Systems & Equipment

Milmeq custom designs, engineers and manufactures chilling and freezing equipment for food processing operations, providing the complete solution to take the product from hot to cold.

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Milmeq custom designs systems to optimise processing for meat operations including beef, sheep, pork, goats, calves and deer.

Our red meat processing systems include complete abattoir design, incorporating all the systems and equipment to process beef and sheep product from hot to cold.

Having worked in the red meat industry since the 1950s, we pioneered many of the technologies which have shaped the operating environment today. For example, the inverted processing system, where carcasses are suspended by their fore legs during the pelt removal process, was pioneered by Milmeq in New Zealand in the 1980s; today it is recognised as setting the global standard for sheep and deer processing delivering superior food hygiene and operating efficiencies.

Our industry-leading plate freezers and chilling and freezing tunnels have been deployed in meat processing operations around the globe, delivering improvements in operational efficiencies as well as product quality.

The Milmeq Fully Automated Stock Transfer (MFAST) system is now revolutionising materials handling for meat processors, offering superior efficiency in operations, use of space and quality of product.

The following systems and equipment have been developed to enhance processing operations within the red meat industry.


Milmeq custom designs, engineers and installs a range of refrigeration systems and equipment for a variety of applications within food processing environments.

As well as the design of systems to support our chilling and freezing tunnels and plate freezers, we also design refrigeration systems for cold store facilities, specific operations within food process chains and large scale chillers for carcass chilling or blast freezing.

We focus on providing leading edge system designs that are safe, efficient and productive. With the environment in mind, our designs are focused on using natural refrigerants such as ammonia (NH3) and carbon dioxide (CO2).

Our refrigeration systems include:

  • Engine rooms
  • Pressure vessels
  • Compressor packages
  • Fluid chillers
  • Condensers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Water chillers
  • Ice machines
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Engine Rooms

Milmeq designs refrigeration engine rooms for the food processing, cold storage and distribution industries.

Each engine room is developed in close consultation with the client to meet their specific needs, ensuring an energy efficient and technically sound solution.

We design CO2 systems to compliment other Milmeq equipment such as tunnels, as well as stand-alone systems for distribution centres. CO2 systems operate at higher pressures but require less power to operate than a conventional system. Pipes are stainless steel and of smaller diameter.

Ammonia (NH3) is predominantly used for plate freezers and larger systems as it enables a low refrigerant charge. High activity chilled distribution stores and process rooms usually employ secondary refrigerants such as propylene glycol to minimise the quantity of NH3 within the chilled areas.

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Compressor Packages

We manufacture compressor packages which allow full oil pump, high efficiency oil separation and horizontal oil separation. Compressor packages are provided in high side, low side or across line configurations.

Both screw and reciprocating compressor packages are available. Designs can also be two pole or variable speed depending on the required application.

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We recommend and supply low dew point dehumidification systems to minimise frost build-up within blast and plate freezer enclosures. Less frost leads to improved operation of optical and proximity sensors and reduces defrost frequency times resulting in operational savings.

Other benefits include reduced carton damage from ice build-up and improved barcode readability. Our dehumidifiers incorporate technology from the world's leading desiccant wheel manufacturers.

Fully imported units are supplied in a standard design configuration, or a locally assembled version can be optimised to suit the individual application.

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