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Prime Equipment highlights yield, efficiency and safety improvements in poultry processing

Worker safety is always a concern in modern poultry processing plants, and one area where JBT-Prime Equipment Group offers a significant upgrade to worker safety is in gizzard processing. JBT’s Prime Equipment Group is now offering a system that takes care of splitting, cleaning and reprocessing chicken and turkey gizzards, without allowing access to blades or peeler-rollers, marking a significant safety upgrade for the industry.

This is just one of many new developments by Prime Equipment Group – one of the most recent additions to the JBT family – which specializes in first and second processing, covering everything from feather removal to cut-up and deboning, including skinning, wing segmenting and its industry-leading water re-use installations.

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The AGP-T Automatic Gizzard Peeler (De-Liner)

Here’s a quick look at a few of the company’s solutions:

The latest version of Prime’s patented poultry skinner, the CSK-3, announced earlier this year, is the narrowest skinner on the market, and continues to use Prime’s patented skinning technology. Effective at removing skin from cut-up chicken including breast and thighs, the CSK-Series platform is the industry standard for skinning, now in a compact format to fit the tightest layout.

Water conservation and re-use is increasingly important for poultry processors, and Prime continues to lead the field since it assisted the USDA in writing the regulations allowing re-use in poultry plants more than two decades ago. Prime’s re-use technology can save many thousands of gallons per day, helping companies to meet sustainability goals.

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Also new in the Prime portfolio is a laser and vision scanner aimed at quality control efforts that works well on the incoming loading dock, as well as verifying compliance with specifications of final product after packout. Able to scan and record dimensions, color, weight, as well as scan for product deformities, the QCC Quality Check Console eliminates data collection and logging errors and speeds up QC processes – and can even be integrated into existing QC systems.

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Prime is also a leader in turkey production, designing, manufacturing and delivering complete lines for turkey processing. Its all-new OSC-1 Overhead Cut-up Line for Turkey completely automates several processes, including, turkey halving, turkey leg removal and splitting drum from thigh, all without requiring labor. Further, the turkey front half can be completely de-boned on the ILBD-3T Turkey Inline Breast Deboner with minimal labor, for a complete solution.


For more information about JBT-Prime Equipment group solutions, visit the company’s website, or call directly at 614-253-8590.

JBT aims to take stress out of freezer maintenance process

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Turnover rates within maintenance teams can be a challenge for food processors across industries, particularly when it comes to keeping valuable equipment and systems in good working condition. One area where this is particularly important is in the management of freezers, with obvious hygiene implications, and potential downtime if proper maintenance is not carried out.

JBT’s Northfield freezers have over 40 years of development, engineering and field proven expertise, which have led to today’s trusted Northfield brand of structure supported spiral freezers. However, with maintenance challenges in mind, Northfield has increasingly focused on solutions that both simplify the ongoing care of units and improve overall hygiene.

“A key R&D focus for JBT is ease of maintenance and hygienic improvements for our Northfield freezer particularly with the high percentage of turnover of maintenance teams within the food processing industry,” explains Sara Porosky, JBT’s Division Product Manager for Freezers. “This can be very frustrating for processors as properly and regularly maintained equipment and maximized uptime are critical to a successful operation. 

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With more than 1,000 freezers installed across North America, JBT’s Northfield brand is one of the most trusted brands in the freezing industry, and JBT continues it’s focus on innovation to meet the challenges and needs of today’s food processors. “We have completely redesigned the interior of the Northfield structure supported freezer and incorporated new hygienic features,” says Porosky.

“Leading the upgraded hygienic design is a more open-profile structure where we have reduced the amount of hollow membranes in the freezer to resolve potential water entrapment. We also have a direct drive, and a friction drive option for processors requiring greater drive system flexibility.”

Easier to both clean and inspect, the upgraded Northfield freezer also features a fully welded drum bar, to reduce overlapped surfaces, substantially decreasing areas where microbes can multiply. Other hygienic features include a capless track system to enable ease of cleaning and inspection, and a bullet-style leg to reduce the amount of exposed threads, which again significantly reduces opportunities for micro-organisms to grow. 

“With maximized uptime and enhanced hygiene in mind, we’ve modernized and expanded the good design of the Northfield freezer to suit the ever-changing and challenging requirements of today’s processors” Porosky adds.

Learn more about JBT Northfield solutions

JBT to showcase production and sustainability innovations at CFIA 2020

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Update: CFIA has been postponed and will now take place from May 26-28, 2020.

