Practical Applications of Coolrooms

24 February 2015

Mankind’s dominion over the environment is our greatest feat. We can light the night and warm our homes, but what of the indirect temperature management solutions we’ve created? Science has harnessed differing facets of environmental engineering to create enclosed spaces where we can dictate our own climates and maintain precisely monitored cooling systems that sit at or below freezing point. It’s by the use of coolrooms that we accomplish this frosty goal.

The twofold science behind the coolroom is keyed to the provision of adequate insulation and the incorporation of a refrigeration system, a scaled version of the compressor and condenser models used to freeze the family steak in home refrigerators. This walk-in refrigeration unit can be as small as a closet or as large as a warehouse, but each model shares certain characteristics. Those properties are rooted in delivering preserving effects through subzero temperatures, in stopping the invisible biological clock that decides how fast merchandise ages. But don’t take our word for it, not when there are so many example of the coolroom to be found in commercial and industrial applications.

Industrial Strength Food Cooling

Food spoils fast, and the only solution to this time-sensitive issue is to place the product in a cool space. In the home, we go about this task by putting meat and vegetables in medium-sized fridges. Imagine this scenario scaled upward many times over. From the source of meat production to the end processing stage, meat has to be kept at a subzero temperature. This means placing the butchered product on ice after the slaughterhouse has had its way, and it also equates to having a coolroom on the premises of the commercial facility, the restaurant or local butcher shop. Everything from seafood to the dairy products that have arrived from the local farm are subject to this cold chain procedure, thus guaranteeing freshness and safe edibility.

The Biological Storage Conundrum

Hospitals and research laboratories are, by in large, responsible for the guardianship of biological substances, the blood and organic parts that are part of animals in general and human beings in particular. A coolroom in this situation is digitally maintained to keep cool temperatures accurately controlled, although typically not freezing. Bacterial cultures and blood samples are prime examples of this application.

Quick-Freeze Industrial Cooling

Let’s round off our tour of the applications of the coolroom with a visit to the quick freezing capabilities of the blast freezer. This unit is responsible for dramatically cooling foodstuff at high speed. It literally freezes food so fast that water crystals barely have time to form, thus keeping the texture and flavour of the product intact.

Mark Connelly
C&M Coolroom Services
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