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Award-winning JBT SeamTec on show at Anuga FoodTec 2018

JBT’s SeamTec can closer, a radical new approach to delivering a seamer for high-value powders and recent recipient of an award from ‘International Dairy Magazine’ will be among an extensive range of innovations being highlighted by the JBT’s Liquid Foods team at Anuga FoodTec 2018.

The new seamer was launched to address increased demand for better hygiene, quick and easy cleaning, and ever-increasing regulatory requirements for infant formula.

The SeamTec closer, already part of the JBT product mix, is the perfect complement to the breadth of products added to the JBT portfolio following the acquisition of PLF International Powder Filling Systems in 2017; an acquisition which has enabled JBT to offer customers a complete powder line solution with global customer care.

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Customer demand
For decades, the design of can seamers for high value infant formula powders in cans has remained basically unchanged. Seamers for powder were essentially standard seamers designed for liquid applications, with some minor adaptations to accommodate the handling of lithographed, large diameter cans and covers that are typical for infant formula.

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Today, these machines no longer give an adequate response to the specific requirements of the infant formula powder industry. Driven by ever increasing regulatory requirements, infant formula canners demand the highest level of hygienic design, no exposed lubricants, easy and quick cleaning, compliance with the highest explosion safety standards, prevention of foreign particles and absolute product safety.

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Radical approach
Therefore, JBT took a radically new approach and designed a seamer specifically for the packaging of high value powders. We worked closely together with leading infant formula producers to understand their specific requirements in terms of hygienic design, operation in an inert gas environment, hygiene, and operator and product safety, and developed a machine that meets all these requirements at a reasonable cost. The system all but guarantees no exposed lubricants, no powder spillage, high-hygienic design and a foreign particle prevention system.

The unique SeamTec closer sets a new standard in the industry and makes the JBT SeamTec closer the most advanced seamer for powder currently available. Since its introduction, industry leaders like Nestlé, Wyeth, Mead Johnson, Abbott and FrieslandCampina have embraced the JBT SeamTec closer technology.

The JBT SeamTec closer will be among the product solutions being showcased by JBT in Hall 9.1, Stand A080 C099 at Anuga FoodTec 2018, which takes place in Cologne, Germany from March 20-23.

JBT makes further gains in global fresh produce sector

JBT’s range of high-speed labelers and high quality wax coatings are finding increasing favor with fresh produce growers and exporters across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, thanks to an emphasis on reliability, accuracy and suitability for long transit. This was one of the key findings from JBT’s appearance at Fruit Logistica 2018 in February, which JBT is aiming to develop further at upcoming shows later in the year.

Looking back on JBT’s participation at Fruit Logistica 2018, which took place in Berlin, Germany’s Messe Berlin conference center, JBT Global Product Line Director for Fresh Produce Technologies John Siddle said the success at the show provided a strong platform for the rest of the year.

(l-r) JBT’s John Siddle, Robert Goetz, Kalid Saou and Francisco Peris

“We had a good show and obtained several solid leads, which we are in the process of turning into sales,” he recalls. “Fruit Logistica is always a good show for us because we’re growing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.”

Siddle says visitors to the JBT booth showed particular interest in two products that are well suited to the needs of fruit and vegetable producers and exporters – the G3 Labeler and the Endura-Fresh (9000 and QDP) line of coatings.

Effective solutions
A high-speed produce labeler that is capable of handling 13 pieces of fruit a second, the G3 Labeler also has an accuracy rate of over 95%, putting it well above many rival systems currently available.

JBT’s range of wax coatings for fruits has also attracted attention at produce events thanks to a capacity to maintain products in optimum appearance even after long periods in transit.

Endura-Fresh 9000 is a natural coating that is allowed in all areas of the world, and is JBT’s best-performing coating for long trade transit in terms of arrivals appearance and quality. The coating is notable for its superior weight loss control and shine even over long distances.

Endura-Fresh Quick Dry Poly (QDP), which is a polyethylene-based coating, is a more cost effective option for countries where the material is permitted. Also capable of effectively preserving fruit during long journeys, QDP has recently increased its market share in both South Africa and Europe.

Overall a successful show, Siddle added that JBT’s appearance at Fruit Logistica had provided a strong base to build on for produce fairs later in the year, notably Fruit Attraction 2018, which takes place in Madrid, Spain from October 23-25.

JBT Liquid Foods exhibits at California’s largest food processing trade show

JBT will be showcasing its full Liquid Foods range, including new additions, to food and beverage processors large and small at California’s biggest trade event for the industry, the super-regional California League of Food Processors Expo 2018, held at the Sacramento Convention Center from February 21-22. 

As the largest show of its kind in the US’ most populous state, the event offers JBT the opportunity to catch up with existing customers and build relationships with potential new ones, while at the same time highlighting recent innovations from JBT Liquid Foods.

