Case Study: Fresh Mark Grease Exhaust System
Fresh Mark is a long-standing, local customer of Quickdraft. This nationwide supplier of bacon, ham and other specialty meat items is one of the largest privately owned companies in the industry, and has been serving its customers for nearly 100 years.
Fresh Mark had difficulty exhausting grease-laden air in its bacon division. The exhaust’s high temperature and high humidity adversely affected fan bearing life, and grease particulates carried over and adhered to fan propellers, throwing them out of balance and seriously damaging fans.
Grease also got carried over from the microwave lines, then stuck to the roof, causing substantial damage and requiring the roof to be replaced every few years. These repairs cost money and cut into production time. The customer also needed an exhaust solution that required very little space and did not take up real estate on the floor.
Quickdraft installed a Venturi Exhauster and custom grease demister section for Fresh Mark. The Venturi system has no moving parts in the airstream, and the unit’s fan handles only uncontaminated ambient air, so the past problems of fan damage were eliminated.
Additionally, the bulk of the grease is captured in an exclusive multi-layer filter element, and an internal wash-down spraying system helps to pull bacon grease down through the drain.
The units also are tied to the microwave oven controls, allowing the units to start and stop in conjunction with the oven’s operation.
Fresh Mark immediately noticed improved efficiency with their system, including:
- 99% efficiency for particles 10 micron and greater
- 75% efficiency for 2-3 micron particulate
- Better overall performance in the microwave line.
- Greatly reduced maintenance time (little to no maintenance required for this system)
- Clean, undamaged roof.
These results, along with the peace of mind in knowing that their system worked and would not damage their building, helped Fresh Mark continue delivering top quality product to their customers.