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JBT announces one-day Glass Filling Technology Day conference and tour

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JBT will be staging a free-to-attend, one-day conference at its St Niklaas, Belgium facility on the international market for food and dairy products in glass containers. The Glass Filling Technology Day, which will take place on January 21, 2020, will focus on the critical filling stage, exploring solutions and technologies from JBT, as well as global trends and new developments in glass disinfection, rinsing and reheating.

Featuring expert JBT speakers plus presentations from companies actively involved in the glass filling industry, the event will also feature an exclusive tour of JBT’s manufacturing facility and technology center to view a High-Speed Rotary Rinser-Filler-Capper for soy-milk in glass bottles.

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JBT’s Ben Verbeeck said: “The Technology Day will include presentations not just from JBT, but also from bottle-sterilizing experts WAB on the latest developments in the industry and glass jar and bottle producer Ardagh Group on trends and prospects in glass packaging.”

This will be followed by a guided tour of the JBT St Niklaas facility in the afternoon and a look at the latest version of the High-Speed Rotary Rinser-Filler-Capper.”

The JBT Glass Filling Technology Day will take place at the Hotel Beveren, Beveren-Waas, Belgium on January 21, 2020. Attendance is free but space is limited, so please click the link below to secure your place.

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Blow Molding Controls Upgrade brings old technology into modern era

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JBT Food & Dairy Systems has been producing high quality blow holding machines for over 100 years under the SF&DS brand. Their reliability is such that machines produced in 1971 are still in service today, but the very fact of their age – with many installed over 50 years ago – means they typically contain obsolete hardware and software. However, JBT has introduced a new solution which will enable customers to continue to benefit from the machines’ quality and reliability, while bringing them into the modern age.

The Blow Molding Controls Upgrade replaces essential parts of the machinery as an interesting alternative to replacement, which resolves many of the problems encountered when using old systems, including lengthy breakdowns due to a lack of spare parts.

To overcome such challenges, the Blow Molding Controls Upgrade introduces a new controls system using state-of-the-art software, trending and remote support. By replacing the HMI terminal, processing computer, mold control boxes and IO modules, an old machine is brought up to a modern standard. The new controls system significantly reduces the risk of breakdowns, but should one take place, JBT can swiftly supply spare parts to limit downtime.

JBT’s BottleTec™: the modern version of the Extrusion Blow-Molder.

Cost-effective solution
“Many of these machines are still out in the field and are being used by companies to produce sterile plastic bottles, but because the control system is obsolete, the possibilities to repair them and keep them running are becoming fewer,” explains Auke Bouwense, JBT’s Customer Care Manager for Blow Molding and Filling Systems.

“There is trade-off between investment in repair and investment in a new machine. Replacing the control system is a very invasive operation, so we have developed the Blow Molding Controls Upgrade to manage that risk.”

JBT carried out its first installation of the new controls system during the summer months of 2019 and it has proven to be both cost-effective and efficient. “The system is up and running and has become a very good example of a successful development project,” says Bouwense. The customer now has a year-over-year strategy to convert the rest of their blow molding machines.”

“The Blow Molding Controls Upgrade makes an old system relevant again and the investment is a lot lower than if they had bought a new machine,” he adds.

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JBT presenta innovaciones en el Seminario de Cítricos de Argentina

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La mejora en la extracción de jugos, pulpa, aceites esenciales y soluciones innovadoras para el seguimiento de embarques y la integración virtual de equipos, serán algunos de los temas que se abordarán durante el Seminario de Cítricos de JBT a celebrarse en Argentina el próximo día 26 de noviembre, en la ciudad de Tucumán.

El evento, dirigido tanto a los clientes existentes como a los que recién se incorporan, abarcará una diversidad de temas de interés para los procesadores de cítricos, desde los métodos para la recolección de pulpa hasta el uso de la tecnología de gateway iOPS® patentada por JBT para mejorar el control de los procesos de producción.” Analizaremos las mejores prácticas en sistemas de extracción y procesamiento de JBT, pero también incluiremos contenido adicional que resulte útil para los participantes”, dice Januário Soligon, Director de Ventas y Servicio de la división de Alimentos Líquidos de JBT en Sudamérica.

Soluciones tecnológicas
Entre los contenidos del seminario se incluyen una visión general de la estructura de la EEAOC y de los servicios disponibles para el sector citrícola argentino, a cargo del Dr. Hernán Salas, destacado investigador con sede en Tucumán, y un análisis de los obstáculos que se han adoptado para evitar la propagación de Huanglongbing en la región, por parte de Pablo Padilla, presidente de la Asociación Citrícola del Noroeste Argentino, ACNOA. 

Las soluciones tecnológicas serán uno de los temas centrales del seminario, y habrá oportunidad de ver las recientes innovaciones de JBT que ya están disponibles en Argentina. Destacan entre ellas SafeTraces, un nuevo aliado de JBT, que se especializa en soluciones innovadoras para el rastreo de envíos de productos a todo el mundo. 

