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Dometic Benelux


8940 Geluwe

Dometic is a global company that makes life on the journey and at home easy with solutions for the essential needs people have. Such as cooking, ensure personal hygiene, a comfortable temperature and a wide range with different cooling solutions. Where precision (without temperature fluctuations) and control (warning when the temperature is changing or the power is falling-out) play an important role.


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  • Minicool: high-quality refrigerator for breast milk

    After pumping, breast milk requires high-quality storage. Legislation in that field has recently been tightened up. For the Dometic Group, that is a reason to employ its expertise. The company presents the Minicool for cooling breast milk.

    Dometic Group in Etten-Leur is leading the market. It is the first company to have developed a refrigerator for storing breast milk. One that meets all the requirements. This is why the term 'refrigerator' is not enough to remedy this development. Martin Groeneveld, Account Manager Pharma & Healthcare at Dometic, explains that breast milk should be kept between 1 and 4˚C. “Previously it was between 2 and 8˚C. Research has shown that this range had to be narrowed. Between 1 and 4˚C is optimal.”

    Dometic Group set to work, producing the Minicool; a handy cabinet with a size of 580x422x450 millimetres and a capacity of 29 litres. According to Groeneveld, a layout where you can avoid grabbing the wrong bottle as much as possible is what matters. He points to the transparent front of the interior, which makes it immediately visible what products are available. Moreover, there are extra doors to ensure that the cold doesn’t immediately flow out.”

    Acoustic alarm
    “We also thought of a pleasant noise level, a visual and audible alarm, a fixed setting of 2.8 degrees and an A+ energy efficiency.” Of course, the cabinet can be locked and has a built-in battery so that in the case of a power failure, the control functions (meaning: cooling) continue for another 12 hours. An internal fan in the compressor refrigerator ensures the correct airflow. Groeneveld indicates that Dometic Group has a great deal of experience with refrigerators. “Two years were spent on the development of the Minicool. It was very complex. Especially due to the limited cooling range. Under no circumstances should breast milk approach the freezing point.”
    “We also thought of a pleasant noise level, a visual and audible alarm, a fixed setting of 2.8 degrees and A+ energy efficiency.”

    Extensive tests
    Via extensive tests in two university hospitals, we soon learned that we could finish off the project. The dimensions of cabinet make it easy to place in the baby's room. Groeneveld outlines the ideal scenario, “That means every baby in neonatology can have access to their own fridge.” In the meantime, several hospitals have already opted for this solution with the Minicool. The special refrigerator has also reached maternity hotels. Groeneveld adds that the product has an A+ energy efficiency, so it is also characterised as 'sustainable'.

    The technology for the Minicool is based on Dometic’s extensive technical knowledge of refrigeration. The company has been developing refrigeration technology since 1922. In 2001, it broke away from Electrolux, a brand that was often synonymous with fridges. Currently, Dometic is active in health care with a wide range of cooling technology, but also in the maritime and leisure sectors. The company is focused on refrigeration equipment for ships and hotels, among other things. Groeneveld briefly returns to the Minicool. “The Minicool is so quiet, it’s as quiet as the air conditioning in a hotel room.” Dometic's Pharma & Healthcare division also supplies compact medicine cabinets for the most diverse applications, from hospital departments to doctor's offices. Dometic also has a leading position in the market for medicine cabinets. Dometic, which produces these itself, is a subsidiary of a Swedish company; 48 people work in the Dutch branch and 25 people in the Belgian (Geluwe).