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JBT iOPS helps Öresundschark boost capacity and production hours

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Utilizing production capacity to its maximum and avoiding unplanned downtime is essential for any protein producer, and having the tools in place to make this happen can bring both piece of mind and help increase profits. This was certainly the case for Swedish meatball producer Öresundschark AB, which has recorded benefits for its business from opting for JBT’s innovative Industrial Internet of Things performance optimization platform, iOPS®.

Öresundschark AB connected their Frigoscandia freezer to iOPS two years ago and since then their capacity utilization has increased significantly and made life a lot easier for Production and Maintenance Manager Johan Rulander. By having machinery connected, Rulander has been able to monitor and detect worn parts or potential issues before they become problems, enabling him to improve the overall efficiency of his operations and avoid unplanned downtime. 

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Öresundschark’s Johan Rulander with the JBT iOPS platform

Furthermore, Rulander can now quickly trouble-shoot and easily provide remote support to his production team when needed, by having machine and system data in real-time through an app on his mobile phone. “I can quickly identify the issue by checking the alarms and give advice how to fix it without having to drop what I’m doing and rush down to production to solve the issue personally,” he says. “This gives both me and the team piece of mind, and they are not as reluctant to call me and ask when issues arises and I’m reassured production will run smoothly without my presence.” 

New methods
JBT iOPS® has led to a completely new way of planning production and machine maintenance through predictive data for Öresundschark, according to Rulander, who regularly consults the live data feed on his phone. “I check how the machine has been running on the late shifts and I can see cleaning stops and estimate drying time to know when I can start-up production again in the morning,” he explains. 

iOPS allows for connected equipment and operation monitoring, providing food manufacturers with new and unique possibilities to ensure sustainable and profitable growth through insights and proactive actions that would not have been possible to achieve in a profitable way before.

“I keep an eye on the air temperatures inside the freezer, and if they are running high for a longer period, we plan for extra defrost programs to maximize running time,” continues Rulander. “Over time, the freezing belt wears and overstretches and with inductive sensors I can monitor this and plan maintenance stops when I want them, and adjust it in good time before issues arise.”

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Every food processing company knows that the key to a successful and profitable business is to keep production running without disruption. Every extra hour of production equals profit and money in the pocket.

“We run at a high pace and during certain periods we produce seven days a week, so at these times there is no room for downtime,” says Rulander. “Timely maintenance and proactively replacing parts before they break plays a major role in minimizing downtime and saving money.” 

About Öresundschark
Öresundschark AB has been a high valued partner of JBT since moving to Malmö, Sweden in 1999. A local family-owned business founded in 1997, Öresundschark’s high quality products have been awarded with the EU Ecolabel, a mark of environmental excellence. They produce a wide range of meat patties, chicken- and meatballs and supply the largest convenience retailers all over the region. Around 30 employees work at Öresundschark AB and their production plant generates 5,000 tons of fried, frozen and chilled products every year, all of which are processed using JBT equipment. 

Öresundschark is aiming to expand its product portfolio to also include vegetarian alternatives and to ramp up productivity to reach a yearly production of 8,000 tons. “JBT ́s iOPS will help us achieve these targets faster by enabling us to run our production longer and more efficiently,” adds Rulander. 

For more information about Öresundschark AB, visit: oresundschark.se 

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JBT free webinar to help boost turkey and ham packaging productivity

JBT has announced the new, free-of-charge JBTConnects Webinar Series for the food processing industry on a variety of wide-ranging topics, all with the idea that a more informed processor is a better processor. Taking place on December 3, TIPPER TIE will be hosting the latest in the series, targeted toward processors looking to increase productivity and efficiency when netting turkeys and hams. 

With the festive season upon us once again, demand for sliced hams and frozen turkeys is bound to rise, but almost like never before – amid the ongoing pandemic – food processors are facing pressure on costs and unexpected employee absences.

The new TIPPER TIE TN3004 Netter presents companies with the means of improving automation of turkey and smoked ham netting, while at the same time keeping overall costs low. An upgrade on the existing auto netter, the TN3004 delivers significant production efficiency by reducing netting waste, lowering labor costs, and minimizing product handling. 

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Cost reduction
For customers handling fresh and frozen turkeys or smoked hams, the TN3004 both maximizes automation, which reduces the need for manual labor, both contributing towards an overall cost reduction during the packaging process and making the process safer. 

Traditional netted products like whole turkeys, spiral-sliced half hams, bone in turkey breasts, and quarter hams are ideal for the TN3004, while the system can also handle shellfish, mortadella and flower bulbs, among other products.

The JBT TIPPER TIE Increasing Productivity with Automated Netting of Turkeys and Hams webinar will take place on December 3 at 3 PM EST.

REGISTER HERE: https://jbtc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jY2c7Gd2SXe8m_O8Zq-OWA

JBT Advantec M freezer helping support growth of protein industry across Asia

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As nutrition options have been improving across Asia in recent years, so food processors have been seeking efficient means of delivering safe protein products across borders. JBT’s latest product innovation to support this development is the JBT ADVANTEC M Modular Impingement Freezer. This technology more efficiently uses flash freezing to quickly freeze vegetables, seafood and other products.   

