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LESS is more with this low-energy suction system for retorts

JBT Low Energy Suction system

JBT has introduced a technological break-through for static 1800mm Steam Water Spray (SWS) retorts, the Low Energy Suction System (LESS), which can deliver significant energy savings for food processors by reducing retort water volume by up to 45%. The bolt-on solution, which can be added to existing and new JBT retorts, saves on energy by decreasing heating and cooling costs per process through the use and re-use of a much more limited volume of water. In fact, most companies would expect to receive a return-on-investment within two years based purely on energy savings. 

According to Rick Wilson, JBT’s Global Product Line Director for Retort & Rotary, the system is based around the concept of less being more. “In a static retort, the water transfers the energy to the product – if you can cut that water volume by half and run multiple cycles per day it saves a tremendous amount of energy heating and cooling the water over the life of the retort,” Wilson explains.

The system utilizes a special distributed suction that circulates the water inside the retort while maintaining a high enough level to avoid complications, such as pump cavitation.

Read more HERE about how the Low-Energy Suction System works

“With less water to heat and cool, you not only save steam, but you also save on boiler chemicals, the amount of condensate you have to put down the drain, and less cooling water is needed on the cooling side,” says Wilson. “If you have a cooling tower, you have to run that less, so it saves on energy for cooling all of that water.”

Wilson estimates that a return-on-investment on the system can be realized within a year and a half to two years based on energy savings, meaning the solution is a “no-brainer” for many companies. 

“Our intention is to retrofit LESS onto existing 1800mm retorts,” he adds. “We have hundreds of retorts out there we can retrofit and also new opportunities. We have sold four in the US and three in Asia so far, so LESS is now starting take off.”

JBT Hybrid Layer Pad passes glass container challenge

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JBT has announced the commercial launch of the Hybrid Layer Pad, a unique, innovative solution for improved handling of delicate glass containers in baskets during sterilization. Developed for agitating retorts, the Hybrid Layer Pad has been specifically designed to securely hold irregularly shaped glass containers during rocking or end-over-end agitation, meaning containers look as good after the process as when they first enter the retort.

As JBT’s Global Product Line Director for Retort & Rotary, Rick Wilson, explains, the system has been designed to better handle layers of – typically uneven sized – glass containers when they go through the sterilization process. “Certain products, such as coffee drinks in a glass bottle, can vary in height, while also having lids with lithograph prints that can rub off on contact with a hard surface,” says Wilson. 

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To overcome this challenge, the Hybrid Layer Pad has a spongy rubber material on one side combined with a stiff metal base on the other side. The rubber both protects the sensitive lithograph cap from damage, and also – when the layer pad is compressed on top of all the bottles – will take the variability of the bottle height and hold them securely. The stiff metal base allows layers of containers to be swept off during unloading and prevents container sagging at the edges of the basket.  

“This is a very unique layer pad, which has taken years to develop,” says Wilson. “It increases the quality of the product on the shelf and potentially eliminates the risk of breakage or damaged packaging that can’t be sold.

“We’ve taken a metal sheet and bonded it with a rubber material; a bond which is not compromised by the 250°F steam water spray retort application, so we’ve got a proprietary solution which is unique.”

Find out more about the Hybrid Layer Pad here

JBT Avure brings HPP revolution to dressings and sauces sector

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High Pressure Processing (HPP), a technology pioneered by JBT Avure, is making an increasing impact in the dressings and sauces sector, revolutionizing categories such as juice, salsa and hummus by enabling manufacturers to extend shelf life with a clean-label product that retains the flavor profile of a fresh product. This is the key message that will be delivered by JBT Avure during its upcoming appearance at North America’s leading event for the sector, the Association for Dressings & Sauces (ADS) 2018 Technical Meeting.

Taking place at Charlotte, North Carolina’s Westin Charlotte Hotel from April 29 – May 1, the ADS Technical Meeting brings together delegates from across the dressings and sauces industry, and provides an ideal opportunity to highlight some of the many successes surrounding HPP and tackle some of the misconceptions.

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Dwight McVey, JBT Avure’s Regional Sales Manager who will be delivering a presentation and manning the Avure stand, says the event has provided a valuable forum for spreading the word about the benefits of HPP technology. “Last year A&B Process Systems, also a JBT company, presented some information on the benefits of HPP at the ADS Technical Meeting – there was a lot of interest generated at the conference but we felt there was a need for more education on the technology,” he explains. “Thankfully we were given an opportunity by ADS to have a presentation slot and tabletop dedicated to HPP.”

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McVey says Avure has seen explosive growth with the brands that use HPP in the dressings and sauces category, however – despite the products being a great fit for HPP – it still lacks the market penetration experienced in other sectors that use the technology.

“HPP checks all of the major boxes for current consumer and retailer trends, such as shelf-life, food safety, and clean label,” he adds. “However, lack of education on the technology is the main constraint in preventing larger adoption of HPP. The ADS Technical Meeting is an excellent opportunity for Avure to clear up misperceptions regarding HPP and educate the marketplace on all of the great things it has done for other brands.”