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Se expondrá la capacidad que ofrece la plataforma iOPS, que recopila datos en tiempo real de equipos y maquinaria interconectados, y que permite a los clientes tomar decisiones oportunas. Durante este proceso, el gateway iOPS puede mejorar la eficiencia general de las operaciones, permitiendo la detección de problemas potenciales antes de que se conviertan en problemas. “El disponer de un sistema gateway de iOPS les ofrece a los clientes mucha más información sobre los procesos y datos precisos sobre el rendimiento y la eficiencia, ayudándolos a tomar mejores decisiones en el día a día”, agregó Soligon.

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Beneficios tangibles
También se analizarán en el seminario, los sistemas de recuperación de pulpa y se explicará cómo se puede envasar asépticamente la pulpa separada en contenedores. El sistema, explica Soligon, puede ofrecer beneficios reales y tangibles a los clientes al permitirles sacar más provecho del mismo volumen de fruta.

La extracción de aceites esenciales es otro tema de gran importancia que dará la oportunidad de conocer la cuarta generación del exitoso sistema MORE (Modular Oil Recovery Equipment), que incluye nuevas funciones automatizadas para facilitar el trabajo de los operadores, y también se dará a conocer a otro aliado de JBT, IceGen, que ofrece soluciones de congelación rápida para el transporte seguro de zumo, puré y pulpa.

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JBT innovations to take centerstage at Argentina Citrus seminar

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Improved juice, pulp and essential oil extraction, as well as innovative solutions for tracking shipments and virtually integrating machinery will be among the key topics discussed at a JBT Citrus Seminar in Argentina to be held on 26 November in the city of Tucumán. Aimed at both existing customers and newcomers alike, the event will cover a range of subjects of interest to citrus processors, from methods for pulp recovery to the use of JBT’s proprietary iOPs® gateway technology for improved monitoring of production processes. 

“We will be looking at best practices in extraction and processing systems from JBT, but also will be including additional content that will be useful to participants,” says Januário Soligon, Director of Sales & Service for JBT Liquid Foods in South America.

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Technological solutions
This content will include an overview of EEAOC’s structure and services available to the Argentinian citrus sector delivered by leading Tucumán-based researcher Dr Hernán Salas, and an examination of barriers adopted to prevent the spread of Greening in the region from Pablo Padilla, president of the ACNOA citrus producers’ association. 

Technological solutions will be a central focus of the seminar, with a look at recent JBT innovations now available in Argentina. This will include an overview of SafeTraces, a new alliance partner of JBT’s, which specializes in innovative solutions for tracking produce shipments worldwide. 

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The potential offered by the iOPS platform, which collects data in real time from inter-connected equipment and machinery  enabling customers to make timely decisions, will be featured. In the process, the iOPS gateway can improve the overall efficiency of operations, allowing for the detection of potential issues before they become problems. “Having an iOPS gateway in place provides customers with much more information on processes and accurate data on performance and efficiency, helping them to take better day-to-day decisions,” adds Soligon.

Tangible benefits
Pulp recovery systems will also be examined at the seminar, including a look at how the separated pulp can be filled aseptically into containers. The system, explains Soligon, can deliver real, tangible benefits to customers by enabling them to get more out of the same volume of fruit.

Oil recovery will also be a key topic with a look at the recently-launched fourth generation of the successful MORE (Modular Oil Recovery Equipment) system, which includes new, automated features to make life easier for the operator, plus there will be a look at another JBT alliance partner, IceGen, and their rapid freezing solutions for safe transportations of juice, puree and pulp.

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JBT’s PRoCARE: helping keep HPP downtime to a minimum

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Being able to maximize efficiency is essential for any company using High Pressure Processing (HPP) from JBT Avure to increase shelf life and ensure food safety, which is why downtime must be kept to a minimum. This is where a PRoCARE program from JBT Avure comes into play. 

With PRoCARE, equipment is inspected and maintained per the manufacturing standards to optimize performance and maintenance technicians receive on-going training.  Maintenance employee turnover is an issue customers are faced with around the globe.  With the training offered as part of PRoCARE, employees will be kept current with the required maintenance practices.

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Preventative maintenance
The System Uptime Review Evaluation (SURE) from JBT Avure is one way of guarding against unnecessary HPP downtime and is available to Avure customers – free for the first year – as part of JBT’s PRoCARE preventative maintenance program.

As Tim Boyle, JBT Avure’s Director of Customer Care for HPP, explains, SURE focuses on carrying out a full visual inspection of machinery, measuring pre-stress levels and making sure all components are working at maximum efficiency. Another key element to the SURE inspection is ensuring all aspects of the HPP safety systems are working properly and customer personnel are following the correct safety protocols.     

“Safety is one of our main concerns in everything we do.  When you are running machines at 87,000 psi, we need to be sure the safety systems continue to perform as they were designed”, says Boyle. “HPP is a growing technology in the food industry and we want to ensure that it maintains its reputation for safety in terms of the food our customer’s process as well was with the operation of our equipment” he emphasizes.

