Low Temperature Air Handler Hire for Food Manufacturer | Aggreko UK

Flexible low temperature cooling helps keep vegetables fresh through summer

Situation

Reynolds, a leading supplier of fresh fruit and vegetables, required additional cooling for a product packing line, and asked Aggreko to design a semi-permanent package.

Temperature integrity is critical to Reynolds so they wanted a cooling package capable of delivering a stable 4-5 °C across one of their packing lines, to help maximise the freshness of their produce.

At the same time it was important to ensure valuable space within the chill store was kept free for product storage.

Previous hire companies had inhibited Reynolds' operations by placing large amounts of equipment on the floor and Aggreko was asked to survey the site and find a more suitable and effective option.

Aggreko's solution

Aggreko engineers installed three low temperature air handlers inside the chill store. These were served by a 400 kW chiller, with a generator package for power.  In order to prevent taking up valuable floor space, we recommended Reynolds fit a racking system on which we mounted the air handlers.

Our engineers configured the air handler units to ensure the air throw targeted the packing line, providing a constant temperature between 4-5 °C.

Aggreko installed the package in spring, with the flexibility to turn it on and off as required, in line with the ambient temperature. 

The system was active throughout the warmer summer months. It then acted as a back-up over the colder winter period, ensuring Reynolds had additional cooling capacity on-site to deliver the best possible cooling redundancy available.

In the customer's words

"The team at Aggreko had the technical know-how to find an alternative cooling solution that proved more effective in terms of delivering targeted cooling. It also reduced the footprint of the solution, giving us more space for our packing lines.”

Phil Robinson, QHSE Manager at Reynolds 

Impact

Our chiller and low temperature air handler package offered Reynolds a semi-permanent but effective solution to their cooling needs. The ability to turn the package on and off as required gave Reynolds a cost-effective means of keeping the packing lines at their required temperature, and ensured their products could remain in optimum condition. 

Over the twelve months that the package remained on-site, Reynolds had the flexibility to consider their design options for future permanent cooling equipment and their long-term options for capital investment.