Evolution in Cold Storage Construction

April 20, 2018

“To maintain the controlled temperature inside the building Puf Insulated Panels are always a preferred choice and plays a major role, Designing is always done by considering all load factors on the roof and wall”: Mr. Saurabh Jindal, MD, Jindal Mectec Pvt. Ltd.

In India, preserving the perishable goods is a very complex task, Due to absence of appropriate storeroom, nation is bearing real misfortunes because of wastage of Fruits, Vegetables and other perishable goods.

Cold storages play a vital role in extending the shelf life period of perishable foods, avoiding post-harvest losses and reducing transport bottlenecks during peak period of production. Hence, the development of cold storages in the country has an important role in reducing the wastages of the perishable commodities and providing remunerative prices to the growers and to make available farm products to the consumers at competitive and affordable prices.

Indian cold storage facilities are designed with precision to keep different foods stored at the ideal temperature. These units prevent early spoilage, which help users of these facilities to save money on food. Earlier cold storages were built by using ordinary conventional building material, such as bricks, concrete or concrete process sections to which a vapor barrier and insulation is fitted internally and also constructed by two wall systems with proper gap which acts as an insulation.  Modern insulation material, like PUF (Polyurethane) panel, has revolutionize the construction method of cold storages. Today, this is used for panel designs suitable for all sizes of cold rooms and multipurpose, multicommodity cold storages. Factory made insulation panels are delivered to the site complete with a vapor barrier and internal cladding, thus reducing the site work to a minimum. These panels are either self-supported or to be fixed on structure.

The choice of insulation is very important as it accounts for a large proportion of the total construction cost. The insulation material and thickness is also important from an energy point of view. Besides a satisfactory thermal conductivity coefficient, this also need to ensure that the insulation material should be odour-free, anti-rot, vermin and fire-resistant and impermeable to water vapor.

Currently, India’s Cold chain industry is still evolving, it is unorganized and operating below capacity, according to the experts, to overcome these wastage, India needs to enhance the capacity by 40% in order to curtail losses and earn more profit. However, increasing urbanization and growth of organized retail, food servicing and food processing sector are boosting the growth of cold chain industry in India. The trend is shifting towards establishing multipurpose cold storages and providing end to end services to control parameters throughout the value chain.

To maintain the controlled temperature inside the building Puf Insulated Panels are always a preferred choice and plays a major role, Designing is always done by considering all load factors on the roof and wall.

Jindal Mectec is the pioneer in supplying insulated sandwich panels in India, these sandwich panels are suitable to maintain optimum temperature inside the building and are widely utilized for industrial, residential, and commercial applications. Be it Warehouses, Metro Depots, Factories, Aircraft hangars, Cold storages, Retail Outlets, Supermarkets, Food Processing unit, Schools & colleges etc. Jindal’s Insulated panels can be customized to any shape or size as per client’s requirement.

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