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Taking guess work out of the weighing process


Weighing protein products – and prepared foods – as they go through the production process to avoid needless giveaway and product damage can be a complicated task, especially if inadequate equipment means operators are employing guesswork more often than not.  JBT’s Cooling and Applied Technologies (C.A.T.) brand has spent decades building a reputation as a solutions provider that takes the guesswork out of the equation, ensuring if too much product is being given away, it can be quickly corrected. 

According to Paul Combs, JBT C.A.T’s Weighing Division Product Manager, the key advantages the brand offers are reliability and increased throughput based on a solid reputation for quality, and expertise in research and engineering. “The JBT C.A.T. weighing systems provide process and flow solutions to maintain the highest quality protein products, with accurate weights and minimal guesswork.” he says.

JBT CAT 20x20 Bench Scale

The JBT CAT 20×20 Bench Scale

Eliminating giveaway
JBT C.A.T.’s product line has a wide range, starting with QA scales for yield management, trimming and QA checks, to floor scales for weighing combo’s, pallets and multiple boxes. Baggers and bulkers can handle everything from 5 lb bags to 40 lb tubs or boxes, frequently used for marinated chicken wings, drumsticks, tenders and breasts, as well as frozen products.  Bi-directional scales can be used for filling large combo’s, with minimal supervision. 

C.A.T. also offers indexing scales to help regulate throughput on a conveyor line.  In-motion and static check weighers help eliminate giveaway by monitoring whether operators are filling too much into bags or boxes, and are capable of checking 12-14 boxes or bags per minute (static) or 35-45 boxes per minute (in-motion).  Both come with reject options.

JBT CAT Dual Bagger

The JBT CAT Dual Bagger

Similarly, the CAT Tabletop Bagger is a weighing hopper scale that weighs to target as operators push product into the hopper, before dropping it into bags or boxes once it makes weight. This process can also be repeated for cryo-vac or thermoforming packaging, with product filling the pockets once it hits the correct weight and then indexing the thermoforming system.

The advantage of this approach, says Combs, “Is that removes the risk of operators filling product by hand and trying to guess whether the right amount is being bagged. “We have confidence,” he says, “the exact weight the customer expects is filled into their packing method with as little hands on work as possible.”

No second-guessing
Combs singles out reliability, accuracy and simplified throughput as being at the core of JBT C.A.T.’s products, explaining these factors help with less monitoring and supervision while in production. “We build very reliable products,” he says. “The quality’s there, and the research and engineering has been done in the proper manner.  We make a strong and conscious effort to meet our customer needs not just for the short term, but for their long term success.”

As a result, Combs continues, “When we meet with customers on how to improve their process, we keep their profitability and efficiency at the top of the list.  We then mold our knowledge and experience to their application, with a solution that operates to their expectations with as little guesswork and hassle as possible.  This is key and it’s what we really pride ourselves on.”

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JBT processing solutions to take center stage at Bangkok seminar

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JBT will highlight a wide range of processing solutions for poultry, pork and seafood processors in South East Asia at an extensive one-day seminar to be held on November 15 in Bangkok, Thailand. The JBT Processing Solutions Day, which will be staged at Bangkok’s JW Marriott Hotel, will provide an overview of how to simplify processing, and improve yield, productivity and efficiency with the support of new JBT systems and innovative technologies.

The focus of the event is on protein processing and preparation, covering areas such as freezing, coating, cooking, curing and injection, according to Mr Sorayut Ujjaphuree, JBT Regional Sales Manager for Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos.

JBT Avure

HPP systems from JBT Avure will be among the featured technologies.

It will include a look at JBT’s Kunshan Research & Technology Center for Asia customers, an update on freezer technology including the Frigoscandia Freezer, and an examination of JBT portioning technology, including the DSI Waterjet Portioning system. The Processing Solutions Day will also cover JBT Avure High Pressure Processing (HPP) Systems and an introduction to the benefits of the JBT PRoCARE™ program.

Sorayut said: “As well as providing an update on JBT technologies, the Processing Solutions Day will be highlighting the benefits customers can receive from partnering with JBT such as better yield, improved productivity and labor savings through improved efficiencies.”

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Quality, Capacity, Reliability and Repeatability: JBT’s consistency in coating & frying solutions


Chicken schnitzel sliced closeup

Breading for poultry, fish and vegetable snacks is big business, but for processors to make an impact on the market, consistency in the quality of the breading is equally as critical as the meat, fish or vegetable contained within. JBT’s full range of coating and frying solutions are designed with quality, capacity, reliability and repeatability with superior efficiency in mind. 

A quality product results when the same batter/breading consistency is applied to products time and time again. The flexibility of JBT products allows for adjustments based on the product type or recipe requirements, according to Bob Stacy, JBT Divisional Product Manager for Coating and Frying.

