We have been closely involved with Adande® Refrigeration in the testing and development of Aircell®, a new air flow technology designed for retail refrigerated multi deck display cases. During the test and development process, we have helped produce documentary evidence that Aircell® delivers lower energy consumption, more accurate and stable holding temperatures and significantly reduces cold aisle syndrome.
Aircell® is a patented metalwork system with specially configured shelves, designed to deliver improved air flow management in open front, refrigerated multi deck cabinets. The technology may be incorporated within new cabinets, retrofitted to existing cabinets or fitted as part of refurbishment programmes.
Conventional multi deck cabinets have a single column of cold air from the top to the bottom of the merchandising envelope. As cold denser air sinks, a stacking effect is created and pressure builds at the base of air curtain. This causes cold air spillage from the cabinet, allowing warm air infiltration, which compromises energy efficiency and temperature stability.
By contrast, Aircell® divides the merchandising envelope into separate cells between shelves. The smaller cells have a shorter air column and independent management of air movement. The net result is less pressure on the air curtain of each cell and a substantial reduction in cold air spillage from the case. The performance of the Aircell® system is also enhanced by the elimination of back panel flow, promoting temperature stability and product loading flexibility.
“ECH Engineering’s participation in the testing and optimisation of the Aircell® system has helped us with product development and accelerated its delivery to the marketplace.”Adande® Refrigeration’s Chairman, Nigel Bell