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A&B Process Systems receives safety award from ConstructSecure

JBT’s A&B Process Systems has been recognized by ConstructSecure as one of their Safest Contractors & Vendors. A&B received the Platinum Safety Award for scoring greater than 95% in the safety assessment administered by ConstructSecure.

The award from ConstructSecure, a global SaaS company that prequalifies contractors and vendors for corporations that have stringent safety requirements, is based on an assessment of current safety management systems and incident rates.   

“Our associates really get it and are on board with our culture of safety,” said Bill Thompson, A&B’s HSE Manager. “Our associates continue to go the extra mile in their daily work to help prevent safety incidents and this award is a testament to their dedication to safety.


“Our team members do a great job of preventing incidents from occurring.  If they see a potential risk, they report it as a near miss right away and it is addressed immediately. We truly appreciate everyone’s dedication to being as safe as possible.”

Scott Raether, Director of Operations for A&B, added: “We have an incredible group of dedicated employees who believe that zero injuries are expected. We pay attention to little details and truly look out for each other. Awards are terrific, but what’s more rewarding is the knowledge that our employees are acting safely and contribute to a safe place to work.”

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JBT Protein North America launches Customer Care Hotline


JBT Protein North America is excited to announce the establishment of a dedicated hotline to provide customers direct access to JBT’s best-in-class service technicians: 1-800-JBT-4YOU. The single, easy-to-remember number will act as a single source for customer care and direct access to service technicians familiar with JBT equipment and machines, providing direct, remote support in the moment of need.

In January, JBT announced JBT Protein North America’s enhanced customer-first mindset, which elevates our customer care model to put customers at the center of every project — from installation to preventative maintenance. The first initiative in this enhanced model was creating centralized teams and having detailed conversations with our customers.


“In these conversations, JBT asked how we can best support customers and be a partner to help maximize uptime,” says Augusto Rizzolo, VP Customer Care for JBT Protein North America. “Customers told us they need service and support to be easy – one place to go where they know they can reach the right person to help with their operations, and they need a response quickly. 1-800-JBT-4YOU is our answer to all of customer care questions.”


“When the COVID-19 pandemic struck and onsite service was impacted, we had the opportunity to test this centralized hotline to better support our customers,” continues Rizzolo. “The feedback has been extremely positive, and we are excited that this will be an ongoing service for all customers with an easy-to-remember number: 1-800-JBT-4YOU.”

At JBT, we work hard to earn customer trust and loyalty by providing the products, service and support needed to keep businesses running smoothly. As always, we want to know if there’s anything we can do to help, so be sure to call us – 1-800-JBT-4YOU. 

Tipper Tie highlights accessible automation for small processors


Having access to effective, reliable – and economically-priced – sausage clipping machines is crucially important in keeping small and mid-sized processors functioning and profitable, and this is the concept behind the DCM and KDCM from JBT Tipper Tie, with the focus very much on delivering an efficient solution without breaking the budget.

German-built and designed machines, the semi-automatic systems have been developed to provide simple, precise solutions, which can help processors achieve substantial savings compared with standard table clippers. Less giveaway and more throughput are also key features of systems that deliver simple automation capable of boosting efficiencies and avoiding unnecessary wastage, according to Tipper Tie’s Conrad Faust.

“We call them semi-automatic machines because the operator physically closes the gate of the machine and the machine will automatically clip, cut and separate the product,” he explains. “It has a low entry price for our customers and it’s really versatile, especially if you are running high quality products or anything that’s delicate – the machine is very good for those products.

“It will run rings, straight products and a pretty large variety of different diameters, so for smaller customers, butchers and meat lockers where they don’t necessarily have big long steady runs, it’s the perfect machine for all different kinds of sausages. They are also best for natural casings which are very sensitive.”


The KDCM’s modern, digital display

Reliable results
Compared with a simple table clipper application, Faust describes the DCM and the KDCM as much faster, much more repeatable and more precise, and capable of far higher throughput and less giveaway. “These are simple, precise, reliable systems, and with the double clippers there are big savings versus a standard table clipper because you can use shirred casings instead of higher cost pre-clipped casings,” he says. “This increases output, decreases cost and reduces waste – all of it increasing productivity.”

Also available is the KDCMA, a fully automatic version of the KDCM, where the machine rather than the operator is driving production. “With the KDCMA, you get even more throughput without having to rely on the operator because it will automatically communicate with the stuffer and is capable of running much faster,” says Faust. “It has a sizing range of 25-120 mm, so we have a large variety of different diameters that can be run on it. Plus, it is excellent for sensitive and natural casings – that’s where it really excels.”

