How to maintain a cold storage facility

Typically when building a home, one of the principle design elements is the ability of the building to keep cold air out and warm air in, just as much as to conserve energy as keep the occupants warm. In a warehouse dedicated around cold stores, however, the opposite is true. You do not want warm air getting into your cold rooms or refrigerated containers. Doing so could cost you so much money it’d probably make you curl up into a ball and cry a little.

cold store

So how do we prevent this? There are several methods of insulating your cold stores warehouse from warm air, while also using tactical methods for preventing warm air getting in as you add or remove goods.

Cold Storage Problems

One of the major problems facing most cold stores warehouses is that, more often than not, the goods being stored within them have variable freezing ranges. The freezing temperature for meat is different to freezing temperatures for vegetables, which are different to ice cream, which is different for other dairy products. Air is more expensive to cool than to heat, so trying to balance these different temperatures can be a major challenge. The simplest way to deal with it is the simple application of plastic modular curtain walls, which are a simple, low-cost technique that quickly gain results. Install them around each section and prevent the varying temperatures from playing havoc with your stores.

inside cold room

Reducing the overall size of your facility can also greatly reduce the amount of cold air lost over time. Roofs are typically the area where most cold air escapes from your cold rooms, thus the smaller it is, the less air can escape. Experiment with dense, cube storage and efficient, economic use of available space to better ensure you’re getting the most out of your blast freezers.

Automated cold storage

Automated systems can also play their part in reducing air exchange between goods as they leave or enter cold stores. Capable of operating to a degree of accuracy and efficiency human operators cannot hope to match, and with the added advantage of being able to do so en-masse for prolonged periods. Automation, therefore, can seriously help you reduce costs by reducing or eliminating energy costs, use of space and costs of manual labour. Automated palletising in particular can greatly be improved through the addition of more temperature efficient casing, cables, seals and lubricants, potentially saving you a lot more money on your cold stores warehouse.

For further information on cold stores, cold rooms and blast freezers, please visit the website of CRS Cold Storage to see their full range of cold storage devices and supplies.

 

 

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