The Importance of Using an Insulated Barrier in Your Cold Rooms

Having a cold room or refrigerated area without an insulating barrier to separate it from the ambient areas in your premises is a recipe for disaster. Without a physical barrier like a set of curtains or insulated doors to stop air movement, convection currents will carry cold air away from your chilled area and replace it with warmer air, putting more strain on your refrigerators and resulting in a cold room chiller attempting to chill the entire area of your premises. If there isn’t a good barrier between your temperature controlled premises and the outside world, your chiller will be trying to cool the external environment too – leading to an extremely high energy bill, a warm cold room and, most probably, a burnt-out refrigeration unit.

However, with a proper insulating barrier, these problems can be completely nullified. A door or curtain that is able to prevent air flow between the cold room and ambient areas, and which protects against heat intrusion by conduction and radiation, can preserve the internal temperature of your cold room much more effectively and reduce the wear on your refrigerator, saving you money and time. Good insulation will also result in reduced energy bills as your chillers and freezers work less strenuously to maintain the optimal cold room temperature, and reduced the cost of maintenance to the chillers themselves!

PVC Strip Curtains as Cold Room Insulating Barriers

One of the most popular methods of creating an insulated barrier to a chilled area is by using PVC strip curtains. Extremely cost effective and able to provide an impressive insulating effect, curtains and insulated parts can allow some vision into the cold room from outside and can be passed through easily by personnel and materials, providing unrestricted access to the area without breaking the insulating effect the way a hinged door would. Where a solid hinged door would need to swing open, opening a large gap in the insulation through which cold air could escape, PVC strip curtains will simply part around the people moving through it, only the individual strips in front of them moving to allow them through while the others remain in place. In this way, an insulated door made from strip curtains can make for a more effective barrier than a solid door over the long term, especially in high-traffic areas or areas through which large numbers of people must frequently work or move materiel.

For more information on cold room insulating barriers, including PVC strip curtains and insulated parts, call MTcss today on 01886 833381 or submit a Contact Form with your enquiry. The cold storage solution experts at MTcss will be happy to help you find an insulated barrier solution that suits your needs and the needs of your business!

MTcss are the industry leaders in cold storage and cold rooms, and will be able to work with you to achieve a solution that works for you.

Why Use Insulated Curtains in Cold Rooms?

Many cold rooms, chillers and freezers are fitted with heavy, insulated doors or thin plastic strip curtains, and while doors are excellent in terms of insulation, they are less than ideal in high-traffic areas, and need large amounts of clear space to swing open and closed every time a member of staff needs to move from one area to another. On the other hand, plastic strip curtains are comparatively poor insulators, and wear out relatively quickly, sometimes leaving gaps in your insulation or requiring urgent maintenance at inopportune times.

Both of these issues can be resolved with the use of an insulating curtain like the Cold Stop® curtains available at MTcss. These curtains combine the insulating qualities and durability of a heavy door with the flexibility and space-efficiency of a curtain to create an elegant solution to your insulation needs.

Insulated Curtain Design and Properties

The insulated Cold Stop® curtains available for sale from MTcss are able to provide minimum energy savings between 25% and over 33% compared to plastic strip curtains. Designed with Tempro® technology, these insulated curtains are able to keep out vastly more heat than their predecessors, providing unmatched insulation power for a curtain. With this increased insulative power comes a decrease in energy expenditure and a decrease in wear and tear on your refrigeration equipment, which don’t have as much heat sinking to contend with.

This allows your refrigeration unit to quickly reach an optimal internal temperature and maintain it with minimal expenditure; something which is reinforced by the low-maintenance nature and inexpensive initial investment involved with a Cold Stop®. Easy to wipe clean, hard to wear down or damage and very easy to repair in the event of accidental damage, a good insulated curtain will save you money on several fronts – costing less for installation, maintenance, and energy consumption as you run your cold rooms or chillers.

