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JBT boosts sustainability credentials with ambitious solar project

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JBT’s Sint Niklaas, Belgium facility is close to completing of one of the company’s most ambitious sustainability projects, with the installation of over 1,000 solar panels that will – once in operation – account for 25% of the 260,000 sq ft center’s total energy usage. The culmination of months of careful planning, the project is part of a large scale move to bring Sint Niklaas, and other, older JBT facilities, in line with JBT’s overall Sustainability strategy for 2020.

JBT’s internal Energy Action Plan falls within the Sustainability strategy and includes substantial work undertaken to reduce heating, fuel and electricity usage at locations such as Sint Niklaas. As part of the plan, older roofing at the site is also being replaced and improved insulation added; an effort which has so far helped bring down Sint Niklaas’ heating costs by approximately $150,000 per year.

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Solar panels at JBT Sint Niklaas, Belgium

“At Sint Niklaas, we are in a very big, but old facility, so over recent years we have been renovating the shell and the roofing, and this has given us the opportunity to also install solar panels,” explains HSE and Facility Manager Jan Vangansbeke. “Here in Sint Niklaas, we are located in a residential area and in that context, we want to carefully consider the surrounding environment and our Corporate Social Responsibility.”

Putting in place a total of 1,048 solar panels, capable of generating a total of 330 KWp or around a quarter of the facility’s total energy consumption per year, involved close communication between all partners from the beginning which ultimately helped deliver extremely good results, according to Vangansbeke. 

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View of JBT Sint Niklaas’ recently-installed solar panels

However, the project was not without its challenges. “We have insulated, steel deck roofs with connecting flexi-panels in between to allow for more natural light, but these posed a danger during installation,” he explains. “What we did was to put in place galvanized mesh wire – as they use in concrete – which was fixed to the roof so the solar panels could be installed and maintained safely.”

Looking ahead, Vangansbeke says JBT will continue to work on the building shell in Sint Niklaas with the remaining, older roofing gradually replaced as part of the overall drive to achieve more sustainable heating and electricity usage at the site. Other future initiatives include the installation of charging stations for electrical vehicles.

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JBT to highlight sustainable processing solutions at ProPak Philippines

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Food safety, nutrition and resource efficiency are key topics across the developing world, and this is especially true of the Philippines, where a fast growing population – approaching 109 million – and a significantly increasing per capita GDP are driving demand for improved food production solutions. JBT is at the forefront of this development and has been providing solutions that help food industry leaders meet the call for better food and beverage options.

A number of these innovations will be highlighted by JBT as part of its presence at this year’s ProPak Philippines, which takes place from February 5-7 at the World Trade Center, Manila. According to John Javier, JBT’s Sales Manager for Liquid Foods in the Philippines, the event will provide JBT with an opportunity to showcase proven and trusted solutions as well as new technologies for the Philippine food and beverage industry. 

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He said: “JBT will feature its large portfolio of solutions, including the Static Retort – Steam Water Spray™ (SWS), the Sterideal® HX Coil, Rotary and Linear Filling solutions, High Pressure Processing (HPP) from JBT Avure, FTNON Fruit and Vegetable Processing, and Fruit and Juice Processing Technologies.”

JBT will be exhibiting at Stand K28 at Propak Philippines 2020 from February 5-7, 2020 in the World Trade Centre Metro Manila, Pasay City, The Philippines.

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JBT announces FDA-approved course for exporters and thermal processing course

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JBT Mexico has announced two courses focusing on ensuring FDA-compliant, safe thermal processing, theory and application of thermal processing systems, data collection technics and container sealing for low acid, acidified and aseptic foods for export as part of the JBT Technical School 2020, which will be staged in the City of Puebla. Focused on helping processors dealing with batch and in-flow operations, the courses will help ensure companies meet USDA and FSIS regulations; vital when it comes to exporting to the US.

Taking place at JBT Puebla from May 11-15, the Thermal Processing Academy will examine some of the most important questions related to the thermal treatment of food products, paying special attention to critical food safety parameters, heat treatment and quality considerations for batch (canning) and in-flow (aseptic) processes. Ideal for plant engineers, line operators and supervisors, food technicians and quality control personnel, the course will cover a range of topics vital to the successful thermal processing of canned and aseptic products.

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For processors of low acid and acidified foods that export or are seeking to export to the US, the FDA, USDA and FSIS-recognized Better Process Control (BCPS) is essential. Taking place at JBT Puebla from October 19-23, the BCPS offers professional certification for supervisors in the areas of acidification, plan sanitation, equipment, operation and instrumentation for thermal processing systems, aseptic processing and packaging systems and the evaluation of container sealing operations. Directed by FDA-approved, leading authorities in food processing, the course will look at how to successfully put in place Critical Control Points (CCPs) for thermal processing and examine how to achieve effective control of these crucial areas.

