Controlled Atmosphere, or CA, Stores are constructed to be gas tight in order to retain the low oxygen atmosphere needed for long term storage of fresh produce. Fruits that respond to CA conditions have various atmosphere requirements to maximise their storage life and their marketable quality, ICA have the founding expertise to create the right storage environment for your produce.
We will look at your individual business requirements and recommend the best options available including insulation, specialised gas tight doors, control instrumentation and refrigeration to create the right temperature, gas levels and atmosphere pressures to ensure the highest return on your investment.
We use Polyinsurate (PIR) panels in a variety of thickness to obtain the correct holding temperature for walls and ceilings expertly installed with foodsafe aluminium flashings and ceiling suspension (if required). These tongue & groove fitting panels from Kingspan © are designed to retain the sensitive environment of the controlled atmosphere within.
Gas Tight Doors:
We can offer two types of gas tight CA doors for your stores depending on the size and budget – Salco CA Doors with inflatable gasket seal or our ‘Lawrence Doors’ manufactured in-house with screw tight fittings and that can be made to any size.
Our CA control system, the ICA6000, can analyse, control and adjust the stores conditions – be it 2 stores or 20 stores – from one location but can be monitored on handheld apple or android devices. Click here for more information.
Our refrigeration division can advise and design the best system for your application and will always endeavour to provide the more cost effective and energy efficient equipment for your stores. Click here for more information.
Flooring & Extras:
By either gas sealing your existing floor or providing new concrete floor, we can install concrete kerbing to interior and exterior of stores and provide barriers to avoid forklift damage when loading if required.
Electrics & Lighting:
Electrics and lighting can be provided by our electrical division to include power networks, power distribution and light fittings to suit your design. Click here for more information.
We can design and build any size to suit your yield requirements, calculating the number of fruit bins needed in store, your atmosphere levels and location.
CA stores can be built as external stores using thicker insulation to work with the outside climate without the need for an expensive steel frame and requires minimal maintenance. Or if you have a larger scale operation, we can construct large blocks of stores within an existing or new steel framed building which can work alongside packing and distribution areas with insulated corridors if required.
We also offer full refurbishment service using our panel and Ribbfill system to convert old stores to state-of-the-art gas tight storage. See our case study opposite.
For existing CA stores, we offer gas testing service to certify your stores are gas tight and ready for loading the harvest. This is advised to be carried out yearly to avoid any leaks which could damage your fruit when stored. To arrange a gas test please call for a service.
For more information please call +44 (0)1892 831 700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org