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iOPS Dashboard: the remote support tool that can reduce downtime

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact across all sections of industry, changing working methods and practices, including in food and beverage processing. Although vaccines are slowly being distributed, the ‘new normal’ remains in place, meaning that new maintenance and analysis solutions are also necessary.

One such highly-effective solution is JBT’s Internet of Things (IoT) platform iOPS, which has recently introduced the iOPS Dashboard for the JBT Lubricator for the Hydrostatic Sterilizer, working in conjunction with customers. A remote analysis, monitoring and support tool, the iOPS Dashboard helps to improve support, aid maintenance, reduce downtime, isolate alarms, prevent delays and keep factories running efficiently.

Consolidated view
The iOPS Dashboard provides customers – at a safe, remote distance – with a consolidated view of points of concern, including all alarm points, production rates, run-time efficiencies, upcoming and past schedules, and the current status. This provides vital information such as both actual running production speed, and real-time utilization rates of the Hydrostatic Sterilizer, explains JBT Software & Project Engineer, Rick Ripley.

“Customers can optimize their maintenance load by studying information provided by the iOPS Dashboard, including how many revolutions have taken place since the last lubrication,” says Ripley. “This almost gives them intuition and acts like an early warning system for failures.”

First year free
The iOPS Dashboard, which is available free for the first year and then on an annual subscription basis, provides the data needed to carry out a qualitative analysis of the last cycle, alongside alarms that tell managers if any area is in risk of failure, and a series of widgets that give an overall picture of how the machinery is running.

“The report gives managers all the information they would want to know,” says Ripley. “This includes information such as when was the last time the system ran, how many pins have been lubricated, along with the history. It tells a manager how their maintenance is going on a machine.”

He adds: “People can monitor their machines without having to be at the factory. For now and into the near future, remote working will continue to be the new normal and plants are feeling it too.”

Learn more about the JBT iOPS Dashboard

JBT HPP Webinar: learn about the benefits of HPP Tolling

Whether you are a smaller company interested in learning more about the advantages of High Pressure Processing (HPP) or a larger business looking to invest in the technology, JBT Avure will be hosting a webinar examining HPP and the business of HPP Tolling. For smaller companies keen to benefit from HPP, tolling offers more cost-effective access to the technology.

Taking place on Wednesday January 20 at 9 AM EST, 3 PM CET, the JBT Avure HPP Webinar will provide a chance to hear from both sides of the tolling process from speakers Joakim Lungren, CEO of HPP Nordic, and Tanya Lambert, founder of the UK-based Tanya’s Just Real juice company.

As the owner of a leading European tolling facility, Joakim Lundgren will be talking about the business aspect of running such a center, while Tanya Lambert, who uses HPP Nordic for pasteurizing the Just Real range, will be talking from an end-user perspective of taking a product to a tolling facility.

Affordable alternative
“The focus of the webinar will be on the tolling aspect of our business,” explains JBT Avure’s Lisa Wessels. “Tolling is ideal for smaller companies that can’t afford to buy machinery or put in production lines or don’t have factories. They can take their product to a toller and pay to have their product High Pressure Processed.”

She adds: “We would love for more companies and more entrepreneurs to open tolling facilities anywhere in the world, and we’d like smaller companies who maybe think they can’t afford HPP to know you don’t have to be a big company to use this technology.”

The JBT Avure HPP Webinar will take place on Wednesday January 20 at 9 AM EST, 3 PM CET

Register HERE for the webinar

JBT wins strategic order for Precifill Weight Filler in Asia Pacific

JBT has won a strategic order for the high-accuracy PrecifillTM Weight Filler in the Asia Pacific region, underlining the importance of the technology to companies in the dairy, juices and infant formula industries. In this particular instance, the Precifill will fill juices and dairy alternatives in glass bottles at 36,000 cph.

A non-contact weight filling system, the Precifill is an extremely accurate solution which minimizes product give-away. The filler, which is equipped with effective Clean-in-Place provisions, handles plastic and glass bottles, plastic cups, glass jars and cans, and can be equipped with a conditioned filling space to meet hygienic filling requirements.

Historical success
In 1990, JBT SFDS – then known as Stork – installed its first Precifill Weight Filler for white milk in bottles. Since that time, Stork and JBT have built hundreds of weight fillers, the majority of which have been installed in the dairy, juices and infant formula industry.

Following JBT’s acquisition of Stork in 2015, production of the rotary weight filling product line was transferred to the JBT St Niklaas plant in Belgium. JBT Sint-Niklaas has a 70+ year history of building and servicing rotary fillers and closers for cans, jars and bottles and is JBT’s global center of excellence for non aseptic rotary filling technology.

Industry growth
Since the early 1950’s Asia Pacific has been a key market for JBT’s rotary fillers, largely driven by the growth of the dairy industry in the region, according to Bart Mertens, JBT Product Line Director for Filling and Closing technologies. 

As well as the Precifill Weight Filler, JBT’s range includes the rinser and capper – in monobloc configuration together with the weight filler – the integrity checking and reject system, and the CIP (Clean-In-Place) kitchen.

The Factory Acceptance Test for the Precifill at JBT Sint-Niklaas is planned for Q2 2021, with installation projected to follow in Q3 2021.

Learn more about the Precifill Weight Filler