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Heat and Control has opened a new factory located near St Louis, Missouri in the US that includes a comprehensive testing capability for a range of its products.

The new facility fabricates Spray Dynamics equipment and offers product testing rooms as well as space for future site development.

A key feature of the new facility is a demonstration/ trial centre that provides comprehensive testing capability across a wide range of Heat and Control products.

The site offers the ability to test an integrated line of processing, conveying, coating and packaging equipment.

R&D teams can perform a test from start to finish or for an individual process, as required, with the assistance of the Heat and Control team.

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The 15.24m x 22.86 square metre room features an analysis and instrumentation space for product attribute testing during trials, a walk-in refrigerator and freezer, and a temperature control system that can mock plant conditions.

Close to 55 employees currently work at the location and the company can expand to more than 100 employees.

The 10,033 square metres (108,000 ft2) manufacturing and office building is located on a 13.32-acre green field site in a city that showed the highest growth rate in the county over the last decade.

Heat and Control is looking forward to working with Spray Dynamics integrate new technology into food processing equipment.

Spray Dynamics' solutions includes applicators for oils, seasonings, vitamins, tack and release agents, chocolate, syrups and candy coatings, antioxidants, polishing wax, and anti-clumping agents, complementing the Heat and Control line-up of industrial processing and packaging technologies for food and non-food industries.