Unified Brands, a leading manufacturer of foodservice equipment with a location in Michigan, is offering a new air filtration solution to the foodservice industry via a partnership with Purafil, which is based in Georgia.
The partnership between the companies will offer restaurants mobile PURA 400TM, PURA 800TM, and PURA 1200TM air filtration units.
The system uses a multi-stage process that includes patented technology and is said to remove 99.99 percent of aerosols carrying viruses from the air entering the unit, based on independent third-party laboratory tests.
Unified Brands is based in Illinois. Its Michigan facility is near Mount Pleasant.
While traditional precautions, such as sanitization, face masks, and social distancing are key in the transition to healthy indoor foodservice, operators want to control potential hazards in the air as well, according to the company.
“We have all been in uncharted territories the past several months and as foodservice operations begin serving customers in a more normal way, it’s important to combat concerns people may have about the air in enclosed spaces,” says John Davis, vice president of marketing and product development for Unified Brands.
The units roll into place, allowing for a versatile layout, feature 360-degree air circulation and purification, and emit minimal noise, an average of 60 dB (about as loud as a regular conversation) for the PURA 400 and 800, and 63dB for the PURA 1200.
The four-stage filtration process includes a pre-filter, chemical filtration to remove inanimate contaminants, patented antimicrobial technology to protect the filter, and a HEPA final filter. There are no washable parts and filters are replaced approximately every six months, depending on model and usage.
The PURA 400 is an in-room mobile unit with a minimal footprint, 12.5 square inches and 25 inches tall. It can filter dining areas as large as 400 square feet, and larger operations can place additional units in the same room if needed.
The PURA 800 offers additional purification capacity at 16.5-by-26.4 inches and 44 inches tall. It provides protection for dining areas up to 800 square feet and features a smart LCD display with touch controls and filter replacement alerts. The PURA 1200 echoes the smart control features of the PURA 800 and covers 1,200 square feet in a 27-by-26.5 inches and 44 inches tall footprint.
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