JBT’s New System to Reduce Drying Times for Spiral Freezers

JBT has recently introduced the new LVS QuickDry, a system designed to aid with the fast-drying of industrial spiral freezers after cleaning.

According to the company, the new solution does not rely on fans like more traditional drying methods. Instead, it employs a patented system of condensation cycles to remove all droplets of water from the spiral freezers. Moreover, the LVS QuickDry is also said to be able to shorten drying time by up to an hour.

“When customers have freezers, the biggest problem – as with freezers at home – is defrosting and cleaning. You can’t have a wet freezer after cleaning, so you have to dry them out and this can typically take several hours, especially with mid-sized and large spiral freezers where there’s a lot of steel. What this system does is that it shortens the drying sequence by up to one hour,” says Torbjörn Persson, JBT’s director of value stream & global product line, spiral freezers.

In the press release JBT states that conventional fan systems aren’t the most effective solution, as drying time can take up a third of the total cleaning time in spiral freezers. But with the new LVS QuickDry, the company aims to minimize the time devoted to this process.

“Drying the typical been done by running fans at high speed, much like a dishwasher. But the problem is – much like a dishwasher – if you don’t open the door, it never really gets dry because it’s hard to get rid of all the moisture. And what happens is you end up with a very warm freezer that takes a long time to chill down and you still have a lot of moisture in there. The LVS QuickDry condensates the moisture to the evaporator before heating it again quickly using hot gas, so the moisture that has frozen to the evaporator drips down to the floor. This gets most of the moisture out of the freezer as quickly as possible,” Persson further explains.

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