Already covered in past articles, plastic swing doors prevent cross-contamination risks from causing major problems in food-safe facilities. Plastic strip curtains perform just as well, they’re simply built to permit passage between factory zones in a slightly different manner. Now, with this hygiene-centric feature set clearly demonstrated, let’s see what these flexible plastic thresholds can do for a factory floor’s productivity scores.
Maximizing Mobile Equipment Workflows
It’s not hard for a walking warehouse worker to pass between two contrasting work areas in a meatpacking factory. The chillers are pumping cool air into the central work zone, and employees can gain entry by peering through the plastic door or curtains. A pause takes place while someone waits to see if traffic is coming in the opposite direction, then the safety-conscious employee steps gingerly through the threshold. Slowing things up, normal doors prevent forklift trucks and pallet jacks from following as swiftly. The equipment operator, having loaded up his mobile lifter with stacks of meat or fish, has to come to a full stop. Long seconds are wasted while the roll-up door or sliding panel is mechanically unsealed. Back with a wide-doorway plastic door, the equipment pushes through the abrasion-resistant fabric, all while the operator keeps a wary eye open for traffic coming from the opposite direction, traffic that can be clearly seen through the translucent plastic panels.
Clearly Demarcating Different Work Zones
Workers are comfortable and
consequently more productive when they’re in workspaces that don’t require
coolroom-type conditions. For their part, the plastic strips or door panels
prevent cross-contamination, insects’ invasions, dust and dirt, and heavy
energy losses. Effectively, worker efficiency is up, just as the cost-cutting
measures introduced by a floor manager are also yielding good results. The
doorways between these different food processing zones lack job-flow impeding
bottlenecks, yet they’re still classed as zone cut-off points. Fine-tuning the
performance gap between plastic doors and plastic curtains, factory bosses can
even swap out thinner curtains for heavier panels. As long as the material
doesn’t rip, doesn’t fly up and outwards when struck by a forklift truck, then
cross-contamination risks and energy loss issues won’t become a source of
In coolrooms, plastic thresholds promote an interruption-free workflow. That’s the case in smaller cold rooms, with the solution then scaling to include large warehouse floors. Replacing sliding metal panels and flexible roll-up entranceways with abrasion-proof plastics, productivity bottlenecks fade away. Meanwhile, cross-contamination problems are handled, health and safety regulations are complied with, and there’s no reason to believe there will be any rise in energy losses after that mechanized passage-strangulation point is swapped out for a thermally insulated set of plastic panelling.
A freezer room provides numerous benefits to businesses that rely on it. This type of room is ideal for businesses that focus on stock rotation, storage, and preserving their products since it has a huge storage space and provides temperature control. Chemicals, food, and other things that need to be refrigerated and regulated are all stored in a freezer room.
If you are into storing food or chemicals in a certain controlled temperature, a freezer room helps you maintain the integrity of your products. However, the maintenance of the products is not possible if your freezer room starts to fail and perform poorly. Since a freezer room is vital to your business, you may want to spot any indications that can damage this specific room.
To help you out, here are some indications that your freezer room is starting to fail.
One visible indication inside your freezer room is icy build-up on walls, corners, and ceiling. Frosting of the surfaces happens when moist air leaks through a damaged wall panel, gasket, and others. This leak then results to freezing of the surfaces, thus, the frost on the surfaces of the freezer room. You can also check the temperature of your freezer room since there are times that the temperature is set too low for the whole place.
Water puddles on the floor are another result of damaged wall panels, gasket, and doors. Some frosting may have turned into the water state once heated up due to open leaking areas. So, check these areas to see if they need to be replaced, sealed, or repaired immediately.
Some water puddle cases, however, are brought by the changes in room temperature. Someone could have altered the temperature settings of your freezer room. Check your thermostat to make sure it is set to the recommended temperature of your room.
Be it food or chemicals, if they are spoiled, you don’t have a choice but to discard them. You don’t want to discard your whole inventory just because of your faulty freezer room. Unfortunately, one indication that your freezer room is failing is product spoilage. Spoilage may be normal to expired products, but if they are spoiled right before their expiry dates, then there is something wrong with your freezer room and its refrigeration unit.
Your primary senses can determine whether there are components that act strange lately. When you hear some fans emit a sound that is nonexistent before, then there is a high chance that your unit is failing. And if you smell something, then a coolant leak on your unit is possible. Strange behaviour of your components, whatever they are, must be a clear sign that something is wrong with your freezer room.
From your freezer room itself, you can feel the effects of a failing freezer room when you receive your utility bills. With each passing day, more and more components will most likely fail due to different problems and complications. Your elevating utility bill can attest that your room is spending more energy for a normal refrigeration process, a clear warning sign for you to evaluate the status of your freezer room.
If you experience the aforementioned indicators, then it is time for you to check and look for a solution to your freezer room problems. Luckily, we at C&M Coolroom Services can help you evaluate the situation of your freezer room, as well as provide solutions and maintenance for your room.
C&M Coolrooms can create a custom solution for your specific needs. Talk to one of team members today.