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Identifying problems
SURE allows JBT technicians to identify areas where maintenance is not being performed properly, even finding instances where customers are prematurely discarding thousands of dollars of parts which could easily be re-lapped and reused. “With the maintenance employee turnover issues our customers face, we often find that new employees don’t fully understand the maintenance requirements and how to perform the work.  This level of uncertainty can lead to less efficient work time and more machine downtime,” explains Boyle.

“Through the PRoCARE program’s combination of the SURE inspection and immediate training, we can identify areas of improvement and spend time training both new and existing employees.  This real time feedback is extremely effective in showing not just what needs to be done on the machine, but why it is important.”

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The PRoCARE package of the SURE inspection and three days’ maintenance training is now included free for the first year when purchasing a new Avure HPP machine. For those customers that would like further support, JBT Avure can customize a PRoCARE Level 2 package to meet their specific needs. These options can be service visits from Avure technicians, custom parts kits for easy ordering, parts discounts, emergency service discounts and also the JBT iOPS (our internet of things) portal for enhanced machine reporting. “Our goal is to become an integral part of our customer’s success through exceptional customer service,” adds Boyle.

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FTNON Open Days to showcase fresh-cut solutions

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JBT FTNON will showcase several of its groundbreaking innovations developed to improve food safety, hygiene and processing efficiency for fresh-cut salad and vegetable producers at a series of Open Days taking place at the company’s facility in Almelo, the Netherlands from November 11-15 2019.

Visitors to the Open Days will be able to view demonstrations of solutions including the CoreTakr® Flex and the CoreTakr® Iceberg for safe, efficient robotic de-coring of iceberg lettuce, cabbage and other products. The Bell pepper de-corer (SPD-200) removes the unpleasant and time-consuming task of having to core bell peppers manually, while improving productivity and yield in the process. 

The Magnetic Onion Peeler (MOP-200) – developed by FTNON in collaboration with Gills Onions and the American USDA – reduces the costs of maintenance and is able to process up to 120 onions per minute by using frictionless permanent super magnetism, eliminating the need for wires, tubes, belts and springs. 

FTNON’s washing and drying lines include the Super Batch Centrifuge SBC, a solution which has been especially developed for drying fragile salads by evenly dividing the pieces around a centrifuge in a conical drum. The system’s easy-to-clean, hygienic design helps ensure less product damage and at the same time reduces energy costs and the overall footprint. 

The Open Days will also feature demonstrations of JBT FTNON alliances and JBT’s new IoT software platform known as iOPS®.

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JBT Fresh Produce Technologies celebrates landmark 90th anniversary

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JBT’s recent appearance at two of 2019’s most prominent produce trade events – Fruit Attraction 2019 in Madrid, Spain and PMA Fresh Summit in Anaheim, California – was made even more significant by the fact that JBT’s Fresh Produce Technologies (FPT) business unit is this year celebrating its landmark 90th anniversary. 

It is an achievement that John Siddle, JBT’s FPT Global Product Line Director, describes as a testament to the enduring quality of JBT solutions. “We’re excited about being in business for 90 years,” he says. “It speaks to the quality of what we produce and the longevity of our organization.”

From founder John Bean’s invention of a continuous spray pump to battle scale in his almond orchards through to the introduction of the world’s first continuous rotary pressure sterilizer for processing low acid foods such as vegetables, the development of FPT can be traced through the history of JBT. 

This commitment to developing new FPT solutions has continued with the Endura-Fresh™ line of coatings and the Freshgard™ decay control range, which can help improve product appearance, shelf-life, and guard against weight loss. More recently, JBT has brought on board two companies that can offer innovative solutions in fresh-cut machinery and produce packaging – FTNON and Proseal – both of which featured at PMA Fresh Summit 2019 and Fruit Attraction 2019.

According to John Siddle, much of this continued success can be traced to JBT’s technical expertise, which has allowed the company to adapt to the changing needs of the produce sector.

In particular, he says JBT’s FPT business has grown significantly over the past 20 years, almost doubling in size as a result of a move into produce labelling, fruit coatings and a focus on natural and water-based products. 

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Global expansion
The growth in the FPT business unit over the past two decades can be traced back to the outbreak of citrus greening in JBT’s former core market for juice extractors, Florida, which prompted a shrinking of the industry and a move of much of the production to California. “We saw growth opportunities for other FPT solutions in other parts of the US and we have made strides forward with that,” says Siddle. These solutions included the introduction of the JBT Tall Bin Scrubber, which has become a valued tool for field bin sanitization and the Freshgard® Chemtrol Programmable Controller for safe, reliable and low-cost control of the pH and sanitizer level in re-circulating water systems.

However, another major factor was JBT’s desire to develop its FPT market share outside the bounds of the US by taking the solutions and technologies to customers worldwide. “We’re now a whole lot more global than we were 20 years ago and we keep expanding,” adds Siddle who identifies the Middle East and Asia as two key growth markets for the years to come.

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