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Labor-saving: why JBT solutions can help Japan’s processors

The problem of labor shortages is one facing many developed countries, but in Japan – where over 65s now account for some 30% of the population – the problem is now particularly acute, with the nation said to be short of more than 600,000 workers. Technology offers one solution, and JBT is highlighting innovative, labor-saving systems at FOOMA 2022, Japan’s international food industry exhibition, which runs until June 10.

Visitors to the JBT booth in the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center will have a chance to see how semi- and fully-automatic machines are helping Japanese protein processors cope with staff shortages, while helping improve both efficiency and hygiene. 

Innovative portioning
One such solution is the DSI Waterjet Portioning System, a precision machine for intense, high-accuracy cuts, which uses a next generation scanner for effortless all-in-one fat trimming, weight-based portioning, and nugget generation. Designed for high volume portioning, the DSI Waterjet Portioning System gives processors the ability to mix and match products and orders on any given day.

Optimizing efficiency
Similarly, the Frigoscandia GYRoCOMPACT 70 Spiral Freezer, the latest in the best-selling range of GYRoCOMPACT freezers, features a 100% cleanable, open-profile self-stacking spiral design, including an improved FRIGoBELT® Nova for optimizing efficiency, capacity and layout flexibility.

The GYRoCOMPACT 70 also features significant environmental improvements, including an increased capacity of up to 20% over a smaller space and a reduction in oil consumption of as much as 75%.

For end-of-the-line packaging, JBT Proseal offers an extensive range of manual, semi-automatic and fully-automatic tray sealing machines with throughputs from 6 to 240 packs per minute. In addition, all tray sealing machines in Proseal’s range are capable of modified atmosphere packaging.

JBT will be exhibiting at FOOMA 2022 in Booth 6C-55, Hall 6 at Tokyo Big Site, Japan until June 10.

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XVision: cost-effective x-ray technology makes European debut

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JBT’S innovative XVision™ system, whose unique modular design has helped make x-ray technology more affordable for food processors, is now available for the first time to customers in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East after finalising EU CE certification. The technology, which has already achieved considerable success in the US where over 250 units have been sold, has been installed in JBT’s Helsingborg, Sweden Research & Technology Center where customers can view the system in an active production environment.

XVision’s European debut the recent launch of a new version of the machine, XVision CE Pack, earlier this year for wet foods, amid growing interest across the international food and beverage processing industries in the multiple applications of x-ray technology and it’s ability to safeguard against costly recalls or even lawsuits.

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JBT’s newly-launched XVision CE Pack during testing

Key advantages
Dino Carbone, Division Product Manager for JBT XVision, says Low Cost of Ownership as a result of the innovative modular design is one of the advantages offered by the system. “Customers are able to replace key components of the machine, so there’s no need for expensive technical support,” he says. “It’s completely plug-in and go.”

However, cost is far from XVision’s only advantage. The system, continues Carbone, delivers excellent detection performance being capable of identifying stainless steel – the most common metal contaminant found in production facilities – with three times more accuracy than standard metal detectors. 

Crucially, XVision is also simple to operate, with the emphasis on making it as straightforward to use as possible. “We’ve really taken a lot of the complexity out of the operation,” says Carbone. “Once the machine is trained, it’s less likely the end user will have problems with the settings.”

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Reputation protection
XVision is capable of identifying metals, stones, calcified bone, glass and other contaminants across a wide range of products from bagged and pouched foods through to ready meals, protein bars, candies, nutraceuticals, and fruits and vegetables. The system can also be used to carry out process quality checks by accurately measuring the weight of objects and filled pouches to within 2-3% of the optimum fill level.

“We are seeing an increasing level of interest from customers in XVision because of both it’s versatility as a technology and it’s ability to protect brands against recalls or even lawsuits, which can be very costly and damaging to reputations,” adds Carbone. 

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