Air Innovations Creates Cooling System for Produce Ripening OEM

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Air Innovations has developed a cooling system for an original equipment manufacturer that sells backroom banana quality control systems to supermarkets and wholesale food clubs.

Air Innovations designed the cooling system for THERMAL TECHnologies' backroom banana quality control room. The unit provides uniform temperature control to help eliminate handling damage and ensure optimal ripening stages for display at store level.

The end result is that the bananas can be displayed at optimal ripening levels, reducing waste and labor costs to the supermarkets.

Air Innovations recently developed a cooling system for THERMAL TECHnologies, an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) that sells backroom banana quality control systems to supermarkets and wholesale food clubs. "Our prototype is a turnkey solution that provides uniform temperature control to manage the ripening process and helps eliminate handling damage for fragile produce at the store level," explained Michael Wetzel, P.E., president and CEO of Air Innovations. "The end result is that the bananas can be displayed at optimal ripening levels, reducing waste and labor costs to the supermarkets." Bananas are a grocery store's #1 selling item, representing 1.3% of a store's profits, Wetzel added.

The self-enclosed chamber, specifically designed for the retail backroom, has a 48-box capacity that enables supermarkets to accept and store partial to full pallets without uncapping or restacking. "Air Innovations created adjustable temperature controls that protect and maintain fruit quality and ripening uniformity until the produce is placed out on display at the front of the store," Wetzel said. Full production is slated for early 2009 after completion of final testing by THERMAL TECHnologies at selected supermarkets across the country.    

Air Innovations creates specialty heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and environmental control solutions for original equipment manufacturers around the world. The company's focus is on the design, test and manufacture of products that require precise control of temperature, humidity, pressure, and air filtration. These are used in military, homeland security, R&D, healthcare, electronics, industrial, and retail applications. Air Innovations' technical expertise includes:

  • Temperature control tolerances on its most sophisticated products as precise as +/- 0.008°F
  • Humidity control tolerances to +/- 0.5%
  • DX, chilled water or thermoelectric capabilities
  • Broad filtration capabilities (HEPA, ULPA, molecular)
  • Pressure control
  • Enclosure designs from bench top- to room-sized

Air Innovations, headquartered in Syracuse, NY since 1986, provides its clients with concept development, prototyping and testing, made-in-the USA manufacturing from small runs to mass produced products, regulatory submissions, international distribution, and 24/7 service and warranty support.

For more information on how Air Innovations can solve OEM HVAC/environmental control needs: call toll-free in the U.S. or Canada, 800-825-3268 (international callers, dial 315-452-7400) or visit http://www.airinnovations.com

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