The expo also offers a useful forum for expanding knowledge about issues affecting food processing in the form of multiple workshops held over two days on the trade show floor.

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The California League of Food Producers (CLFP) has been the voice and the advocate for California’s food producing industry since 1905, representing the interests of both large and small food processors and beverage producers throughout the state. Each year, the CLFP holds its annual Food Processing Expo in Sacramento, CA, which attracts many food processing industry leaders, among more than 270 exhibitors and 2500 attendees.


JBT’s North America Director of Sales, Donn Sabato, said JBT’s presence at the event was expected to help reinforce current client relationships and bring on board new customers.

“As JBT, we serve the majority of the industry leaders expected to be present whom we would be delighted to receive at our booth,” he said.

“The show will enable us to further build relationships with the food processing leaders and begin establishing a relationship with potential new customers, while also promoting the JBT Liquid Foods range, including innovations such as the JBT SP-20 EV Extended Vacuum Kit.”

JBT will be exhibiting at the California League of Food Processors Expo 2018 in Booth #526 from February 21-22 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

How JBT R&D is revolutionizing Retort and Rotary

Proving customers with greater flexibility in continuous sterilization is an ongoing challenge for Rick Wilson, JBT’s Global Product Line Director for Retort & Rotary, when it comes to developing new systems and solutions that meet customer needs. Wilson, who oversees research and development in the segment, says the primary focus has been on systems that not only achieve faster sterilization, but which also improve product quality and throughput.

As well as being responsible for technical sales support, Wilson and his team are focused on both developing new products and improving existing systems in JBT’s rotary and retort product portfolio.

On the rotary side, key products are the Rotary Pressure Sterilizer – which is primarily for round metal cans that require pressurised sterilisation – and the Rotary Atmospheric Sterilizer for sterilizing high acid products, such as peppers in brine or tomatoes in sauce.

JBT’s Continuous Rotary Pressure Sterilizer

Retort meanwhile has two main product areas – those which use a static process for products that do not benefit from agitation such as tuna in a pouch, and those which do, such as dairy.

In the second category, JBT has a system – unique in the market – called the SuperAgi Agitating Batch Retort, a patented product, which makes use of spray nozzles mounted inside the reel; a feature that offers superior temperature distribution compared to other agitating  retorts.

The SuperAgi Agitating Batch Retort: proven JBT designs allow for easy maintenance


JBT’s strategy
Wilson says JBT’s strategy is to develop systems that improve the quality of the product being sterilized, while at the same time increasing throughput.

“There are primarily two ways to do that,” he explains. “You either heat the product quicker (to sterilization temperature) and/or you cool the product quicker. All of what we are looking to develop are ways of compressing that cycle. By doing that, generally food quality is increased and throughput is increased because you can process more in a given day.”

JBT currently has several products in development that it is hoped will help achieve these aims by  both increasing capacity and shortening the overall process. These, Wilson reveals, involve either optimizing the agitation process or combining different, complementary technologies. “The challenge is being able to heat the product up very quickly, so we are looking at technologies that allow us to do that,” he says. “These products are on our horizon for 2018.”

JBT’s other focus, Wilson continues, is examining the possibilities offered by the Internet of Things (IoT) for delivering a more complete picture of the operation and through analytics improve the overall efficiency of the canning line. “Customers are looking for flexibility in continuous sterilisation and that’s what we are trying to achieve,” he adds.


JBT wins order for world’s fastest sweetened condensed milk canning line

JBT Corporation is to start installation of the first example of the fastest sweetened condensed milk canning line ever developed in the first quarter of 2018, following the winning of an order with a major dairy processor. Set to handle up to 1,200 Cans Per Minute (CPM) or 72,000 Cans Per Hour (CPH), the latest addition to the successful Unifiller range will – once operational – effectively be the fastest on the planet.

Already the world’s leading filling technology for the canned liquid dairy industry, the Unifiller range has become renowned for its unmatched fill accuracy, hygienic design, dry floor operation and full clean-in-place (CIP) function that does not require fill station disassembly.

As JBT Product Line Director Bart Mertens explains, the range has recently been extended to meet market demand for ever higher line speeds in the form of a 69- and 81-station 1200 frame high capacity Unifiller capable at running at up to 90,000 CPH or 1,500 CPM. “Synchronization with a JBT 10- or 12 spindle X59 can seamer results in a state-of-the-art, high hygiene, high performance, high capacity filler/closer system for canned liquid dairy,” he said.


During the first quarter of 2018, JBT will install the fastest-ever version of the Unifiller for a sweetened condensed milk line, as part of an agreement that will also see JBT supplying can and cover sterilization systems, and handling technology for the line.

To date, high capacity Unifiller units have been sold and installed for evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, liquid coffee and plain milk, with a particular focus on the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions.

