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JBT Sandusky Tech Center breaks new ground

First established in 1982, JBT’s Sandusky, Ohio Food Processing Technology & Training Center, has long provided customers with the opportunity to watch equipment in action before installing it into their factories. However, far from resting on its figurative laurels, the center is now breaking new ground, explains facility manager John Arnold.

The Sandusky Tech Center was originally set-up almost four decades ago to focus on the Stein brand, but since then we have progressed enormously and now have the ability to demonstrate almost all JBT Protein equipment. Our on-site testing capability features portioning, marination, coating, frying, cooking, weighing, material handling, and mixing equipment. We also have substantial freezing technologies, which we are now complementing with a new Northfield CleanFREEZE spiral freezer that will be available for testing mid-summer 2021.

Customers come in for different reasons: they might be looking at new equipment and want to know how it performs, in which case we can run product testing and look at how the process works in a conveyorized system. Or it could be an R&D project and maybe they can’t get time on an actual production line and want to have a look at how their new product cooks or freezes. It could be a case of wanting to look at a different process with the aim of increasing yield and throughput. We also work with industry partners by providing the facility and equipment for clean label ingredients, new types of coatings or other processing aids that are used in the production of food items.

We can carry out testing for any combination of JBT protein equipment, so that could for example be running a DSI Portioner into Schröder marination system into a Stein Battered Bread fryer oven into a Northfield freezer. We can set-up and run the entire system.

Of course with Covid, travel has been tougher especially between countries, so we will video the process or use online platforms to make it a virtual visit. For people travelling internationally who can’t get here, using these technologies and platforms allows them to watch the equipment in action, even at a distance.

This is not to say the pandemic was not without its challenges. A key element of what we do – in-house, hands-on training – was effectively halted as a result of the situation, but the expectation is this will be back on track by mid to late summer 2021.

Find out more about JBT Research & Technology Centers

HPP Seafood Webinar to discuss how system can boost yield and profits

JBT Avure will be hosting a free HPP webinar on Wednesday March 3 at 10 AM EST to discuss how High Pressure Processing can make a substantial difference for seafood customers, both in terms of yield and profit. Joining Dr Errol Raghubeer, Avure VP of Food Science, will be John Hathaway, CEO of Shuck’s Maine Lobster, who will be telling us first-hand of his experience using HPP with seafood.

A cold pasteurization process, HPP uses ultra-high pressure purified water to keep seafood both shell and pathogen free. Already used in several segments of the food industry to inactivate foodborne pathogens, HPP provides an approved process in the oyster industry for the inactivation of Vibro bacteria which carries a high risk for the consumption of raw oysters and other shellfish.

Crucially, as well as extending shelflife and improving nutrition, mouthfeel and taste, HPP separates 100% of meat from the shells without the use of heat, and increases total meat yield in lobster by 80% compared to heat.

JBT Avure’s Marketing Director for HPP technologies, Lisa Wessels, said: “Our customer John Hathaway from Shuck’s Maine Lobster has experience of the difference HPP has made for lobsters. When you HPP lobster, you get 100% separation of the meat from the shell, whereas you never get that with manual shucking. It also retains more fluid after going through HPP versus manual, so that helps improve the weight and helps make the lobster a little more profitable.”

HPP can be used for all types of shellfish, including oyster, clam and shrimp.

Register HERE for the HPP Seafood Webinar!

JBT iOPS builds head of steam in global expansion

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JBT’s IoT (Internet of Things) platform iOPS is continuing its expansion during the early weeks of 2021, with the first custom-built iOPS Dashboard for the JBT Stein TwinDrum Spiral Oven being successfully launched for a market leading European customer. Specialising in cooked chicken products, the customer is able to use the iOPS Dashboard to gain instant access to performance data, enabling them to achieve optimum product results and tackle any potential problems.

Using a TwinDrum Oven that started running in 2020, the customer is now able to receive minute-by-minute information from the system, which will help consistently produce the desired color and yield, explains JBT’s Manager for Coating and Cooking Applications, Bart Kivits.

“Before iOPS we had to go out to the customer to get performance data, but now we are able to view the data on our laptops through the iOPS Dashboard, which shows straightaway what exactly is going on,” he says. “For both the customer and the team at JBT, instant access to this data is hugely valuable. Customers can see what’s going on with the oven, so from the application side, they almost immediately see value.”

