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Tray sealing test center strengthens JBT Proseal’s presence in Italy

JBT’s tray sealing specialist Proseal is increasing its support for the important Italian market with the appointment of Giovanni-Paolo as Regional Sales Manager for the country.

Giovanni will be based at Proseal’s parent company JBT’s Center for Excellence in Parma. The facility includes JBT’s Technology Center for fruit and vegetable processing, protein, aseptic and HPP systems, which enables customers to assess a wide range of aseptic processing and packaging technologies and provides full testing facilities to trial solutions for their products, both remotely and in person.

As part of the Proseal customer offer, one of the company’s tray sealing machines has now been added to the test equipment at the center. This will allow customers to experience first-hand the effectiveness of Proseal’s tray sealing technology for the fast, efficient and hygienic sealing of a wide range of products from fresh berries and other produce, meat, poultry and fish, to sandwiches, snack foods, ready meals and fresh pasta.

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Using customer supplied raw material, Proseal experts will also be able to help carry out feasibility studies on new products and processes.

“Italy is an important market for us, and Giovanni’s appointment means we now have a dedicated specialist to provide comprehensive support to our Italian customers and those in neighbouring countries,” says Tony Burgess, Sales Director of Proseal. “Equally important, the introduction of tray sealing technology to the Center of Excellence offers a valuable addition to JBT’s extensive food processing and packaging solutions.”

Founded in 1998 and part of the JBT family since 2019, Proseal is a world leader in the design and manufacture of high-quality tray sealing machines, conveyor systems and sealing tools for the food industry, with manufacturing facilities in the UK, the US and Australia. JBT is a leading global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food processing industry, committed to delivering a service that surpasses customer expectations.

PRoSIGHT™️ Smart Glasses: the PPE of the future

Wearable technology is among the most exciting recent developments in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), with smart glass in particular becoming an integral part of PPE thanks to their numerous advantages and ability to enhance existing safety functions. At the same time, there are increasing restrictions on travel, meaning new solutions are needed to provide expert technical support to local engineers at customers worldwide.

JBT’s PRoSIGHT safety certified smart glasses have been developed to both enhance safety functions by vastly reducing the risk of human error and deliver support from JBT experts to technicians across the globe. Acting as a PPE of the future, PRoSIGHT enables equipment to be serviced far more quickly while removing the need for travel and is set to become an essential part of a technician’s toolbox.

Smart PPE
PPE protective gear – including clothing, helmets and glasses – is designed to protect the wearer in dangerous working environments. With digital innovation, has come the challenge of increasing worker efficiency and productivity levels, while decreasing the number of human errors. With that in mind, traditional PPE has been advanced with cameras, microphones, sensors, and other built-in intelligent features to assist frontline workers. Moreover, PPE is being designed in such a way that innovation and technology become an integral part of it. What used to be a single functional piece of protective equipment is being transformed into digitally enhanced protective gear designed to deliver another layer of knowledge and information. With the JBT PRoSIGHT certified (ANSI Z.87.1, CE- EN166) smart glasses, what used to be a hype, is now a reality. 

Informed protection
Besides acting as a barrier between the wearer and the working environment, smart safety glasses can add another layer of insight, knowledge, and information to the situation. What used to be a single piece of protective equipment, has transformed into a multifunctional device with multiple advantages. With digital innovation within the wearable tech industry, another dimension of shared knowledge and connectivity is added next to enhanced safety and protection.

PRoSIGHT smart glasses hold several unique advantages over mobile technology (smartphones and tablets) in an industrial context:

  • The embedded cameras perfectly capture the wearer’s perspective when establishing a video streaming session for remote assistance. ‘You-see-what-I-see’ is not a marketing slogan but a reality, in which the expert sees exactly what the glasses wearer is seeing. 
  • The smart glasses not only protect the eye area but also serve as a multi-functional smart and interactive technological device, unlike other reactive PPE.
  • Smart glasses allows engineers to maintain both hands free to do the job, supported by remote experts with the most natural view possible of the situation.

Real-time support
Imagine a JBT field service engineer performing a complex maintenance task while having a real-time streaming session with a highly trained expert in the back office. 

