Introducing Nitrogen Recovery Services
My name is Duane Gleason and I am the owner and founder of Nitrogen Recovery Services. I have recently retired from one of the major nitrogen suppliers and have been working within the food freezing industry for over 33 years.
I would like to address my true passion, and the reason I decided to continue working past my retirement. That is, nitrogen waste management. I have been conducting audits over the last 20 years and have significant success in reducing monthly nitrogen bills. My preferred method is to arrive at the customer location the night before my visit and stay at a local hotel. I would then come in first thing in the morning and look at the freezer while it is still open to observe radial fans, type of belt, spray header configuration, etc. This would take place after the inspection, but before the freezer is closed for cool down. I then spend most of the day observing the cool down process, nitrogen lines, tank pressure, proportional valve position during full production, standards for QC, tunnel operation, etc. When this part of the process is complete, I would then return to my hotel to document the days operation as base parameters and prepare my recommendations to management. My second day would start at the plant with operator and safety training.
“It is very gratifying for me to see folks that have been throwing switches and buttons at start up, sort of like turning on a utility switch; not really understanding why they do it, only because that is what is done in the mornings. Throughout the training I have seen countless light bulbs come on as people realize the significance of each step of the cool down process and how it relates to an efficient start up.”