The Thermal Processing Academy will take place from May 11-15 and the Better Process Control School from October 19-23, 2020, both at JBT’s Puebla, Mexico facility.

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JBT puts sustainability at heart of 2020 goals

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Improving and promoting sustainable practices is a key focus for JBT going into 2020, with initiatives to improve sustainability in the processed food and beverage segment as well as internally within JBT facilities. From assisting customers in the reduction of their energy footprint to improving JBT’s own internal practices, sustainability is moving to the forefront and will feature strongly over the coming 12 months.

“There are four key areas in which JBT is involved in sustainability,” explains Douglas Woodruff, JBT’s Director of Research & Development for Liquid Foods. “Firstly, we provide our customers with solutions that reduce the total cost of ownership in terms of energy, water, and steam, enabling their operations to become more sustainable. Secondly, we have a number of new product offerings that help our customers reduce food waste in food production and the delivery chain.”

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A third area, he continues, is that of adapting highly efficient solutions to the plant-based beverage and food segment. The fourth, in contrast, is concentrated on improving sustainable practices within JBT facilities worldwide, an effort that has included simple changes to grander undertakings. “Our internal initiatives have included everything from putting in light sensors that switch off if there is no-one in the area, installing new heating systems that significantly reduce consumption of heating oil and reduce corresponding emissions, and installing solar panel systems at some of our larger manufacturing sites,” says Woodruff.

“JBT is focused on improving operational efficiencies, for both our customers and ourselves. These improvements often lead to more sustainable operating conditions while also providing financial value,” he adds. “Another bonus is that these developments help our customers – large and small – fulfill their own sustainability objectives, whether that be reducing resources required for production of safe food, reducing food waste, or efficient production of plant-based beverages and/or foods.”

JBT announces one-day Glass Filling Technology Day conference and tour

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JBT will be staging a free-to-attend, one-day conference at its St Niklaas, Belgium facility on the international market for food and dairy products in glass containers. The Glass Filling Technology Day, which will take place on January 21, 2020, will focus on the critical filling stage, exploring solutions and technologies from JBT, as well as global trends and new developments in glass disinfection, rinsing and reheating.

Featuring expert JBT speakers plus presentations from companies actively involved in the glass filling industry, the event will also feature an exclusive tour of JBT’s manufacturing facility and technology center to view a High-Speed Rotary Rinser-Filler-Capper for soy-milk in glass bottles.

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JBT’s Ben Verbeeck said: “The Technology Day will include presentations not just from JBT, but also from bottle-sterilizing experts WAB on the latest developments in the industry and glass jar and bottle producer Ardagh Group on trends and prospects in glass packaging.”

This will be followed by a guided tour of the JBT St Niklaas facility in the afternoon and a look at the latest version of the High-Speed Rotary Rinser-Filler-Capper.”

The JBT Glass Filling Technology Day will take place at the Hotel Beveren, Beveren-Waas, Belgium on January 21, 2020. Attendance is free but space is limited, so please click the link below to secure your place.

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Blow Molding Controls Upgrade brings old technology into modern era

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JBT Food & Dairy Systems has been producing high quality blow holding machines for over 100 years under the SF&DS brand. Their reliability is such that machines produced in 1971 are still in service today, but the very fact of their age – with many installed over 50 years ago – means they typically contain obsolete hardware and software. However, JBT has introduced a new solution which will enable customers to continue to benefit from the machines’ quality and reliability, while bringing them into the modern age.

The Blow Molding Controls Upgrade replaces essential parts of the machinery as an interesting alternative to replacement, which resolves many of the problems encountered when using old systems, including lengthy breakdowns due to a lack of spare parts.

To overcome such challenges, the Blow Molding Controls Upgrade introduces a new controls system using state-of-the-art software, trending and remote support. By replacing the HMI terminal, processing computer, mold control boxes and IO modules, an old machine is brought up to a modern standard. The new controls system significantly reduces the risk of breakdowns, but should one take place, JBT can swiftly supply spare parts to limit downtime.

JBT’s BottleTec™: the modern version of the Extrusion Blow-Molder.

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“Many of these machines are still out in the field and are being used by companies to produce sterile plastic bottles, but because the control system is obsolete, the possibilities to repair them and keep them running are becoming fewer,” explains Auke Bouwense, JBT’s Customer Care Manager for Blow Molding and Filling Systems.

“There is trade-off between investment in repair and investment in a new machine. Replacing the control system is a very invasive operation, so we have developed the Blow Molding Controls Upgrade to manage that risk.”

JBT carried out its first installation of the new controls system during the summer months of 2019 and it has proven to be both cost-effective and efficient. “The system is up and running and has become a very good example of a successful development project,” says Bouwense. The customer now has a year-over-year strategy to convert the rest of their blow molding machines.”

“The Blow Molding Controls Upgrade makes an old system relevant again and the investment is a lot lower than if they had bought a new machine,” he adds.

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