A walk-in cold room is a modern-day solution for a lot of age-old storage problems. These huge cold storage rooms have been instrumental in revolutionizing the processed food industry. With tons of storage capacity, they eliminated the need for multiple traditional and commercial cold storage units, seeing as now food can be stored in a single place in controlled conditions.
As businesses grow, so do their needs and these walk-in cold rooms are designed to fulfill these needs. Let's look at the top 7 reasons to choose walk-in cold storage and why Iron Mountain Refrigeration is the best vendor to get you the cold storage you need.
Reason #1: Huge Storage Capacity
A walk-in cold room offers enormous storage capacity. This is an advantage for businesses operating at their growth and mature stages, where they need to maintain a steady stock of goods. Businesses that are looking to expand constantly can now do away with maintaining multiple commercial refrigerators and go for this walk-in cold room.
With greater holding capacity, benefits of economies of scale benefit the business. It can purchase goods in bulk and not worry about re-orders and Economic Order Quantities (EOQ). This helps in saving production costs as bulk purchases can be made at discounted prices. Also, transportation and handling costs are reduced.
Although one might argue that there will be a higher storage cost, the same is compensated by savings in the cost of ordering and additional discounts due to bulk purchasing. These airtight rooms keep the food fresh for a longer period of time, even in the event of a power shortage.
Reason #2: Controlled Refrigeration
Modern walk-in cold rooms are driven by technology. The temperature can be adjusted depending on the requirements of the stored product, be it meat, fish, or dairy products. Freezers are mostly used by the food industry, which has to abide by various legal requirements. Thus, adjustable temperatures ensure that they meet all the requirements for healthy storage of consumables. This ensures that a wide range of products can be stored without changing the infrastructure a great deal and Iron Mountain Refrigeration products are a wonderful way to do that.
Products can be stored at temperatures as low as -18 degrees Celsius and can be cooled from 75 degrees to 4 degrees in just 90 minutes. These broad temperature ranges allow the use of these rooms for multiple purposes. For example, they can be used both as a blast freezer and a drying room.
Reason #3: Easy Maintenance
People are often under the impression that huge machines demand hefty maintenance expenditures. However, that is not the case with these walk-in cold rooms. Both installation and maintenance are easy and you would not be required to put in efforts more than that required in standard commercial refrigeration. No additional flooring is required to install these — a plain concrete floor is sufficient.
Ventilation and airflow should be inspected once a year and the condenser coils cleaned at least once a year. Cleaning the walls of these coolers is relatively easy, as most of them are made of stainless steel, as compared to aluminum commonly used in the refrigeration industry. This maintenance routine is a bare minimum for any kind of machinery installed, thus there is nothing extra that these walk-in cold rooms demand.
Reason #4: Improved Organization
With great space come great organization opportunities. Greater space ensures less time needed for arranging the stock. Different shelves can be devoted to different goods, which can then be easily accessed during logistical movements. This leads to dual savings in both cost and business efforts.
Additional shelves can be added to provide more space. Wire racks and free-standing storage racks are great options for such cold rooms. Wire racks ensure a continuous supply of fresh air to stored products. Thus, the benefit of an expanded space can be leveraged to reduce operational turnover time and lead to savings in administrative and logistical costs.
Reason #5: Safety
Since these walk-in cold rooms are meant to store consumables in bulk, they are designed to ensure the safe storage of goods as well. Handles with deadbolt locks, inside door releases and heavy-duty hinges make it safer to store expensive beverages and alcohols without the fear of them getting stolen. The inside door release is a boon in case someone gets locked inside. The room is airtight, which prevents any moisture or harmful elements from damaging the goods.
Reason #6: Energy consumption
Businesses are often under the myth that a cold walk-in room would consume a lot of power. However, for large businesses, such a room proves to be more energy-efficient as compared to installing multiple commercial storages. This turns out to be more economical both in terms of money and power consumption.
Moreover, these rooms are specifically designed to consume less power. A well-maintained cold room can also add to the power efficiency of the setup. Also, a carefully chosen insulating material and walk-in curtains can be efficient in further reducing operating costs.
Reason #7: Customizable
The processed food industry is a large industry with different types of businesses. Thus, rigidly designed equipment might not serve everybody's purpose. The walk-in cold rooms by Iron Mountain Refrigeration can be designed and customized according to individual business needs to suit the storage of different types of consumables. This means that our products are available in different shapes and sizes, which can be further customized according to your specific needs.
This allows companies to make flexible planning and operational decisions. They wouldn't need to change their operating method according to available machinery, rather the machinery can be customized according to their needs. This is a boon to businesses, especially those who need to have a reliable refrigeration unit operating at extremely low temperatures.
Iron Mountain Refrigeration — One-stop Solution For Every Refrigeration Need
Having learned all the benefits of walk-in cold storage, the next most logical question is: where can you find such units? We offer a plethora of such storages (and more) that are of premium quality and are made to stand the test of time.
The food industry has grown leaps and bounds in the past few decades, and with it, the industry's storage needs have also seen a rise. These walk-in cold rooms not only provide a one-stop solution for all storage-related issues but are also economical in the long run. They keep your products fresh and safe and have inspired better food innovation without storage and refrigeration concerns. Check out our products and you will find something that suits your refrigeration needs.
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