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JBT announces launch of new 
High Capacity Unifiller

 

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JBT Corporation, one of the world’s leading solutions providers for the food and beverage processing industries, is pleased to announce the launch of the new, High Capacity Unifiller, a unit capable of filling 1,500 containers per minute at an unparalleled accuracy rate.

The High Capacity Unifiller, which can be synchronized with JBT’s 12-head seamer to provide an effective, high-speed canning solution, includes all the best features required for Total Performance Management (TPM), such as clear-guarding, enabling easy revision of the machine as it functions, and LED lighting. The system’s built-in Clean-In-Place (CIP) technology also means the system can be completely cleaned in around one hour, maximizing uptime and minimizing downtime in the process.

Jan Sundberg, JBT’s Produce Line Manager for the Americas, said: “When you have lines that are dedicated to one can- or container-size in high volume, this is a good fit. Eliminating older lines and combining them into a single line can improve efficiency and achieve cost reductions. If you look at the cost per container compared with a single high speed line, there are some big savings. If customers have to achieve the volume, this is the best way of doing it.”

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The High Capacity Unifiller being tested at JBT’s Sint-Niklaas, Belgium facility

Sundberg added that the High Capacity Unifiller also features an accuracy rate typically double those of competitors. “This adds up very quickly on high-speed lines like this,” he said. “If you are running 1,000+ cans per minute, we are talking about several hundred thousand dollars a year in savings.” To date, JBT has sold and installed four High Capacity Unifillers – two in Asia-Pacific, one in North America and one in South America. The new installations perform: high speed filling of Coffee Drinks in glass bottles, high speed canning of Evaporated Milk, and the fastest filling line of Sweetened Condensed Milk in the world.

Separately, JBT has announced the comprehensive relaunch of its online presence, with the introduction of a new, flagship website at jbtc.com. Carlos Saavedra, JBT’s Global Marketing Manager for Liquid Foods, said: “We have added easier navigation tools for finding products and solutions. The aim is to help customers understand that JBT is much more than just an equipment supplier by grouping together products to provide complete solutions for end users. Through the new site, it is now easier to see how certain products fit together to deliver an overall solution.”

JBT SeamTec Seamer seals award win at Anuga FoodTec 2018

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JBT’s SeamTec Seamer, the innovative seamer designed for packaging high value powders, has been announced as one of the winners of the Dairy Technology Award 2018, the annual competition recognizing outstanding new technological developments in the dairy industry. At a ceremony at the Anuga FoodTec 2018 trade fair in Cologne, Germany on March 21, organized by International Dairy Magazine, the SeamTec Seamer was selected as one of the recipients of the award by a jury of renowned experts on dairy technology and engineering.

In its original submission to the award committee, JBT explained the rationale behind the SeamTec system was a response to the inadequacies of traditional can seamers for high value infant formula powders.

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Unchanged for decades, these seamers were essentially adaptations of standard designs for liquid applications, with minor modifications. Today, many of these machines no longer meet the needs of the modern infant formula powder industry.

Driven by ever-increasing regulatory requirements, infant formula canners demand the highest level of hygienic design, with no exposed lubricants, easy and quick cleaning, prevention of foreign particles and absolute product safety.

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Baby powder being filled into cans by JBT affiliate PLF International

JBT’s response was a radical new approach to seamer design, with the development of a seamer specifically for high value powders. JBT worked closely with leading infant formula producers to understand their specific requirements in terms of hygienic design, operation in an inert gas environment, cleanability, and operator and product safety – and all at a reasonable cost with no powder spillage and foreign particle prevention.

The unique SeamTec Seamer features set a new standard in the industry and makes this the most advanced seamer for powder on the planet. Since the system’s introduction, industry leaders like Nestlé, Wyeth, MeadJohnson, Abbott and FrieslandCampina have all embraced JBT’s SeamTec seaming technology.

Award-winning JBT SeamTec on show at Anuga FoodTec 2018

JBT’s SeamTec can closer, a radical new approach to delivering a seamer for high-value powders and recent recipient of an award from ‘International Dairy Magazine’ will be among an extensive range of innovations being highlighted by the JBT’s Liquid Foods team at Anuga FoodTec 2018.

The new seamer was launched to address increased demand for better hygiene, quick and easy cleaning, and ever-increasing regulatory requirements for infant formula.

The SeamTec closer, already part of the JBT product mix, is the perfect complement to the breadth of products added to the JBT portfolio following the acquisition of PLF International Powder Filling Systems in 2017; an acquisition which has enabled JBT to offer customers a complete powder line solution with global customer care.

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Customer demand
For decades, the design of can seamers for high value infant formula powders in cans has remained basically unchanged. Seamers for powder were essentially standard seamers designed for liquid applications, with some minor adaptations to accommodate the handling of lithographed, large diameter cans and covers that are typical for infant formula.

