QuickFreeze operates on the proven principle that airflow is the most important factor in removing heat from frozen food and other proucts during the freezing process. By drawing air through each pallet of product, QuickFreeze pulls the heat away from the pallet as fast as the product will release it. The result is that QuickFreeze can freeze pallets of product more quickly and at higher temperatures compared to old-style blast freezers.
QuickFreeze will freeze product more quickly and at a higher temperature than traditional blast freezing. Obviously, using a higher temperature will reduce your utility costs. Freezing your product in a storage racking system will allow you fewer expensive inventory moves, and freezing it more quickly will reduce the amount of space that you need to devote to freezing and the amount of inventory you have in the freezing process. Last, a QuickFreeze system can be built at a lower cost per pallet position than an old-style blast freezer. When you factor in the 50-100% increase in throughput per pallet position, the advantage is obvious.
The QuickFreeze system will accommodate variances in pallet heights within a specific range, and can be reconfigured should your pallet sizes change dramatically.
If your product will freeze on pallets in a conventional blast freezer, QuickFreeze can freeze it more quickly and efficiently. The QuickFreeze system has been used and proven with multiple types of meat and protein products, desserts, soups, pharmaceuticals and other liquids. In each case, it has cut the freeze time roughly in half from the blast freezing process previously in place.
If you express an interest in QuickFreeze, after some initial qualification we will begin the process by sending one of our demo units to your facility, along with one of our engineers. The demo units mimic the airflow that the QuickFreeze system would provide. This allows us to prove the concept in your facility, with your products, while also gathering the product-specific information necessary to design a custom in-rack freezing system for your specific facility and customer requirements.
The demo unit is the footprint of one pallet, and roughly the size of a phone booth. All we need to prove the concept is a cold environment, a pallet of product and a 110-volt outlet.
Typically, no. Because the QuickFreeze system installation depends on dimensional precision, any of the imperfections commonly found in used racking could compromise the system’s airflow. Also, we use non-standard depth uprights in order to protect the pallets in the system. Because of this, it is extremely uncommon that a customer would already have the correct components in place.
Not necessarily. The QuickFreeze system does require airflow through the pallet, which can be accomplished with spacers, specialized packaging or stacking the pallet in a specific pattern. Our engineers will work with you to determine the most cost-effective approach for your operation.
Yes. Each QuickFreeze system is custom-engineered specifically for the client, based on product characteristics, pallet configuration, refrigeration capacity, ambient temperature and required throughput. We will guarantee the performance of the system, assuming that the above variables do not change and that the system is used per the protocols that are developed during the project.
Because the QuickFreeze system can be used at higher temperatures, it is common to find that our customers already have sufficient infrastructure. Our Engineers will review your refrigeration documentation and tell you in advance what, if any, additional equipment is needed. We can also provide and install any additional equipment as part of the QuickFreeze project, or we are happy to work with your existing refrigeration equipment partner.
Unlike an old-style blast freezer, QuickFreeze has no “sweet spots” or “slow spots”. All pallets freeze at the same rate, and every case on the pallet freezes at the same rate, in a predictable, repeatable fashion. Additionally, QuickFreeze is not dependent on freezing in batches, like your old blast freezer technology. Quicker freezing results in higher quality frozen food products. So, you can expect much more predictable freezing results, with reduced returns and QC issues.
No. We can design a system for any number of positions. Our Engineers will work with you to determine how many pallet positions you need. It’s often less than a client is expecting because of the quicker turns compared to other blast freezer options.
Either is fine. If you’re building a new facility, our sister company has years of experience designing and building facilities from concept to completion. We can design and build your facility including QuickFreeze, which will give you a competitive advantage for years to come.
QuickFreeze installs in a fraction of the time of an old-style blast freezer, and it can be installed while your operation is running. Interruption is comparable to what you’d experience installing a row of new pallet racking.
Drawing air through a pallet is more effective for changing the temperature, period. The QuickFreeze concept can be used for tempering or cooling with similar improvements in time and cost.
Several of our customers have submitted their QuickFreeze projects for these programs. We anticipate that it will qualify for several, and will keep our customers and potential customers posted.
Yes, our team can provide the tools to help you evaluate the financial benefits of using QuickFreeze versus an old-style blast freezer. Those benefits could include a significant reduction in utility costs, reduced labor, reduced carrying cost and a reduction in QC rejects and returns.
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