JBT will be highlighting the ability of the Frigoscandia FLoFREEZE and the Sequential Defrost option to extend production hours and improve hygiene, as well as the multiple sustainable packaging options available from one of the newest members of the JBT family, Proseal, at CFIA 2020, which takes place from May 26-28 in Rennes, France.

A long-established trade event, which this year celebrates its 24th edition, CFIA attracts visitors from across the French region of Brittany – the number one agro-food region in Europe – and beyond. JBT, in its 16th consecutive appearance as an exhibitor at the show, will focus its participation on solutions and technologies that can deliver real added value to customers.

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Pioneering technology
One of JBT’s key technologies being highlighted at CFIA will be the Frigoscandia FLoFREEZE® IQF freezer, a pioneering technology in the field of individual freezing for vegetables, soft fruits, fish and other high-value IQF products, which remains at the forefront of the industry, thanks to its versatility and ability to deliver true fluidization.

JBT´s innovative Sequential Defrost technology ensures that optimal production capacities of up to 18 tons per hour can be achieved on the company’s Frigoscandia FLoFREEZE M-series, with the ability to easily modify the airflow for different product types and sizes. Crucially, the system can run for a minimum of six days at full capacity before defrosting is required, enabling customers to make substantial efficiencies in energy and running costs. 

“It’s a huge work to defrost a freezer, so you want to push that work back as long as possible,” says Stefan Paulsson, JBT’s Director of Value Stream & Global Product Line for Frigoscandia. “Every defrost costs time, water and heat, plus you can’t produce while you are carrying out the defrost, so a longer operating time means you can run longer and improve efficiency.”

Sustainable packaging
Proseal will also form a key part of the JBT presence at CFIA, with the UK-based company set to showcase its advanced tray sealing solutions that satisfy the needs of a wide variety of products and applications including the increased focus on sustainable packaging.

The tray sealing specialist’s ability has the ability to ready a wide range of tray formats for retail shelves, at fast speeds and in line with individual customer requirements. Models range from the semi-automatic Proseal GTR, ideal for smaller scale enterprises and new product development, to the high-speed, fully automatic Proseal GT6e with a maximum speed of 96 Vacuum-Gas packs per minute or 160 Atmospheric Seal packs per minute on an 8-impression tool.

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The increasing focus on more sustainable packaging is fuelling growing demand from both retailers and consumers for more environmentally friendly solutions, and this has led many food producers to explore alternative packaging materials. Proseal’s entire range of tray sealing machines is readily equipped to handle this widening range such as board and pulp, enabling manufacturers to adopt new pack formats without additional and costly investment.

JBT will be exhibiting at Hall 7, Stand B7 at CFIA 2020, which takes place from May 26-28, 2020 at Parc Expo, Rennes Airport, Rennes, France.

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DSI XVision: new guided waterjet system handles trimming pork ribs

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Manual processing of pork rib racks for retail customers can be tough work for protein processing companies; not just from a physical point of view, but also in terms of labor retention for what is hard, repetitive work, while quality and consistency can vary from employee to employee. The DSI™ Xray Guided Waterjet System – a system bringing together technologies from two JBT brands, DSI and XVision – is a solution that has been developed to overcome these challenges and deliver a level of efficiency, consistency and quality that meets customer demands.

“We’ve been building waterjets for 30 years and our customers approached us with new applications that require bone detection in order to make certain cuts, for example with pork rib racks,” explains Jon Hocker, JBT’s Director of DSI Business Unit and Global Product R&D. “The DSI and XVision teams have worked together to combine a new X-ray system with industry-proven DSI portioning, delivering a solution with the ability to detect bones, fat and lean areas, and make cuts informed by this combined data.”

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Overcoming challenges
The launch of the proprietary automated rib trimming and sorting line from JBT marks an industry first, according to Hocker. “Cutting rib racks and other similar products can be tough,” he says. “The DSI waterjet system can operate at pressures above 80,000 psi to accomplish cuts in the product, while the dual lane format keeps capacity high and space requirements to a minimum.”

Quality consistency
“Labor reduction is top of mind for our customers,” continues Hocker. “The DSI system automates the challenging aspects of pork rib processing. The system can track the amount of each SKU that has been produced, and at the touch of a button, the operator can change the types of cuts being made to suit their customers’ requirements.” The DSI system also includes a downstream sorter that places optimally trimmed ribs into separate product categories defined by the operator.