The insulated cold room curtains for sale from MTcss are user-friendly and slide easily to one side, with soft material covers, and are very firmly attached to their moorings, preventing accidental damage by staff.

Field trials of the Cold Stop® curtains also show a viable lifespan of 500%-600% the lifespan of plastic strip curtains, while remaining light, flexible and resistant to splitting, protecting your insulation at all times.

So long as you have space which the curtains can slide when opened, these cold room curtains are an ideal solution to your insulation needs.

Unlike PVC strips, the Cold Stop® cold room curtains come fitted to your door specifications, ensuring a tight fit and preventing any unnecessary heat intrusion, with a patented header arrangement that allows seamless opening and closing in even tight spaces. Quick and easy to install and replace, insulated curtains from MTcss come with deep, clear windows, helping avoid accidents and allowing your personnel to know what’s happening at all times.

If you are looking for a cold room curtains solution which provides the maximum return on investment in the minimum time, then call MTcss today on 01886 833381 – the experts on the other end of the line will be happy to help you!

Nergeco Lab Door

Can Nergeco Doors Help Your Business?

MTcss are proud to be a UK certified agent of Nergeco Doors, a world leading manufacturer of high speed insulating doors. Nergeco are the industry gold standard for both internal and external insulating doors thanks to a range of technologies and approaches, making their doors the best on the market for their three focus areas – Insulation, Access and Adaptation.

Nergeco doors are composed of a folding or rolling Intelligent Curtain®, designed and patented by the company, which works to reduce energy costs on several levels. The first and most constant energy-saving innovation used to by the Nergeco Intelligent Curtain is its passive insulating ability when closed. Modelled on the most successful insulation materials in the refrigeration industry, these doors preserve an isothermal barrier and prevent heat transfer, helping keep your chillers in excellent condition year in, year out.

Not content simply to create revolutionary chiller doors, Nergeco high speed doors can also be made to suit a variety of applications, from doors which separate a chilled and ambient environment without obstructing traffic, to an external door which works as a barrier to the climate at sizes up to 200m2 and from tightly-sealed laboratory doors and easy-clean, corrosion-resistant food service doors to high-speed insulating emergency exits. As a result of this versatility, a range of insulative properties are available for Nergeco high speed doors, allowing you to spend less time and energy achieving a workable chiller temperature and ultimately saving you money.

Nergeco High Speed Doors have one other major advantage when it comes to saving you money, however, and the clue is right there in the name: they open and close much faster than other insulating doors. With their high-speed automatic operation, Nergeco doors can cut your energy expenditure at each opening and closing cycle by as much as 30%!

Thanks to the design of the Intelligent Curtain®, this rapid opening and closing speed is coupled with safety and ease of use, as the automated door operator system will react to the presence of an employee and simply reopen. However, this high-speed door system will prevent most of the heat loss that occurs at the entryway to an isothermic environment, and help to prevent or mitigate the effects of thermal shock on your products or equipment, helping prevent wear and tear not only on your equipment, but your stored items as well.

Nergeco High Speed Doors have been the industry leader for years, and for good reason – their extremely adaptable formula means that they can provide the same great service at an exterior door, an interior door, a chiller door, an emergency exit and many more, while their revolutionary speed and ease of use makes them a perfect solution to energy loss at the entrances to your chilled areas. Able to operate without obstructing traffic, even areas with high footfall or frequent deliveries will be able to minimise the amount of time spent exposed to the outer climate and prevent roadblocks in the way of your personnel. The question isn’t whether they can help your business – it’s “can your business afford not to have Nergeco High Speed Doors?”

The Importance of Choosing Proper Cold Room Gaskets for Your Cold Storage

When setting up a cold storage area – whether that’s a full cold room or just a bank of refrigerators – it’s important to make sure that the seal on your cold storage units is up to scratch. A faulty or improper seal is the number one reason for cold storage failure, and a broken cold room gasket can lead to spoilage or loss of everything in the refrigerated area and even damage to the fridge itself, as it attempts to lower its internal temperature with the faulty seal preventing its door from closing properly.

