RADNOR, PA - March 21, 2011 -- Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), the largest U.S. distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases, announced today at the International Boston Seafood Show that it has launched a new design of cryogenic freezers for processors of Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) products. The Airgas FreezeRight™ IQF cryogenic tunnel freezer combines the company's bulk gas expertise with the company's experience in cryogenic equipment technologies to efficiently freeze IQF products.
The newest addition to the Airgas FreezeRight line of cryogenic freezers, the FreezeRight IQF, uses liquid nitrogen or carbon dioxide to flash freeze food items. The FreezeRight IQF was specifically designed to meet seafood industry processing requirements for increased IQF production rates, reduced cryogen use, and more effective sanitation.
"IQF products such has scallops, shrimp, and other seafood are delicate and require special handling," said Greg Caniglia, Director - Engineering Solutions Group, Airgas Merchant Gases. "The FreezeRight IQF freezer was specifically designed to allow increased throughput, provide a quality IQF product, and use liquid cryogens much more efficiently. The new design also provides much easier cleaning through its top-lifting design, providing full access to the freezer belting for sanitation."
According to Caniglia, the standard Airgas FreezeRight IQF tunnel can process more than 5,000 pounds of IQF product per hour while using 30% to 60% less liquid nitrogen or carbon dioxide when compared to conventional cryogenic methods.
The FreezeRight cryogenic freezer line was developed to compliment Airgas' complete systems approach to the food-freezing process. In order to provide the ultimate food freezing system, the Airgas approach takes into account the entire cryogenic freezing process, including the tank, piping, exhaust and an Airgas FreezeRight freezer.
For more details about Airgas FreezeRight™ IQF cryogenic freezers, please contact the Airgas Engineering Solutions Center at 1-800-282-1524.
About Airgas, Inc.
Based in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), through its subsidiaries, is the largest U.S. distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and hardgoods, such as welding equipment and supplies. Airgas is also one of the largest U.S. distributors of safety products, the largest U.S. producer of nitrous oxide and dry ice, the largest liquid carbon dioxide producer in the Southeast, the fifth largest producer of atmospheric merchant gases in North America, and a leading distributor of process chemicals, refrigerants, and ammonia products. More than 14,000 employees work in approximately 1,100 locations, including branches, retail stores, gas fill plants, specialty gas labs, production facilities, and distribution centers. Airgas also distributes its products and services through eBusiness, catalog, and telesales channels. Its national scale and strong local presence offer a competitive edge to its diversified customer base. For more information, please visit www.airgas.com.
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