openings can't be avoided to add and remove stock, try and keep these to a minimum in warm weather.
  • ​Ensure strip curtains provided ​are still in place. Although they can seem like a pain to work around, strip curtains are vital in helping to retain cool air within the unit during door openings. They also go some way to blocking warm air from entering the unit.
  • In warmer weather it's especially important to make sure ​you follow the 'Daily Operation Checks'. These are provided to you when you first receive the unit, and many of our units have them written on them with stickers. But if you would like this sent to you then please don't hesitate to contact us.

​​For any further advice about how to prepare for the warm weather please don't hesitate to contact our ​Service Department on 0333 3202 620.​

Vegan product and meat producer brought together with new production facility

  • July 12, 2019 /

When a vegan mince producer’s demand meant they needed to expand their production facility, the last place you would expect they would look would be a meat producer. But this is exactly what Jay Croslegh from Hooba Foods did, by contacting Holmesterne Farm Co Limited, who have more than 25 years of butchery based production knowledge.

Jay, explains, “Hooba Foods started as a small project but we very quickly outgrew our production facility with interest from the food service industry initially. There’s a lot of demand in the market now for vegan products, it’s a growing trend and it’s going to keep growing; so we’ve decided to outsource manufacturing.

“Hooba is effectively a vegan mince, so can be used in all the same ways a traditional meat mince can be. It made sense to link with a meat producer as they have the skill set to make meat products like burgers and sausage”.

Although to some it may have seemed an unusual move to seek out a meat producer, Jay feels it was a logical step. He continues, “Our ethos isn’t to say you can’t eat meat. The meat-free market is rapidly growing, but the majority of consumers are still meat eaters, so it’s a small part of the market compared to meat eaters.

“Our main audience are actually meat eaters, because we can offer similar products like sausages and burgers. If you want to just lose a bit of weight, our sausages have less than half the calories of standard sausage, so there’s health and environmental reasons for making some alternative options.

“We’d rather educate about the benefits of a plant based diet rather than opposing ourselves to a large meat eating population and this trend is growing.

 “We met the team at Holmesterne a year ago. They’d seen the start of this movement for less meat and understood it, and understood the potential in it, as a meat manufacturer they could either ignore it, or embrace it.

 “One of the things we had to be very conscious of, when getting involved with a meat manufacturer, is making sure there’s no danger of there being a cross contamination of meat getting into our product.”

This was the challenge for Mark Breeze, Head of Technical at Holmesterne, who, as part of taking on a new product line, needed to try and integrate a new separate production line to their site.

“We’re a compact site and so then had to find a design solution for our current set-up that allowed for the both operations to run smoothly. We’ve worked in meat for years, but saw the trend towards meat-reduced diets and when the opportunity came up to work with Hooba Foods to create meat-free items, we knew it was a great opportunity to widen our offering but still using our expert set of skills.

“It was obvious that we needed additional Cold Storage and Blast Freezing facilities, but it was a brand new product range for us, and held a risk in taking a large financial commitment upfront.

“So we decided to work with Blue Cube PCS to design and provide a solution that worked for us. Blue Cube had already offered us great products, efficiency savings, and service for our meat products, so why would we not approach them again? This meant we could have a completely bespoke solution which was able to be on a rental basis, so meant we avoided the same levels of financial risk.

“It was imperative to have separate solutions for meat and non-meat products whilst still ensuring we’re being as efficient as possible with the challenge of staying within our current site. Lisa at Blue Cube PCS worked with us to design an innovative solution for our needs.”

Lisa Rowbotham, UK Sales Manager at Blue Cube PCS, has 10 years of experience within the cold storage and blast freezing industry, and so immediately started thinking of an innovative design which would meet both customers’ needs.

She explains, “The most important thing was to make sure the solution was going to provide complete segregation from both meat and meat free products. We created and built a tailor-made design which meant workers had a separate changing area, production line, and blanch room. In addition, at the single loading bay area we designed a door which seals each section off from one another when it’s moved.”

“Our units now help throughout the entire production line, from keeping the raw materials cool in composition to blast freezing the end product.

“Our fully linked integrated units look as though they’ve always been there, as they join the main building, effectively doubling their existing production facility. We are very pleased we have been able to design and deliver such a great solution for Holmesterne and Hooba Foods.”

The new facility has now meant the future is looking very positive for Holmesterne and Hooba Foods.

Jay from Hooba Foods continues, “With the use of the expanded production facility and added expertise, we’re looking at a whole range of products now. We do a sausage roll, we’ve presented vegan pork pies, and we’re even looking at vegan scotch eggs. The versatility of this product means that with Holmesterne’s support anything that is mince based we can replicate.

