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Messer Showcasing Freezing and Chilling Technologies at Virtual IPPE

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Messer, the world’s largest privately-owned industrial gases company, will highlight technical and applications expertise at its virtual booth during the 2021 IPPE (International Production & Processing Expo) Marketplace that takes place from January 25-29. 

The focus will be on the company’s high capacity Wave Impingement Freezer, along with an on-demand TechTalk covering bottom injection chilling for blending proteins and ingredients, ensuring reliable cryogenic supply by transitioning to liquid nitrogen (LIN) from carbon dioxide (CO2).

Messer’s Wave Impingement Freezer is positioned as a cost-effective replacement for old CO2 flighted freezers and triple pass tunnels. It combines the benefits of wave product agitation with impingement gas flows to provide customers desirable levels of IQF quality and productivity, especially for wet and sticky products.

Bottom injection chilling technology with Messer’s Kryojector injectors and control system, a dual-cryogen and hygienic technology improves food safety and delivers consistent batch-to-batch chilling, while reducing blender cycle times.

Virtual engineering audit capabilities, through which Messer can remotely  evaluate and improve a customer’s chilling and freezing operations, is particularly important service during the pandemic.  

Customers who provide formed products to retail or foodservice markets require cryogenic chilling in blenders to provide the desired product consistency.  

“While the blenders can use either CO2 or LIN, one should consider using both or switching to LIN where possible,” said Mark DiMaggio, vice president of applications, marketing and execution at Bridgewater, New Jersey-based Messer Americas. “Nitrogen (N2) can be as effective as CO2 and offers added convenience, flexibility and additional supply chain reliability at a comparable cost.” 

Founded in 1898, the Bad Soden, Germany-headquartered Messer Group began operations under the Messer Americas banner in 2019, following acquisition of most of the American gases business of Linde plc, as well as certain of its business activities in South America, by Messer Group together with private equity firm CVC Capital Partners. The group, which employs approximately people in Europe, the Americas and Asia, rang up more than US $3.5 billion in sales last year.