The FSE can communicate with the expert who’s using PRoSIGHT’s augmented remote assistance software platform via the built-in microphones and video camera, he can zoom in on details, using voice commands and at the same time perform certain actions on the equipment he is maintaining. The PRoSIGHT augmented remote assistance software platform makes it possible to show step-by-step instructions on the display of the smart glasses, in order to guide the FSE in complex maintenance or technical problems. 

With his eyes focused on the job and both hands available to do the job, his safety is guaranteed to the maximum. PRoSIGHT™ is the safest way for field technicians to work hands-free in real-time with a remote expert and will become a standard element of the PPE uniform.

JBT center of excellence move will accelerate filler development

JBT has announced the moving of its center of excellence for Level & Weight Fillers from its previous JBT Amsterdam, Netherlands location to its business unit in JBT Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, as part of a strategy to speed-up the development of new generation fillers.

With more than 50 years’ experience delivering fillers for the food industry, the transfer of the center of excellence to the Sint Niklaas site will add vast experience to JBT’s level and weight filling solutions, according to JBT Customer Care Manager Chris Deckx.

“Centralizing the Level & Weight Fillers in the Belgian factory will accelerate the development of the new generation fillers and result in additional options and upgrades increasing the efficiencies and utilization of the existing equipment,” he said.

“We are thus very pleased to inform that transition has now been completed with the moving of services and spare parts, and we are now able to serve customers from our JBT Belgium location going forward.”

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iOPS Dashboard: the remote support tool that can reduce downtime

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact across all sections of industry, changing working methods and practices, including in food and beverage processing. Although vaccines are slowly being distributed, the ‘new normal’ remains in place, meaning that new maintenance and analysis solutions are also necessary.

One such highly-effective solution is JBT’s Internet of Things (IoT) platform iOPS, which has recently introduced the iOPS Dashboard for the JBT Lubricator for the Hydrostatic Sterilizer, working in conjunction with customers. A remote analysis, monitoring and support tool, the iOPS Dashboard helps to improve support, aid maintenance, reduce downtime, isolate alarms, prevent delays and keep factories running efficiently.

Consolidated view
The iOPS Dashboard provides customers – at a safe, remote distance – with a consolidated view of points of concern, including all alarm points, production rates, run-time efficiencies, upcoming and past schedules, and the current status. This provides vital information such as both actual running production speed, and real-time utilization rates of the Hydrostatic Sterilizer, explains JBT Software & Project Engineer, Rick Ripley.

“Customers can optimize their maintenance load by studying information provided by the iOPS Dashboard, including how many revolutions have taken place since the last lubrication,” says Ripley. “This almost gives them intuition and acts like an early warning system for failures.”

First year free
The iOPS Dashboard, which is available free for the first year and then on an annual subscription basis, provides the data needed to carry out a qualitative analysis of the last cycle, alongside alarms that tell managers if any area is in risk of failure, and a series of widgets that give an overall picture of how the machinery is running.

“The report gives managers all the information they would want to know,” says Ripley. “This includes information such as when was the last time the system ran, how many pins have been lubricated, along with the history. It tells a manager how their maintenance is going on a machine.”

He adds: “People can monitor their machines without having to be at the factory. For now and into the near future, remote working will continue to be the new normal and plants are feeling it too.”

Learn more about the JBT iOPS Dashboard

JBT keeps focus on sustainability with energy-saving systems

Sustainability has always been a key focus for JBT, and throughout 2020 there has been a large emphasis on improving and promoting sustainable practices both within JBT and externally across the food and beverage industry. JBT has continued to innovate, offering new and existing technology that can significantly boost customers’ sustainability credentials.

JBT’s sustainability drive is focused on four central pillars: providing solutions that reduce the total cost of ownership by enabling companies to become more sustainable in the use of energy, water and steam; solutions to reduce food waste in the production and supply chain; adapting highly-efficient solutions for the food and beverage segment; and improving sustainable practices within JBT facilities worldwide.

