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Chilling and Freezing Systems

Milmeq specialises in in automated chilling and freezing systems for food processing operations.

Founded in 1952 as Refrigeration Engineering and also previously known as Realcold, Milmeq has developed a global reputation for innovation.

We pioneered the introduction of automatic chilling and freezing tunnels and plate freezers to the meat and dairy industries. Today, our systems are recognised worldwide as setting the industry standard for chilling or freezing meat, poultry and dairy products in cartons or crates.

Milmeq installations are typically custom designed and installed on-site. We provide a turn-key service from design and manufacturing to installation, commissioning and ongoing maintenance and support.

Having already established ourselves as industry leaders in our homelands, New Zealand and Australia, which are renowned for their meat and dairy exporting industries, we are now recognised globally for offering world class technologies and support systems.

Chilling and Freezing Systems

Cheese Cooling Tunnels

Collaboration with the cheese producing industry on the newly adopted hot formed cheese block tower making process resulted in the development of the MILMEQ® Cheese Cooling Tunnel, then known as the Realcold Rapid Chiller, during the 1970s.

The Milmeq Cheese Cooling Tunnel provides a true first in, first out, 24-hour cooling cycle for cheese that ensures product quality, colour and flavour are maintained.

Our tunnels employ an air blast based system that provides uniformed conditioning to chill product. Application of very low temperature airflow in a controlled environment enables a fast chill, which can avoid bitter flavours developing in the cheese.

Milmeq tunnels allow control over air temperature, air velocity and retention time, meaning they can be custom designed to handle any product in a carton, box, case, mould, crate or plastic liner.

Interfacing conveyor systems provide completely automatic, hands-free loading and unloading of product, precisely timed to achieve the desired temperature. Eliminating manual handling preserves product quality and reduces the incidence of injury through strain.

Milmeq cheese cooling tunnels are suitable for chilling a range of cheese products, including block cheese (such as cheddar), mozzarella and cream cheese.

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