MURRAY HILL, N.J. & NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--“Meat and poultry processors are looking for ways to reduce labor, improve product quality, plant safety and productivity, and automating combo-bin chilling is proving to be a quick way to capitalize on all those goals,” says Mark DiMaggio, head of food and beverage, Linde North America.
“This is not only labor intensive, but it produces uneven product temperatures, and requires longer equilibration times in cold storage”
Demand for Linde’s Accu-Chill® Combo Chiller has grown significantly during the past 12-18 months, especially in poultry plants, DiMaggio says, and he is optimistic about 2013. The patented Combo Chiller automates handling and chilling with precision for high-volume productivity. It can process about 10,000-12,000 lbs. at a time, with a typical equipment payback of 6-12 months. “That makes this solution ‘low hanging fruit’ for even mid-size processors,” he says.
In many current operations, bulk meat or deboned parts are being loaded into combo bins a layer at a time, and then a worker shovels dry ice or directs snow or ice pellets between each layer. “This is not only labor intensive, but it produces uneven product temperatures, and requires longer equilibration times in cold storage,” DiMaggio says.
On display at IPPE Expo in Atlanta, Jan. 29-31 (booth #5844, Hall B), the Combo Chiller is designed to deliver more consistent temperatures from bin to bin, with a slight variation of 2-3 degrees F or less. More rapid and accurate cryogenic chilling may also reduce bacterial growth which can compromise food quality.
Automated Loading System
The Accu-Chill® Combo Chiller features an automated loading system. After the high-capacity combo bin is rolled into the chiller, bulk or deboned meat or poultry enters the top of the system and is placed on a slotted turntable. Wiper arms push pieces through the slot to evenly distribute them throughout the bin as snow is sprayed through snow horns. The CO2 snow mixes thoroughly with the meat and provides more complete contact than pellets for more rapid and efficient chilling. Carbon dioxide consumption is much lower than dry ice methods – averaging only 0.10 to 0.15 lbs. of liquid per pound of product for a 10-15OF drop in temperature.
The Linde Food Team performs in-plant assessments to identify current cost-to-freeze and works with processors to develop optimal process solutions. For more information, visit: www.lindefood.com, or call: 800-755-9277.
About Linde in North America
Linde North America is a member of The Linde Group, a world-leading gases and engineering company with around 62,000 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2011 financial year, Linde generated revenue of EUR 13.787 bn (USD 18.1 bn). The strategy of the Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The Group is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.
For more information, visit Linde North America online at http://www.lindeus.com.