Airgas, an Air Liquide company, will debut novel gas mixing, chilling and injection systems developed for reliability, flexibility and accuracy, along with scalable renewable energy solutions using biogas.

Airgas’ Food and Beverage group will exhibit at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) 2018. As the largest annual trade show for the poultry, meat, and feed industries, IPPE will include more than 1,200 exhibitors and host 30,000 attendees from 30th January to 1st February at Georgia World Congress Centre in Atlanta, Georgia. Attendees will have an opportunity to review the company’s newest technologies and products first hand and discuss with Airgas experts.

Aiming to optimise efficiency, minimise cost and ensure food safety for customers, Airgas will showcase its comprehensive, customisable and value-adding solutions for the protein processing market segment, including:

  • An innovative gas mixer, which provides parts per million accuracy with easy to use controls, consistent mixing and flow matching, and downloadable data logs. This new Airgas design provides both accuracy and repeatability for Modified Atmosphere Packaging applications.
  • Newly designed proprietary injecting systems for mixers and blenders with removable inserts that can address sanitation needs.
  • ChillRight™ Combo Chiller, which uses liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) to produce dry ice ‘snow’ that chills a product in standard combo bins. The flexible Combo Chiller system has been shown to reduce food dehydration, maintain product quality and reduce waste. It streamlines the chilling process by minimising the manual addition of dry ice, eliminating dry ice pellet storage and reducing manual feeding errors.
  • Renewable energy solutions to convert biogas into biomethane. As a part of Air Liquide, Airgas offers solutions for upgrading and utilising biogas produced from animal and food processing operations. Air Liquide systems can purify and upgrade biogas to manage waste and efficiently convert to biomethane.

Bill Baker, Airgas Vice-President, Food, Beverage and Retail Markets, said, “We are excited to meet with customers and potential customers in the food processing and production industry and discuss products, services, and expertise we can provide to help them succeed. IPPE attendees can learn about helpful technology such as our ChillRight Combo Chiller. Customers who use this system report a more even distribution of CO2 in their packaging processes, resulting in optimised efficiency in their operations.”