Substantial savings
One of the ways JBT is helping customers improve sustainability at the production level is through the Heat Recovery System (HRS) for the Continuous Rotary Pressure Sterilizer. Offered as an upgrade package for customers with existing and new (yet-to-be installed) Continuous Rotary Pressure Sterilizers. The HRS is focused on achieving optimum savings during the sterilization process for products requiring a pre-heater. 

Among its key benefits, the HRS can deliver a reduction in steam usage of up to 40% and decrease the overall thermal load of the cooling tower, resulting in substantial energy savings. In fact, the system offers a high return on investment, with a payback within two-three years based only on steam reduction costs.

Energy reduction
A further valuable sustainable solution from JBT is the Energy Recovery System for Retort Sterilizers (ERS), which makes use of a Hot and Cold water tank that acts as a battery to transfer energy between the Come-up and Cooling portions of a retort’s thermal process. The system collects energy from hot process water and transfers this energy to the cold-process water during the come-up phase. The system also improves energy recovery by using minimum steam during this phase.

The ERS can additionally be combined with JBT’s Low Energy Suction System (LESS) for Static Retorts, a passive suction system which draws in water evenly along the length of a retort. This allows less water to be used in the retort during the thermal process resulting in less steam being required to heat and less water to cool.

Ensuring savings
Other energy-savings options available from JBT include indirect heating utilizing a shell-and-tube heat exchanger, which provides energy, water and chemical savings by recovering steam condensate.

Additionally, JBT’s Rotary Pressure Sterilizer includes an Eco-Mode that enables customers to reduce steam energy consumption when the machine is operating without cans by reducing the temperature until cans are reintroduced into the sterilizer.

By continuing to assist customers in reducing their energy, JBT has helped bring sustainability to the forefront of the food and beverage industry agenda and will strive to ensure the topic gains greater prominence over the months ahead.

Learn more about JBT’s commitment to sustainability

A long-term commitment: JBT’s Retrofit Kits

JBT level fillers, weight fillers, Unifillers, can closers and cappers have a solid record for long-running performance, sometimes stretching back over decades, covering both new builds and second-hand machines. But even the best-performing equipment requires updating and upgrading after years of service, and this is where JBT Retrofit Kits come in, offering a solution that can bring filler and closer machines into the 21st century.

“We have a lot of these machines in the field that are 20-30 years’ old and are still running quite well,” explains JBT’s Ben Verbeeck. “However, after such a length of time, improvements are often needed in terms of both hygiene and filling accuracy, and we have developed solutions for that in the form of different kits.”

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JBT Retrofit kits are not only capable of bringing hygiene to 2020 levels, but they can also boost filling accuracy, making sure any wastage is kept to a bare minimum. They can further improve product handling, upgrade machine hygiene and replacing obsolete OEM components, updating software programs and improving maintenance in the process. “These are solutions for machines that are still operating well, but it’s all about bringing them into the 21st century,” says Verbeeck.

Tailored packages
JBT Retrofit Kits are part of a long-term commitment to customers by ensuring that even well-seasoned equipment receives the high quality maintenance and machine upgrades that enable companies to get the most value out of solutions and realize more operational savings.

The kits offer tailored original component packages that deliver cost-effective, quality results, including effective installation, commissioning and operator training by JBT’s skilled service teams to help maximize the return on investment.

Learn more about JBT Retrofit Kits for Filler & Closer Equipment

JBT destaca o comprometimento com os processadores e exportadores brasileiros

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2020 tem sido um ano de mudanças para a JBT no Brasil, mas por razões positivas, não em relação à pandemia do Covid-19. Ao contrário de se intimidar devido às circunstâncias desafiadoras, a JBT continua a apoiar processadores e exportadores por meio de um grande investimento na expansão de suas instalações de fabricação e treinamento.

Inaugurada em maio de 2020, a instalação localizada em Araraquara, São Paulo, acrescentou 1.793 m2 à unidade de 11.042 m2 já existente (incluindo uma expansão de 1.016 m2 do centro de fabricação). A JBT também vem investindo separadamente em tecnologias para auxiliar os clientes no Brasil durante a continuação da pandemia, incluindo a adição de conectividade à internet (iOPS Gateway) aos equipamentos existentes da JBT para possibilitar a assistência remota, além de lançar no país óculos inteligentes inovadores PRoSIGHT para auxiliar os técnicos da JBT a diagnosticar problemas à distância.

