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JBT boosts sustainability credentials with ambitious solar project

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JBT’s Sint Niklaas, Belgium facility is close to completing of one of the company’s most ambitious sustainability projects, with the installation of over 1,000 solar panels that will – once in operation – account for 25% of the 260,000 sq ft center’s total energy usage. The culmination of months of careful planning, the project is part of a large scale move to bring Sint Niklaas, and other, older JBT facilities, in line with JBT’s overall Sustainability strategy for 2020.

JBT’s internal Energy Action Plan falls within the Sustainability strategy and includes substantial work undertaken to reduce heating, fuel and electricity usage at locations such as Sint Niklaas. As part of the plan, older roofing at the site is also being replaced and improved insulation added; an effort which has so far helped bring down Sint Niklaas’ heating costs by approximately $150,000 per year.

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Solar panels at JBT Sint Niklaas, Belgium

“At Sint Niklaas, we are in a very big, but old facility, so over recent years we have been renovating the shell and the roofing, and this has given us the opportunity to also install solar panels,” explains HSE and Facility Manager Jan Vangansbeke. “Here in Sint Niklaas, we are located in a residential area and in that context, we want to carefully consider the surrounding environment and our Corporate Social Responsibility.”

Putting in place a total of 1,048 solar panels, capable of generating a total of 330 KWp or around a quarter of the facility’s total energy consumption per year, involved close communication between all partners from the beginning which ultimately helped deliver extremely good results, according to Vangansbeke. 

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View of JBT Sint Niklaas’ recently-installed solar panels

However, the project was not without its challenges. “We have insulated, steel deck roofs with connecting flexi-panels in between to allow for more natural light, but these posed a danger during installation,” he explains. “What we did was to put in place galvanized mesh wire – as they use in concrete – which was fixed to the roof so the solar panels could be installed and maintained safely.”

Looking ahead, Vangansbeke says JBT will continue to work on the building shell in Sint Niklaas with the remaining, older roofing gradually replaced as part of the overall drive to achieve more sustainable heating and electricity usage at the site. Other future initiatives include the installation of charging stations for electrical vehicles.

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JBT puts sustainability at heart of 2020 goals

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Improving and promoting sustainable practices is a key focus for JBT going into 2020, with initiatives to improve sustainability in the processed food and beverage segment as well as internally within JBT facilities. From assisting customers in the reduction of their energy footprint to improving JBT’s own internal practices, sustainability is moving to the forefront and will feature strongly over the coming 12 months.

“There are four key areas in which JBT is involved in sustainability,” explains Douglas Woodruff, JBT’s Director of Research & Development for Liquid Foods. “Firstly, we provide our customers with solutions that reduce the total cost of ownership in terms of energy, water, and steam, enabling their operations to become more sustainable. Secondly, we have a number of new product offerings that help our customers reduce food waste in food production and the delivery chain.”

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A third area, he continues, is that of adapting highly efficient solutions to the plant-based beverage and food segment. The fourth, in contrast, is concentrated on improving sustainable practices within JBT facilities worldwide, an effort that has included simple changes to grander undertakings. “Our internal initiatives have included everything from putting in light sensors that switch off if there is no-one in the area, installing new heating systems that significantly reduce consumption of heating oil and reduce corresponding emissions, and installing solar panel systems at some of our larger manufacturing sites,” says Woodruff.

“JBT is focused on improving operational efficiencies, for both our customers and ourselves. These improvements often lead to more sustainable operating conditions while also providing financial value,” he adds. “Another bonus is that these developments help our customers – large and small – fulfill their own sustainability objectives, whether that be reducing resources required for production of safe food, reducing food waste, or efficient production of plant-based beverages and/or foods.”

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.

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“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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