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Improved support
By being able to look at the oven performance data such as feedback from temperature sensors on any given day, Kivits says JBT is also able to better support both the customer and its own team on site. “This information shows us for example if the air was not as hot as it should be, if there wasn’t enough steam or if there are performance problems with the products,” he says.

But not only is the JBT and the customer able to look at how the oven is performing, they can also examine factors – from a laptop or telephone – such as how much energy it is consuming and how long it has been running, enabling efficiency and energy-saving improvements.

With the iOPS Dashboard adaptable to almost any JBT technology and continued positive feedback from customers, Kivits adds that expansion of the platform is only likely to continue in the months and years ahead.

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JBT PROCARE helps Nabil Foods run 24/7

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Unexpected delays can be significant for any food processing company, but for Nabil Foods, the largest producer of chilled and frozen food products in Jordan, running 24/7 to meet production schedules and deliver high quality, consistent products means there is no room for unplanned downtime.

JBT’s PRoCARE® Service Agreements are about making sure equipment and production performs to an optimum level, while minimizing downtime, and in recent years its focus on preventative maintenance has developed into a key component of Nabil Foods’ business.

Crucial support
Nabil Foods produces a high-end range of beef and chicken burgers, nuggets and ready meals, as well as desserts, which are supplied to retail and foodservice customers across the entire Middle East and North Africa region. The company has long worked with JBT, and in fact JBT has been Nabil Foods’ sole supplier of coating, frying, cooking and freezing equipment for more than 15 years.

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However, having a JBT PRoCARE Service agreement in place has been vital in keeping the company’s 10+ production lines running 24/7, according to CEO Ahmed Sallakh. “We are very pleased with JBT and the direction of our partnership,” he said. “The machinery is performing at its best, but as important, is the support from JBT’s after sales service. We are able to run 24/7 because of JBT.”

With Nabil Foods currently achieving double digit sales growth, Mr Sallakh stresses that such support is crucial to ensuring production does not slow down, while maintaining the firm’s leading position in the market.

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Preventative maintenance
In 2018, Nabil Foods was faced with several downtime challenges following postponement of the renewal for its PRoCARE service agreement with JBT. A lack of preventative maintenance led to a number of technical issues and breakdowns during the years, with the unplanned downtime starting to affect revenue. Nabil Foods renewed its PRoCARE agreement in early 2019 and has since seen unplanned downtime dropping by 48% compared with 2018, with worn parts being replaced before potential problems become a reality.

Mr Ahmed Hussein, Engineering Manager at Nabil Foods, said: “JBT has supported us with patience, knowledge and generosity to resolve an array of challenges we were facing and to continuously develop our equipment and internal engineering services. Fundamentally, they have become a key partner for our organization, and from my standpoint, I couldn’t have expected better.”

Find out more about Nabil Foods

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New JBT machines and innovations for IPPE Week

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We may not all be able to meet face-to-face in Atlanta this year for the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), but JBT-Prime Equipment Group will be hosting a week of JBT Connect Webinars where we showcase new innovations and solutions for protein processors.

The week starts on January 25 at 3:00 PM EST with a New Machines & Innovations webinar where JBT-Prime Equipment will unveil a few surprises as we pull the covers off some new machines and solutions for chicken processors to kick off 2021!

The webinars continue with a look at Turkey Innovations: New Solutions for Turkey Debone and Whole Bird Netting from Prime Equipment Group and Tipper Tie on January 27 at 3:00 PM EST.

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MARS Tracking Solutions from JBT-Prime will feature in the Turkey webinar

“We’ll miss gathering in person with our friends in the Turkey Industry during IPPE Week, but Tipper Tie and Prime Equipment Group are teaming up to unveil new machinery and solutions specifically for the Turkey Industry,” says Prime Equipment Group’s Grant Parsons.

On the JBT-Prime Equipment Group side, the webinar will feature the latest news on equipment updates and solutions specifically for Turkey Suppliers, including an update on the innovative new Turkey Overhead Cut-Up Line and the new line of MARS Efficiency Tracking Solutions to help customers get the most out of their processing lines.

From Tipper-Tie, the webinar will be showcasing ways to increase productivity and lower costs with automated whole-bird solutions, including an all-new higher-throughput netting solutions for increased profits.

Click HERE to register for the IPPE Week webinars and receive notifications of upcoming webinars

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