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JBT iOPS: Empowering customers to drive success

Collecting and learning from data drawn in real-time from systems and machinery can detect potential issues before they become problems or even improve the overall efficiency of operations. This is the theory behind Intelligent Operations or iOPS, the latest stage in delivering more joined-up, efficient system management solutions, which is now being offered by JBT to customers worldwide.

As Matthew Jin, JBT’s IoT (Internet of Things) Program Manager explains, JBT iOPS systems collect information and data from equipment as part of a solution that enables customers to make vital, timely decisions to improve operational running or deal with problems.

“JBT iOPS delivers a connected device experience where we can collect data and convert it into actionable insights,” he says. “Through decades of industry know-how and expertise, we can analyze and detect issues before they become a bigger problem. Through analytics, we can detect issues quickly to keep equipment running efficiently day in and day out.”

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JBT iOPS can check the functionality of systems throughout a facility

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Provided as a turnkey solution, JBT specialists visit customers to install iOPS hardware and software, which enables the collection of up-to-the-second information from equipment and machinery. Once completed, customers can access the information through their laptop, mobile device or tablet where a program will enable them to visualize the data. JBT can customize and tailor information displays into dashboards and reports, which provide customers with vital data covering everything from yield to production to alarms and errors.

“Customers can’t afford to have downtime and they need critical equipment to be running at optimum levels, so being able to monitor key performance indicators from those processes helps customers drive throughput, improve yields and where possible avoid defects,” explains Jin.

“With real-time notification and smart reporting, iOPS empowers our customers to drive success.  In the end, everyone’s a winner when we let data do the talking.”

Matthew Jin will be delivering a presentation on IoT and iOPS as part of the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) 2019 TechTalks Showcase. The Tech Talk, ‘Smart IoT Made Simpler’, takes place at 3.10 PM on February 13 at Booth B8725, IPPE 2019 at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia.

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JBT FTNON unveils new solutions for fresh-cut salads

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JBT and its FTNON subsidiary, a specialist in equipment and solutions for fresh-cut vegetables, salads and fruits, used the forum of Fruit Logistica 2019 in Berlin, Germany to announce the commercial launch of an innovative new system for fresh-cut salads. The Super Batch Centrifuge (SBC) 200 and 300 have been specifically designed to make handling and processing all types of lettuce and babyleaf easier, faster and more efficient.

Developed from a initial prototype over the past two years, which was extensively tested with a FTNON customer, the SBC 200 – and the larger capacity SBC 300 – have been designed to safely dry fragile salads, with the focus on keeping an product damage to an absolute minimum.

“The prototype was installed in cooperation with a customer two years ago with very good results,” explained Wilco Fauth, Global Product Line Director for JBT FTNON (pictured above). “Of course, we learned things from that and have since redesigned the machine, keeping in mind new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations in the US. If you take a look around the world, you will see that this is the only centrifuge built according to FSMA regulations.”

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Higher capacity
The SBC 200 and 300 effectively dries salads by placing the leaves or slices into a cylindrical centrifuge, which spreads the product across the inner surface of the drum at low speed and with minimal falling height to achieve efficient drying and where possible avoid product damage.

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The FTNON Super Batch Centrifuge SBC

Featuring a hygienic design, the SBC 200 and 300 are easy to clean meaning low maintenance costs and also feature a small footprint due to low energy usage. “The machine is very easy to clean, so the amount of cleaning time is reduced which also allows you to have a quick changeover time,” said Fauth. “We also managed to engineer the machine using the minimum amount of components, which makes maintenance far easier and quicker. 

“Combining that with a machine that can run at a higher capacity with a smaller footprint, we also have the benefit that it is easier to fit into existing and new production lines where space is always important. Another benefit – which was a happy surprise we discovered when we began to run the machine – is there is less damage to fragile products, such as babyleaf,” Fauth added. The SBC 200 and 300 can handle 2000 kilograms an hour of iceberg lettuce and 3000 kilograms an hour respectively.

Read more about FTNON’s solutions for salad processors

JBT’s Multi Fruit Juicer on show at NAFEM 2019

JBT’s next generation Fresh’n Squeeze® Multi Fruit Juicer (MFJ) – a system which offers up to 50% high yield than competitor models – will take center stage at the JBT Booth at this year’s NAFEM foodservice show, which takes place in Orlando, Florida from February 7-9.

In conjunction with JBT Master Distributor Juicernet by Mulligan Associates, JBT will be showcasing an extractor designed for front-of-house use that not only features an attractive stainless steel, glass-front appearance with high fruit visibility, but which also offers a much higher speed than previous Fresh’n Squeeze juicers.

Since its appearance at last year’s PMA Fresh Summit, the MFJ has been picked up by major retailers across North America who have benefited from a system that attracts potential customers and has also helped boost sales in adjacent produce aisles.

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“It’s gotten off to a successful start with lots of big orders from leading grocery chains,” reveals Donn Sabato, JBT’s North America Director of Sales.

“Having the MFJ out on  the retail store floor means customers get to see juice being made and buy – much like when you go to a movie theater and see and smell popcorn being made – and it seems to increase sales in the produce department as a whole by around 10%.”

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Significant improvements
As well as its market-leading yield, the MFJ is capable of handling 33 pieces of fruit – up from the previous model’s 20 – and can produce 40 gallons of fresh juice every hour, significantly higher than the 25 gallons delivered by older Fresh’n Squeeze juicers. Working on the tried-and-tested whole fruit principle, the MFJ comes with all new electronics and moves from a one-case to a two-case hopper, enabling the machine to carry more fruit.

JBT’s appearance at NAFEM 2019 will also showcase the latest upgrade to the MFJ: a self-service tap, which allows customers to serve themselves fresh juice. “When you go to fill up a jug with juice, the self service MFJ turns on the extractor, so you juice the product yourself,” adds Sabato.

JBT, alongside Juicernet by Mulligan Associates, will be exhibiting from February 7-9 in Booth 554 at NAFEM 2019 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida.