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Sterilization key to Continuous Rotary Retort success for JBT

IFTPS conference

JBT Corporation highlighted how continuous container handling and intermittent axial rotation have played a major role in the success of its Continuous Rotary retort business at the Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists’ (IFTPS) Third South Asia Outreach Seminar, which was held last month in Bangkok, Thailand.

Speaking at the event, which took place from November 16-17 in the Thai capital, JBT’s Dan Brooks – who presented a paper by Terry Heyliger (a JBT retiree from Madera, California) on Continuous Rotary Retorts* – detailed the importance of sterilization in the system’s effectiveness.

“JBT has over 8,000 rotary retort shells installed worldwide, producing in excess of 50% of the world’s canned food,” Brooks explained. “Therefore, proper development of the sterilization steps used in this type of cooker is extremely important.”

Brooks’ presentation covered the history and unique operation of the JBT rotary sterilizer, as well as the numerous factors that must be taken into account when producing safe canned foods in this type of system.

Based in the State of Virginia, the IFTPS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of those working in thermal processing. IFTPS’ membership consists of worldwide experts in the field of in-container and aseptic food sterilization.

For more information about JBT’s Continuous Rotary Retorts, click here

*Process Evaluation and Critical Factors in Continuous Rotary Retorts by Terry Heyliger, JBT Madera, California.

JBT’s newest Unifiller expected to revolutionize filling speeds


JBT Corporation has announced the market debut of the new High Capacity Filler-Closer Unifiller, a system featuring technology capable of introducing liquids or foods to metal cans and glass or plastic bottles at up to 1500 CPM.

The technology, which includes a newly designed filler based on the Unifiller valve principle, combines the excellent fill accuracy and Clean-In-Place (CIP) features of the Unifiller line, but adds superior speeds and sets a new standard in terms of hygienic design.

While providing all the outstanding features of the range, previous Unifiller systems have been limited to speeds of 750-1000 CPM, depending on container size and product filled.


The new version of the equipment is capable of speeds of up to 1500 CPM and can fill metal cans – in conjunction with the JBT high capacity closer – as well as glass and plastic bottles.

Douglas Woodruff, Director of Global Research & Development for JBT’s Liquid Foods business unit, said: “The new Unifiller will fill both metal cans as well as glass and plastic bottles. The markets best served with this technology include milk, nutraceuticals, juices with particles, coffee drinks, sweetened condensed milk, and canned beans.”

Woodruff revealed that three of the new Unifillers had already been sold for delivery in 2017 to major liquid foods processors in the US, Asia and South America, while further orders are expected to be confirmed early in the New Year.

Learn more about the JBT Unifiller