Munich, 5 December 2011 – Linde Gases, a division of The Linde Group, today announced the launch of its new CRYOLINE® XF (Cross Flow) cryogenic spiral freezer, a high capacity compact freezer which will significantly increase frozen food productivity, reduce the amount of liquid nitrogen needed in the food freezing process and lower maintenance and sanitation costs for food producers. The new spiral freezer will accomplish all this while upholding the highest quality product that customers insist on.
The CRYOLINE® XF has the largest freezing capacity of any cryogenic freezer on the market today and is suitable for high production capacities of quality food products including meat, seafood, poultry, ready meals and bakery products. One of the new CRYOLINE® XF freezers was recently installed at one of US-based Omni Baking Company’s plants in New Jersey, United States. Omni Baking Company is a contract bakery that supplies fresh, frozen baked and par-baked products to bakers who serve the retail and foodservice markets. In the baking industry, where ingredient and labour costs continue to increase, bakers are constantly looking for new technology that will lower their overall operating costs to improve their competitiveness in the marketplace.
"The new CRYOLINE® XF spiral freezer is a significant new development in spiral freezer technology," said Mark Ewig, Global Strategic Marketing and Development, Food and Beverage, Linde Gases Division. "This freezer is not simply an incremental improvement over existing spiral freezers. Starting with a blank page, Linde food engineers surveyed the requirements of a broad cross-section of food processors. The result is the innovative CRYOLINE® XF spiral freezer that is now providing significant benefits to Omni Baking Company’s operations."
"The CRYOLINE® XF spiral freezer allows us to freeze more product per hour and utilises one-third less of our precious floor space, compared with conventional cryogenic spiral freezers," said Daniel Mulloy, General Manager for Omni Baking Company.
This is a result of the unique design of the CRYOLINE® XF spiral freezer which uses proprietary, advanced cross-flow technology to substantially reduce freezing time and improve cryogen efficiency, while reducing overall freezer size. It provides twice the heat transfer rate of conventional spiral freezers by covering nearly 100 percent of the belt freezing surface area with a high-velocity gas flow.
Mulloy said, "In addition to substantial saving on cryogen and our enhancing production capabilities, we've found that the hygienic design features of the CRYOLINE® XF spiral freezer reduces the amount of time needed for sanitation. This is critically important in a production facility that operates 24/7." The spiral freezer is designed with sloped floors and a clean in-place system. Because of its compact size, the CRYOLINE® XF spiral freezer has half the amount of stainless steel and half the belting of conventional spirals. “That translates into much less area to clean between production runs," Mulloy said.
About The Linde Group
The Linde Gases Division, part of The Linde Group, is a leader in the international industrial and healthcare gases markets, providing compressed, bulk, specialty and medical gases, as well as chemicals to virtually all fields of industry globally. The company adds value to its customers’ businesses through the provision of state-of-the-art application technology, process know-how, services and equipment.
The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with around 50,000 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2010 financial year, it achieved sales of EUR 12.868 bn. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. Linde is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.
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Public Relations Manager
Linde Gases Division
Hill & Knowlton