3 ways IAQ supports quality meats

Food processing industry experts know there are many factors in play in order to deliver the best quality meats for their clients. While efficient air distribution in food production facilities is a key to optimizing conditions and ensuring product safety, it also improves worker comfort. Optimal air dispersion design ensures ideal performance while creating a comfortable and healthy work environment.

Fikret Sahin

Managing Director, Turkey

Tailor-made precision airflows are especially important in cooling applications as proper air dispersion improves product quality and profitability. Slaughterhouse equalization cooling rooms have several critical air distribution issues to address including air distribution patterns, equalization time, and efficiency.

When air is not distributed evenly in equalization cooling rooms, equalization times vary. This impacts production flow as the temperature in some carcasses is too high, while others have reached the desired temperature. This is where fabric-based air distribution systems make a huge difference.

Reducing equalization time by half

Time efficiency is a key element in food processing business success. A fabric air distribution system reduces a typical 48-hour equalization time by half compared to conventional systems. Using a tailored fabric-based duct system with precise air engineering design produces efficient equalization in just 24 hours through precisely targeted airflows.

Customized directional airflow models installed in the ducts throw cold air directly to the biggest part of the carcass where the equalization time is the longest. In addition, high velocity increases the efficiency of the added cooling load due to the chill effect. A large temperature difference removes more of the heat from the body per added l/s of added air. Also, the high density of the air increases the removal of heat due to the air’s increased specific heat capacity.


Ensuring product safety

A quick equalization process improves meat quality and product safety. Fast cooling of the meat significantly slows down bacteria growth inside the carcass. A low-temperature gradient across the space also ensures greater product safety.

The unique qualities of fabric in duct manufacturing provide a great advantage in these conditions. The antimicrobial fabric ducts prevent the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms inside the ducts, thus preventing the spread of them onto the meat products from the air distribution systems.

Reducing energy bills and helping your employees

Reducing carcass equalization time is ideal. A customized air dispersion system requires substantially less energy than the conventional cooling process and provides a significantly shorter cooling time.

Employees also will certainly feel the difference between fabric-based and conventional air distribution solutions. As tailored fabric systems do not create drafts and cold spots, the levels of comfort will rise immediately. Fabric systems also greatly reduce employee health issues, reducing absenteeism.

Fabric-based solutions are great for the food processing industry. With an improved quality product and increased well-being of employees, bigger profits are sure to follow.

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