Delivering a sustainable customer value proposition through smarter integrated JBT technology will be the focus for an upcoming JBT Technical Seminar, which will take place on March 14 at the VIV Asia 2019 show in Bangkok, Thailand.
One such example of smart technology that will be highlighted at the seminar is the IMAX 630 Injector, which makes use of the cutting edge JBT SchröderIMAX-IT system, a controller featuring an intuitive user interface that sets new standards in user-friendliness and information provision.
Designed for chicken, pork and beef processing, the system connects functions and also provides independent control of the desired injection rate.
Manuel Kaufman, Product line and Application Manager for Curing and Marination at JBT APAC, will lead the discussions and presentation of JBT HIGHline Injection Solutions, providing examples of how intelligent IMAX-IT and Automated Integrated JBT solutions have driven the value proposition for customers in the region.
High expectations In an interview, Tom Borup, Managing Director of JBT Asia Pacific, said JBT’s presence at VIV Asia 2019 would mark the company’s first direct participation in the show, adding that the JBT team had high expectations for the event.
“When we look at Asia we are very optimistic: demographics are right, we have a huge growth in our middle class which is driving food consumption growth,” he said. “On top of that modern lifestyles and “food on the go” adds to a healthy growth of QSR and convenience stores across Asia – all that fits well to the JBT portfolio.
“Not only are there more middle class consumers in Asia but the income per capita is increasing and the Chinese, Indians, Indonesians, Thais, Koreans, and even to some extent Japanese are eating a more calorie and protein rich when they choose their meals – poultry and related is an key protein in this respect – this is a trend we see to continue for years to come.”
JBT has launched a revolutionary new system for fast-drying of industrial spiral freezers after cleaning, helping save hours of non-productive time typically lost attempting – not always successfully – to take moisture out of freezers after defrosting.
The LVS QuickDry is an innovative solution to drying difficulties which makes use of a patented system of condensation cycles to quickly and efficiently remove all droplets of water from spiral freezers. Unlike most traditional drying systems, which rely on fans and can take an average of two-and-a-half hours to achieve results – leading to substantial downtime – the LVS QuickDry shortens effective drying time by up to an hour.
JBT’s LVS Refrigeration System is a patented invention that optimizes the refrigeration system by reducing energy consumption, improving freezer performance in the process.
“When customers have freezers, the biggest problem – as with freezers at home – is defrosting and cleaning,” explains Torbjörn Persson, JBT’s Director of Value Stream & Global Product Line, Spiral Freezers. “You can’t have a wet freezer after cleaning, so you have to dry them out and this can typically take several hours, especially with mid-sized and large spiral freezers where there’s a lot of steel. What this system does it that it shortens the drying sequence by up to one hour.”
Drying solutions In a typical factory environment where conditions are often humid, damp and cold, drying using fans is a slow process that can leave moisture in the freezer if any attempt is made to speed it up.
“Drying has typically been done by running fans at high speed, much like a dishwasher,” says Persson. But then, the problem is – much like a dishwasher – if you don’t open the door, it never really gets dry because it’s hard to get rid of all the moisture. And what happens is you end up with a very warm freezer that takes a long time to chill down and you still have a lot of moisture in there.”
With drying often taking up a third for total cleaning time when it comes to spiral freezers, having a dry freezer back in operation as quickly as possible is key to avoiding downtime. However, using conventional drying methods, this is not always the case.
“We know from our operational experience that a lot of customers dry and they are still not happy, so they have to dry for another half an hour before they can start running because if you have a wet freezer, water can start to freeze on moving parts causing problems with the mechanics,” says Persson. “The LVS QuickDry condensates the moisture to the evaporator before heating it again quickly using hot gas, so the moisture that has frozen to the evaporator drips down to the floor. This gets most of the moisture out of the freezer as quickly as possible.”