One of Europe's largest meat processing companies was looking for a practical solution to increase the number of productive hours per day. Production can only start once the moisture from the cleaning process has evaporated, so they were looking for a way to reduce the drying time.
When a solution to a problem seems impossible, the hands of the Innclose team will start to itch. They can see the challenge! This project is a good example of this. The engineers of Innclose came with the idea of prefabricating the air ducts in segments. Mounting this, seemed an amazing technical feat. Installing the air ducts at a height of 8.5 metres, suspended from a steel structure seems like an impossible task, you might think…
This new ventilation system functions as follows; during the production period it will supply clean, conditioned (-2˚C) air via the air ducts, with the production hall as the final destination. After wet cleaning the production hall, the complete room will dry very rapidly, because hot, dried air – also via the air ducts – ends up on the wet floor. It is very important to remove moisture and condensation quickly, because it will create a breeding place for bacteria. The technique used is even more impressive, because the humid air is rapidly discharged and then dried. The prefabrication in segments allowed us to hoist them in the steel structure on the building site using a crane and then click them together. This method considerably reduced the assembly time on the building site.
Some of the 450 metre long internal ducts are directly connected to the air treatment cabinets on the roof. Other are indirectly connected via a 70 metres long external duct. At the front, the ducts are provided with a food safe coating. In order to meet the fire requirements, the ducts are also made fire resistant. On the inside of the ducts, Innclose mounted operable ventilation valves that ensure a balanced distribution of the air flow.
Some key figures for this project:
- More than 550 running metres of air duct in segments of approximately 4.5 m1.
- The total weight of the air ducts alone amounts to approximately 80 tonnes.
- Fully hygienic design.
- Short assembly time.
- Suitable for 140,000 m3 of conditioned supply air per hour.