Soluções tecnológicas
Ao discursar este ano na abertura da expansão de Araraquara, o presidente para o Hemisfério Sul da JBT FoodTech, J. Miguel Ruiz, descreveu o investimento com um exemplo do “comprometimento da JBT com o Brasil.” “A atual situação de mudança favorece empresas que exportam e, com isso, os exportadores de alimentos aumentaram e passaram a lucrar mais”, afirmou Ruiz, que explicou que a nova instalação atenderia à demanda dos clientes por novas tecnologias e planos de investimento durante e após a pandemia. 

“O investimento em nossa instalação de produção no Brasil é um reconhecimento de nossa competitividade e do bom trabalho realizado por nossa equipe no Brasil nos últimos anos”, ele acrescentou.

Protocolos de segurança
Atualmente, a unidade de Araraquara recebe tours virtuais da instalação e um número limitado de visitas presenciais, proporcionando uma atualização concisa dos mais recentes desenvolvimentos da JBT, além de uma chance de ver novas soluções e tecnologias da JBT em ação. A instalação ajudou a implementar protocolos de distanciamento social, incluindo uma câmera térmica para os funcionários e visitantes. Entretanto, a JBT também está se preparando para a vida pós-pandemia ao trazer novas soluções de esterilização UHT para o crescente setor de laticínios brasileiro e, ao mesmo tempo, assegurando que os clientes estejam mais conectados com a JBT do que nunca.

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JBT underlines commitment to Brazil’s processors and exporters

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2020 has been a year for change at JBT in Brazil, but for positive reasons rather than anything to do with the Covid-19 pandemic. Far from being deterred by the challenging circumstances, JBT is continuing to support processors and exporters by making a major investment in the expansion of its manufacturing and training facility.

Inaugurated in May 2020, the Araraquara, São Paolo-based facility has added an extra 1,7934 m2 to the existing 11,0421 m2 site (including an 1,0160 m2 expansion of the manufacturing center). JBT has also separately been investing in technologies to support customers in Brazil during the ongoing pandemic, including adding internet (iOPS Gateway) connectivity to existing JBT equipment to enable remote assistance, as well as introducing innovative PRoSIGHT smart glasses to the country to help JBT technicians diagnose problems from a distance.

JBT’s PRoSIGHT uses augmented reality smart glasses

Technological solutions
Speaking at the opening of the Araraquara expansion earlier this year, JBT FoodTech Southern Hemisphere president J. Miguel Ruiz described the investment as an example of JBT’s “commitment to Brazil.” “The current changing situation favors companies that export and with that food exports have increased and become more profitable,” said Ruiz, who explained the new facility would meet customer demand for new technologies and investment plans during and following the pandemic. 

“The investment in our Brazil manufacturing facility is a recognition of our competitiveness and the good work carried out by our team in Brazil over recent years,” he added.

Customers attend a workshop at the JBT Araraquara facility

Safety protocols
Currently, the Araraquara site host both virtual tours of the facility and a limited number of in-person visits, providing a concise update of the latest JBT developments and a chance to see new JBT solutions and technologies in action. The facility has helped implement social distancing protocols, including a thermal camera for both employees and visitors. However, JBT is also preparing for post-pandemic life by bringing in new UHT sterilization solutions for Brazil’s expanding dairy sector, while making sure that customers are more connected with JBT than ever before.

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JBT Tech Centers: supporting customers through challenging times

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Like most activities across the food processing industry, the testing of new products and processes has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, with previously routine visits by customers to JBT testing centers or JBT visits to customers restricted by the ongoing situation. However, virtual monitoring and remote support are providing JBT customers with innovative solutions that are helping avoid delays to the implementation of new systems.

Like most international companies, JBT has had to find alternatives to travelling to meet customers and this includes JBT’s Tech Centers, among them the JBT Research Technology Center for In-Container Sterilization in Madera, CA, where the emphasis is on continuing to provide thorough support. “Even during these challenging times, we have been open and fully active, and are here to help customers,” says Narsi Ponagandla, JBT’s Madera-based RTC Manager for Liquid Foods. 

