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including the HS6-1PS and HS7-1PS heavy-duty, portion scale slicers, "
Pettit said. " Food safety has always been a priority to Hobart customers,
and we've worked hard to design and manufacture food prep
equipment that makes it easier for them to ensure their success. "

Simple, toolless, easy
It's the aim of Delta, British Columbia-based Unifiller Systems Inc. to
be ahead of the market on many levels, one of the most important of
which is food safety, said Sonia Bal, the company's marketing director.
" Unifiller machines are sold to customers all over the world, so
we strive to meet or beat the strictest standards set globally, " she
said. " Anytime you replace human effort with machine effort, you're
reducing the number of times food is handled or exposed to human
contamination. "
Machines - like Unifiller's - that have the fewest parts needed to
maintain and replace, combined with toolless design, also means that
the equipment is user-friendly and easier to set up, dismantle and clean,
Bal said. That also makes the learning and training process that much
simpler. Even entry level staff, she said, can be easily trained to ensure
proper cleaning protocol for greater food safety.
To ensure the highest food safety standards, Unifiller builds all of its
machines with stainless steel, which is much easier to clean. In addition,
Bal said, they're intentionally built with a simple design.
" Machines designed with the minimal number of parts necessary
require less cleaning, which ultimately translates to a smaller risk of
cross-contamination, " she said. " Other food safety features include
safety valves, larger openings for larger allowance, sloped covers, and
durable pneumatic parts. "

Bal said Unifiller's food safety innovations over the years have
included:
x Customer surveying for new food safety needs
x Compliance checklist with government requirements
x Prelaunch research via talking to our customers and understanding
their needs
x Rigorous in-house testing before equipment is launched
COVID has only emphasized further the need for less human effort
in producing food, Bal said. The call for social distancing, more PPE
requirements, and the simple realization that shutdowns/lockdowns
will be ongoing, means manufacturers are more open to considering
automation, so that businesses rely less on labor and more on
equipment.
" This will be instrumental to business continuity, " Bal said. " COVID-19
has also demonstrated that businesses are heavily impacted when staff
are difficult to retain due to health and safety concerns. The current
pandemic has been eye-opening. Automating what was previously
done by hand can simplify a business' daily operations. "

WHAT EVERY RETAILER
NEEDS TO KNOW
Removable blades and components.
Allows operators to easily disengage parts to
more thoroughly clean and sanitize them.
Tilting carriage system.
Makes is easy to do mid-day cleaning.
Anodized aluminum bases.
Easy to clean, with limited crevices or bolt holes
where food could lodge and cause bacteria
to grow.
The fewer the parts, the better.
Especially when combined with toolless design,
makes equipment more user-friendly and easier
to set up, dismantle and clean.

Toolless design
and as few parts
as possible make
Unifiller equipment
easy to clean.

Stainless steel.
Much easier to clean than other materials.
Keep it simple.
The simpler the design, the easier to clean - and
to train employee how to clean.

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