Tropicana performed a major overhaul of its refrigeration system at its Bradenton, Fla., facility.
Tropicana, the largest producer of not-from-concentrate juices, performed a major overhaul of its refrigeration system at its Bradenton, Fla., facility. Joe DeMarco, engineering manager at Tropicana, outlined the company¿s overhaul of the largest of its four plants at the Industrial Refrigeration Consortium meeting held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in January.
Inadequacies of the juice maker¿s former North Machine Room prompted the overhaul. The ¿old¿ room served several purposes that included housing an ammonia refrigeration system, compressed air and tower water, and juice processes. According to DeMarco, the mechanical integrity was questionable, there was no secondary containment, and complex manual operation was required. Additionally, there was no room for expansion.