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Spiral freezer

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The GYRoCOMPACT M10 tight-curve spiral freezer from FMC FoodTech has a footprint the same width as the previous model, but offers 40% greater capacity. The unit's 40-in. belt expands on the outermost side and collapses on the innermost to create a tight radius and curve, while its patented pulling link is integrated in the mesh of the belt, creating a completely flat belt surface.
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Security software

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Keller-Soft Food Security Strategist from J.J. Keller for companies in the manufacturing, processing, packaging and distribution of food helps users develop, implement and audit a security program. It identifies hazards and security risks pertaining to buildings, products and employees and determines on which areas to concentrate when developing a customized food security plan.
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Screenless granulator

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The S Series screenless granulator, a portable, beside-the-press unit from Cumberland, combines low-speed, energy-saving, granulating technology with primary and secondary blades. Cutting chamber sizes of 10 in. by 9 in., 10.5 in. by 13.5 in. and 18.5 by 15.5 in. are available.
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Pest control

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The Exosex system is a replacement for fumigation products such as Methyl Bromide to control stored-product moths such as the Indian Meal moth. The system uses a patented, food-grade powder that adheres to insects. The powder, formulated with the female sex pheromone, is placed in specially designed dispensers.
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Pest control

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Gold Medal Protection, Orkin's pest management program, was designed for highly regulated food processing and packaging facilities. It provides an integrated pest management program tailored to each facility, as well as a reporting system that meets or exceeds HACCP regulations and the reporting needs of external auditing agencies such as the American Institute of Baking, US FDA and US Department of Agriculture, says the company.
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Needle strips

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Bird-X's Spikes bird blocking needle strips project up and out from their base at varying angles to prevent bird landing and roosting. Outer spikes have additional spiked branches to offer full, dense coverage that birds will avoid.
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Hand sanitizer

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Purell E3-rated sanitizer from Gojo Industries is a no-rinse formula that sanitizes hands between washing, lowering the risk of cross contamination from employees' hands to product in food processing facilities. The formula meets guidelines for use in USDA and federally regulated food processing facilities, is kosher approved and is listed with NSF International.
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Gas fumigant

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Postharvest gas fumigant from Dow AgroSciences was approved by the US EPA for use in food processing facilities, pet food facilities, warehouses and shipping containers. Recognized as a replacement for methyl bromide, it is non-reactive, so it does not form off-odors or flavors and it does not deplete the ozone layer.
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Universal connectors

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When Spirax Sarco's line of universal steam trap strainer connectors with an upgraded BDV3 blowdown valve is used with standardized, universal-type steam traps, it creates a complete, compact steam trap station with NPT, socket weld or 1⁄2-, 3⁄4- and 1-in. flanged connections.
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Ultrasonic flowmeter

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The Preso PTTF ultrasonic, transit-time, clamp-on, integral-mount flowmeter uses time of flight ultrasonic technology to measure most clean liquids containing moderate amounts of suspended solids or aeration. The unit is installed by clamping on the outside of existing pipe systems ranging in size from 1⁄2 in. to 2 in.
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