KIWI REFRIGERATION COMPANY GOES EAST An Auckland-based global provider of energy-efficient electronic motors, airflow solutions and ‘Cloud Connected’ refrigeration control solutions for the commercial refrigeration markets has announced an exclusive agreement with a Vietnamese manufacturer and distributor. Wellington Drive Technologies has paired up with Alaska Refrigeration to distribute its products in Vietnam, and chief executive Greg Allen says the agreement is indicative of the increasing importance of his company’s brand and its SCS solutions in the Asia-Pacific market. “As the profile of SCS has grown with large global soft drink and beverage brands, we are seeing increasing opportunities in new countries across the broader food and beverage market,” he says. “This agreement with Alaska is consistent with our regional partnership model and utilises Alaska’s local knowledge and technical resources to service Vietnamese customers and support our mutual regional growth plans.” Wellington’s refrigerator controllers lead the way in smarter cooler technology, offering fleet management systems and location-based digital marketing technologies to engage and interact with consumers. Allen says Wellington Drive serves some of the world’s leading food and beverage brands and refrigerator manufacturers with advanced products that reduce costs and energy consumption, and improve product sales. Hoa Binh Refrigeration Electrical Engineering and Trading, founded in 1995 and trading as Alaska Refrigeration, provides a diverse product line for household and industrial refrigeration including freezers, coolers, ice cream cabinets and supermarket display cabinets. F A C T O R Y NEW TRANSMITTER IDEAL FOR FOOD INDUSTRY E+E Elektronik has released a transmitter that measures relative humidity and temperature in the range from -40 degrees to 80 degrees Celsius that is ideal for clean room applications in the food industry. The EE220 transmitter can be fitted with various pluggable and interchangeable sensing probes – such as those for humidity and temperature that enable highly accurate loop calibration – and the easy-to-clean metal enclosure and stainless-steel probes well suit food producers. The EE220 basis unit can be equipped with a combined humidity and temperature probe or two separate probes, and the EE07 probes can either be plugged directly onto the basis unit or mounted up to 10m away using extension cables. Thanks to the plug-in system, the sensing probes can be exchanged in just a few seconds, and as the calibration data is stored in the intelligent probes, the transmitter does not need to be re-calibrated after a probe replacement. The use of separate stainless-steel sensing probes for humidity and temperature enables the most accurate loop calibration, as recommended by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. In addition, two reference probes can be used instead of the regular probes to check the correct functioning and accuracy of the EE220 basis unit, with the probes simulating defined humidity and temperature values which can be compared with the EE220 outputs. The optional E+E proprietary coating brings relevant benefits in harsh ambient conditions and protects the sensing elements from dirt, dust and corrosion, thereby considerably improving the longterm stability and lifetime. www.eurotec.co.nz www.foodtechnology.co.nz 43 STATE-OF-THE-ART A ‘water loop’ refrigeration system installed into Fresh Collective's Mt Albert supermarket is the first of its kind in New Zealand. The state-ofthe art system uses a closed circuit of water to cool the refrigerant inside the store’s chillers and freezers, which means a 20% reduction in power consumption. Commissioned by Foodstuffs North Island specifically for the store, the company says the move underscores the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability. North Island general manager of property development Lindsay Rowles says the installation is a continuation of its leadership in sustainable refrigeration. “In 2006 we put the first glycol-cooled fridge system into a New Zealand supermarket, then the first transcritical carbon dioxide system in 2012,” he says. “As well as saving on electricity, the new water loop system contains a refrigerant that has less than half the global warming potential of standard synthetic refrigerants. The design also means in future we can transition more easily to a natural refrigerant, which is our preferred option longterm. Additionally, it means our chillers and freezers are quieter and can more easily be moved around our stores. You can see why it made commercial sense to move in this direction.” Fresh Collective Alberton’s water loop system was designed and installed by Auckland company EcoChill, with other technical features including Resource Data Management (RDM) controls which drive the latest in horizontal variable speed scroll compressors, electronic expansion valves, EC fan motors, and speed controlled circulation pumps, which maximise energy use reductions. The RDM control system is also designed to alert store staff if a chiller or freezer isn’t performing at its optimum. This ensures any problems are picked up before there is stock damage or other issues.
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