Stacy singles out three JBT products as standouts: 

The Stein ProMix Automatic Batter Mixer; the Stein Heritage Breader – Super Duty; and the Stein TFF-IV THERMoFIN Fryer. All three solutions were designed to deliver quality, capacity, reliability and repeatability.

The Stein Heritage™ Breader from JBT

A fully automatic continuous mixer, the ProMix is the first step toward delivering a quality product.  The ProMix is designed to maintain adjustable batter mix ratios and offers consistency in cooling and viscosity control.

The Heritage Breader – Super Duty is easily adjustable for multiple product applications with ease of adjustments and settings for repeatability resulting in product consistency and quality.  


The TFF-IV THERMoFIN Fryer, boasts high efficiency, offers a new option for PLC control and repeatability. “The TFF-IV is a high thermal efficiency cool-heat fryer, which, is between 30-40% more efficient than a gas or electric fryer,” says Stacy.

JBT coating and frying solutions are typically used by customers in the poultry and processed food industries, in the latter case for frying and coating a wide variety of vegetable-based appetizers, including onion rings, cheese sticks, mushrooms, cauliflower and veggie patties.

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JBT to showcase IMAX 400 SMARTline Injector at Gulfood Manufacturing


Global food processing technology solutions provider, JBT will be showcasing the Schröder IMAX 400 SMARTline Injector at this year’s Gulfood Manufacturing. JBT acquired the German-based manufacturer in February this year to extend its inline portfolio of portioning, coating, cooking, searing, chilling and freezing technology.

A pioneer in curing technology for over 50 years, the Schröder injector is designed to deal with a wide variety of products, including red meat, poultry products and fish, and can be modified to inject special brine recipes or challenging ingredients.

“The Schröder SMARTline range of injectors can deal with even unconventional demands,” commented Michael Nöhring, JBT’s sales manager for the Schröder line.


“The injector accuracy and high yield is based on 50 years of experience in the curing industry, along with research we conducted with the University of Applied Sciences in Lemgo in Germany. It’s available with two manifold variants, a retraction block for bone-in products and an optional tenderising block. The injection rate can vary between 10% and 100%.”

All Schröder injectors have a standard deviation of up to 0.5 – 1.5 depending on the product. The touchscreen controller, which will be operational on the stand, can set pump performance, speed and type of injection (one or two-way injection) with the ability to store up to 25 recipes.


“The injector has been designed for flexible configuration to suit the process and production conditions,” says Michael.  “Many customers come to test their own recipes at our test facility in Werther in Germany, where they can trial the injector on various raw materials.”

The Schröder IMAX injectors can be integrated with JBT’s range of Frigoscandia GYRoCOMPACT® Spiral Chilling and Freezing Systems. JBT’s other brands include DSI® portioning systems, Stein® coating systems, Double D® cookers and searer/grill markers and Formcook® contact and convection ovens.

JBT will be exhibiting in Hall 4, Stand D4-44 at Gulfood Manufacturing 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Centre from November 6-8.

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Cost-effective clipper to be centerpiece for JBT Tipper Tie at SÜFFA 2018

Smoked pork sausages hanging

The JBT Tipper Tie SVF1800, a cost-effective, high-speed automatic double clipper that helps eliminate residue for sausage processors will be the focus of JBT’s participation in the upcoming SÜFFA 2018 trade exhibition, an event which brings together much of the meat industry from across Germany for three days in Stuttgart.

Taking place at the Messe Stuttgart exhibition halls from 20-22 October, the long-established show is one of the most important meeting points for the meat industry, covering the complete range of products and services for craft butchers and processors.

In the case of JBT, whose Tipper Tie unit will be exhibiting for the duration of the show, the SVF1800 will be the undoubted highlight; a system which can be connected to all conventional filling machines to produce individual, string, and ring sausages in precisely sealed portions without sausage residue in the casing ends. The SVF1800 can also be used for packaging semi-finished confectionery products, cheese, soups, and non-food products.


Jörg Nold, JBT Tipper Tie’s Director of Sales for the EMEA and APAC regions, says SÜFFA will provide an ideal forum to showcase the SVF1800 and other systems to a wide audience. “SÜFFA is an interesting exhibition for growing, mid-sized customers,” he says. “The whole of Germany will be there, as well as some exporters, which will include companies specialised in sausage production, meat processors, butchers and cheese processors.

“The SVF1800 is our highlight for this year and we will be inviting customers from across Germany to learn more about the system.”

JBT Tipper Tie will be exhibiting in Hall 9, Stand 9D31 at SÜFFA 2018 at Messe Stuttgart from October 20-22.

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


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.”


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


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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