With the broken seal essentially stopping the refrigerated area from closing itself off properly, the outside atmosphere will seep in, raising the temperature inside the refrigerated area and causing strain to the coolers.

Protect your stock and your refrigerators with proper gaskets, enabling a full seal and preventing the catastrophic loss that occurs when a cool area can’t cool itself down. MTcss has a wide range of gaskets available to help ensure that every one of our clients can find the component they need and keep their refrigerated units up and going!

Different sorts of cold room gasket

Cold room gaskets are crucial for keeping the seals intact on a cold room or other large refrigerated unit. However, not all cold rooms are alike – different styles of door, different sizes and levels of use, and different interior temperatures can all influence your choice of seal. Different models of fridge or freezer will have the biggest impact on which gaskets you’ll need, making certain shapes and sizes necessary for a good seal.

Before placing an order, you should consider the kind of door that your refrigerated unit uses, as the gaskets required for a sliding door are vastly different to those required for a swing-door fridge.

The range of cold room gaskets available from MTcss include sweeper gaskets and sliding door gaskets of all sizes, as well as gasket retainer corners and sliding door retainers to help keep your refrigeration up and running! Each of the gaskets from MTcss are available with retainers with predrilled holes to allow quick and easy installation, and we recommend keeping a few spares – after all, when you’ve lost the seal on one of your fridges, you may not have time to wait for delivery!

The seemingly-unusual shapes of many cold room gaskets are all specific to their function, and the kind of doors which they will be sealing closed. Each is carefully designed to form a tight seal – so before you choose one, check your refrigerated unit’s instruction manual or technical specification to see whether you can find the kind of seal or cold room gasket designed for use with this door type. If you can’t, then don’t hesitate to call the experts at MTcss on 01886 833381 – the experts on the other end of the line will be happy to help you work through the available cold room gaskets and find one that can solve your problem.

For other enquiries or to place an order, you can call MTcss on 01886 833381 or use the online ordering system on this site!

MTCSS – Shelving Solutions

Your cold room needs a suitable shelving solution, one that’s reliable and sturdy. Regardless of what products you store in your cold room, you should invest in a shelving solution that allows you to keep your products organised and contamination-free making it easier to find exactly what you need, when you need it.

Here at MTCSS, we have a wide range of shelving units that have been designed with your specific applications in mind. No matter what industry you’re in, we are confident that we have the perfect solution for you!

When it comes to choosing hygienic shelving, you needn’t look any further than MTCSS. But why choose our shelving solutions?

Health and Safety

The hygienic shelving that we supply is designed to adhere to NSF standards, the protocol for sanitary food equipment and products. With our hygienic shelving, you have the opportunity to store your products safely in your cold room, ensuring that there is no compromise made to quality.

In terms of sanitation, our hygienic shelving is perfectly suitable. They are manufactured in adherence with health and safety regulations, allowing your industry to follow all relevant laws for the storage of certain products.

Hygienic Shelving

MTCSS are proud suppliers of hygienic shelving for cold storage. Should you need to store your products in a way that’s easily accessible and safe, you needn’t look any further.

Our hygienic shelving is manufactured to suit your individual requirements, using the latest innovations and maximising the space you have within your cold room.

As well as this, the shelving has a long-lifespan and offers remarkable resistance against corrosion, enabling you to get the most out of your cold storage shelving solution! You’ll also need something strong and robust, that can help reduce the spread and growth of bacteria and which can withstand various impacts.

When it comes to assembly, the hygienic shelving we provide is easy and simple to install. They can be set up in no time, meaning there’s little disruption made to your industry, whether you’re in the catering industry or healthcare sector.

Multipurpose Shelving

What about damp environments? How can you protect your products in cold storage when the room is susceptible to damp?

