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Lifting the load: JBT showcases efficiency-improving AGVs at Pack Expo

JBT AGV

JBT’s line of automatic guided vehicle (AGV) systems, solutions which are enabling many high profile companies in the food sector to make substantial efficiency savings, will be centerstage at this year’s Pack Expo, which will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center from October 14-17. JBT will be showcasing the CB750, a counterbalance-style forklift AGV capable of carrying 750 kg, which will be running host-free at the show. 

What this means in practice, says JBT AGV’s Laura McConney, is that the forklift will be operating without any high-level software and will make all the intelligent decisions itself. Ideal for handling pallets, racks, and rolls, the counterbalance AGV excels in floor-to-floor transfers, and its end-mounted lift mast allows the vehicle to move multiple load types without complications.

“The AGVs handle a lot of packaging materials for customers, principally towards the end of line as packaging materials are coming off the production line,” explains McConney. “We do really well with palletised units and can also automatically load and unload trailers.”

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Efficiency savings
However, one of the most outstanding attributes offered by the AGV is its ability to deliver substantial efficiency savings. Manufactured in the US – as well as the UK for Europe and China for Asia, respectively – the AGV units remove repetitive and wasteful work practices, enabling companies to redeploy resources more effectively. 

“Most of what we’re delivering to customers is labor savings,” says Mark Longacre, JBT’s applications manager for automated systems. “We think of that as allowing them to redeploy labor to where they can create more value in their process. Having people on a forklift moving products from one end of the plant to the other all day does not add value to the product. In reality, it can affect safety and often does. People get bored and careless and make mistakes, which can create accidents and personal injury, as well as plant and product damage.”

JBT will be exhibiting at Pack Expo 2018 at Booth N-4725 in Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center from October 14-17.

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JBT to highlight protein processing potential at CIMIE China

CIMIE China

JBT’s protein unit will be exhibiting at the upcoming China International Meat Industry Exhibition (CIMIE) where the focus will be on highlighting how JBT solutions and systems can help support the dynamic growth of the Chinese meat industry. Organized by China Meat Association (CMA) and the International Meat Secretariat (IMS), the show will staged be Beijing’s China International Exhibition Center from September 20-22.

Stefan Axelsson, JBT’s Director of Technical Solutions & Marketing for Asia Pacific, explained that the focus for JBT at the event would very much be on protein related products and processes, such as freezing, brine injection, waterjet portioning and High Pressure Processing (HPP). “HVB (brine) injecting can make meat clean label and increase yield of product,” he said. “HPP from JBT Avure is another clean label technology which helps to extend shelf life of case ready products.”

Daniel Liaw, JBT Director of Sales – China, added: “CIMIE is China’s number one meat exhibition, so exhibiting at CIMIE is important for JBT brand awareness, engagement with our existing customers and meeting new customers. The key message we want to deliver is that JBT can contribute to the food industry revolution in China with the technology we have.”

JBT will be exhibiting at CIMIE China 2018 at Stand C8027, Hall 8 at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing, China from September 20-22.

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Waterjet portioning: the cutting system that makes big savings

Cutting and preparing poultry breast meat was traditionally a time consuming, labor intensive task, prone to inefficiency and potential contamination. In this environment, the introduction of JBT’s DSI Waterjet Portioning System some 30 years ago proved revolutionary. In addition to decreasing labor costs, the System has proven to consistently improve product yield and increase productivity. DSI’s David Pfanstiel explains how the system works.

The current installed base of DSI Waterjet Portioning Systems is well over 300 Systems globally.  The DSI brand has been synonymous with leadership and innovation in waterjet portioning of boneless proteins for more than 30 years, producing systems that are equally effective in cutting poultry, fish, beef or pork, or even products as diverse as pies and pizzas.

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How does the waterjet portioning system work?  The product is conveyed in and scanned. We are able to distinguish lean meat from fat for fat trimming applications. We also provide portioning to product weight and or dimensions. With the scan, we take a three-dimensional map and based on the input density, we can cut to product target weight, and into portions, strips, nuggets, or other various solutions.

After being scanned, the product data is gathered and analyzed within milliseconds for several software solutions, which can be running simultaneously. The key is we want to maximize yield on every piece cut.

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Key benefits
The scan information is sent to the cutters, which use high-pressure water, generated by a pump. We take normal pressure water and generate that up to either 60,000 psi or 87,000 psi, depending on the application. These cutters then portion the product.  The cutters are on x-y dimensions, so they travel in both directions, cross-belt and down-belt.

The scan information tells the cutters where to move and cut the product, then the product is harvested off the exit belt.  The key benefits are capacity, yield, and accuracy.  Labor savings also provide a substantial payback, particularly as qualified labor has become a challenge in many markets.  Depending on the application, labor savings are typically between 10 and 20 people per shift.  Other key advantages are software flexibility, footprint, and life cost.

Learn more about DSI Waterjet Portioning Systems

JBT ready to support expanding Myanmar seafood sector

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JBT’s range of innovative solutions for Asia’s seafood processors will be front and center at Propak Myanmar 2018 from September 13-15 at the Yangon Convention Centre to highlight the support JBT systems and equipment are able to deliver to the fast expanding sector. 

With Myanmar Seafood Processing companies scaling up the size of their operations to better fit the demands of exporting seafood products to global markets, JBT will be on hand at this year’s Propak Myanmar to emphasize the important part it can play for the industry.

The JBT Indochina sales team, led by Sorayut Ujjaphuree, will focus in particular on the JBT Freezer Portfolio and JBT Glazing line, both of which have significant applications for seafood exports.

JBT will be exhibiting at Propak Myanmar 2018 in Booth F5, Hall 1 in the Yangon Convention Centre, Yangon from September 13-15

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