Bakers demand more of their freezers, manufacturers respond
Industrial bakers are demanding freezers that offer reliability, extended run times, larger capacity and increased hygiene.
Many factors need to be addressed when purchasing a freezer. Bakers should start by considering the amount of time their product requires to freeze. Some freezer manufacturers use lab freezers to evaluate a product's freeze time. “The time requirement determines how big the freezer needs to be, and it can range from 15 min. to 60 min. or more,” says Chris Hanssen, freezer sales support and business development manager, FMC FoodTech Inc., Northfield, Minn.
In addition, bakers should consider the range of products they plan to run through each freezer and group similar products for maximum efficiency. Next, bakers must choose a belt speed that fits their capacity. “If running 200 pizzas per min., you need to be able to pull that product fast enough to prevent pile-ups, so that's where you get into fast belt speeds of 130 to 150 ft. per min,” Hanssen notes.
Bakers also should examine the plant space available, decide where the freezer out-feed will come from and check the vertical clearance needed for the product within the freezer.
The biggest decision may be whether to use a cryogenic freezer or a mechanical freezer, which dictates the type of refrigerant. Most mechanical freezing is done with ammonia. Plants located in strict zones, such as in a city, or near a school or residential area, might require a freon-type refrigerant. Some newer refrigeration systems use a CO
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