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JBT takes processing solutions to the heart of the MidWest

JBT Corporation will be showcasing its full range of preservation and sterilization systems for food processors at the upcoming MidWest Food Products Association Convention, an event renowned for attracting the participation of some of the biggest brand names in the sector.

Taking place at Rochester, Minnesota’s Mayo Civic Center from November 28-30, the Food Products Association is expected to attract more than 1,000 attendees from across the food processing industry including company presidents and upper management.

Matt Robie, JBT’s Central U.S. Regional Manager for Liquid Foods, explained that the event would feature educational sessions focused around issues that impact processors such as funding, designing processes and sourcing products, as well as networking breaks.

“What’s different about this event is that it features the active participation of many large companies in the food processing sector, such as Del Monte, not just companies on the services side,” says Robie, explaining that this providing a valuable opportunity for JBT to highlight its innovative systems and solutions.

As an exhibitor, the focus for JBT will be on showcasing both its filling and closing systems, which help customers to maintain shelf-stable products, as well as a variety of solutions for effective product sterilization, including retort, rotary and Hydrostatic Sterilizers. JBT’s A&B Process Systems will also be on hand to talk about its process skids, kitchen solutions, storage tanks and vessels.

One area that Robie is keen to highlight is JBT’s ongoing commitment to customer care or aftermarket, which extends long after the initial product purchase. “We help maintain the efficiency of ageing equipment and help increase customer profitability by providing original parts, experienced service and customized upgrade and retrofit kits,” he adds.

JBT will be present at Booth 101 at the MidWest Food Products Association Convention 2017 at the Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, Minnesota from November 28-30.

The JBT Hydromatic: setting the standard for high capacity sterilization

The JBT Hydromatic is one of the best-selling systems in the JBT catalogue and it is not hard to see why: the system’s capacity to run continuously for many days, after being initially heated – and its ability to sterilize and cook products internally – means that it can effectively save food and beverage processors substantial amounts of time, money, energy and floor space.

Netherlands-based Albert-Frans Brouwer, JBT’s Product Line Director for Hydrostatic Sterilization, has seen at first hand the effectiveness of the system and says it has consistently demonstrated major functionality advantages over other, equally well-established sterilization solutions.

As Brouwer explains, the Hydromatic brand can be applied to a variety of applications, all driven by one key factor: the hydrostatic principle, where sterilization takes place by means of steam or super-heated water.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT THE JBT HYDROMATIC

Steam or water-based sterilization techniques make use of heat that is locked inside a vessel at a certain pressure to assure uniform processing conditions. Batch retort systems are typically used for smaller volumes where baskets are loaded into a vessel after which a door closes and the entire vessel is heated and cooled. In case of the Hydromatic Sterilizer, the system works through the use of a central tower to house steam. This steam tower is accompanied by two towers, connected left and right, which both contain a column of water, each between 15-20 meters high, acting as a water lock.

Under the hydrostatic principle, steam in the sterilized zone (red) is balanced by the two water columns

The biggest advantage of this system, says Brouwer, is that because it utilizes a water lock, it can pull products into the sterilization chamber continuously, while the connected water columns are used to preheat the product as the first step in the sterilization process and cool down the product after sterilization.

“This capacity for continuous processing is what makes the Hydro Sterilizer so unique,” he explains. “This is a tremendous advantage over batch-type sterilizers.” Because the system can run 24/7, you only need to heat the entire system once, after which it stays at a stable temperature and energy is only used to heat the product. “We can further take the heat from the product after sterilization and use it to pre-heat new product when it enters the system and, by doing that, reduce energy consumption in a very efficient way.”

“Overall, the hydrostatic sterilizers shows energy savings of 30-50% when compared to classic batch retort systems, which is a very substantial amount.”

Because of the presence of stable processing conditions, Brouwer continues, the Hydromatic Sterilizer provides an identical process to each package, which gives a highly consistent product quality. Hydrostatic sterilizers are typically suitable for high throughputs, while also offering great flexibility in container size and type of processing.

Brouwer adds: “JBT has been working with this system for over 50 years and there is hardly any product we have not touched, but some of the most common include canned beans, vegetables and soups, dairy and soy milk, and non-carbonated beverages.”

JBT awarded ASME certification and accreditation

JBT has been granted Authorization to Register its range of boiler and vessel solutions with The National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors; an achievement that opens up the prospect of being able to manufacture additional product lines.

The culmination of many months’ work at JBT’s Lakeland, Florida manufacturing plant, the receipt of the Certificate of Authorization means JBT can apply the ASME ‘U’ stamp to items built in accordance with the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.

Additionally, JBT Lakeland has received the Certificate of Authorization to apply the National Board ‘R’ stamp to shop repairs and alterations of metallic code vessels built elsewhere.

The JBT Lakeland production floor (photo ©Scott Wheeler/The Ledger*)

“ASME’s Conformity Assessment is the leading, universally recognized, independent Quality Assurance (QA) program that certifies that stamped products and parts fulfill high Quality and Safety requirements,” explained JBT’s Global Operations Manager, Julio Izzo.

“I would like also to congratulate our entire team that relentlessly participated on this challenge for several months, improving and testing our processes in order to achieve this goal.”

*Click HERE to read The Ledger’s full article about JBT Lakeland

Why custom agitation systems add value to the mix

Brian Gehrke, Director – National Accounts, A&B Process Systems writes exclusively for the JBT Liquid Foods Blog on why having effective mixing and blending systems is hugely important for many in the liquid foods industry. 

For many liquid foods processors, having the right mixing and blending systems in place is a crucial component in being able to produce a high quality product at a cost effective price. A&B Process Systems – together with our parent company JBT Corporation – provides a wide variety of engineered agitation solutions for food and beverage mixing and blending that both create efficiencies and add value for customers.

These solutions include but are not limited to: Anchor (Slow Speed) agitation for “Swept Surface” or “Scraped Surface” designs to handle a wide range of products/viscosities; Pitched blade turbine agitators to promote axial flow, increase solids suspension, and reduce liquid blending time and when coupled with customized tank baffling, increase turbulence and eliminate troublesome, bulk product rotation; and “High Shear” high speed agitation solutions.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT A&B’S CUSTOM MIXER AND AGITATOR SYSTEMS

A&B also offers Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis that allows us to simulate fluid motion using numerical approaches and help insure that the agitator design meets the required mixing objectives. Our CFD analysis software interfaces with our Finite Element Analysis (FEA) mechanical software that enables us to do a full structural analysis of the agitator system as well.

Mixing technology
A&B continues to explore more unique agitator designs including our Helical Swept Surface & Scrape Surface mixing technology, a design which offers more efficient pumping/turbulence during the mixing process, especially when applied to medium to high viscosity solutions. We continue to provide a multitude of combination mix systems with both anchor (Slow Speed Agitation) and High Shear mixers providing an expanded range of mix system solutions. Our latest development is our bottom entry high shear “Liquifusion” systems which are also being offered in a multitude of tank designs and combination mixer applications.

Extensive testing
Along with value added engineering, A&B’s test center allows us to provide our customers with extensive preliminary testing for these mixing applications as well as comprehensive Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) before shipment. This can include incorporation of multiple liquids and particulates, heating and cooling with tank jackets and/or steam injectors and more.

We also offer our Vacuum Powder Mix System that provides for vacuum integration of a bulk solids/powders sub-surface directly to a high or low shear mix system. These systems can convey single or multiple bulk solid ingredients to the mix tank without the problem of excessive dust and safety risks. These systems can also be applied to a wide variety of products and viscosities.