In the Americas region, a JBT customer is already using a high capacity Unifiller to fill liquid coffee in glass jars at 800 cpm, while In Asia-Pacific, another customer is producing plain liquid milk in cans on a JBT 81-station Unifiller synchronized with a 12-station X59 seamer.

Mertens added that JBT high capacity filling-closing technology can also be combined with a batch or continuous JBT sterilization system.

Why custom agitation systems add value to the mix

Brian Gehrke, Director – National Accounts, A&B Process Systems writes exclusively for the JBT Liquid Foods Blog on why having effective mixing and blending systems is hugely important for many in the liquid foods industry. 

For many liquid foods processors, having the right mixing and blending systems in place is a crucial component in being able to produce a high quality product at a cost effective price. A&B Process Systems – together with our parent company JBT Corporation – provides a wide variety of engineered agitation solutions for food and beverage mixing and blending that both create efficiencies and add value for customers.

These solutions include but are not limited to: Anchor (Slow Speed) agitation for “Swept Surface” or “Scraped Surface” designs to handle a wide range of products/viscosities; Pitched blade turbine agitators to promote axial flow, increase solids suspension, and reduce liquid blending time and when coupled with customized tank baffling, increase turbulence and eliminate troublesome, bulk product rotation; and “High Shear” high speed agitation solutions.


A&B also offers Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis that allows us to simulate fluid motion using numerical approaches and help insure that the agitator design meets the required mixing objectives. Our CFD analysis software interfaces with our Finite Element Analysis (FEA) mechanical software that enables us to do a full structural analysis of the agitator system as well.

Mixing technology
A&B continues to explore more unique agitator designs including our Helical Swept Surface & Scrape Surface mixing technology, a design which offers more efficient pumping/turbulence during the mixing process, especially when applied to medium to high viscosity solutions. We continue to provide a multitude of combination mix systems with both anchor (Slow Speed Agitation) and High Shear mixers providing an expanded range of mix system solutions. Our latest development is our bottom entry high shear “Liquifusion” systems which are also being offered in a multitude of tank designs and combination mixer applications.

Extensive testing
Along with value added engineering, A&B’s test center allows us to provide our customers with extensive preliminary testing for these mixing applications as well as comprehensive Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) before shipment. This can include incorporation of multiple liquids and particulates, heating and cooling with tank jackets and/or steam injectors and more.

We also offer our Vacuum Powder Mix System that provides for vacuum integration of a bulk solids/powders sub-surface directly to a high or low shear mix system. These systems can convey single or multiple bulk solid ingredients to the mix tank without the problem of excessive dust and safety risks. These systems can also be applied to a wide variety of products and viscosities.

JBT to showcase latest Fresh’n Squeeze innovation at Fruit Attraction

Spain’s Fruit Attraction trade fair, which takes place in Madrid from October 18-20, is one of the globe’s most important exhibitions for fruit and vegetable producers, traders and processors, with a particular emphasis – for obvious reasons – on companies from Spain and Latin America. For JBT, the show offers the opportunity to meet potential customers from around Europe and Latin America, especially those in the retail, foodservice and fruit production sectors.

This year, however, JBT will be giving special focus to its Multi-Fruit Juicer, which will feature a new modification developed by JBT’s Lakeland, Florida engineers, which has turned the unit’s standalone reservoir juicer into a self-service juicer.

As Ignacio Elosua, JBT’s head of sales for Fresh’n Squeeze® point-of-sale juicer line in Europe, explains, the innovation will help JBT reach a wider market than ever before, as the Multi-Fruit Juicer is now suitable for use in supermarkets and grocery outlets.

“In Europe, the demand for fresh orange juice machines in every supermarket is growing and there’s tough competition to cover this segment, but we believe the new version of the Multi-Fruit Juicer will give JBT a competitive edge,” he says.

Fresh solutions
But it’s not just Fresh’n Squeeze. JBT will be highlighting all of its liquid foods solutions for the fruit sector to visitors, which are designed to help producers to handle or process fruit more efficiently. “We have received many enquiries from customers concerned about the amount of fruit they have to handle or seeking to take advantage of lesser-quality products,” explains Elosua. “We believe that our fruit and vegetable solutions can help these customers deal effectively with these challenges.”

Looking at Fruit Attraction as a whole, Elosua says the show – one of the most important in the fresh produce sector – provides a great opportunity for JBT to expand beyond its core businesses and create new leads and opportunities.

“It’s commonly said that Spain is the pantry of Europe, meaning that many of the fruits and vegetables consumed in Europe come from Spain – we can say that is one of the most important markets for selling JBT solutions,” he adds.

JBT will be exhibiting at Fruit Attraction 2017 in Hall 6, Stand 6A02D from October 18-20 in Madrid’s Feria de Madrid (IFEMA) conference center.

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