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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

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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SCOTBEEF PURCHASES BLAST FREEZER FROM BLUE CUBE PORTABLE COLD STORES

  • October 16, 2017 /

In a move to boost freezer capacity at its modern plant in Glasgow, leading UK fresh meat processing company, Scotbeef has purchased a BFT40 portable blast freezer from Blue Cube Portable Cold Stores (tel: 0333 3202620; www.bluecubepcs.co.uk) – part of The Turner Group – after renting the unit for several years.

Scotbeef is one of the largest privately owned fresh meat companies in the UK. It is fast becoming category leaders in fresh beef and lamb products and remains at the forefront of raw beef and lamb across the UK retail market. Scotbeef is a wholly owned subsidiary of J W Galloway Ltd – a privately owned company under the direction of Robbie Galloway CEO.

Located in the plant’s yard, the 19 pallet capacity blast freezer unit is being used by Scotbeef to rapidly chill sous vide beef and pork products from +60⁰C down to -35⁰C.

Blue Cube’s blast freezers are available with remote temperature monitoring option which allows the customer to monitor the unit’s performance and track temperature movements.

It offers a usable space of 26.40m² with a refrigeration duty of 62kw. It incorporates the latest screw compressor for greater efficiencies at low temperatures and reduced running costs.

Paul Marshall from Scotbeef commented: “We required extra freezer capacity but didn’t have the space to expand our existing cold storage. Renting the blast freezer from Blue Cube initially meant less disruption to the plant and made perfect business sense in terms of cash flow. It also allowed us to be more flexible whilst ensuring production efficiencies.

“We decided to purchase the unit to reduce costs going forward plus we were confident it would continue to deliver on performance and meet our on-going capacity requirements. Overall we’re happy with the service provided by Blue Cube and would happily recommend them to other food processors,” Paul concludes.

Blue Cube’s blast freezers offer a variety of key features including LED lighting fitted in the ceiling coving providing 300 lux of light, 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 functions. Optional extras such as side doors, ramps, dock level platforms and racking are also available.

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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.

Blue Cube is backed by a dedicated service and support team committed to achieving all-time highs for average first time fix rates and overall customer satisfaction ratings.

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.

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