Eutectic Plate Preconditioning

Eutectic Plates are used in a variety of industries for keeping goods and produce cold during transportation.

With many goods its essential that a minimum temperature is maintained through the cold chain. From leaving frozen cold storage at a warehouse, through transit to retailer and beyond.

Eutectic Plates are essentially cool-blocks, just like the ones you use in your cool-bags when on a picnic. These commercial versions come in a rigid or flexible format and are filled with eutectic gel. The plates are frozen and added into consignments of goods to help prolong the temperature of stored goods.

When goods are transported in insulated containers, the use of supplementary cooling is recommended by CE / DIN and by European directives for anything over 2hrs in transit. The use of Eutectic Plates, or Freezer Plates, increases transportation time by up to 24 hours, depending on the variables at play. These are commonly the amount capacity used, the operational purpose and the ambient temperature.

Freezer Plate Preconditioning


Key benefits of the use of Eutectic Plates, is that they are safe use with food goods, are age and impact resistance and can be used over and over again. By implementing best practice, these plates can be effective for many years. Let’s take a look at how you can prolong their life with the right care...

Best practice for chilling Freezer Plates

The following recommendations allow for effective use and the care of eutectic plates.

  • Use a freezing rack for fast efficient freezing.
  • Ensure air circulation of between 3-6 meters per second.
  • Maintain a minimum distance of 30mm between plates.
  • Use a specialist cold store or blast freezer for freezing plates.
  • Avoid placing freezing racks near doors or openings.
  • Keep plates clean and free of debris.

Eutectic Plates are an essential part of the cold chain, however the correct and most efficient means of preconditioning the plates and gel packs is essential. Speak with CRS today and we can advise the best solution for your requirement.

Reduce the time it takes to precondition, improve efficiency, cut costs and keep the cold chain moving with a Preconditioning Blast Freezer from CRS.

Thursday 7th March 2019

Published by: CRS Cold Storage

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