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The Madera center, he says, establishes processes for customers by performing tests and supplying the data to customers. It further has the added assurance of having FDA process authority-approved team members on hand to make sure all testing is up-to-date and compliant with current standards.

Decreasing exposure
One such example of support provided to a customer was a canned coffee processor with a steam-water spray pilot retort used for establishing commercially sterile processes. With JBT process engineers unable to travel to the facility to conduct thermal studies and train personnel, the customer opted to ship ingredients to JBT’s Madera Process Technologies Laboratory to carry out thermal studies and design thermal processes without the need to travel.

“The customer chose to do this to decrease exposure of both the JBT process engineer as well as their personnel,” explains Ponagandla. “Heat penetration tests are conducted in the Madera Lab and processes established and sent to the customer. We have batch and continuous retort simulation systems and can run the test depending on what the customer needs.”

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Wide-ranging support
The Madera Process Technologies Laboratory, which is recognized by both the FDA and the USDA, provides a wide range of process authority services including in-container and aseptic processing expertise provided by a team of highly experienced thermal processing experts. The 8,000 ft² pilot plant and laboratory facility specializes in process establishment and consulting for batch or continuous in-container systems as well as aseptic systems, covering areas such as sterilization and thermobacteriology.

Process authority consulting services cover the validation of newly installed sterilization equipment and the re-validation of existing installed equipment, both JBT and non-JBT. The facility also works with customers to develop thermal processes for product-container combinations for every type of packaging from cans and glass to plastic and pouches. 

The Tech Center further provides an Aseptic Processing Course covering continuous flow and filling technologies, as well as a five-day Thermal Processing Academy, which includes one day’s hands-on pilot plant experience and gives an overview of thermal processing from sterilization concepts to process calculation methods.

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Meeting the seasonal challenge: how PRoCARE can make a difference

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JBT’s Preservation business unit supports container filling and seaming equipment as well as in-container sterilization technology such as rotary cooker/coolers, hydrostats and retorts. Products processed through this equipment includes everything from ready meals to canned vegetables and wet petfood. What makes this industry different to others covered by JBT is that it includes seasonal and year-round customers, both of which have a common need to avoid downtime and maximize productivity. This is where JBT’s PRoCARE® program has provided customers with a means of achieving that mutual goal.

“We have seasonal customers who have production windows of only three months a year and others who run year-round, and each of them have different sets of problems,” explains JBT Preservation’s Madera, California-based Service Manager Diego Ulloa. “With seasonal customers, the main problem is they don’t have staff and operators year-round, so the knowledge can be limited and things can get overlooked. With year-round customers, they often have very short, limited maintenance windows. Downtime is more critical for those customers, and unscheduled downtime can be a real challenge for them.”

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Avoiding downtime
There is often also a problem with operator turnover, according to Ulloa, with operators retiring and companies experiencing difficulties hiring replacements. A further difficulty is that a lot of customers in the industry are on a limited budget, which can sometimes act as a restraint on the amount of maintenance they would like to do. 

The advantage PRoCARE offers, he continues, is the option to train operators and avoid unscheduled downtime by carrying out audits ahead of time. “Highly-experienced JBT technicians are able to identify potential equipment problems and can plan ahead of time by ordering parts, so that if and when a shutdown happens, actual downtime is kept to a minimum,” explains Ulloa.

“By planning ahead, JBT maintenance visits become a lot cheaper, enabling companies to better control their budget. PRoCARE customers will also see discounts on services and parts, while JBT has furtherseasonal support to help those customers with limited staff.”

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Productivity increase
To give an example, Ulloa cites the case of two customers, both tomato processors, who work on a seasonal basis. After the season is completed, JBT engineers carry out an equipment evaluation, make recommendations and order parts where needed. The engineers then return to make sure the equipment is in optimal condition for the following season.

“They’ve told us that since they started with PRoCARE, they have seen a tremendous reduction in downtime and improvement in productivity,” says Ulloa. “Some of these customers might only be running production for two-three months, so those two-three months need to be as optimal as possible.”

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