Messer Americas geared up during the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic to help food processors address production challenged by converting freezing and chilling lines to liquid nitrogen. As restaurants and other foodservice operations were forced to shut down, consumer demand shifted to retail channels, cryogenic technologies were increasingly deployed in existing processing lines and quickly added capacity to new lines.
In addition, due to the reduced availability of carbon dioxide (CO2), Messer stepped up to convert customers to liquid nitrogen (LIN) usage, thus improving their security of supply. The company will showcase the proven technologies that facilitated the shift at the 2022 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia, from January 22-25.
“When our customers had to curtail production due to labor shortages and CO2 reliability, we quickly installed new freezing and chilling technologies to help boost throughput and to mitigate CO2 shortages,” said Mark DiMaggio, Messer Americas’ Bridgewater, New Jersey, USA-based vice president of applications, marketing and execution. “Our customers have accelerated their adoption of nitrogen and, given the ongoing CO2 supply challenges the industry faces during the pandemic, they are continuing to do so.”
At IPPE Messer Americas will demonstrate the following freezing and chilling systems at Booth C11529:
- Patented high-capacity Wave Impingement freezer (pictured above), which combines the benefits of wave product agitation with impingement gas flows to provide new levels of IQF quality and productivity. The unit is promoted as a cost effective and efficient alternative to CO2 flighted freezers and triple pass tunnels.
- Bottom injection chilling technology with Messer‘s Kryojector injectors and control system, a hygienic technology that can improve food safety and deliver consistent batch-to-batch chilling, while reducing blender cycle times.
- Cross-Flow tunnel freezer for crust-freezing a wide range of high-moisture and hot products while preventing ice from hindering operations.
About the Company
Messer Americas is part of Bad Soden, Germany-headquartered Messer SE & Co. KGaA, a US $3.8 billion enterprise that ranks as the largest privately held industrial gas business in the world. It delivers quality gases, related services and technology via an extensive production and distribution network. In the USA, Messer’s technical innovation center in Cleveland, Ohio, provides product testing that can help clients define optimum freezing chilling, crusting or freezing parameters and validate equipment performance.