What Are The Basic Components of A Coolroom?

14 July 2015

A coolroom is classed as an enclosed construct, a room that maintains a climate controlled environment. The temperature encountered in this space is set above freezing point and below 4°C, thus ice does not form. Capable of keeping shelved food or pharmaceuticals stably stockpiled for extended periods of time, these enclosures are found in hotels, restaurants, markets, and medical laboratories. They play a prominent role in everything from the storage of consumer products, including beverages and groceries, and extend their functionality to the containment of medical-grade drugs. Undoubtedly classed as an essential storage space within any commercial venture, coolrooms are defined by storage medium, application needs, and internal layout.

Equip the space with a hinged or sliding door. A gasket seal is used in both instances, though the hinged door naturally provides better compression, hence a superior closure experience. Of course, superior though the standard door profile may appear, a sliding door does offer extended spatial clearance features. The interior layout then flows from the door and the size of the chamber. A 75mm thick insulation panel outline typically surrounds this space and ensures the stored matter stays uniformly cool, with concrete or an equivalent high-compression flooring profile delivering sustained loading alongside superior insulating properties.

Coolroom layouts vary widely, with the positioning of assets finding their profile from the usage pattern of the area. For example, a beverage space with customer access would have glass doors out in the market area but be loaded behind the scenes. Thus, a series of glass doors, an open loading space, and a ramped double door configuration would fulfil this high-capacity arrangement.

Other components in the basic layout of a coolroom include lighting and a low output refrigeration unit, electrical assemblies that provide cooling and illumination for workers. The next asset would be tables and hygiene-focused furnishings, fixtures that won’t corrode or provide a breeding place for bacteria. Ventilation ducts and exhaust points are provided at ceiling height. Meanwhile, sealed conduits and plumbing fixtures are affixed to the walls. Depending on the application of the room, these fixtures may provide tapping points for large beer canisters, drainage zones for work stations, and self-contained storage shelves should the application involve a medical scenario. One wall is typically kept empty of features. This provides a blank space for stacking floor-to-ceiling shelving, flat platforms where Tupperware containers, canned items, and other coolroom-approved produce can be stockpiled.

Whatever the application, establish the layout with kitchen staff or laboratory personnel. Finally, avoid clutter and keep stored item capacity below the 66 percent mark to ensure airflow is maximized.

Mark Connelly
C&M Coolroom Services
E-mail: markconnelly@cmcoolrooms.com.au
Mobile: 0412 536 315

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