S H Pratt and Co (Bananas) Ltd, Laporte Way. 10 No Ripening Rooms

In 2012 MTX were contracted to supply and install 9 No. 36 pallet ripening rooms and 1 No. 18 pallet ripening room for S H Pratt and Co (Bananas) Ltd at their Laporte Way facility in Luton.

The enabling works for the project commenced at the beginning October 2012 with work on the 10 No. Ripening Rooms carried out over a strict 15-week programme. In addition to the primary contract works MTX were also contracted to supply and erect an additional office within the existing locker room.

MTX also installed new network cabling to the entire site including the new ripening rooms enabling them to be interrogated individually via the MTX state of the art ripening management system (RMS); a system that provides the ripener total control of each individual room, and each chamber, via its own control system located adjacent to each door.

Whilst the Ripening Rooms were installed as per the patented MTX design, the project design team delivered a bespoke design for the vertical baffles on this scheme to achieve increased efficiency from each room. Due to the success of the newly designed silicone rubber baffles, this modification will be carried forward for all MTX Ripening Rooms installed in the future.

The new ripening rooms were successfully completed on programme and within budget in January 2012 and feedback from our client has been excellent.

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