JBT’s line of automatic guided vehicle (AGV) systems, solutions which are enabling many high profile companies in the food sector to make substantial efficiency savings, will be centerstage at this year’s Pack Expo, which will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center from October 14-17. JBT will be showcasing the CB750, a counterbalance-style forklift AGV capable of carrying 750 kg, which will be running host-free at the show.
What this means in practice, says JBT AGV’s Laura McConney, is that the forklift will be operating without any high-level software and will make all the intelligent decisions itself. Ideal for handling pallets, racks, and rolls, the counterbalance AGV excels in floor-to-floor transfers, and its end-mounted lift mast allows the vehicle to move multiple load types without complications.
“The AGVs handle a lot of packaging materials for customers, principally towards the end of line as packaging materials are coming off the production line,” explains McConney. “We do really well with palletised units and can also automatically load and unload trailers.”
Efficiency savings However, one of the most outstanding attributes offered by the AGV is its ability to deliver substantial efficiency savings. Manufactured in the US – as well as the UK for Europe and China for Asia, respectively – the AGV units remove repetitive and wasteful work practices, enabling companies to redeploy resources more effectively.
“Most of what we’re delivering to customers is labor savings,” says Mark Longacre, JBT’s applications manager for automated systems. “We think of that as allowing them to redeploy labor to where they can create more value in their process. Having people on a forklift moving products from one end of the plant to the other all day does not add value to the product. In reality, it can affect safety and often does. People get bored and careless and make mistakes, which can create accidents and personal injury, as well as plant and product damage.”
JBT will be exhibiting at Pack Expo 2018 at Booth N-4725 in Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center from October 14-17.
JBT will be highlighting new developments, innovations and technologies – including those available for fresh-cut produce processors through recent acquisition FTNON – to fruit, dairy and protein specialists in Chile at a special seminar to be held on October 2.
The full-day ‘New Food Technology Seminar’, which will be staged in the city of Rancagua’s Hotel Manquehue, will cover a range of topics of interest to producers and processors, including aseptic pasteurization and sterilization, fresh fruit processing, and high-speed filling and sealing applications.
Delegates at the 2015 JBT Chile seminar in San Francisco de Mostazal
Cutting-edge technology will also be well represented in the form of laser labelling for fresh fruits and vegetables, the innovative Fog In Place (FIP) system for effective disinfection of production facilities, and a look at the benefits of JBT Avure’s High Pressure Processing (HPP) for pasteurization that preserves product quality. The innovative solutions offered by the newest addition to the JBT family, FTNON, will also be featured, with a special look at how FTNON technology can help companies in the fresh-cut produce and ready meal segments.
The ‘Fog-In-Place’ system from JBT and Aurratech
“The Idea is to bring new developments, innovations and technologies to the attention of customers and potential customers,” explains JBT’s Januário Soligon. “JBT works with a lot of big companies in Chile, including multinational food and beverage processors, from canned fruits though to tinned sardines, but the seminar is also open to delegates from neighbouring countries who would like to take part.”
JBT presentará en Chile los nuevos desarrollos, innovaciones y tecnologías –incluidas aquellas disponibles para los procesadores de cuarta gama gracias a la reciente adquisición de FTNON – a los especialistas en frutas, lácteos y proteínas que se congregarán en un seminario especializado a celebrarse el 2 de octubre.
Con un día completo de duración, el“Seminario Nuevas Tecnologías para Alimentos”, cuya sede será el Hotel Manquehue de la ciudad de Rancagua, abordará una amplia variedad de temas de interés para productores y procesadores de alimentos, como la pasteurización y esterilización asépticas, el procesamiento de frutas y verduras frescas y las aplicaciones de llenado y cerrado de alta velocidad.
Delegados en el semanario de JBT Chile de 2015 en San Francisco de Mostazal
La tecnología de vanguardia también estará bien representada a través del etiquetado láser para frutas y verduras frescas, el innovador sistema Fog In Place (FIP) para la efectiva desinfección de las instalaciones de producción, además se tendrá un vistazo a las ventajas que brinda la tecnología de JBT Avure para el Procesamiento de Alta Presión (HPP) en la pasteurización que mantiene la calidad del producto.
