Performance Optimization in Freezing Equipment
The enhanced interest in greater convenience foods has recently led to the unprecedented expansion of frozen potato products. Recent advancements in refrigeration technologies take into consideration requirements such as energy savings, ease of access and use, high performance, and cost-savings, among some of the most prominent demands from food processors. This is especially applicable to large-scale tunnel freezers, including those designed for French fries.
by Tudor Vintiloiu
Enhanced food safety, performance, and optimization are also some of the key features in the latest spiral freezer to join JBT’s Frigoscandia brand.
As a global technology equipment supplier to the food processing industry, JBT has launched its new Frigoscandia GYRoCOMPACT® 70 Spiral Freezer which, the company believes, is set to take food-focused freezing to the next level.
The new freezer has a belt width of 700mm and is more compact than any of its predecessors, yet offers up to 20% increased capacity. Designed to be both sustainable and hygienic with a number of new streamlined features to further eliminate food traps and maximize food safety, the new freezer joins the GYRoCOMPACT 700mm product line, which has sold over 1,700 units worldwide. The new freezer is also iOPS-ready to enable peak optimization.
Customer feedback, combined with its pioneering of the self-stacking spiral belt, are what drive the development of the Frigoscandia brand, as Torbjörn Persson, JBTs Director of Value Stream and Global Product Line, explains:
“Customers continue to require increased food safety, combined with higher efficiency in uptime and capacity. Of course, most industrial freezers are quite large, so the need to have food-safe freezers is really important when looking at a full food production line. One key factor is that the freezing process itself doesn´t limit the growth of bacteria on contaminated products, but only stops it momentarily. This is one reason why optimized hygienic design has always been our top priority. Floor joints, reduced overlapping surfaces, reduced visible threads, and pop rivets are just some of the innovations. We’ve also seen a clear trend for more variation in the products our customers produce, which enforces the need for flexible production lines.”
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