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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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BLOGSPOT

  • June 28, 2017 /

What a Blast!

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the nutritional and quality benefits of freshly frozen food products with a growing trend for healthier ready cooked meals. In fact, according to a report published last year by The British Frozen Food Federation (Frozen Food Report II), the UK frozen food market is worth a massive £8.13billion, and is set to continue expanding.

Due to natural bacteria growth occurring during the cooling process, all foods, once cooked, will start to deteriorate. Food spoilage is typically caused by microorganisms, chemicals and enzymes. To maintain food quality it is important to take control of humidity, time and temperature.

Freezing is the easiest, most convenient, and least time-consuming method of preserving foods. Super-fast freezing will help ensure that bacteria have minimal time to develop. Almost any food item can be frozen and by using the correct method, taste and appearance are maintained while nutritional goodness is preserved.

Portable Blast Freezers are ideal where a large amount of product needs to be frozen over a certain period of time or current storage capacity has been reached and you want to avoid the hassle or expense of outsourcing,

Portable Blast Freezers help to enhance business productivity by rapidly chilling or freezing fresh food products ready for safe transportation or storage. Available in all shapes, sizes and specifications, Blast Freezers are cost efficient and ensure ultimate control over quality and consistency.

Modern Blast Freezers can also be remotely controlled via an internet connection, enabling the user to monitor the unit’s performance and track temperature movements.

Options include sending automated alarms as a warning of potential issues both to the Blast Freezer supplier and the end user, as well as the customer in some cases. The unit will record all temperature parameter data automatically. All of this information can be displayed on a summary page of live data via an internet browser which list’s the unit’s current mode, temperatures and basic operating parameters.

Benefits of Blast Freezers – at a glance

  • Portable solutions meaning no planning permission is required
  • Renting helps overcome production/seasonal peaks
  • Various pallet capacities available
  • Latest energy efficient fridge units
  • End flow or cross flow options
  • Blast freeze, chill or temper
  • Large volumes of product frozen over a short period of time