Air Products has launched a new interactive tool that enables food manufacturers to compare freezing times for products using cryogenic versus mechanical freezing technologies.

Users of the tool will have to enter a few simple details, including product category, start temperature and production rate, and the tool will then calculate estimated comparative freeze times as well as the freezer belt length required.

The tool will then allow food manufacturers to determine if they could make production improvements by implementing cryogenic freezing technologies at their sites.

Neil Hansford, Industrial Cryogenic and Food Expert at Air Products, said, “The Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically changed consumers’ shopping habits, with people increasingly choosing frozen options.”

“As a result, food producers are having to adapt quickly to cope with new spikes in demand. Cryogenics makes freezing capability more agile and allows producers to flex their outputs.”

“Likewise, Covid-19 has changed the way our customers look for information about new technologies and they’re increasingly searching for information online.”

“Our new digital freezing tool recognises that, enabling producers to find the data they need to make buying decisions quickly and easily.”