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New case studies

28th Jun 2011
At RD&T we regularly work with companies to help them test and develop products or to help them produce product more efficiently. Recently RD&T have worked with Pure Cold, Clark Doors, apetito and Union Industries to help them develop products or processes: Pure Cold -a retail display manufacturer. RD&T helped develop an energy efficient and low temperature multi-deck cabinet. Clark Doors - a manufacturer of a novel rapid roll cold store door that RD&T helped test and develop.

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Minimum energy standards proposed

19th Nov 2010
The Energy Related Products Framework Directive (formerly known as the Energy Using Products Directive) will develop MEPS (Minimum Energy Performance Standards) for a number of refrigerated appliances. . Work to develop MEPS has been carried out under a number of tasks called ‘lots’. The latest information from Lot 1 dealing with refrigerating and freezing equipment (including commercial service cabinets, blast chiller/freezer cabinets, walk-in cold rooms, industrial process chillers and packaged condensing units) is now available.

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RD&T involved in latest BFFF frozen food report

19th Nov 2010
The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) launched the world’s first frozen food report at the House of Commons on 2 Nov. The report features a chapter on frozen food technology and quality written by RD&T. The chapter covers why food is frozen, the freezing process, freezing technologies and systems, frozen storage life, novel freezing techniques and current issues that are relevant to frozen food producers. Entitled ‘British Frozen Food Industry– A Food Vision’ the report the document includes chapters on: The frozen food market Frozen food technology and quality Frozen food sustainability and social responsibility Frozen food nutrition The report highlights how frozen can contribute towards Defra’s vision of a ‘healthy, sustainable and secure food supply’.

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RD&T gain ISO accreditation

4th Aug 2010
RD&T recently received the fantastic news that they had achieved ISO9001, ISO14001 and ISO18001 accreditations. ISO accreditation is something we have been working on since the company was set up in 2009 and so we are delighted to have achieved all accreditations at the first attempt. We believe it is quite unusual for a company (especially an SME) to complete all three ISO accreditations at one time as there is a tremendous amount of work involved in developing the quality procedures required for the rigorous assessment. Much of the success is due to the work carried out by the quality team lead by Dr Alan Foster who, since RD&T was set up, have worked tirelessly to implement the quality procedures we need to ensure the work we carry out is of the highest quality.

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Get ready for Energy Using Products Directive (EuP)

2nd Jul 2010
Minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) are currently being developed for a number of refrigerated appliances. These mean that manufacturers can only sell products within Europe that exceed the MEPS. Manufacturers need to be prepared to ensure that their products reach these MEPS. Consultation documents from Lot 1 (Refrigerating and Freezing Equipment) have recently been published.

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Cold chain innovations

21st May 2010
The fresh convenience cold chain was an area discussed by RD&Ts Judith Evans at the Freshconex exhibition in Berlin recently.  The exhibition which covers almost all the halls at Berlin’s massive Messe exhibition centre must be one of the largest food trade shows in the world.  As part of the exhibition the Eurofruit and United Fresh run a business forum with invited speakers who present the latest information on topics that are considered critical to exhibition attendees.  It was therefore an honour for RD&T to be invited to speak on the fresh food cold chain and to discuss new and exciting refrigeration options that are available and will potentially become available in the future.

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Can cold stores be warmed up?

23rd Apr 2010
Can cold store operators raise the temperature in their cold stores was the question posed by Judith Evans at the 13th Cold Chain Logistics conference in Amsterdam recently.  Raising the temperature of cold stores is an interesting idea that has been debated for some time.  Raising the evaporating temperature by 1°C should in theory reduce energy consumption by 2-3% and so this is not an insignificant saving, especially if temperature could be raised by several degrees. In the UK cold stores are often maintained at -22/-23°C and this is for a variety of reasons that were outlined in Judith’s presentation.

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Ed Hammond named as Food Engineer of the Year

9th Apr 2010
Congratulations go to RD&T’s Ed Hammond who has recently been named as IMechE Food Process Engineer of the Year. The prize sponsored by the PM Group is awarded each year for the best paper relating to the food industry. Ed won the prize for his pioneering work on design of air curtains for refrigerated retail display cabinets. His work has investigated the use of variable length air curtains in retail display cabinets as a means to reduce energy consumption and improve temperature control.

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China Collaboration

4th Nov 2009
RD&T's Alan Foster is currently spending a month in China working with Professor Ruhe Xie at Guangzhou University.  Professor Xie's work focuses on refrigerated transport and his University has some unique facilities available for research.  One of these is a specialised test facility to simulate containers during transit, in which surrounding air speeds of up to 80 mph can be produced.  Alan is currently working with the team in Guangzhou to carry out tests on infiltration into containers and to model the effects of infiltration using Computational Fluid Dynamics.

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He(art) of refrigeration

2nd Nov 2009
At RD&T we generally design, develop and test refrigeration systems.  However, a new project recently extended our work into an area far flung from engineering.  Ed Hammond was approached by Sarah Wilton an art student from UWE (University of the West of England).  She had the idea of developing a refrigerated piece of art as part of her art degree.

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