Fire Prevention Protects Automated Deep-Freeze Storage Area in North America
In 2015, Preferred Freezer commissioned WAGNER to equip its automated high-bay warehouse in Richland (USA) with the innovative fire protection system for active fire prevention. This is the first building in the USA that WAGNER equipped with the OxyReduct® oxygen reduction system.
When the frozen high-bay warehouse of Preferred Freezer Services in Richland, Washington State, went into operation in 2015, it was the largest of its kind worldwide.
Three protected areas with a volume of 1.05 million m3, 35 m high racking systems, 117,000 pallet spaces and about 900,000 tons of frozen food stored and retrieved per year. In a country that has no shortage of space, high-bay warehouses remain rare, and frozen high-bay warehouses even more so. The cladded-rack design used here is unusual for the United States.
Preferred Freezer stores frozen foods in Richmond for the entire West Coast of the U.S., but primarily French fries.
Preferred Freezer Services was founded in 1989, then with only a single frozen food warehouse. The company has since grown to become a global leader in cold storage, warehousing, distribution and logistics. In 2019, Preferred Freezer was acquired by Lineage Logistics.
Fire Prevention Safeguards the Frozen Foods Supply on the West Coast
The deep-freeze chain and operational processes must be maintained at all times.
Active Fire Prevention Safeguards Fault-Free Processes
An OxyReduct® oxygen reduction system with PSA technology, individually adapted to the structural conditions, reduces the oxygen concentration in the protected area by controlled introduction of nitrogen, so that a protective atmosphere is created. The residual oxygen content is below the specific ignition limit of the stored goods, in this case French fries including packaging materials.