We provide the multipurpose shelving unit to prevent the spread of bacteria, ensuring that your products sustain high levels of quality. Our multipurpose shelving is made from anodised aluminium and has easy to clean slats, making it a whole lot more convenient for you.

The multipurpose shelving is an ideal solution for an array of industries, offering high strength and resistance to corrosion. Multipurpose shelving from MTCSS is best used in cold rooms and chillers because it can accommodate for more storage.

Why Hygienic Shelving and Multipurpose Shelving?

Here at MTCSS, we have a wide range of shelving solutions for you to choose from. Our hygienic and multipurpose shelving is perfect for food preparation and processing, meeting stringent health and safety regulations.

When it comes to shelving, you want to invest in something adaptable to your requirements and with our range of shelving solutions, you can do so! The shelving solutions we provide are flexible and are suitable for clean and sterile environments, like hospitals and clinics.

To keep your cold storage room clean and to keep contamination to a minimum, you need a shelving solution from MTCSS!

Click here to make an enquiry!

All there is to know about Refrigerated Doors

Did you know MTCSS are the UK agent for Italian cold storage door manufacturer MTH?

When it comes to choosing refrigerated doors, you want to be able to trust that they’ll offer the best for your industry, hence why we provide only the best.

The cold storage door manufacturer, MTH, supply us with high-quality refrigerated doors that are easy to mount, helping you save time. The refrigerated doors we provide can be manufactured to suit various applications to ensure that cold storage is efficient.

Whether you’re looking to store pharmaceuticals or food and drinks, MTCSS has the perfect solution waiting for you! We have a complete range of refrigerated doors so it’s likely that you will find something suitable, however, our refrigerated doors can be manufactured to suit your  specific requirements if you don’t initially find what you’re looking for.

Here are some of the refrigerated doors that we offer:

Hinged Doors

The hinged doors are a clever addition to make to your cold room no matter what the temperature is! Within our range of 500TN, 604LWT and 740LWT hinged refrigerated doors, there are doors suitable for both positive and negative temperatures, so be sure to choose something that will maintain the quality of your products for longer.

All of our hinged doors are CSI handle certified to EN179: 2008, meaning they are safe to use and easy to open and close.

Service Doors

Now with these, the choice is yours. You can either choose to install one of the service refrigerated doors with a vision panel or without, we also have single options and double options, it simply depends on what you’d prefer to install to your coldroom.

The “Personnel” and “To and Fro” service doors are made from polyurethane meaning that they can handle various temperatures, while sustaining the quality of products, stored within your cold room. The refrigerated doors are semi-insulating, so you needn’t worry about keeping food fresh.

Sliding Doors

Why not consider one of our sliding doors? They’re suitable for all applications, whether you’re in the retail, warehousing or manufacturing industry. The refrigerated doors for cold rooms are designed to be hardwearing, and reliable, withstanding extreme temperatures!

MTCSS’ sliding refrigerated doors are perfect if you need to preserve food in your cold room. The fact that the doors slide makes it much easier to access the cold room and to transport goods in and out.

The cold storage door manufacturer, MTH manufacture the sliding doors to suit medium temperature cold rooms best.

Click here to get in touch with the experts!

Choosing the right Cold Room Handles

If you’re looking for cold room door handles, look no further than MTCSS. Whether you’re looking for a replacement handle for your cold room or you’re considering the installation of a new handle to enhance the storage space you have, MTCSS has a wide variety for you to choose from.

Not only do cold room handles need to suit the environment, they need to be sturdy and to offer a lasting quality finish. We have an array of handles in stock, including safety door handles and external handles, all of which have been manufactured to the highest quality.

Before you decide which is right for you, there are several considerations that you need to take:

Left or right

Who will be using the cold room handles? Depending on whether it’s just you or several others, you need to consider which side the handle needs to be installed on. If the handle is to be used by numerous people within your team, it’s suggested that you go with the majority, rather than the minority, choosing the side that’s most dominant with your team!