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Tipper Tie heralds advances in protein sizing machines


JBT Tipper Tie has made important system advances over the last 12 months, not least of which has been the development of the all-new SVU6800, which has been designed for the sizing and clipping of difficult-to-run whole muscle and large products, heavy hung smoked or dried sausages, and salami.

The fastest in its class, which can run up to 65 cycles per minute, the SVU6800 is capable of running products ranging from 50-200 mm, according to Tipper Tie’s Conrad Faust, who says the machine’s very robust design has been developed for maximum uptime, with long intervals between servicing. 

Smoked pork sausages hanging

“One of the ways you can actually see this is the size of our cam followers,” says Faust. “If you compare our cam followers with those of other manufacturers, ours are significantly larger at double or triple the size, resulting in significantly longer run times before you need to replace them. This is important because cam followers are often one of the limiting factors with sizing machines: you are always rebuilding because the cam followers have reached the end of their useful life.”

More efficient
The other principal design goal for the SVU6800, continues Faust, was to be able to handle large, whole muscle processing of hams, roast beef and other in-demand products where there was a need to cleanly separate through whole muscle for consistent length every time. 


Crucially, the SVU6800 is principally servo or permanent magnet motor driven, enabling the elimination of almost all the pneumatic cylinders and eliminating the pneumatic conveyor motor. The effect of this change, says Faust, has been to deliver a machine that is more efficient as well as being faster. 

“With the SVU6800 we have been able to reduce the number of electronic switches and sensors – which means we have reduced the potential for misaligned or failed sensors causing downtime,” he explains. “Thanks to the robust design of the SVU6800 and the elimination of unnecessary electronics in the washdown area, the reliability and uptime of the machine is improved.”

The SVU6800 is also available with up to 300 mm of air-free slack-fill for over-spreading for form-shaped products. “No corners were cut when designing and creating this solution,” Faust adds.

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Proseal places focus on shelf-life and packaging innovations

Chicken Breast Diced Photo - Proseal

With awareness of the importance of sustainability growing worldwide – among protein producers and consumers alike – so demand has increased for solutions that offer enhanced shelf-life and make use of non-plastic alternatives, writes Tony Burgess, Head of Sales & Control Systems at one of the newest additions to the JBT family, tray sealing solutions specialist, Proseal.

In competitive markets handling highly perishable foods, maximizing both shelf-life and throughput is vital, so at Proseal we are seeing a strong interest in our high-speed tray sealers that can be trusted to deliver efficient sealing and Gas Flush (MAP) processing and keep up with the required speeds of production.

To deliver this, cycle speed is naturally key, but another important requirement of today’s packaging line is the ability to follow motion and use intelligent buffering capabilities that enable trays to feed continuously into a tray sealer without having to pre-sort and adjust pack spacing. This valuable time saving technology is demonstrated by Proseal’s ProMotion™.

Proseal GT1s Tray Sealing Machine_small

Alternative Materials
More recently the plastic narrative in the consumer media has led to many companies and retailers seeking alternative materials, or light weighting their existing plastic trays. Over the past 20 years at Proseal, we have been working closely with film suppliers in order to devise viable solutions that are able to meet the sealing needs of trays made from both plastic and cardboard, without causing a need for costly modifications to machinery by our customers.  

This includes Halopack®, a gas-tight cardboard tray suited to skin packaging, which offers an 80% reduction in plastic from some traditional plastic trays and is made up from 90% recycled cardboard. And another recent innovation, the plastic ‘snap-pack’ style tray, which seals the portioned product into two separate cavities in the same tray, allowing the consumer to ‘snap’ off and open one half of the pack and dispose of it, whilst the other half remains hermetically-sealed in its gas-flushed environment – allowing the customer to fully benefit from the maximum shelf-life of the product whilst reducing food waste.

Fish Whitebait Halopack WHITE View 1

Automated Control Systems
The need for intelligent technology is also evolving in processing lines and such intelligent technology is demonstrated in all Proseal tray-sealers through its many features and benefits. Proseal’s market-leading control systems can see our machinery act as ‘the spine of the packaging line’, integrating all the line machinery components to be driven through the Proseal touch screen.

This ensures that in the event of a problem, the Proseal machine is able to flag an error in a peripheral piece of machinery and pass a stop signal to the feeding equipment, enabling the line to come to a controlled stop in order to avoid overfeeding the tray sealer and prevent unnecessary product or packaging waste.

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