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Contact Plate Freezer

The FT34Mkll demonstrates an industrial fast-freezing process in a simple, practical and student-friendly configuration. It directly illustrates the large improvements in taste and texture that can be achieved by fast-freezing processes.

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FT34MkII

FOOD TECHNOLOGY
FT34MKII Contact Plate Freezer – Issue 5

The FT34Mkll demonstrates an industrial fast freezing process in a simple, practical and student friendly configuration. It directly illustrates the large improvements in taste and texture which can be achieved by fast freezing processes compared with the slower freezing times of a domestic refrigerator.

An informative wallchart is supplied free with each FT34MKll Contact Plate Freezer. It describes the industrial freezing process and highlights the importance of freezing food quickly.

Ordering Specification

  • The Contact Plate Freezer has two freezing plates of 180 x 250mm. One is fixed and the other is height-adjustable, and both are serviced by a refrigeration unit
  • Bagged, wrapped and boxed food products up to a maximum size of 160 x 230 x 38mm may be quick-frozen
  • Five temperature probes are provided to monitor the product throughout the freezing process
  • A comprehensive operations manual and wall chart are included in the supply
  • An optional data logging accessory and Windows-based software is also available

Demonstration Capabilities

  • Food preservation
  • Effect of freezing on food
  • Fast freezing v slow freezing
  • Taste and texture assessments
  • Freezing rates
  • Links with biology (food structure)
  • Effect of temperature on bacteria
  • Links with physics (refrigeration)
  • Temperature sensing
  • Quality assurance/Quality control

The FT34Mkll Plate Freezer enables foods to be quick frozen using an industrial freezing process.

Five thermocouples are provided, which can be positioned in different points of the product being frozen. This allows the effect on the freezing process of parameters such as the shape of the product, the packaging, portion size, etc to be investigated.

The flexibility and simple operation of the plate freezer make it ideal for project work at a wide variety of levels. At a basic level, the difference between fast and domestic freezing can be evaluated. At higher levels a frozen food product can be assessed for a large number of attributes and the interaction of different attributes considered.

The FT34Mkll is supported by comprehensive teacher and student instruction sheets giving detailed explanations, operational instructions, investigations and suggestions for project work.

Data logging

Freezing is an ideal application for demonstrating the importance of data logging. The five temperature sensor outputs are available for this.

An optional data logger is available which can be used to display the freezing curves on a computer. This illustrates the freezing characteristics and shows the Thermal Arrest Time, during which ice crystals are formed.

The operational data may be logged to a PC.

Windows software is included to display tables and graphs of the logged data and to allow the data to be exported to a spreadsheet.

Description

The FT34Mkll Contact Plate Freezer uses the familiar Armfield vacuum-formed ABS base onto which is mounted a refigeration unit employing an environmentally friendly refrigerant R404A. One 180 x 250mm, fixed and one height-adjustable freezing plate are positioned adjacent to the refrigeration unit.

A hand-operated lever raises and lowers the adjustable freezing plate into close contact with the product to be frozen which is placed on the fixed plate.

Bagged, wrapped and boxed products may be quick frozen.

Five temperature probes are provided to monitor the product throughout the freezing process.

All controls and instrumentation are housed in the base unit.

Outputs to connect the plate freezer to a PC via the Armfield Data Logging Accessory FT34-DTA-ALITE are also provided.

Technical Specification

Plate temperature (both plates): <-35°C
Temperature sensors: 5 thermocouples
Refrigerant (environmentally friendly): R404A
Display: Digital display for temperature sensors
Outputs: ±5 volts 
Represents ±50°C
Freezing area: 180mm x 250mm
Maximum thickness of sample: 38mm

Optional Accessories

FT34-DTA-ALITE Data Logging Accessory:

Comprises: Interface device and leads.

Requirements:
A PC (not supplied) running Windows 98 or above, with USB port.

Armfield Armsoft Software details

Requirements

Electrical supply:
FT34-MkII-A: 220-240V 1ph 50Hz 10 amp
FT34-MkII-B: 120V 1ph 60Hz 20 amp
FT34-MkII-G: 230V 1ph 60Hz 10 amp
Cooling water:  Tap and drain

 

Shipping Specification

Volume: 0.5m3
Gross weight: 40kg

Overall Dimensions

Height: 0.55m
Width: 1.00m
Depth: 0.50m

Ordering Codes

FT34-MkII-A: 220-240V 1ph 50Hz 10 amp
FT34-MkII-B: 120V 1ph 60Hz 20 amp
FT34-MkII-G: 230V 1ph 60Hz 10 amp