As well as this, some of the cold room doors we provide are hinged, therefore the handles are already installed, so make sure you check this out before you make your decision! The size of your door needs to be taken into consideration too, ensuring that your handle fits perfectly and doesn’t look out of place.

Locking system

Cold room storage is ideal for various industries including the food manufacturing and processing industry and the pharmaceutical industry. When storing high-value products, you want to guarantee that they’re kept safe, maintaining quality.

For products like meats and drugs, you need to keep them locked away, under ideal conditions, hence why we provide locking cold room door handles. The locking door handles at MTCSS are either coded or require a key for you to access them.

Pull handles

If you’re looking for a convenient cold room handle, our range of pull cold room handles are exactly what you need! This type of handle makes things a whole lot easier when you need easy access in and out of the cold room. The handle is designed to be simple but is also extremely efficient.

Recessed

As you’ve already discovered, MTCSS is home to an extensive range of cold room door handles, but we also provide a range of recessed handles which are perfect for heavy doors.

The design of the recessed cold room handles is seamless, keeping it simple. The cold room handles are easy to grip and are manufactured to be strong and resilient to pressures and impacts.

Click here to find out more about our cold room door handles!

What is the difference between a walk in cold room and a walk in freezer?

A walk in cold room and a walk in freezer can easily be mistaken for one another. They often look alike but are very different in terms of temperature ranges and the applications they are used for.

There are several differences between an MTCSS walk in freezer and cold room, so consider the following when you’re looking for your ideal cold storage solution:

Temperature

The temperature for walk in freezers is often substantially lower than the temperature of the walk in cold room, with walk in cold rooms operating at temperatures between 0°c and 5°c whereas freezers can operate at temperatures as low as -40°c. Similar to the differences between your domestic fridge-freezer.

Storage

The products that can be stored in a walk in freezer vary from what can be stored in a walk in cold room or chiller. The walk-in freezers from MTCSS are designed to store a wide range of products and materials, often being used to prolong the storage lifespan of food, pharmaceuticals and even cadavers in morgues and laboratories. This is due to the low temperatures which prevents bacteria, that is responsible for the decay of living tissue, from multiplying and causing decomposition.

On the other hand walk  in cold rooms are often used for storing materials that are needed for imminent use such as fresh food, hospital medical supplies and cadavers prior to funerals in places like the chapel of rest at funeral homes.

Safety

When it comes to the safe storage of your goods both walk-in freezers and cold rooms offer the perfect safety solution allowing you to store items in a secure and organised fashion, allowing them to easily be accessed when you require them. Both can be enhanced with secure locking systems from basic key systems to fingerprint and retina scanners, depending on the security you require for your products.

 

Although both walk-in freezers and walk-in cold rooms supplied and installed by MTCSS offer exceptional performance and adhere to building, hygiene and safety standards – they are used for different purposes, ultimately providing differing levels of performance. But by considering the differing characteristics in line with your business’ desired application,  you will be able to identify which cold storage solution will best suit your requirements.

If you need any further information or would like to discuss how MTCSS can help your organisation today then please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

top 4 logo

Top 4 Uses of Cold Storage in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Industries

Working in an industry that requires strict quality control needn’t be difficult with the help of MTCSS. We supply cold rooms to accommodate your individual needs and requirements, no matter what industry you are in!

We can install small and large storage units, dependent on the volume of stock you have. If need be, we can create bespoke cold rooms tailored to your specific requirements, allowing them to fit your structure perfectly.

Here are 5 of the main reasons MTCSS cold rooms are used in the medical and  pharmaceutical industries:

Free Up Space

The temperature controlled storage units are ideal for placing outdoors if you have a lack of space within your hospital or medical practice, they can be installed in any location and allow you to avoid deterioration of high-quality pharmaceutical and medical products.