El sistema ‘Fog-In-Place’ de Aurratech
Las novedosas soluciones que aporta el nuevo integrante de la familia JBT, FTNON, también estarán en exhibición. Se contará con la exclusiva oportunidad de ver cómo la tecnología de FTNON puede apoyar a las empresas pertenecientes a los segmentos de cuarta y quinta gama.
“La idea es atraer la atención de la clientela actual y de clientes potenciales a los nuevos desarrollos, innovaciones y tecnologías”, señaló Januário Soligon de JBT. “JBT trabaja con muchas empresas grandes de Chile, entre las que se encuentran algunos procesadores multinacionales de alimentos y bebidas, desde frutas en conserva a sardinas enlatadas, sin embargo el seminario también está abierto a delegados de países vecinos que estén interesados en participar”.
The SteriCompact UHT, which is based on JBT’s globally successful Sterideal HX UHT system, will cater for the move towards reduced scale milk and juice production and pack sizes in developing economies, as well as specialized products in high-end markets.
Already in the process of being installed with processors in Brazil, Thailand and India, the system is designed for a smaller volume production in smaller packages – of down to 80ml – than has been common in most markets to date.
Bram Bergsma, Product Line Operations Manager for Processing Systems at Amsterdam-based JBT Food & Dairy Systems, said: “In countries like India and Brazil, there’s a trend for smaller filling capacity machines and packaging. These are countries with large populations, but where people don’t necessarily have the income to afford the larger packs. The SteriCompact UHT has been developed for these markets.”
As well as standard dairy applications, the system, which handles lower-range capacity production of 2000-4000 liters per hour, can be configured with optional modules to process Extended Shelf Life milk, juices with small fibers and soy products. The SteriCompact UHT is designed around one central skid containing all the process components including the electrical system, which results in reduced installation time and cost.
However, in addition to emerging markets in Asia and Latin America, the system has also attracted attention in Europe and the US. “We’ve received significant interest from Spain and the US for smaller capacity lines for smaller batches,” said Bergsma. “This is for products produced in small amounts where the flavor can change frequently, so having the SteriCompact UHT in place will help avoid waste.”
About Sterideal XH UHT systems Dairy producers worldwide favor the JBT Food & Dairy Systems Sterideal HX UHT concept for its robustness, resulting product quality and ease of operation. The unique helical configuration of concentric tubes ensures effective thermal treatment combined with efficient heat recovery and optimal product handling. The tubular in-flow processor is used for pasteurizing and sterilizing dairy products, juices and higher viscosity products like tomato sauces and desserts.
Customer Care has been a cornerstone of JBT’s success in international markets for over two decades, with the focus on helping customers protect their investment in JBT solutions so that equipment owners can pay back the original outlay many times over.
“Our Field Service Engineers and Customer Service personnel are focused on contributing to our customers’ success by evolving from a reactive, transaction based mindset to one based on customer intimacy. We are working toward growing capabilities across all JBT Liquid Foods equipment types and leveraging our global and regional footprint,” explains Chris Hanssen, JBT’s Global Customer Care Director for Liquid Foods.
PRoCARE Services are one of the key after sale benefits offered by JBT, which is aimed at keeping JBT systems in optimum condition for years after the initial purchase. “Business earnings and profits are directly related to how much a company can produce in a given time, which in turn depends on the performance, reliability and availability of equipment.”
“JBT’s greatest value in PRoCARE services comes from preventing unexpected costs through smart, purposeful, and timely maintenance.”
PRoCARE service packages are offered as a maintenance agreement in various levels, which are determined by individual production and cost management requirements. Such services include regular machine inspections by JBT Site Supervisors using standard JBT inspection protocols, training programs, preventive maintenance for wear parts, operation guidance during the start-up phase and remote technical support.
Operations Director Julio Izzo says the idea behind the implementation was one of improving and standardizing JBT’s processes, procedures and working structures at the Florida plant to boost the site’s competitive advantage, increase flexibility and lower internal costs.
“It’s a cultural transformation for our Lakeland site to best-in-class in terms of facility, equipment, processes and communication,” says Izzo. While he acknowledges that the internal business results are just as significant as the external benefits which drive customer satisfaction, Izzo says the focus is on having state-of-the-art processes in place that enable know-how to be used effectively across JBT.
The Lakeland manufacturing plant was also granted ASME certification in 2017, allowing JBT to add the ASME ‘U’ stamp to products built in accordance with the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.