Gasworld recently attended BOC Gases Ireland’s seminar and equipment demonstration day, which provided food processors and other interested parties with valuable information on emerging gas technologies in the food sector.

The one-day event, held at the Ashtown Food Research Centre in Dublin, was put together by BOC Gases Ireland, who worked with other major players in the Irish food industry, such as MULTIVAC and Alert Packaging.

The event was also in partnership with Teagasc, the agriculture and food development authority in Ireland.

It offered delegates comprehensive presentations on various subjects, including freezing and cooling technologies, modified atmosphere packaging (MAP), and refrigerants.
In addition, BOC had brought a tunnel freezer all the way from Sweden, which was on display for delegates to look at, and there were several exhibitors giving information on their specialities.

The morning session began with a welcoming introduction from Gerry Donovan, Director and Country Manager for BOC Ireland.

It was followed by an interesting presentation from Stuart Piggott, Water and Environmental Technical Specialist for The Linde Group. He discussed the use of CO2 for PH control, as well as the use of oxygen for waste water treatment.

Other highlights included a presentation from Keith Nicholson, a member of the Linde Global Expert Team, which showcased the latest freezing and cooling technologies on offer from Linde; and a very informative presentation from Barry Lyons, BOC’s Global Refrigerant Specialist, giving delegates vital details on the phasing out of the refrigerant R22 next year.

“From 1st January 2010, virgin R22 has a use ban, but you can use reclaimed R22 until 31st December 2014,” he told delegates.

“BOC is the only company in Ireland to be able to take the waste refrigerant from you and dispose of it legally.”

The presentations ran throughout the day, with breaks in between to enable delegates to look around the exhibitor stands.

Exhibitors included BOC, which displayed its extensive range of PPE and Engineering materials on offer in the food sector, Alert Packaging, WITT, and MULTIVAC, which had one of its Traysealers on display as well.

BOC’s Dermot Russell put the event together, speaking to gasworld’s Katie Hill at the event he commented, “The open day allowed us to strengthen our ties with some of the biggest players in the food processing industry. Coupled with these key industry relationships, BOC has also improved its link with key government organisations such as Teagasc and Bord Iascaigh Mhara, who have a significant influence on the general food industry and the seafood industry respectively. Both organisations were very impressed with the expertise on offer from BOC and want to work more closely with us in future.”

“By running this open day, it has helped educate the market to the more innovative solutions available from the BOC and the Linde Group, coupled with the expertise that our company has to offer business in Ireland.”