Safety

MTCSS medical cold storage is appropriate for outdoor use. They have a waterproof design that makes them suitable for all weather, enabling you to store your medical products efficiently.

For peace of mind, MTCSS cold storage rooms can offer backup refrigeration – so if there was a power failure, the quality of your medical products will not be compromised.

Security

Cold rooms are often used to store expensive medical equipment and medication, which means it’s essential you keep your cold room secure and locked at all times not in use!

Using a cold room designed by MTCSS can allow for the secure storage of products, ensuring that there is no compromise made to the quality of the products. A locking system can be applied to the cold room to provide extra security, keeping products safe.

Temperature Control

When storing medicines, vaccines and blood samples – the temperature needs to be carefully controlled. If the temperature is altered ever so slightly, there will be adaptations made to the quality of the products, so much so that they can become unusable! If this is the case, you may have to dispose of the products; ultimately increasing the amount of waste your medical practice produces.

The MTCSS temperature controlled storage systems for pharmaceutical industries provide you with full control, allowing you to regularly monitor your products to ensure they are being stored at the sufficient temperature.

Why MTCSS?

Regardless of the size of your project, we can help! Previously for one of our projects, we installed 26 cold rooms using our Kingspan modular panels for a pharmaceutical research company in Central London. Not only was this completed to suit the customer’s budget, we completed the project in record time exceeding the needs and expectations of the pharmaceutical research company.

Request a free quote today!

Industrial Cold Rooms

3 Benefits of Bespoke Industrial Cold Rooms for the Food Industry

Have you ever considered installing a bespoke industrial cold room?

If your business is experiencing cold storage problems, look no further than MTCSS. We have an exceptional understanding of cold storage and we would be more than happy to provide you with any information that you may require.

The process of installing a bespoke industrial cold room is straightforward; you can expect the following:

Discuss any ideas and requirements that you have regarding the design of your cold storage room with an MTCSS expert and we will work with you to create exactly what you’re looking for.

Once we have established what you aim to achieve with your bespoke cold room, we’ll provide you with an estimate that’s fair and affordable.

After this, it’s time to plan the project, ensuring all deadlines are met in time.

When your cold room is complete, it will be tried and tested to make sure it’s safe.

All that’s left to do after this is to finalise the documentation.

Freezers.

The freezers we have, here at MTCSS, are set to the optimal temperature ensuring products are stored efficiently. You’ll find that our freezers are available from -40°C to 0°C which will enable you to sustain the quality of your products.

Our range of freezers include the Blast, Carton, Tunnel, Spiral and deep freezers. These are all extremely accommodating for an array of products, whether it be for raw, pre-cooked or fresh foods – choose your cold storage solution today from MTCSS!

MTCSS industrial freezer rooms are airtight which means no air can enter the freezer where your products are being stored and neither can they become damaged.

Chilling.

Our chilling industrial freezer rooms are perfect for storing dairy foods and pre-prepared foods that are “ready to eat”.

No matter what products your business manufactures, MTCSS can help you to sustain high-quality products. One of the chilling freezers can keep your products fresh but also help to keep your business clean and hygienic.

The freezers that are for chilling are set between 0°C and 5°C, making sure that food is preserved. We are confident we won’t be beaten on price and you’ll receive the best value for money if you choose one of our chilling industrial freezer rooms.

Food preservation.

If you work in an industry where hygiene is of the utmost importance, you’ll want to consider how beneficial one of our bespoke industrial cold rooms would be for your business.

Food that’s been cooked and raw foods must be kept separate for safety. If the two come into contact with each other, your products will be contaminated and bacteria spread.

To preserve your products for longer, maintaining quality so that they’re edible, choose one of the bespoke industrial freezer rooms we have here at MTCSS! The walls are kept tight to prevent any water from entering and there are joints which have been sealed, to prevent bacteria.

For the team at MTCSS, no job is too big or too small, we have the perfect off the shelf solution waiting for you.

Click here to get in touch with us!