Transforming Cold Storage with i-Air

29 May 2024

In the fast-paced world of logistics, maintaining optimal storage conditions is critical. Ultra has risen to the challenge, leveraging innovative solutions to enhance the efficiency and reliability of large cold storage facilities for a major logistics company.

The Challenge

Logistics companies handle vast amounts of perishable goods, requiring precise temperature control to ensure product quality and safety. Any deviation in storage conditions can lead to significant financial losses and compromised product integrity. The cost of running refrigeration equipment on this scale is also considerable.

This is where Ultra steps in, integrating advanced solutions to revolutionise cold storage management.

Innovative I-Air Solution

Ultra has developed an advanced remote refrigeration system, i-Air, designed for large cold stores, supermarket display cases and many other applications. i-Air utilises outside air to refrigerate when the outside conditions are favourable, providing significant energy savings and maintaining optimal storage conditions.

Key Features of I-Air

  1. Real-Time Monitoring and Analysis: i-Air tracks key parameters in real-time, providing a constant overview of the cold store’s condition.
  2. Energy Optimisation: i-Air optimises energy usage by analysing real-time conditions both inside and out. Air can be either recirculated or expelled, whichever is the most efficient. This leads to significant energy savings while maintaining the necessary temperature and humidity levels.
  3. Automated Control Adjustments: i-Air can automatically adjust defrost cycles, compressor usage, and valve settings, ensuring the cold store operates at peak efficiency. This automation reduces the need for manual intervention and minimises the risk of human error.
  4. R290 Low GWP Refrigerant: i-Air uses R290, a low Global Warming Potential (GWP) refrigerant, which is environmentally friendly and helps reduce the carbon footprint. This makes it a sustainable choice for large-scale refrigeration needs.
  5. Low Refrigerant Charge: The system is designed with a low refrigerant charge, which minimises the risk of leaks and reduces the overall environmental impact. This feature also contributes to the safety and efficiency of the refrigeration system.
  6. Ease of Maintenance: i-Air’s design eliminates the need for evaporators mounted at high levels in the coldstore, which are difficult to access for servicing. This feature simplifies maintenance tasks, making it easier and safer for technicians to service the equipment and perform regular checks, meanwhile technicians do not need to enter the coldstore.

Looking Ahead

As refrigeration technology continues to evolve, Ultra is committed to staying at the forefront of innovation. We are constantly exploring new ways to enhance our systems and improve the performance and reliability of our refrigeration solutions whilst working along side challenging environmental legislation. The success of i-Air in large cold storage facilities is just the beginning.

Ultra is dedicated to providing the most advanced, reliable, and efficient refrigeration solutions available. By utilising outside air when conditions are favourable, we help logistics companies maintain optimal storage conditions, ensuring the integrity and quality of their products while achieving significant cost savings in both energy and maintenance.

In conclusion, the integration of innovative solutions like i-Air is transforming the logistics industry’s approach to cold storage. With continuous innovation and a commitment to excellence, we are shaping the future of refrigeration technology.

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