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JBT launches Hygienic Piping System Provider Buyers Guide

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JBT has introduced a free-of-charge Hygienic Piping System Provider Buyers Guide, which aims to walk customers and non-customers alike through the process of acquiring new solutions with the focus on avoiding all-too-common pitfalls. The guide, The Top 10 Questions To Ask When Choosing a Hygienic Piping System Installation Provider, will discuss the key questions and factors that need to be considered before making a decision.

Buck Evers, Director of Field Services at JBT’s A&B Process Systems, says the guide was put together to give companies a valuable resource before and during the decision making process, outlining steps that should be taken and hazards that must be avoided. “The guide is designed to help companies in making the buying decisions because it looks at the process from a customer’s perspective, outlining the questions they need to ask to make a decision,” he explains.

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“If you only look at price and don’t consider other factors, you could end up with a supplier that doesn’t have the experience, the certifications or the safety performance to execute a job or hit the budget,” Evers continues. “The total cost of selecting a low price could be higher because companies can end up paying through accidents or having to change orders during the project. Poor quality can also have repercussions later where companies are forced to make corrections because the suppliers weren’t skilled enough.”

From a JBT perspective, Evers says that one of JBT’s key strengths is that the company provides ongoing support during the lifetime of the system or machinery, ensuring piece-of-mind should mishaps occur. “Supporting customers long-term through JBT’s customer care program means we can stand behind them,” he adds.

Download a free copy of the Top 10 Questions To Ask When Choosing a Hygienic Piping System Installation Provider Buyers Guide

 

JBT and TORR Industries confirm global alliance for filling technologies

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JBT and California-based TORR Industries Inc. have announced an alliance aimed at bringing TORR’s versatile fillers to companies handling everything from wines and juices to coffee concentrates all across the globe.

The non-exclusive Sales Representation Agreement will give JBT the opportunity to represent TORR’s low and high-acid aseptic and sanitary liquid filling systems for bags, pouches, and bulk-containers with fill fitments globally. The alliance covers applications for products within the liquid foods, fruit and vegetable, dairy, wine, tomato sauce, and ready-to-eat sauce categories. 

Based in Shasta County, Northern California, TORR is the leader in high output wine bag fillers in the US market, but with an international presence that includes installations for coconut milk in Malaysia and crushed pineapple in the Philippines.

TORR filling systems will allow JBT to offer filling systems that can be used with Bag-in-Box (size ranging between 2 and 25 liters), stand-up pouches (size ranging between 0.175 to 5 liters) and bulk containers (size ranging from 200 to 1400 liters) with a wide range of filling speeds. TORR filling systems will complement JBT’s sanitary fillers for HPP products and will also fill the gap between JBT’s retail and bulk filling offerings.

Increased shelf life
A recent major success for TORR has been the supply of Bag-in-Box fillers to Delicato Family Wines in Manteca, California. for their “Bota Box” three-liter Bag-in-Box package. TORR installed seven TORR 150 fillers at the new Manteca 770,000 sq. ft winery and distribution center in the first quarter of 2019. Delicato placed additional orders in August for two more fillers for the new 1.5-liter Bag-in-Box line. 

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“Delicato chose TORR over international competition because of TORR’s patent pending filling heads that provide increased shelf life because of low oxygen pickup during filling,” said TORR Sales Director, Chris Rutter. “The servo powered fillers also provide high uptime and low maintenance cost.”

TORR fillers, which include automatic bag into box loading at up to 25 bags per minute, are used for dairy, coffee concentrates and fruit juices. TORR also offers the Engi-O range of FDA LONO-approved aseptic bag fillers for up to 1500-liter bins, 200-liter drum and 20-liter bags for foodservice. The company is currently installing four Engi-O AM5 low acid aseptic fillers that fill bins, drums and foodservice bags at a major producer in the US Pacific North West for fruit and vegetable purees. International installations of the TORR Engi-O low acid aseptic fillers include coconut milk in Malaysia, crushed pineapple in the Philippines and dairy products in New Zealand. 

Learn more about TORR’s range of solutions

Proseal underlines its sustainability credentials

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At this year’s Pack Expo Las Vegas, the most recent addition to the JBT family, Proseal, will showcase its advanced tray sealing solutions that satisfy the needs of a wide variety of products and applications including the increased focus on sustainable packaging. The equipment on display will demonstrate the tray sealing specialist’s ability to seal many different tray formats at fast speeds in line with individual customer requirements.

Models range from the semi-automatic Proseal GTR, ideal for smaller scale enterprises and new product development, to the high-speed, fully automatic Proseal GT6e with a maximum speed of 96 Vacuum-Gas packs per minute or 160 Atmospheric Seal packs per minute on an 8-impression tool.

Proseal says that the increasing focus on more sustainable packaging is fuelling growing demand from both retailers and consumers for more environmentally friendly solutions, and this has led many food producers to explore alternative packaging materials. The company’s entire range of tray sealing machines is readily equipped to handle this widening range such as board and pulp, enabling manufacturers to adopt new pack formats without additional and costly investment.

