Airgas answers IQF freezing demands


The North American industrial gases giant, Airgas, Inc. yesterday revealed the latest solution to individually quick frozen (IQF) products.

The firm unveiled its new design of cryogenic freezers, specifically designed to cater for the IQF bracket – The Airgas FreezeRight™ – at this year’s International Seafood Show.

According to the firm, the new IQF tunnel freezer combines the company’s bulk gas expertise with its experience in cryogenic equipment technologies to efficiently freeze IQF products. The device itself harnesses the unique refrigerant chemical properties of industrial gas populars, liquid nitrogen and carbon dioxide, to flash freeze food items.

At its official launch, during the annual International Boston Seafood Show, Greg Caniglia, Director of the Engineering Solutions Group for Merchant Gases, described how it met the needs of this niche, “IQF products such as scallops, shrimp and other seafood are delicate and require special handling. The FreezeRight IQF Freezer was specifically designed to allow increased throughput, provide quality IQF product, and use liquid cryogens much more efficiently.$quot;

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