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Cold Logic to construct and install cold and cool rooms for the Hunter class frigates

November 2023

Cold Logic has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to construct and install cold and cool rooms for the first batch of three Hunter class frigates.

Partnering with UK company Ernest West & Beynon (EWB), Cold Logic will leverage EWB’s experience in supplying into the Type 26 program, which is the reference design for the Hunter class frigates, which are being built at Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia.


Industrial Refrigeration – Our Focus on Training to Stay at the Top

26 July 2023

A high priority at Cold Logic is investing in our team, to ensure they can thrive in their refrigeration careers and we remain industrial refrigeration industry leaders.


WineEng 2023 – Industrial Wine Refrigeration

04 July 2023

We’re looking forward to attending WineEng 2023, which is being held from 26-27 July in Nurioopta, South Australia. This year’s event will attract winemakers, engineers, maintenance, operations, and management personnel from across the sector and we’re delighted to be sponsoring lunch on Day 2 of the event.


Michael Riese Joins AIRAH Board

18 May 2023

Following a vote at the Institute’s annual Convention, Dr Michael Riese, M.AIRAH, has officially joined AIRAH’s national board. 

AIRAH President Paul Jackson, F.AIRAH, says it is important for an organisation’s national board to regularly add new voices, talents and perspectives, which the inclusion of Riese brings.



Energy and Refrigeration as a Service

16 May 2023
Does your business rely on industrial refrigeration cooling, and needs reliable energy? Electricity costs are high, you have goals for your business, and you want to do the right thing for your customers and the planet. Plus, you’re working hard to grow your business, and want to invest in what will give you the best returns.



Hort Connections 2023 – Industrial Refrigeration Insights

08 May 2023
We’re delighted to be exhibiting at Hort Connections 2023 from 5-7 June 2023 in Adelaide, where we can share with attendees insights into the future of industrial refrigeration and its impact on the produce sector.



Second Hand Industrial Refrigeration Sale Adelaide

26 April 2023
We are currently offering a range of second hand industrial refrigeration equipment for sale in Adelaide. All great quality items, in good condition and priced to sell.



Cold Logic, experts in Brewery Refrigeration to attend Brewing & Distilling Convention

16 March 2023
We are excited to be attending the approaching 37th Asia Pacific Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) Convention: Adelaide, March 20 – 24 2023. This event will provide a great opportunity to connect with old friends and colleagues and build new connections among members of the brewing and distilling community.



Cold Logic has your Industrial Refrigeration needs covered!

24 February 2023
Are you currently navigating the best options for your Industrial Refrigeration in Melbourne or Adelaide?
For many businesses, refrigeration is critical, so it’s important that you choose a partner who has your industrial refrigeration needs covered.



Cold Logic offers Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Apprenticeship Opportunities in Melbourne.

16 February 2023
Do you want to work for a market leader in industrial refrigeration in Melbourne with genuine career pathway opportunities? As a market leader in industrial refrigeration and air conditioning services, with Service Centres in South Australia and Victoria and a successful national Contracts Division, Cold Logic is well positioned for continued growth and success within its key markets.



Refrigeration's role in supplying Australia's favourite fruit

24 October 2022

The newest edition of AIRAH's HVAC&R News magazine is out and in it Cold Logic's team members discuss modified environment control, refrigeration for banana and fruit ripening and our partnership with TTI in the USA to provide the latest in tarp-less ripening technology to our Australian customers.




4 October 2022

Port Adelaide, SA based Refrigeration and Controlled Environment System manufacturer Cold Logic Pty Ltd has received an order for a first production batch of new Defence compliant Environmental Control Units (ECUs) to support a Defence Mobile Command and Control program.


The new product will have the designation ECU45 with a cooling capacity of approximately 10 kWr at an ambient temperature of 49˚C and is designed to address a gap in the Australian supply chain market for air conditioning systems to cater for deployable shelters currently in use with the Australian Defence Force.




September 2022

In the recent refrigeration project upgrade at Jim Barry Wines, plant decisions focussed on the importance of quality Riesling production, but also crucially the right decisions were made for environment sustainability. 

Temperature control is a critical parameter in quality wine production and is especially important operation in South Australian wineries, given the warm climate. Refrigeration addresses this need, however is generally the largest consumer of electricity in Australian wineries, typically accounting for 50%-70% of total electricity use, highlighting the critical need for environmental impact to be included in the decision making process. 

