Greencore Food to Go has revealed that it has been able to make annual reductions on its gas costs of £30,000, after installing an EasiHeat heat transfer unit from Spirax.
The system is used for the provision of instantaneous hot water at a stable temperature for the eradication of bacterial growth and allergen cross-contamination during hand washing routines at Greencore’s Manton Wood facility in Nottinghamshire, UK. The site handles up to 3.5m packs of handmade sandwiches, baguettes and wraps every week.
The EasiHeat unit, based around a “compact plate heat exchanger”, replaces the traditional shell-and-tube storage calorifier that was previously at the facility, offering energy requirement reductions to the value of £30,000. Greencore expects to be able to make further savings through reduced maintenance costs, as the EasiHeat system does not require time-consuming disassembly during regular insurance inspections.
Chris Bassett, services engineering manager at Greencore Food to Go, said: “Hand washing is crucial in a food factory and we have to ensure that hot water is available… Spirax Sarco is the world leader in steam technology and its products always deliver. From conception through to installation, the technical support and advice we have received from Spirax Sarco on this project, and the interaction between Spirax Sarco, ourselves and the third party contractor used for the installation has been second to none.”
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