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Today, these machines no longer give an adequate response to the specific requirements of the infant formula powder industry. Driven by ever increasing regulatory requirements, infant formula canners demand the highest level of hygienic design, no exposed lubricants, easy and quick cleaning, compliance with the highest explosion safety standards, prevention of foreign particles and absolute product safety.

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Radical approach
Therefore, JBT took a radically new approach and designed a seamer specifically for the packaging of high value powders. We worked closely together with leading infant formula producers to understand their specific requirements in terms of hygienic design, operation in an inert gas environment, hygiene, and operator and product safety, and developed a machine that meets all these requirements at a reasonable cost. The system all but guarantees no exposed lubricants, no powder spillage, high-hygienic design and a foreign particle prevention system.

The unique SeamTec closer sets a new standard in the industry and makes the JBT SeamTec closer the most advanced seamer for powder currently available. Since its introduction, industry leaders like Nestlé, Wyeth, Mead Johnson, Abbott and FrieslandCampina have embraced the JBT SeamTec closer technology.

The JBT SeamTec closer will be among the product solutions being showcased by JBT in Hall 9.1, Stand A080 C099 at Anuga FoodTec 2018, which takes place in Cologne, Germany from March 20-23.

JBT launches redesign of flagship website

JBT, one of the world’s leading solutions providers for the food and beverage processing industries, has announced the comprehensive relaunch of its online presence, with the introduction of a redesigned flagship website at jbtc.com.

To better accommodate a range of solutions that includes not just core JBT products, but also innovations from its global businesses and subsidiaries, the website has been thoroughly redesigned to help customers find the right products for their needs with minimum effort.

The site is now easily searchable for products and solutions, while those better known under subsidiary brand names – such as Avure Technologies or A&B Process Systems – are now simple to locate. Additionally, solutions have now been divided into market segments in order to make searches by specialist processors, whether that be of baby food or ready meals, that much easier.

For those customers, seeking to upgrade, service or replace old machinery or parts, there is also a dedicated customer care section that will make ordering and reordering more straightforward. JBT’s dedication to research and innovation is highlighted via a dropdown menu that includes research White Papers and product videos.

To complete the redesigned platform, a new section has been added for news and JBT events, which includes updates for investors, product and event news, plus customer case studies on the JBT Liquid Foods Blog.

Carlos Saavedra, JBT’s Global Marketing Manager for Liquid Foods, explained that the new JBT site had been completely revised and redesigned to make it more user-friendly, robust and easier to navigate.

“We have added easier navigation tools for customers to be able to find products and
solutions,” he said. “The aim is to help customers understand that JBT is much more than just an equipment supplier by grouping together products to provide complete solutions for end users. Through the new site, it is now easier to see how certain products fit together to deliver an overall solution.”

JBT makes further gains in global fresh produce sector

JBT’s range of high-speed labelers and high quality wax coatings are finding increasing favor with fresh produce growers and exporters across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, thanks to an emphasis on reliability, accuracy and suitability for long transit. This was one of the key findings from JBT’s appearance at Fruit Logistica 2018 in February, which JBT is aiming to develop further at upcoming shows later in the year.

Looking back on JBT’s participation at Fruit Logistica 2018, which took place in Berlin, Germany’s Messe Berlin conference center, JBT Global Product Line Director for Fresh Produce Technologies John Siddle said the success at the show provided a strong platform for the rest of the year.

(l-r) JBT’s John Siddle, Robert Goetz, Kalid Saou and Francisco Peris

“We had a good show and obtained several solid leads, which we are in the process of turning into sales,” he recalls. “Fruit Logistica is always a good show for us because we’re growing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.”

Siddle says visitors to the JBT booth showed particular interest in two products that are well suited to the needs of fruit and vegetable producers and exporters – the G3 Labeler and the Endura-Fresh (9000 and QDP) line of coatings.

Effective solutions
A high-speed produce labeler that is capable of handling 13 pieces of fruit a second, the G3 Labeler also has an accuracy rate of over 95%, putting it well above many rival systems currently available.

JBT’s range of wax coatings for fruits has also attracted attention at produce events thanks to a capacity to maintain products in optimum appearance even after long periods in transit.

Endura-Fresh 9000 is a natural coating that is allowed in all areas of the world, and is JBT’s best-performing coating for long trade transit in terms of arrivals appearance and quality. The coating is notable for its superior weight loss control and shine even over long distances.

Endura-Fresh Quick Dry Poly (QDP), which is a polyethylene-based coating, is a more cost effective option for countries where the material is permitted. Also capable of effectively preserving fruit during long journeys, QDP has recently increased its market share in both South Africa and Europe.

Overall a successful show, Siddle added that JBT’s appearance at Fruit Logistica had provided a strong base to build on for produce fairs later in the year, notably Fruit Attraction 2018, which takes place in Madrid, Spain from October 23-25.