Foreseeing a rise in Riesling demand, Jim Barry Wines recently looked to upgrade their refrigeration plant, seeking advice from Australia’s largest provider of refrigeration to the wine sector, Cold Logic

Cold Logic Partner, Mr Eddie Lane, said, “Cold Logic is passionate about helping our clients improve their efficiencies and environmental impact.  We aspire to minimise impacts on the environment through; actively promoting the use of natural refrigerants, those that actually benefit the environment rather than harming it. All while trying to minimise the electrical energy consumed by refrigeration systems”.

“Ammonia refrigeration is the most efficient refrigerant in industrial applications with a very high COP (coefficient of performance) efficiency factor. Ammonia is a natural refrigerant. Is 100% environmentally friendly with a zero Global Warming Potential (GWP) factor and zero Ozone Depleting Factor. In short, it represented Jim Barry Wines both the most energy efficient system and environmentally friendly option” Mr Lane said. 

The ammonia plant was designed and assembled at Cold Logic’s Port Adelaide factory and has been designed to meet Jim Barry’s future growth, with the ability to service a 4000 tonne crush and whole bunch pressing of 15 tonne of Riesling a day.  

Jim Barry Wines General Manager, Tom Barry said “Jim Barry are very concerned about climate change and we feel a responsibility to act immediately. 

“Jim Barry are extremely aware of our responsibilities surrounding sustainability and  achieving our end goal of being carbon neutral. 

“The new ammonia refrigeration plant will help guarantee the long-term supply of high-quality Riesling, will offer significant environmental benefits and substantial energy savings. We estimate that we have achieved around 30% in energy savings in just its first year of operation. We hope sharing these compelling results will provide fellow viticulturalist wineries the confidence and encouragement to consider an ammonia based refrigeration plant” Mr Barry said. 


September 2022

We are proud to share the news that we have just been awarded our 3rd external management system certification, with Environmental Certification ISO 14001:2015 now part of our integrated management system.

Our three ticks specifically highlight our commitment to:

  • Quality, consistent products and services with a continual improvement mindset
  • International best practice for environmental performance management, recognising our responsibility to the environment across all levels of our organisation 
  • Proactively managing our OH&S risks and improving our OH&S performance. We are serious about safety, reducing workplace risks and creating safer working conditions.

Local companies team up for submarine refrigeration refresh

28 January 2022

Cold Logic and Ace Panels Systems have performed a refrigerated panel lifecycle refresh on board one of the RAN’s six Collins Class Submarines, to help maintain the vessel’s energy efficiency and support the welfare of crew during their deployments.

ASC is the sustainer of Australia’s Collins Class submarine fleet and responsible for activities including the Adelaide-based Full Cycle Docking, an extensive maintenance and upgrade refit which is undertaken on each boat after a decade of service. Cold Logic and Ace Panel Systems, two South Australian-based businesses, were engaged as part of the current submarine FCD to deliver a refrigerated panel refresh after age-related deterioration was detected. 


The decision to undertake a full refresh of the submarine galley’s walk-in refrigeration space, and insulated refrigeration panel, is a first for the Collins program. It will ensure consistent performance of the area over the next 20 years, delivering a superior outcome when compared to spot repairs.  


Collaboration between Cold Logic, Ace Panel Systems and ASC’s engineering and trade staff on the schedule and methodology of works achieved a seamless installation of the new panel on board, with correct fitment and required moisture barriers.


Cold Logic Manager for Defence Business Dr Michael Riese said: “This is the first time since the build of HMAS Collins that this type of complete remove and replace for a specific space on board one of Australia’s submarines has been performed”. “Working closely with ASC and Ace Panel Systems, we were able to make sure that the newly installed material met or exceeded the performance requirements set out for the class during the original platform design,” Dr Riese said.


Dr Riese said: “The welfare of Australia’s sailors and the operational capability of the nation’s submarines is at the heart of our involvement in the defence industry, and why we formed a division specifically dedicated to the defence sector over four years ago. 


Cold Logic is a wholly Australian owned and operated specialist refrigeration and controlled environment provider. The company was founded in 1984 and is the only ISO 9001 accredited provider in Australia that is able to offer the entire life cycle from design to manufacture and installation to through-life-support for services of this kind to its clients. With its headquarters in Port Adelaide, South Australia, the company is closely located to critical defence hubs, such as the Osborne Naval Shipyard, Mawson Lakes and Edinburgh. 


