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JBT introduces innovative SaniClean Belt Conveyor


JBT has developed one of the most easy-to-clean belt conveyors in the market today, which can be taken apart and reassembled in less than a minute to enable effective cleaning of food debris, helping food companies improve both food safety and hygiene.

Set to be launched commercially this year, the innovative SaniClean Belt Conveyor allows for thorough cleaning at high speed, meaning the time a production line is out of action for cleaning is minimized to the shortest amount possible.

“The biggest feature of it is that it is super easy to clean,” explains JBT Aftermarket Parts & Equipment Sales Manager Jeff Cook. “With most conventional conveyors, you can’t get into them and clean under or around the belt – you need the maintenance department to take them apart to do the cleaning.


“The SaniClean requires no tools to get in there and under the belt and clean because you can literally take it apart in 10 seconds*.”

SaniClean also includes features that guard against bacterial contamination. Sanitary, ‘food-safe’ welds are carried out during manufacturing to ensure no micro-organisms take root in any crevices, which can be difficult to clean.

SaniClean close-up

Easily adaptable
The system is also easily adapted to multi-stage cleaning. “if you are running in the middle of the day and just want to do a light clean up, you can spray inside the frame cut-outs and then later do a thorough clean,” says Cook.

“Everything was thought out in the design so it can be cleaned quickly and easily without having to call in the maintenance department. The value of product comes through being able to clean it quickly, easily and very effectively.”

SaniClean close-up side

SaniClean, which is suitable for almost all food products from fresh fruits and vegetables through to meat and poultry, also features removable plastic belt-supports below the conveyor for easy cleaning, making a change from conventional rollers which can be a challenge to access.

Also unlike conventional conveyor belt systems, SaniClean can handle high temperature cleaning of up to 180 degrees with no detrimental impact on components.

Currently available as a prototype, SaniClean is due to be commercially launched in October to coincide with its installation at a Sunkist packing facility, while installation for other products – both fresh and processed – is in the pipeline.

For more information about SaniClean, please contact Jeff Cook

*Disassembly time increases as conveyor length and width increases.

JBT’s produce bin scrubber helps meet new food safety rules

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JBT’s Fresh Produce Technologies team has developed and sold its first Tall non-vented produce bin scrubber to Setton Farms, a large pistachio nut packing facility in central California. 

This product is an extension of JBT’s highly successful patented Bin Scrubber product line which features extremely effective bin cleaning and does it more efficiently in a smaller footprint than other designs in the market.

The “Tall Bin Scrubber” design now allows fruit, vegetables and nut packers and processers who use field bins over 32 inches in height in their operation to quickly and effectively clean their bins.  Most tall bins are currently cleaned by hand which is expensive and inconsistent.

JBT Tall Bin Scrubber

The Tall Bin Scrubber has all of the proven benefits of the standard Bin Scrubber like low water use, mechanical scrubbing, low power consumption, and adjustable scrubbing cycles plus new added benefits.

These new benefits include a telescoping brush scrubbing head to ensure all internal surfaces of  a tall bin are cleaned, a bin rinse feature for non-vented bins, and a bin drying stage also for non-vented bins. This new JBT product will help our customers to meet new food safety laws and requirements related to bin cleaning and handling at a low cost per bin.

JBT also manufactures necessary support equipment and automation for the Tall Bin Scrubber such as bin handling conveyors, bin stacking and unstacking products, and our Chemtrol recycled water monitoring and sanitizing system.

Focus on JBT innovations at Brazil citrus workshop

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Innovative helical sterilization technology from JBT’s Stork Food and Dairy Systems (SFDS) business unit is set to be used for the first time for citrus processing in Brazil following negotiations with a national producer, delegates to the recent JBT Citrus Technical Workshop in Brazil learned.

Attendees to the event, which took place on May 31 this year at JBT’s Araraquara facility, were told about the benefits the SDFS heat exchange technology can deliver in terms of maintenance, as considerably less welding and fewer gaskets are required than in conventional systems.

Based on this technology, JBT is planning the launch of the first SFDS pasteurizer for orange juice, which will be manufactured in the Netherlands and Brazil. JBT’s Januário Soligon said that the company was completing negotiations with a Brazil-based customer to introduce the system, adding that no processors in Brazil or any other neighboring market were currently using the SFDS technology for orange juice.

JBT Araraquara seminar

Consistent results
Looking back on JBT’s most recent event in Araraquara, Soligon described it as fantastic in terms of both numbers of attendees and the amount of major citrus processors that were present.

“We discussed several important products related to better yield for juice extractors and our technologies for essential oil extraction, including d-Limonene,” he explained.

“We introduced the MORE system for extracting oil from citrus peel, which is very important for achieving a better oil recovery yield. We also introduced the READYGo d-LIMONENE (skid) system for d-limonene recovery which delivers an efficiency of 95% with high-quality oil extraction.

“The value of essential oils on the market is now between US$25-30 per kilo, so it’s a high value product and all the processors want to go for the maximum yield possible from the fruit.”

The seminar also looked at in-line automation technology, including the JBT finisher automation system which can improve orange juice yield by up to 3%. “We tested this with a customer during the course of a season and the results were very consistent,” added Soligon.

JBT’s next event will be an open house at its Araraquara facility from August 23-26 for existing citrus customers and interested companies and will include presentations on new JBT technologies for the sector.