View the full event program for the ADS 2018 Technical Meeting

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JBT’s VAHP Granular Filler solves sticky problem for premium beverages with bits

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JBT has launched the new Vacuum-Assisted High-Precision (VAHP) Granular Filler, a unique innovation developed to add sticky fruit particles to premium beverages that combines high filling accuracy with gentle product handling and minimum product loss.

With demand for beverages that contain chunky fruit pieces on the increase, the VAHP Granular Filler provides processors with a solution that uses a vacuum pocket system to remove unwanted carrying liquid. In addition to measuring pockets, a focused blowout system is used to achieve gentle emptying of the pocket and accurate filling.

According to JBT’s Sven Rogiest, the VAHP has been developed from JBT’s earlier Granular Filler, adding a unique fill-gate design and vacuum system to handle the sticky fruit particles used in much of the expanding premium beverage market, especially in the Asia Pacific region.

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“The JBT Granular Filler has been used to fill solid bits into cans or jars, but more and more , processors of premium beverages are looking to use sticky fruit pieces rather than dried particles,” he explained. “With the VAHP, the bits are placed in liquid and gently moved into filling pockets. The vacuum then removes the carrying liquid leaving only fruit pieces in the pockets.

“The VAHP is being used in South East Asia where non-carbonated beverages with bits such as mango, grass jelly and coconut beverages with fruit pieces are becoming very popular. To the best of my knowledge, this is a unique product which can achieve a far greater filling accuracy than rival systems.”

Learn more about the JBT VAHP Granular Filler

JBT announces launch of new 
High Capacity Unifiller

 

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JBT Corporation, one of the world’s leading solutions providers for the food and beverage processing industries, is pleased to announce the launch of the new, High Capacity Unifiller, a unit capable of filling 1,500 containers per minute at an unparalleled accuracy rate.

The High Capacity Unifiller, which can be synchronized with JBT’s 12-head seamer to provide an effective, high-speed canning solution, includes all the best features required for Total Performance Management (TPM), such as clear-guarding, enabling easy revision of the machine as it functions, and LED lighting. The system’s built-in Clean-In-Place (CIP) technology also means the system can be completely cleaned in around one hour, maximizing uptime and minimizing downtime in the process.

Jan Sundberg, JBT’s Produce Line Manager for the Americas, said: “When you have lines that are dedicated to one can- or container-size in high volume, this is a good fit. Eliminating older lines and combining them into a single line can improve efficiency and achieve cost reductions. If you look at the cost per container compared with a single high speed line, there are some big savings. If customers have to achieve the volume, this is the best way of doing it.”

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The High Capacity Unifiller being tested at JBT’s Sint-Niklaas, Belgium facility

Sundberg added that the High Capacity Unifiller also features an accuracy rate typically double those of competitors. “This adds up very quickly on high-speed lines like this,” he said. “If you are running 1,000+ cans per minute, we are talking about several hundred thousand dollars a year in savings.” To date, JBT has sold and installed four High Capacity Unifillers – two in Asia-Pacific, one in North America and one in South America. The new installations perform: high speed filling of Coffee Drinks in glass bottles, high speed canning of Evaporated Milk, and the fastest filling line of Sweetened Condensed Milk in the world.

Separately, JBT has announced the comprehensive relaunch of its online presence, with the introduction of a new, flagship website at jbtc.com. Carlos Saavedra, JBT’s Global Marketing Manager for Liquid Foods, said: “We have added easier navigation tools for finding products and solutions. The aim is to help customers understand that JBT is much more than just an equipment supplier by grouping together products to provide complete solutions for end users. Through the new site, it is now easier to see how certain products fit together to deliver an overall solution.”

JBT SeamTec Seamer seals award win at Anuga FoodTec 2018

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JBT’s SeamTec Seamer, the innovative seamer designed for packaging high value powders, has been announced as one of the winners of the Dairy Technology Award 2018, the annual competition recognizing outstanding new technological developments in the dairy industry. At a ceremony at the Anuga FoodTec 2018 trade fair in Cologne, Germany on March 21, organized by International Dairy Magazine, the SeamTec Seamer was selected as one of the recipients of the award by a jury of renowned experts on dairy technology and engineering.

In its original submission to the award committee, JBT explained the rationale behind the SeamTec system was a response to the inadequacies of traditional can seamers for high value infant formula powders.

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Unchanged for decades, these seamers were essentially adaptations of standard designs for liquid applications, with minor modifications. Today, many of these machines no longer meet the needs of the modern infant formula powder industry.

Driven by ever-increasing regulatory requirements, infant formula canners demand the highest level of hygienic design, with no exposed lubricants, easy and quick cleaning, prevention of foreign particles and absolute product safety.

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Baby powder being filled into cans by JBT affiliate PLF International

JBT’s response was a radical new approach to seamer design, with the development of a seamer specifically for high value powders. JBT worked closely with leading infant formula producers to understand their specific requirements in terms of hygienic design, operation in an inert gas environment, cleanability, and operator and product safety – and all at a reasonable cost with no powder spillage and foreign particle prevention.

The unique SeamTec Seamer features set a new standard in the industry and makes this the most advanced seamer for powder on the planet. Since the system’s introduction, industry leaders like Nestlé, Wyeth, MeadJohnson, Abbott and FrieslandCampina have all embraced JBT’s SeamTec seaming technology.

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.

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