Oak Refigeration have recently completed the refit of a large food factory within the West Midlands. Part of the 12 month project involved installing some 20 evaporators, ring mains and a major overhaul to the controls and machinery room within one of the plantrooms.


  • Full control and monitoring system via any PC site connection
  • Sock Cooling (low air movement)
  • Stainless Steel evaporators and insulated drip trays
  • Full gas detection system
  • Sabroe Industrial compressors and motors
  • 2 level receiver monitoring system

The installation also extended the gas detection system to some 48 points around the factory using some 2 miles of tubing and sensors.

Due to the complex configuration of the process machinery Oak had to provide sectional drawings showing the interface of the process machinery with the socks and cooling system. The area extended some 2400 square metres which was covered by fabric sock cooling connected to several stainless steel evaporators.

2 off ring mains were installed within the factory production area from copper. Calculations were conducted to ensure the gauge of the copper met the PED regulations and that the complete installation met the EN378. Computer software was used to assist with the design of the services to ensure good oil return was maintained additional to pressure drop losses.

Refrigeration capacity is supplied via 4 off SMC Sabroe machines which were controlled via a Honeywell Elm system complete with Tuscan evaporator controllers and gas detection system. The complete system reports back to a PC which shows a graphical layout of the site status.

Oak as a company were also awarded the complete electrical installation comprising of main power, small power, data and lighting.