Maintaining freshness
“We are fortunate to be in a world where improving nutritional options are available to a wider segment of the global population,” says JBT Asia Pacific President, Marshall Coleman. “This isn’t truer than in Asia where frozen product supply chains are allowing farmers, growers, fisherman and other producers to extend the reach of high quality foods to broader elements of the population.”

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“The JBT product innovation team,” he continues, “is supporting these developments with new technology well-suited for a variety of applications. The latest development – the ADVANTEC Modular freezer – employs flash freezing as the most efficient way of delivering those products to market.” 

Improved elements
“The ADVANTEC M gives customers in the frozen vegetable and seafood markets an economical way to quickly seal in the freshness of a product before packaging,” adds Coleman. 

“Our team has improved elements of frost management, hygienic design, product height variability and unit maintenance while maintaining an economical cost. Please reach out to our commercial team and we will help you determine if the ADVANTEC M is a good fit for your business.”

Find out more about the JBT Frigoscandia ADVANTEC M Impingement Freezer

JBT debuts high capacity version of best seller GYRoCOMPACT® 60 Spiral Freezer

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JBT is continuing to innovate and amplify its Frigoscandia line of spiral freezers and chillers by adding even more power to the GYRoCOMPACT 60 Spiral Freezer. With an increase in length to 600mm, JBT engineers have been able to boost capacity by up to 25%, while maintaining high food safety, functional reliability and ease of maintenance.

The new power-boosted GYRoCOMPACT 60 Spiral Freezer can freeze up to 3.5 tonnes of product per hour on the smallest possible footprint. With the unique Frigoscandia self-stacking belt, the foundation for all GYRoCOMPACT spiral freezers, it is not only the most efficient way to drive a spiral freezer but also the most compact in terms of footprint and headroom. 

JBT is dedicated to producing freezer technology that sets the standard for hygiene, durability and cost of ownership, says Torbjörn Persson, JBT’s Director of Value Stream and Global Product Line. “Food producers are constantly looking for ways of making their production more efficient in uptime and at getting greater capacity out of their existing processing lines to stay competitive,” he explains.

“It is expensive to expand with new production facilities to get the volumes up so the aim is to build in as much capacity as possible in existing buildings which means that compact solutions with high production output is of great value.”

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“The secret behind the new high performance version of the GYRoCOMPACT 60 Spiral Freezer is the more powerful heat exchanging system,” continues Persson. “With just a small increase in length, 600 mm, our engineers have managed to increase the capacity by up to 25%, all while maintaining the inherent benefits of the self-stacking principle such as high food safety, functional reliability and ease of maintenance. We know our customers have been waiting for this and we’re excited to further place our customers in the forefront of their industries and help them meet and overachieve their production quotas.”

The Frigoscandia brand has been at the forefront of developing freezing technology for decades. Other JBT brands include the Stein range of ovens, fryers and coating equipment, DSI slicing and portioning systems, the Double D range of high impingement cookers and searer/grill-markers and Formcook contact and combi cookers, all of which can be integrated to suit specific applications.

JBT has Food Technology Centres near Edinburgh in the UK and Helsingborg in Sweden, where customers come to test equipment at first hand with a trained technical team.

Click HERE to find out more about the GYRoCOMPACT 60 Spiral Freezer

JBT announces webinar on tracking chicken feet for processors & exporters

JBT is launching the first in a series of free webinars on November 12 with an informational session looking at how to efficiently track – and remove from the system when necessary – chicken paws during processing.

Especially valuable for customers exporting to China, where chicken paws fetch good prices as culinary staples, the webinar will provide information on what you need to know for efficient, regulatory-compliant chicken paw processing.

You can register for the Webinar HERE

Under U.S. regulations, chicken carcasses must be inspected during processing, and those found deficient removed from the line – along with the paws. But since paws are usually separated from the bird prior to the inspection point, it’s crucial to effectively remove the correct paws. Proper paw rejection is not only key to improving processing across a facility, it can also open the door for paw exports to the China market.

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The Chicken Paw Tracking Webinar will examine efficient and cost-effective tools from JBT Prime Equipment that can make this objective a reality, with the MARS Paw Tracking and Recovery System.

“If you are processing paws, or considering getting more money for chicken paws by exporting, you will want to see this webinar,” says JBT Prime Equipment Director of Marketing & Product Integration Grant Parsons. “More and more customers are looking to export paws to China, but in order to do that they have to be sure deficient paws are being rejected during processing. This system enables you to do just that, but also gives you the means of monitoring your line so you can improve its efficiency.”

The JBT-Prime Equipment Group Chicken Paw Tracking Webinar is set for November 12 at 3 p.m. Eastern.

Click HERE to register for the Webinar

Request more information HERE or click to learn more about the MARS Paw Tracking and Recovery System

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