“This summer we’re going to have BBQ products, alongside burgers and sausages, including hot dogs, grilled steaks, kebabs. We’re even looking at diced chicken replacement, or diced beef or pork replacements. We’ve also been approached by a large pizza manufacturer to make a pizza topping.

“There is a drive in the market for these types of products, and so if we can work with the likes of Blue Cube to facilitate the right production solutions, and Holmesterne to develop products to match what the customer wants, utilising the skill sets from the meat industry, it’s something we can do together and drive forward. Together we make a very effective partnership.”

For more information on how Blue Cube PCS could find the right solution for your business please contact info@bluecubepcs.co.uk, or call 0333 3202620.

BLUE CUBE MOVES TO REDUCE GWP OF ITS PRODUCTS

  • May 7, 2018 /

Leading temperature controlled storage solutions supplier continues roll out of new refrigerants in its equipment to reduce GWP and improve efficiencies.

Leading suppliers of rental temperature controlled storage solutions for the food, pharmaceutical, logistics and manufacturing industries, Blue Cube Portable Cold Stores – part of The Turner Group – is moving to more efficient and lower GWP refrigerants in a push on their environmental sustainability targets.

In a move prompted by increasing costs of the R404A refrigerant all of Blue Cube’s latest generation equipment is manufactured with lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) HFO blends whilst drop-ins are replacing existing refrigerants across current fleet units.

These steps will not only benefit Blue Cube customers by reducing costs and environmental impact but goes towards their target to actively seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The newer refrigerants show up to a 64% reduction in GWP whilst offering up to 8% lower energy consumption and improved environmental properties.

Steve Blakemore, Managing Director comments “we will continually strive to develop the most energy efficient equipment we can that will contribute, long term, to the quality of the environment”

 

“This not only demonstrates Blue Cube’s commitment to the environment but helps reduce our customer’s costs and carbon footprint” he concludes.

Established in 2009, Staffordshire-based Blue Cube offers a wide range of technologically advanced, eco-friendly temperature controlled storage solutions including blast freezers, blast chillers, portable cold stores and tempering units. The company provides both standard and bespoke rental systems to suit individual performance and budgetary requirements.

As well as rental, the company offers lease to buy options and ex-fleet units for purchase.

For more information on all our products visit www.bluecubepcs.co.uk/services/

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Note to editors:

Established in 2009, Staffordshire-based Blue Cube offers a wide range of technologically advanced, eco-friendly temperature controlled storage solutions including blast freezers, blast chillers, portable cold stores and tempering units. The company provides both standard and bespoke rental systems to suit individual performance and budgetary requirements.

Understanding that flexibility is key, Blue Cube is able to link its portable units to a customer’s existing facility to provide additional production or storage space, and fill unused or odd shaped areas. As well as rental, the company offers lease to buy options and ex-fleet units for purchase.

For press information please contact Ian Billing, Blue Cube Portable Cold Stores, tel: 0333 320 2620 01628 or mob: 07739 220232 email: ian.billing@bluecubepcs.co.uk

For product information or details on hiring Blue Cube’s temperature controlled units please telephone 0333 3202620

HOLMESTERNE FOODS DOUBLES CAPACITY AND FUTURE-PROOFS BUSINESS

  • April 11, 2018 /

Leading food manufacturing company chooses new generation blast freezer units to double frozen and chilled capacity whilst reducing running costs.

Holmesterne Foods – has recently installed four portable units from Blue Cube Portable Cold Stores at two of its manufacturing sites in North Yorkshire.  The £17 million turnover company chose Blue Cube for their innovation in refrigeration technology.

Holmesterne is a leading food manufacturing company with a focus on supplying only the finest food products to partner customers in Retail, Manufacturing and Food Service.  Their award winning product range includes both raw and cooked meats and vegetables, plus a huge variety of ingredients for prepared meals.

Blue Cube – one of the UK’s leading providers of rental temperature controlled storage solutions for the food and logistics industries – has supplied three new generation portable blast freezer units which have doubled freezing capacity at Holmesterne Foods Leeming Bar and Brompton sites.  In addition a 22-pallet portable cold store was supplied which will operate at frozen to store newly developed products.

Shaun Bedford, Head of Operations at Holmesterne comments: “The units from Blue Cube have not only doubled our freezer and chiller capacity but have also future-proofed the Leeming Bar and Brompton sites”.

“We changed supplier to Blue Cube as their offering meant adding 70 pallet spaces to our blast freezing facility whilst reducing operating costs through more efficient equipment” Shaun concludes.

Holmesterne and Blue Cube are continuing to work closely together to further improve capacity and processes at the two sites.