Ace Panel Systems is a specialist provider of refrigerated panel solutions and insulations. The company was founded in 1988 and is a local family-owned business located in the Port Adelaide Enfield council zone. Its staff expertise of many years dealing with off-standard structures enabled them to come up with a handmade solution to fit in with the structural and insulated requirements of this project. Ace Panel Systems supplies and installs insulated panel structures to FM Global, IPCA, CSIRO, Fire regulations and complies with all BCA building codes.

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Teaming Award Winner: Daronmont Technologies, Zenith Custom Creations, Cold Logic And APC Technology 

3 December 2021

We were delighted and honoured to be recognised at the Defence Teaming Centre Annual Awards as the winner of the DTC Teaming Award 2021. 

Daronmont Technologies, APC Technology, Cold Logic and Zenith Custom Creations joined forces to develop a deployable shelter system for the ADF, with Daronmont Technologies as the teaming lead.  

Cold Logic Defence Teaming Award Win

In 2009 Daronmont was invited by CASG to address the critical domain of high performance deployable C2 systems for the rapidly evolving Air Force Air Battle Management capability. Daronmont teamed with Zenith for the project. This was Zenith’s first exposure to Defence. 

Daronmont then leveraged this into contracts with Raytheon, Indra (two contracts), Kongsberg Defence Australia, DSTG (entering into a third contract), Army, Air Force, Australian Border Force and the AFP. 

In addition to shelter manufacture, air conditioning and power generation are essential sub-systems in a successful deployable shelter system.

Traditionally, these critical sub-systems have often been sourced from overseas suppliers, requiring significant modification to meet Australian requirements and contributing to downstream logistics support issues. 

Recognising the benefits of a local team that could support all of these capabilities, Daronmont sought out APC Technology and Cold Logic to join with Zenith to provide all the key technologies that integrate to create superior deployable shelter systems. 

Together, in various combinations, this team has delivered over 50 shelter systems to customers including CASG, DSTG, Australian Border Force and the AFP. 

The development of Daronmont’s latest iteration of deployable shelter systems offers increased AIC via the integration of new manufacturing techniques, generator/ UPS technologies and environmental conditioning systems from the team members. 

The integration of local teaming partners significantly reduces the risks inherent in overseas supply chains and overseas OEM specifications unsuited to Australian environmental conditions and technical requirements. 

In this case the teaming arrangements work naturally because the four companies are complementary and not competitive in any sense. 

Benefits of Teaming 

The development of the new shelter system with Daronmont Technologies as the teaming lead required the coordination of bespoke design in small unit numbers. 

This considered a whole range of items from physical envelope, through power consumption and environmental operating conditions that all have an impact on the design and execution of deployable shelter system projects. 

The use of bespoke subsystems as part of the platform ensured that the performance requirements were addressed in an optimised manner. It also ensured that the solutions presented to Defence Primes, CASG and the ADF were able to be locally supported, in contrast to alternative solutions that use a significant amount of overseas procured items with no system knowledge in country. 

It also ensured that items selected as part of the subsystems were suitable for the local requirements, rather than being designed for Europe or North America. Overall, this led to a reduction in risk for the end user, increase in operational capabilities and higher overall reliability. 

In the case of APC Technology, this teaming opportunity has resulted in the commercialisation of a market leading generator based on footprint, weight and performance. 

For Cold Logic, innovative, high performance and light weight environmental conditioning products have evolved from the teaming opportunity. 

Zenith has broadened its manufacturing and customer base to support all team members and is now exposed to many more opportunities to support its growth ambitions. New manufacturing processes and capabilities have been incorporated into its Mt Barker facility. 

All the team members have benefited from the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded Australian industry leaders to provide turnkey technologies for deployable systems that are Australian designed and manufactured. 

Most importantly, the team has demonstrated a successful commercial business model that can be expanded to include additional DTC members in future projects, further enhancing South Australia’s defence capabilities for further domestic and potential export opportunities. 

About the Winners

  • Daronmont Technologies is an Australian Systems Integration SME that operates in the Defence C4IISREW sector, with expertise in EW, radar technologies and fixed and deployable shelter systems. 
  • APC Technology is an innovative leader in design, manufacture and support of rugged computing solutions for global defence and industrial customers. 
  • Cold Logic is a specialist supplier of bespoke refrigeration and controlled environment systems. Cold Logic is wholly Australian owned and proudly South Australian for over 35 years. 
  • Zenith Custom Creations has been established since 2001, providing custom designed, fabrication solutions. Zenith is a diversified metal fabrication facility, specialising in transport engineering, Defence manufacturing and paint coating solutions.