Buck Evers, Director of Field Services at JBT’s A&B Process Systems, says the guide was put together to give companies a valuable resource before and during the decision making process, outlining steps that should be taken and hazards that must be avoided. “The guide is designed to help companies in making the buying decisions because it looks at the process from a customer’s perspective, outlining the questions they need to ask to make a decision,” he explains.
“If you only look at price and don’t consider other factors, you could end up with a supplier that doesn’t have the experience, the certifications or the safety performance to execute a job or hit the budget,” Evers continues. “The total cost of selecting a low price could be higher because companies can end up paying through accidents or having to change orders during the project. Poor quality can also have repercussions later where companies are forced to make corrections because the suppliers weren’t skilled enough.”
From a JBT perspective, Evers says that one of JBT’s key strengths is that the company provides ongoing support during the lifetime of the system or machinery, ensuring piece-of-mind should mishaps occur. “Supporting customers long-term through JBT’s customer care program means we can stand behind them,” he adds.
JBT and California-based TORR Industries Inc. have announced an alliance aimed at bringing TORR’s versatile fillers to companies handling everything from wines and juices to coffee concentrates all across the globe.
The non-exclusive Sales Representation Agreement will give JBT the opportunity to represent TORR’s low and high-acid aseptic and sanitary liquid filling systems for bags, pouches, and bulk-containers with fill fitments globally. The alliance covers applications for products within the liquid foods, fruit and vegetable, dairy, wine, tomato sauce, and ready-to-eat sauce categories.
Based in Shasta County, Northern California, TORR is the leader in high output wine bag fillers in the US market, but with an international presence that includes installations for coconut milk in Malaysia and crushed pineapple in the Philippines.
TORR filling systems will allow JBT to offer filling systems that can be used with Bag-in-Box (size ranging between 2 and 25 liters), stand-up pouches (size ranging between 0.175 to 5 liters) and bulk containers (size ranging from 200 to 1400 liters) with a wide range of filling speeds. TORR filling systems will complement JBT’s sanitary fillers for HPP products and will also fill the gap between JBT’s retail and bulk filling offerings.
Increased shelf life A recent major success for TORR has been the supply of Bag-in-Box fillers to Delicato Family Wines in Manteca, California. for their “Bota Box” three-liter Bag-in-Box package. TORR installed seven TORR 150 fillers at the new Manteca 770,000 sq. ft winery and distribution center in the first quarter of 2019. Delicato placed additional orders in August for two more fillers for the new 1.5-liter Bag-in-Box line.
“Delicato chose TORR over international competition because of TORR’s patent pending filling heads that provide increased shelf life because of low oxygen pickup during filling,” said TORR Sales Director, Chris Rutter. “The servo powered fillers also provide high uptime and low maintenance cost.”
TORR fillers, which include automatic bag into box loading at up to 25 bags per minute, are used for dairy, coffee concentrates and fruit juices. TORR also offers the Engi-O range of FDA LONO-approved aseptic bag fillers for up to 1500-liter bins, 200-liter drum and 20-liter bags for foodservice. The company is currently installing four Engi-O AM5 low acid aseptic fillers that fill bins, drums and foodservice bags at a major producer in the US Pacific North West for fruit and vegetable purees. International installations of the TORR Engi-O low acid aseptic fillers include coconut milk in Malaysia, crushed pineapple in the Philippines and dairy products in New Zealand.
JBT will be staging a Thermal Processing Course for food processing professionals in Madera, California from October 14-18, providing a thorough insight into the technical issues surrounding the thermal processing of foods. The five-day course, which takes place inside a JBT facility, will help attendees better understand how their decisions can positively impact the quality and safety of their food products.
The educational program, which includes hands-on pilot plant experience, is aimed at helping participants understand the critical parameters that control the safe and quality-friendly thermal processing of foods. It will be followed by atwo-day Aseptic Training from October 22-23 at JBT’s Madera Process Technologies Laboratory.
Karen Brown, Senior Research Engineer at JBT Process Technologies Laboratory Madera, said: “Not only will we be talking about JBT retorts, we will also be talking about all sorts of retorts and federal legislation. The people we expect to attend will be typically from the low-acid canned food industry because these kinds of foods, which are heavily regulated, can support the growth of the organism that causes botulism.
“The course includes the micro-biological background and some of the history of thermal processing for low-acid canned foods, as well as the methods that are used to test sterilizers and products that form part of the development of safe thermal processes.”
At this year’s Pack Expo Las Vegas, the most recent addition to the JBT family, Proseal, will showcase its advanced tray sealing solutions that satisfy the needs of a wide variety of products and applications including the increased focus on sustainable packaging. The equipment on display will demonstrate the tray sealing specialist’s ability to seal many different tray formats at fast speeds in line with individual customer requirements.
Models range from the semi-automatic Proseal GTR, ideal for smaller scale enterprises and new product development, to the high-speed, fully automatic Proseal GT6e with a maximum speed of 96 Vacuum-Gas packs per minute or 160 Atmospheric Seal packs per minute on an 8-impression tool.
Proseal says that the increasing focus on more sustainable packaging is fuelling growing demand from both retailers and consumers for more environmentally friendly solutions, and this has led many food producers to explore alternative packaging materials. The company’s entire range of tray sealing machines is readily equipped to handle this widening range such as board and pulp, enabling manufacturers to adopt new pack formats without additional and costly investment.
At Pack Expo, Proseal will be demonstrating the Halopack tray, the first fully hermetic cardboard MAP packaging.Halopack trays are produced on the Proseal SKR machine and the board base material is made from over 90% recycled cardboard. Halopack incorporates high barrier properties that maintain product quality and, with the right conditions, can extend shelf-life. Proseal will also highlight its ability to handle and seal extremely lightweight plastic trays, enabling businesses to achieve the benefits of food protection and reduced food waste, while reducing the amount of plastic by up to 42%.
In addition, the company will demonstrate a variety of different pack sealing formats, including a new skin packaging technology, Skin2™, which increases cycle speeds over existing skin processes while reducing unit and equipment costs.
Proseal’s flexible ‘e’ range of tray sealing machines can handle every format of tray sealing, with the ability to introduce or remove these features at any time. This gives food producers the flexibility to easily switch between packaging formats during normal production.
The company’s commitment to sustainable solutions will also be underlined through its Eseal®technology that features on all its automatic tray sealers on display at Pack Expo.This delivers excellent seal reliability to meet the stringent quality requirements of the food retail sector while achieving a 92% reduction in energy usage.
Furthermore, Proseal will be exhibiting its advanced OC Conveyor feeding a Proseal GT1e machine to illustrate the production efficiencies of an integrated conveyor and tray sealer solution, and the LC1 Lid-clipping machine.
The LC1 is a fully automatic, in-line lid-placing, denesting and tamping system (patent pending), designed to cut labour costs while utilising recyclable packaging. It can accept trays from any conveyors; clip lids onto film-sealed trays; and take trays directly from a filling conveyor when no film lid is required.Through the use of these features to avoid any loading errors, the LC1 system can be fully integrated with any other in-line equipment including upstream tray-sealing machines.
Proseal will be appearing at Pack Expo Las Vegas in Booth LS6563 from September 23-25 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. JBT will also be highlighting its full range of solutions at Booth LS6190.