A highly successful, privately owned food company, established since 1986 and operating from two manufacturing plants based in North Yorkshire, Holmesterne Foods has grown and flourished by offering innovative value-added meat and vegetable products to Retailers, Manufacturers and Food Service customers.

Blue Cube’s portable blast freezers are available in 19, 23 and 28 pallet capacities. The units can operate as blast freezers, blast chillers and tempering units and can be ground based or elevated to a loading dock.

The latest generation refrigeration systems ensure greater efficiencies and lower operating costs for customers.  Plus LED lighting provides up to 300 lux of light meeting the standard required for loading and unloading.

Each portable blast unit is fitted with impact bars, lockable doors and locking door bars whilst emergency lighting, externally mounted audible and visible man trap and temperature alarms provide all the necessary safety features.

In addition, side doors, ramps, dock level platforms and racking are available as optional features. The units can be linked to either a building or each other in order to help improve workflow.

For more information on all our products visit www.bluecubepcs.co.uk/services/

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Note to editors:

Established in 2009, Staffordshire-based Blue Cube offers a wide range of technologically advanced, eco-friendly temperature controlled storage solutions including blast freezers, blast chillers, portable cold stores and tempering units. The company provides both standard and bespoke rental systems to suit individual performance and budgetary requirements.

Understanding that flexibility is key, Blue Cube is able to link its portable units to a customer’s existing facility to provide additional production or storage space, and fill unused or odd shaped areas. As well as rental, the company offers lease to buy options and ex-fleet units for purchase.

For press information please contact Ian Billing, Blue Cube Portable Cold Stores, tel: 0333 320 2620 01628 or mob: 07739 220232 email: ian.billing@bluecubepcs.co.uk

For product information or details on hiring Blue Cube’s temperature controlled units please telephone 0333 3202620

BLUE CUBE PORTABLE COLD STORES FULFILS ORDER FOR NINE BLAST FREEZERS FROM RICK BESTWICK

  • March 26, 2018 /

 

Cold storage specialist chooses high performance BFT28 62kW models for energy saving, cost and efficiency benefits

 Rick Bestwick – part of the Magnavale Group – has recently installed three blast freezers from Blue Cube Portable Cold Stores (www.bluecubepcs.co.uk; tel: 0333 3202620) at its state-of-the-art Warrington and Scunthorpe facilities. Representing an order of nine blast freezers in total, the contract packer and cold storage specialist chose the high performance 28-pallet 62kW and 115kW units for their energy saving, cost and efficiency benefits.

Rick Bestwick offers some 1.5 million sq ft of warehouse space and approximately 200,000 pallet spaces across all temperature regimes. It provides a complete range of supply chain solutions and added value services including frozen, chilled and ambient storage, blast freezing, microwaving, order picking and despatch, rapid air tempering, repacking, labelling and date coding.

Blue Cube – one of the UK’s leading providers of rental temperature controlled storage solutions for the food and logistics industries – has supplied five 28-pallet blast freezers offering 39.49m² of usable space to Rick Bestwick’s Chesterfield site and another four units across the Liverpool, Scunthorpe and Warrington facilities where they are attached to the cold store areas.

Jonathan Gagg, Engineering and Procurement Director at Magnavale Group comments: “It became obvious that we needed to increase our blast freezing capacity to meet the demands of our expanding customer base. We reviewed the blast freezer market and Blue Cube’s systems offered the highest energy efficiencies and best value proposition for us and our customers. We also liked the more personal service approach we receive from them”.

He continues: “Blast freezing is a key part of our service and helps ensure that our customers’ products maintain the highest quality and the longest shelf life possible. It also increases production efficiency and minimises waste.

“The service from Blue Cube has been very good and we’re pleased to be able to offer additional capacity to our customers in these areas from now on,” Jonathan concludes.

Rick Bestwick has four sites located in Chesterfield, Scunthorpe, Liverpool and Warrington and offers one of the largest blast freezing capacities in the UK. The company has been using blast freezers since 2000, and provides the service under BRC Accreditation against the Global Standard for Storage and Distribution.

Blue Cube’s blast freezers are available in cross or end flow designs and in 7, 19 and 28 pallet capacities. The systems offer blast freeze, chill and temper functionality and can be ground based or elevated.

The latest generation screw compressors ensure greater efficiencies at lower temperatures. Plus LED lighting provides up to 300 lux of light meeting the standard required for loading and unloading.

Each blast freezer is fitted with impact bars, lockable doors and locking door bars whilst emergency lighting, externally mounted audible and visible man trap and temperature alarms provide all the necessary safety features.

