So many industries today require a way of refrigerating products they make. Therefore large-scale and portable refrigeration equipment, or cold storage, is often essential to certain commercial and industrial businesses. This is particularly true in the pharmaceutical industry. Certain medicines and vaccines need to be stored at a specified temperature and this must be kept constant in order for the drugs to remain viable.
It is not just the pharmaceutical industry that requires refrigeration equipment however. There are many other commercial industries that need additional on-site temperature controlled storage space. For instance shipping line companies often require a range of services on their boats, such as temperature monitoring, pre-trip inspection and refrigeration equipment repair.
Refrigeration in the catering industry is also particularly important. Most sectors of the food industry, ranging from frozen food producers to bakers, require reliable cold storage equipment. Some climate controlled containers are designed for storing produce on a grand scale, such as 16ft and 24ft wide mega mobile cold stores suitable for storing multiple pallets of food products.
Some types of portable cold storage is exported around the world for catering purposes. For instance blast freezers are used worldwide for storing food on-site, allowing caterers greater control over their production and storage process. With food products, as with certain medicines, it is imperative that perishable items are kept at low temperatures otherwise they could prove a potential health risk to consumers.
Temperature controlled equipment is available in many forms. These include refrigerated containers, blast freezers, cold room, ice machines, hot box stores and various types of refrigerated catering equipment – such as portable bars for the events industry. Air conditioning can also sometimes come under the refrigeration banner and companies that specialise in cold storage also often provide air conditioning equipment.
Refrigerated containers, or “standard reefers”, as they are also sometimes known within the industry, are often portable so are commonly rented by companies rather than bought. This is often a sensible solution for many businesses because renting refrigeration equipment also means they can get it maintained by the company they leased it from. Providers commonly offer sales, service and repair – providing both new and refurbished equipment and offering a range of rental, lease and sale options.