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Motorized pulleys

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Motorized pulleys with integrated shaft encoders from BDL America allow conveyor system operators to synchronize product movements. The encoders use either SKF or SNR pulse outputs to precisely monitor motorized pulley movement to control conveyor belt speed, position, torque and rotational direction.
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Metal detector

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Mettler-Toledo Safeline's PowerPhase PRO is a three-frequency metal detector with a color, touch-screen interface. The IP69K-rated unit features one-pass auto product set up. A product-clustering feature allows a range of products to run through the machine without the need to change settings.
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Ultrafiltration module

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The ABCOR HFK ultrafiltration spiral module series from Koch includes membranes that provide high yields for whey and milk processing, as well as other food applications. The elements use the proprietary KMS semi-permeable polyethersulfone (PES) membrane to achieve 99.8% instantaneous protein rejection.
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Static mixer

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Chemineer offers Kenics sanitary static mixers for blending, dispersion and heating/cooling. Continuous, in-line mixing is achieved with no moving parts, no maintenance and no external power requirements. The mixers feature sanitary stainless steel construction, sanitary clamp-style fittings and clean-in-place models.
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Defrost solution

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Heatcraft Refrigeration Products says its Smart Defrost Kit reduces refrigeration operating costs and increases product integrity by evaluating the refrigeration system and determining how much frost accumulation is on the evaporator coil. If there is not significant accumulation, then the kit establishes that the scheduled defrost can be skipped.
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Colloid mills

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Bematek colloid mills feature a milling head that has a rotor and stator gap that can be adjusted while running to efficiently achieve particle size reduction and micron dispersions and emulsions of varying viscosities. Providing precise process control, repeatability and consistency, the mills are suitable for in-line applications or batch processing anywhere particle size reduction and uniform distribution are needed, says the company.
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Central chilling station

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The Pinnacle chiller from AEC, Inc. offers rotational compression technology with scroll compressors. Scrolls use 50% fewer moving parts than reciprocating compressors, resulting in higher efficiency and reliability and less noise, says the company.
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Bulk pasteurization system

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Radio Frequency Co.'s Macrowave pasteurization systems are suitable for bulk applications for bagged or conveyed loose product. In a radio frequency heating system, the RF generator creates an alternating electric field between two electrodes. The material to be treated is conveyed between the electrodes where the alternating energy causes polar molecules, such as water, in the material to continuously reorient themselves to face opposite poles.
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Pest control

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The Terminix Ultimate Protection program offers the expertise of AIB-certified professionals trained annually in the specific requirements of the food engineering industry. Participation in the program provides a response to pest problems within two hours and a No Limit guarantee, which promises to reimburse for the amount of any fine (plus an additional 10%) assessed by a regulatory agency solely due to a covered pest infestation.
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UV sterilization system

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Xenon's SteriPulse-XL surface decontamination system, a non-contact sterilization system that instantly kills microorganisms on the outside of packages to prevent the contents from becoming contaminated when opened, employs pulsed UV light to sanitize the outside of packages containing sterile contents and prevents the introduction of microorganisms to a clean room or other sterile area.
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