In addition, side doors, ramps, dock level platforms and racking are available as optional features. The units can be linked to either a building or each other in order to help improve workflow.

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Note to editors:

 

Established in 2009, Staffordshire-based Blue Cube offers a wide range of technologically advanced, eco-friendly temperature controlled storage solutions including blast freezers, blast chillers, portable cold stores and tempering units. The company provides both standard and bespoke rental systems to suit individual performance and budgetary requirements.

Understanding that flexibility is key, Blue Cube is able to link its portable units to a customer’s existing facility to provide additional production or storage space, and fill unused or odd shaped areas. As well as rental, the company offers lease to buy options and ex-fleet units for purchase.

For press information please contact Emma Hulse, ELH Communications, tel:01628 665593 or mob: 07801 869938 email: emmahulse@elhcomms.com

For product information or details on hiring Blue Cube’s temperature controlled units please telephone 0333 3202620

 

COLD STORES – PERFECTLY TAILORED FOR YOUR BUSINESS

  • February 22, 2018 /

Rental portable cold stores are a cost effective solution where a food or logistics business has reached maximum capacity for existing products or wish to trial new product lines but simply don’t have the available storage space.

They can be delivered and moved anywhere that the business requires which is especially beneficial when they have too much inventory, have a special promotion or decide to move premises.

Designed for use across a broad range of industries, cold stores offer the ultimate temperature and size-based solutions for food and logistics businesses. Choose from wide-body formats and standard to high roof options. Built for internal or external use, cold stores can sit on the ground or be elevated to meet an existing loading dock.

Flexibility is key so today’s cold stores can provide additional production and storage space or fill unused and odd-shaped areas. Designed to help further enhance the workflow of a business and improve operating efficiencies, cold stores can be used on a standalone basis, linked together to create a much larger footprint or attached to a building.

The latest portable cold stores offer the next generation of refrigeration systems with extremely low running costs and temperature ranges from +26° to -26°.

Today’s cold stores offer significant efficiency and convenience benefits. Long term rental contracts are not a requirement and they can be leased for as long as necessary rather than buying a static unit outright.

 

Blue Cube’s portable cold stores offer a range of advanced features including innovative LED lighting which is fitted in the ceiling coving and provides 300 lux of light. This complies with the official level for picking operations and does not limit the cold store to storage applications only.

Each unit is fitted with impact step protectors, lockable doors and locking door bars as standard. Emergency lighting, externally mounted audible and visible man trap and temperature alarms provide all the necessary safety features. Optional extras include side doors, ramps, dock level platforms and racking.

Blue Cube’s national technical support department offer tailored support packages on a 24/7, 365 days a year basis.

Blue Cube’s portable cold stores offer:

  • 14/22/31/37 pallet options
  • Latest generation fridges ensures low running costs
  • Thermally efficient panels ensures good temperature retention
  • Ground based or elevated solutions
  • 3G dial in for remote temperature data
  • Dual temperature configuration option
  • Can be linked to create a larger floor plan
  • 365 day 24/7 nationwide support

So, whether a standard, fixed size temperature controlled storage solution or something ‘perfectly tailored’ is required, there is a portable cold store for every type of food or logistics business.

 

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ICE IS THE ENEMY

  • November 30, 2017 /

Ice is the number one enemy of portable temperature controlled storage solutions. It can significantly impact the efficiency and cooling capacity of cold stores. Ice is typically caused when warmer moist air enters the unit and comes into contact with cold surfaces. The water vapour in the air then turns into condensation and freezes to form ice.

Even very thin layers of ice build-up on evaporator coils, floors, ceilings and other surfaces can cause major problems with cooling efficiency and ultimately lead to component failure.

The evaporator coil is important for maintaining the required temperature so any sign of frost needs to be addressed quickly to avoid long term damage and interruption to operation.

During warm weather with high humidity ice can build up on evaporators very quickly, especially during prolonged and frequent door opening or through incorrect use of the cold store

Ice on the floor and around entrances can also cause damage to the cold store or blast freezer body and be a health and safety hazard with an increased risk of slips and falls.

Below are some tips to help customers maintain the efficiency of their cold store or blast freezer and eliminate chargeable callouts caused by ice build-up.

  1. Opening and closing of the doors to a cold store or blast freezer is often unavoidable but try to minimise door openings and make sure doors are not left open for any longer than 15 minutes in any 60 minute period.

 

  1. Keep the plastic thermal curtains fitted at all times even during loading periods. It is important to remember that air can still be sucked into the cold store when the doors are closed.

 

  1. Manually defrost the unit at least once per day, more if needed.

 

  1. Clear up any ice on the cold store floor – don’t let it build into a mountain.

 

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