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At Pack Expo, Proseal will be demonstrating the Halopack tray, the first fully hermetic cardboard MAP packaging.  Halopack trays are produced on the Proseal SKR machine and the board base material is made from over 90% recycled cardboard. Halopack incorporates high barrier properties that maintain product quality and, with the right conditions, can extend shelf-life. Proseal will also highlight its ability to handle and seal extremely lightweight plastic trays, enabling businesses to achieve the benefits of food protection and reduced food waste, while reducing the amount of plastic by up to 42%. 

In addition, the company will demonstrate a variety of different pack sealing formats, including a new skin packaging technology, Skin2™, which increases cycle speeds over existing skin processes while reducing unit and equipment costs.  

Proseal’s flexible ‘e’ range of tray sealing machines can handle every format of tray sealing, with the ability to introduce or remove these features at any time. This gives food producers the flexibility to easily switch between packaging formats during normal production.

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The company’s commitment to sustainable solutions will also be underlined through its Eseal® technology that features on all its automatic tray sealers on display at Pack Expo.  This delivers excellent seal reliability to meet the stringent quality requirements of the food retail sector while achieving a 92% reduction in energy usage.

Furthermore, Proseal will be exhibiting its advanced OC Conveyor feeding a Proseal GT1e machine to illustrate the production efficiencies of an integrated conveyor and tray sealer solution, and the LC1 Lid-clipping machine. 

The LC1 is a fully automatic, in-line lid-placing, denesting and tamping system (patent pending), designed to cut labour costs while utilising recyclable packaging. It can accept trays from any conveyors; clip lids onto film-sealed trays; and take trays directly from a filling conveyor when no film lid is required.  Through the use of these features to avoid any loading errors, the LC1 system can be fully integrated with any other in-line equipment including upstream tray-sealing machines.

Proseal will be appearing at Pack Expo Las Vegas in Booth LS6563 from September 23-25 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. JBT will also be highlighting its full range of solutions at Booth LS6190.

JBT launches superior organic fruit coating

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JBT has introduced Sta-Fresh 2850 OR, a new, certified coating for organic fruits, offering superior shine, blush and moisture-loss control than most other organic coatings. Approved for use in both the US and the EU, the solution also provides significantly improved defect resistance compared with previous JBT organic coatings as well as much improved storage performance.

Developed by experts who have helped JBT lead the postharvest market for 90 years, Sta-Fresh 2850 OR has been specially formulated to help minimize moisture loss and maximize flavor preservation, while maintaining a fresh, natural appearance and enduring high shine from the packhouse to the export market destination. 

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John Siddle, JBT’s Global Product Line Director for Fresh Produce Technologies, says the coating delivers a significant advantage over JBT’s previous organic coating line, from both a practical and an aesthetic point of view. “Sta-Fresh 2850 OR is a lot shinier so it has a much better appearance, and it also has much better defect control, which means that it doesn’t blush as much as other organic coatings and it holds up better during storage.  The result is that the fruit should arrive at market in much better condition,” Siddle explains. 

“Having better shine, blush and defect resistance will provide our customers with much better value with regard to appearance, moisture-loss control and fruit taste.”

All ingredients used in Sta-Fresh 2850 OR are verified compliant with USDA National Organic Standards and the European Union’s approved list for fruit coatings.

Learn more about Sta-Fresh 2850 OR

JBT and SmartWash alliance to take fresh-cut food safety technology into Europe

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JBT and food safety technology specialist SmartWash Solutions™ have announced the start of a new European alliance between the two companies, which has been developed to bring an innovative combination of science, technology and engineering to fresh-cut produce processors within Europe.

Originally launched in the US in 2009, SmartWash Solutions’ patented SmartWash delivers Pinpoint Process Control™ to food processing wash water systems, mitigating cross contamination while improving food safety. The system has proven so effective in curbing cross contamination that it is now used by over 50% of the US fresh-cut produce industry, leading to expansion to Europe with the opening of SmartWash Solutions BV in the Netherlands.

Ewoud Buter, General Manager of SmartWash Solutions BV, said that with the announcement of the alliance, the company anticipates further expansion with the leveraging of JBT resources in Europe and beyond, which will enable it to significantly scale-up its activities. He said: “Through our alliance with JBT, we will be able to make many more people in the industry aware of the benefits of SmartWash by leveraging the resources of JBT worldwide.”

Carlos Fernandez, JBT’s Executive Vice President and President, Liquid Foods, said: “Food safety is a mega-trend that will transform the marketplace over the next generation. We’re thrilled to partner with SmartWash Solutions and offer this breakthrough to our customers.”

Alleviate challenges
Buter explained that the solution is designed to increase and maximize the effectiveness of the most powerful anti-microbial weapon in existence – chlorine – by combining chlorine-based washes with patented SmartWash chemistry. 

“The components of our patented SmartWash solution help to alleviate the challenges associated with fresh-cut produce, comprising a high level of pathogen control that allows us to mitigate the risk of cross contamination and in the process reduce the probability of outbreaks occurring,” he said. “The wash water used in fresh-cut processing can get extremely dirty, due to soils and other contaminants entering the system.”

