New Freezer Brings Benefits of Cryogenic Freezing to Smaller Volume Processors and Start-Ups
October 05, 2011 London, UK
Air Products’ (NYSE:APD) is launching its new Freshline® QS tunnel freezer, which can be used to cryogenically freeze or chill a wide variety of foods such as meat and poultry, seafood, fruits and vegetables, pasta, dairy products, baked goods and prepared meals. Designed with simplicity in mind, the new tunnel freezer is ideal for smaller volume food processors and start-ups that want to quickly begin freezing a high quality product with minimal upfront cost.
The QS tunnel freezer can be integrated into new or existing production lines in minimal time and is also well-suited for food processors wanting to convert to continuous freezing, alleviate a bottleneck in their operation, or grow and diversify their existing product line.
“The Freshline QS tunnel freezer is an economical and easy-to-operate freezer that was developed with smaller volume food processors and start-ups in mind,” says Emma Guthrie, food technology expert at Air Products. “The new freezer makes cryogenic freezing a more practical option for smaller volume food processors.”
Emma also explains that with the QS tunnel freezer, in-process or continuous freezing can be quickly integrated into a food production line, enabling manufacturers to free up walk-in freezer storage space by converting their process to a freeze-to-order operation.
Air Products’ cryogenic freezers, which use liquid nitrogen (LIN) (-196°C) to achieve temperature reduction, are capable of freezing food within minutes instead of the hours required by traditional mechanical systems. This quick freeze option can help the processor to achieve a higher yield and can also enhance product quality. When food products are frozen more rapidly, it results in the formation of smaller ice crystals, which helps to protect the integrity of the food product. It also helps the product to retain moisture, which not only improves texture, colour and flavour, but also helps to reduce weight loss due to dehydration.
The Freshline QS tunnel freezer has an easy-to-use automated control system where product-specific settings can be stored, which can reduce the time and manpower needed to freeze products. The innovative design, with open and easy access to the internal parts of the freezer, allows for simple cleaning to comply with the latest food hygiene and safety standards. In addition, the simple design of the QS tunnel freezer, with fewer moving parts than traditional cryogenic freezers, leads to less maintenance.
Air Products is proud to support the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards 2011, which are designed to recognise the achievements of food and drink manufacturing companies. This year, the company is sponsoring the Frozen Food Manufacturer of the Year category and the awards will be announced on 8th November 2011.
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About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment. In fiscal 2010, Air Products had revenues of $9 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and 18,300 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
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