JBT has announced the launch of an innovative new system for cold-extracted fruit and vegetable juices, which is designed to overcome complications with traditional bag presses. Capable of processing everything from whole watermelons to carrots, beets and berries, the READYGo FVP™ offers continuous, hygienic juice extraction at up to five tons per hour of raw product.
The result of two years’ research involving prototypes and precursors, the FVP (Fruit and Vegetable Processing) skid incorporates JBT’s proven chopper pump, the FVX-5, with an external FVG flow-through grinder and a UCF110 screw finisher. No heat is applied during extraction, making the juice or blends suitable for immediate bottling followed by HPP processing with JBT’s Avure high-pressure processing systems.
Danny Milla, JBT’s New Product Development Manager for Fruit & Vegetable Processing, said: “The idea for this skid is to provide a modular system that can process any fruit and vegetable in a hygienic fashion. Three pieces of equipment are mounted on the skid and together provide the solution.
“Based on research and testing over the last two years, we have proven the concept and now we have created a new product that encapsulates this equipment on a single skid at a single price.”
Unlike a traditional bag press – an accordion-like structure, which squeezes the pulped produce through a nylon cloth – the FVP does not require emptying and refilling after each batch. Instead, the FVP offers continuous processing, which is hygienic and easy-to-clean, while at the same time – unlike a bag press, which is exposed to the atmosphere – being completely enclosed.
Easily automated, the FVP can also handle up to five tons per hour, and delivers a yield of anywhere between 50% to 92% across a range of commonly processed fruits and vegetables. Depending on the product it can generate up to 20 gallons per minute of fresh juice.
The first completed FVP skid is expected to be ready for commercialization in January 2019.
JBT is pleased to announce the completion of a landmark achievement for the company, with the official launch of the world’s fastest filling line for Sweetened Condensed Milk (SCM) currently in operation. The new high capacity line, developed for a customer in Asia, is designed to run SCM in cans at 1200 Cans Per Minute (CPM), and its launch marks the culmination of months of hard work for JBT’s Sint Niklaas, Belgium team.
In order to meet growing consumer demand for sweetened condensed milk in Asia, the customer has invested in the new high capacity line, which includes a 81-station high speed JBT Unifiller along with a JBT Seamer 1259 for automatic closing of SCM in Ø73 x 83mm cans.
With JBT’s receipt of the signed Site Acceptance Test (SAT) document, the customer has now taken final ownership of the line, closing a very important milestone for JBT, according to JBT’s Business Development and Marketing coordinator EMENA, Ben Verbeeck.
“We can now proudly say JBT has the fastest filling line for SCM in cans in the world,” he said. “This is a feat JBT can be very proud of. We can also successfully turn the page on this chapter of New Product Development and congratulate everybody who contributed to making this project a success.”