Produce That Benefits Most from Hydrocooling

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Proper cooling is essential for almost any type of produce in order to ensure that quality is preserved as fruits and vegetables begin their journey to the end consumer. Here at Semco, we offer many different kinds of cooling systems and different cooling methods are better suited to different types of produce. In this article let’s take a look at hydrocooling and the produce that benefits most from this method. Why Produce Cooling Is So Important Good produce cooling is important for a number of reasons. Field heat, or the ambient temperature that permeates a plant while it is growing,…

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Forced-Air Cooling Mistakes to Avoid When Cooling Produce

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Many types of produce, like strawberries, apples, beans and blueberries, have to be drastically cooled after harvest in order to keep their freshness. Putting every different type of produce under the right cooling method will lengthen their freshness and ensure that a high quality product is given to consumers. There are a lot of different types of post-harvest cooling methods out there, like forced-air cooling, room cooling, hydrocooling and icing. Each of these cooling methods has a proper use when it comes to different types of produce. Semco understands that you’ll need different equipment depending on the type of produce…

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4 Reasons Ice Cooling May Not Be Best for All Produce

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Keeping fruits and vegetables at their optimal temperatures is vital for maintaining freshness and nutritional value. Temperatures that are too warm could cause certain types of produce to go bad. Keeping your produce cool with ice cooling is beneficial in many cases. However, not all produce will fare well with ice cooling. Let’s take a look at 4 reasons why ice cooling isn’t always the right choice. Large Ice Chunks Could Be Problematic Some types of fruits, such as tomatoes, plums and peaches, have very thin skins that are prone to bruising, bursting and other types of damage. If you…

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3 Big Tips for Safely Displaying Consumable Iced Products

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Maintaining food products like meat, produce, and seafood cold on ice helps to maintain their freshness and prevent dangerous bacteria from endangering consumers. What some consumers and companies do not realize is that ice is considered itself a food, and it must be treated as carefully as food. Utilizing high quality and safe ice is critical to keeping your products safe. At Semco, we manufacture and install industrial cooling systems like ice makers to help maintain food safety and freshness. This article with outline three tips for safely displaying consumable iced products. Tip #1: Make Sure That The Water Going…

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Produce That Is Well-Suited for Cooling with Ice

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After the harvest of a beautiful crop of produce, growers must then consider how to quickly and completely cool their harvest to keep it in peak condition for transport and sale. At Semco, we manufacture and install industrial grade cooling systems that are custom designed to meet each client’s specific needs and facilities. Cooling produce immediately after harvest will help maintain freshness and quality in produce. If not properly cooled and stored, fresh produce is subject to rot or degradation of firmness and overall quality. Prompt and proper cooling slows down ripening, softening and color changes and keeps off spoilage…

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Major Concrete Cooling Considerations

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Every industrial large-pour concrete project has its own unique specifications. Local geography, climate, and architectural design are a few factors that may impact your project. If you have a large-pour concrete project coming up, you’re likely thinking of what you can do for the best chance of success, not just for the duration of construction, but for the long term. One of the most important things you can do is properly cool your concrete. Consider these following major factors. The Need for Concrete Cooling Concrete has been used industrially since Roman times, and many such structures are still standing, thanks…

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Tips for Best Handling Flake Ice Aboard Fishing Ships

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One of the most important considerations for fishing boats is how to keep the catch as fresh as possible until the ship gets back to port. It doesn’t matter if you’re a small family fisherman trawling the waters every day or a large commercial vessel going out for days at a time, the proper icing and storage of the catch is crucial to your profit margin. The use of flake ice is one of the best ways to preserve freshly caught seafood and can be loaded on shore or produced on board. Flake ice, or scale ice as it is…

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Precooling Is Essential for Many Types of Produce

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After harvesting, it’s essential to properly cool produce in order to maximize its shelf life. By staving off the natural growth of microorganisms, the cooling process helps to slow the physiological changes which impact freshness and nutritional value. This can be achieved both through lower-cost and more advanced methods, including harvesting during cooler periods during the day, cool air ventilation, and evaporative cooling. For many types of produce, however, precooling is an essential part of the equation. Precooling is a process performed to rapidly remove field heat immediately following a harvest. Field heat is described as the difference between the…

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4 Options That Exist for Industrial Ice Rakes

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An industrial ice rake is used within an ice storage and delivery system. The purpose of ice rakes is to move some of the ice flakes into the conveyor area and to level out the ice in the storage bin. While the role of ice rakes may seem simple enough, the fact is that not all systems are created equally. Low quality ice rakes can break from the weight of the ice and some ice rakes even get buried in the ice because they aren’t delivering the ice fast enough. Fortunately these problems can be avoided with high quality ice…

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Simple Ways to Increase Concrete Cooling Efficiency

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Cooling is an important part of large-pour concrete projects. The process of mixing cement aggregates with water actually causes a chemical reaction to occur. This is a primarily exothermic reaction, which means that the reaction gives off heat. For small-pour projects this isn’t much of an issue because the reaction is smaller — however, even with small-pour projects, the quality of the concrete can often be improved with concrete cooling — but for large-pour projects in which temperature can easily exceed 200°F efficient concrete cooling is a must. When concrete is poured at such a high temperature the end product…

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