SmartWash Solutions’ process control systems provide high process control while also withstanding the challenges of working in a wet and cold environment, common in fresh-cut processing. Additionally, SmartWash Solutions has helped customers realize cost savings in labor, productivity and utilities by improving the efficiency of wash systems and increasing the process control to levels previously impossible in the industry. 

So successful has the technology been that SmartWash systems now treat an estimated five billion pounds worth of fresh-cut produce in the US every year, as well as significant volumes in Canada, Australia, China and Spain. 

Learn more about SmartWash Solutions

Model R: an alternative option to acquire JBT filler-seamers

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JBT fillers and seamers can make a tangible difference to the effectiveness and efficiency of food and beverage processors’ operations, but budgets do not always stretch to cover the cost of new machinery. JBT’s Model ‘R’ or ‘Rebuilt’ offers a means of acquiring warranty-protected JBT equipment, comprised of new electronics and components in an existing frame, at an attractive price for smaller and mid-sized companies.

“We can compare it with car manufacturers who offer a complete overhaul when they want to bring older cars back on the road,” says Rex Pattyn, Customer Care Sales Manager for JBT. “This is exactly what JBT is doing. These are machines that we buy back from customers who don’t need them anymore and – after the thorough overhaul – we are able to offer them to other customers, with the result that these customers are getting a machine that is nearly new.”

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Industry-standard solutions
As Pattyn explains, the JBT Model R program retains the original filler and seamer frames and some parts, but brings in all-new, state-of-the-art electronics and components, with wear and tear elements discarded. A risk assessment is also carried out on all recycled parts, with everything updated to current standards before being reinstalled on the filler or seamer.

“Model R signifies ‘Rebuilt’ and the price of these machines is typically new minus approximately 30%,” says Pattyn. “The cost is less than that of manufacturing a new machine because the frame and critical parts are already there, while all the rest is replaced.

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“Customers get a true industry-standard JBT machine complete with warranty at a very attractive price. This helps customers who want to buy a genuine JBT machine but don’t have the budget available to buy new.”

“We don’t just clean a machine and give it a new coat of paint, we completely strip the components, deep clean the machinery, coat it, and bring everything up to current industry standards, so it’s a completely different approach from that of a normal second hand machine trader,” adds Pattyn. “It’s treated and quality checked like a piece of new equipment.”

Learn more about JBT’s Model R program

IceGen: A revolutionary breakthrough for liquid foods

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JBT ally IceGen is a specialist in Liquid Ice generation, an innovative technology which provides a wide variety of applications to extend shelf life and aid in product transportation. Through IceGen’s alliance with JBT, the system is now being made available to a far wider customer base across the global liquid foods sector and is poised to bring tangible advantages to juice and liquid food producers and exporters.

IceGen’s scraped surface, heat exchangers create Liquid Ice that is used to increase quality, speed up processes and significantly increase savings within the juice industry.  The Liquid Ice is an energy efficient, cost effective system that delivers results that far outweigh those of traditional systems. 

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Cost savings
Using considerably less energy than conventional systems, the technology has significant cost saving advantages for juice or vegetable producing companies. When filling tankers with an IceGen, juice can be shipped for several weeks without the need of refrigerated trucks. Juice is cooled inline and drums are frozen in a fraction of the time.

According to Motti Einhorn, president of IceGen Corp, the moment a product enters the IceGen, the water particles within the product are instantly frozen creating millions of tiny ice crystals that act as heat exchangers. The cooling power of these millions of crystals is huge.

 “You can keep food and juice cool for a month without any refrigeration by using Liquid Ice,” Einhorn explains. “The crystals within the juice or product use their latent cooling power to maintain the cool temperature without the need for additional cooling. We are able to load a tanker at 30ºF and 30 days later receive it at the same temperature.”

The Juice plants using an IceGen save money by removing the need for refrigerated transport and by freezing drums in a fraction of the time. 

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IceGen supplied machinery to convert Liquid Ice into snow for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Homogenous freezing
Liquid Ice is pumpable like any other liquid, yet it has more cooling power than solid ice. When freezing a drum with Liquid Ice, the juice or liquid will freeze homogenously, without any separation of water and sugar particles as is seen in traditional freezing. This preserves the taste, aroma, color and overall quality of the product. When a drum, frozen with Liquid Ice, is removed from the freezer it defrosts homogenously too and it tastes as fresh as did when it was frozen. The ‘pineapple effect’ is avoided and there are no interior pockets of warm juice when freezing.  

 “It works much better than a blast freezer because it’s much softer on the product and much faster,” says Einhorn. “The product comes into the machine and goes out with every part of the product at the freeze point. It is as effective on greens and vegetables and purees as it is on juice. We are even using it now on chunks of fruit and vegetables with the same success. Customers have also complained about a ‘frozen taste’ with products that go through a blast freezer – with Liquid Ice you never have that problem.

“Customers have told us: ‘When buying from other growers inevitably we end up purchasing products that have come through an IceGen because the product quality is so superior'”.

IceGen’s worldwide footprint is truly global with almost 100 machines in every continent.  With more people becoming aware of the many advantages of the IceGen, that number is growing daily.

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