Friday, 22 February 2013

Choosing Cold Room Units - Standard or Bespoke?

When a commercial kitchen is choosing between standard or bespoke cold room units there are many considerations such as size, efficiency and capacity to consider. However, it is usually the cost of cold room units that is the main factor in the final decision. The biggest deliberation when thinking about the cost of cold room units is choosing between affording the upfront investment versus thinking about long term usage and efficiency.

In this article we will examine the appeal of going for standard sized cold room units versus a bespoke design and discuss the advantages of both.

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Advantages of Standard Cold Room Units

Standard cold room units have many advantages. Their modular design means that they arrive at your premises flat packed, this makes delivery easy and convenient. It also means they can be quickly and easily installed on site. This fast installation means they can be up and running on the day of installation and your business can get back to work straight away.

Another advantage of a standard cold room unit is that they are usually more economical to purchase than a bespoke version. This is due to the way they are manufactured as a mass produced product in standard sizes. However that doesn’t mean that the choice is restrictive. Standard cold room units have various types to suit different premises, like commercial kitchens, restaurants, food preparation units, hotels, fast food restaurants, storage for perishable non food items such as plants and flowers and laboratories for medical supplies. They can fit into lots of different spaces within a business and come in a whole range of volume capacities. This means your business has the choice, within a standard cold room units range, to find an almost tailor made solution to your needs.

For example, in standard modular design cold room units, there are a variety of installation options such as having the refrigeration unit on the left or right hand side of the door and because doors are hung in situ they can be hung so they open to either the left or right hand side too.

Advantages of Bespoke Cold Room Units

In some circumstances a standard cold room unit won’t suit the needs of a particualr operation and a bespoke option may be necessary.

A cold room unit is not only used in the food and catering industry: many different types of operation prefer or need bespoke cold room units such as cruise ships, hospitals, mortuaries and research centres.

A bespoke cold room unit is ideal when you need an exact fit or need to use every inch of available space. If you only have an awkward shaped or sized space available for your cold room unit then a bespoke design can maximise this space to its best advantage. Getting exactly the space required is essential to the efficiency and smooth running of your cold room unit. Too little space and you will either not have enough room to store everything you need to, or the unit will end up being overfilled. Too much space in your cold room unit and shelves will be empty. In both cases having a cold room unit either too full or not full enough can compromise the consistency of the temperature and the energy efficiency of the unit.

With bespoke designs there are lots of options for individual requirements and there is complete adaptability with the design. A bespoke cold room unit can be built either within or outside a building, they can have doors that are hung to open either to the left or the right and the internal space configuration and shelving can be designed to your specifications rather than the 4 tier shelving in the standard modular designs.

All this can all result in better ongoing efficiency. Lower energy bills are critical in business and certainly a factor when calculating the lifetime cost of owning and running a cold room. A cold room that is economical to operate can be better value in the long run even if the initial buying cost is higher.

Porkka’s Cold Room Units

Porkka’s have over 300 different types of modular design cold rooms to choose from. This vast choice means that it is possible to find an almost bespoke option for your business within our standard range giving you the best of both worlds. Our large number of configuration options and volume capacities in the standard models in a modular design combines the advantages of both the standard and bespoke options.

As a result, very few customers will require a truly bespoke solution, but this can also be provided if required.

With both a standard and bespoke cold room unit you can be assured of the highest quality product that is energy efficient and easy to maintain and clean. All our cold rooms comply to all food safety regulations and have temperature controls to give you a consistent temperature for your goods, keeping them safe, hygienic and in the best possible condition.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Choosing Cold Room Manufacturers - A Business Critical Decision You Can’t Afford to Get Wrong

All catering businesses depend on their refrigerator and cold room manufacturers to keep their business running. Without adequate cooling equipment most catering businesses simply can’t function. When a catering business realises just how dependent they are, it is suddenly extremely clear that making the right choice between different refrigerator and cold room manufacturers could be a business critical decision. Here we look at just how dependent a commercial kitchen is on their choice of cold room manufacturers, the types of disruption that can occur and why choosing Porkka minimises and avoids this type of disruption.

To help you make an informed decision about competing cold room manufacturers, here are 5 key aspects for you to consider:


Installing commercial refrigeration or a cold room often means having to close your business down whilst the work goes ahead. This can be costly and your time out of action needs to be kept to a minimum, so you are able to be up and running again as soon as possible. You therefore need to choose cold room manufacturers who can do the job quickly and efficiently.

Porkka can have a cold room installed in a day. Firstly a thorough site survey is conducted to establish where and when the cold room will be erected. This means there are no sudden surprises or delays on the day of installation.

Porkka’s modular design means that pre-insulated panels are used to construct your cold room and keep the time needed to finish the job down to a minimum. There are 81 different standard options to choose from so we can help you find the perfect cold room for your needs. Even the doors are pre-mounted to the insulated panels so everything can be assembled on site and is ready to use straightaway.

Automatic Monitoring

Keeping a consistent temperature is vital to the efficient running of your cold room. You don't want to have to spend valuable time manually monitoring your cold room temperatures so you need cold room manufacturers that supply a cold room with an automatic monitoring function that can also record temperatures.

Cold rooms from Porkka have this automatic monitoring facility. They also have an alarm that can alert you both audibly and visually immediately if there is a major change in temperature that may cause a problem. By constantly monitoring the temperatures, the control unit on your cold room does all the work for you. It can even be linked up to your computer or laptop so you can keep accurate records for inspections and safety regulations.

You also need the information to be clear and easy to understand. The control panels on a Porkka cold room can show you how it is performing instantly without any irrelevant data. There are 9 display functions to choose from along with a manual defrost function, standby and power off switch, an internal light and temperature control.

Our cold rooms also have indicator lights for various functions so you can see at a glance if the unit is defrosting, that the evaporator fan is running or the compressor is working.

Food Safety Regulations

Having food inspectors doubtful about whether you are meeting food safety regulations can be time consuming and extremely disruptive for your business.  Cold room manufacturers who can provide a product that takes all that stress and worry away, gives you not only safe and hygienic cold storage, but also peace of mind.

Porkka’s cold rooms have stringent levels of safety and meet all food safety HACCP regulations. The temperature food is stored at is critical to meeting food safety standards. Our cold rooms have a temperature and information display including the mandatory HACCP (hazard analysis critical control point) and they can record maximum and minimum temperatures so food safety inspectors can see that consistent temperatures have been maintained and all regulations adhered to.

As well as food safety and hygiene regulations other safety features include an emergency entrapment release so you can override the lock from inside the cold room if necessary and heaters over the doorframes to stop them freezing over making them unable to open.

Easy to Clean

Cleaning is essential but does take time, so anything which makes this job easier means less disruption to your business. Porkka cold rooms are designed not only to be convenient to use, with good accessibility to stock and trolley access, but also easy to clean floors and shelving systems.

Our 4 tier shelves give you optimum storage space but then slide out easily for maintenance and cleaning. The steel supports and polypropylene hurdles can also be removed so every part of your cold room can be thoroughly cleaned quickly and efficiently.

Warranty and Ongoing Support

As one of the UK’s leading cold room manufacturers, Porkka know that peace of mind is important to their customers. If something does go wrong you need it to be attended to quickly to get your business up and running again.

Our extensive range of cold rooms, freezer rooms and chillers all have a good warranty and ongoing support from a team of engineers who are highly trained in all our products and can deal with any problems or queries quickly. We are 100% committed to complete customer satisfaction.

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