Learn more about the DSI Xray Guided Waterjet System

JBT、ATMOsphereジャパンで自然冷媒オプションを強調

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JBT Japanは、2月10日に東京コンファレンスセンター品川で開催される毎年恒例の東京ベースの会議であるATMOsphere Japanを後援申し上げます。自然冷媒ベースの技術革新と急成長する日本市場の現状を分析する素晴らしい機会となるで しょう。

JBTの東南アジア地域セールスディレクターであるPer Friberg氏によると、自然冷媒、特にCO2が世界的なトレンドとなっている現在、このイベントにおいて多くの日本の大手食品メーカーによるフロンからCO2への移行についての議論が期待 されます。

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「JBTは、CO2対応JBT FrigoscandiaフリーザーとEU市場での経験を活かしてこの市場に積極的に参加しており、ブロンズスポンサーとしてATMOsphere会議に参加し、CO2対応フリーザーを促進します。

自然冷媒、特にCO2を冷媒とした冷凍・冷蔵設備に対する期待は世界的な流れとなっています。

JBTはブロンズ・スポンサーとして年次会議に参加し、CO2対応のフリゴスカンディア・フリーザーで
地球温暖化対策の面でも積極的に貢献しています。, Mr. Tetsuya Arai – Sales Manager Japan

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JBT to highlight natural refrigerant options at ATMOsphere Japan

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JBT Japan is set to sponsor the upcoming edition of ATMOsphere Japan, the annual Tokyo-based conference that takes place at the Tokyo Conference Center Shinagawa on February 10, which will analyze the status of the market for natural refrigerants-based technologies and opportunities in the fast-growing Japanese market. 

With natural refrigerants – and especially CO2 – a global trend now, the event will discuss the move by a number of major Japanese food producers away from Freon and into CO2, according to Mr. Per Friberg, JBT’s Regional Sales Director for South East Asia & Japan. 

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“JBT is actively participating in this market with our CO2 ready JBT Frigoscandia freezers and experience in EU market, and will be participating in the ATMOsphere conference as a Bronze sponsor and promote our CO2 ready freezers,” he said.

Mr. Tetsuya Arai, JBT’s Sales Manager for Japan, added: “Natural refrigerants, especially refrigeration and refrigeration facilities using CO2 as refrigerants, are now been a global trend, and JBT is actively contributing to protecting the global environment through our CO2 ready JBT Frigoscandia freezers.”

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JBT brings innovate solutions for protein industry to IPPE 2020

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JBT is bringing innovations to improve efficiency, hygiene and product consistency, as well as new systems developed to improve customers’ eco credentials and save on unnecessary labor costs at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) 2020, which is taking place at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia until January 30.

Improvements to existing solutions and brand new innovations are on display as part of the JBT presence, with the focus on helping customers overcome typical difficulties faced during the production process, whether that be in retaining properly trained maintenance staff or in meeting retail industry demands for more environmentally-friendly packaging.

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Improved systems
One of JBT’s longest-established businesses, Northfield, which has more than 1,000 freezers installed across North America, is showcasing recent R&D achievements at the JBT booth, with a big emphasis on hygienic improvements and ease of maintenance.

“There is a high degree of turnover of the maintenance teams within the food processing industry, which can be very frustrating for companies as machinery and equipment needs to be kept in good condition,” says Sara Porosky, JBT’s Division Product Manager for Freezers.

“We have done a lot of development work on the freezers in terms of upgrading them with new hygienic features, while the inside of the freezer will be completely redesigned.”

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Another well-established JBT brand is DSI, which this year is bringing the JBT X-ray Guided Waterjet Portioning System to IPPE. The solution brings together a dual-lane, industry leading DSI 800 S Series waterjet system with JBT XVision’s new-generation Flexscan inspection system. The combined solution, which is focused on tougher pork applications such as rib racks, gives customers the ability to identify bones, fat and lean areas and make a cut informed by the X-ray, explains Jon Hocker, JBT’s Director of DSI and Global Product R&D. 

“This is a world’s first for cutting ribs with the assistance of an X-ray, no matter how difficult the cut,” he continues. “It improves food quality and consistency, and automates the whole process including sorting. It can also be combined with other JBT solutions to form a complete line.”

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Beef in a HALOPACK, packaged by Proseal

New solutions
Proseal, a recent addition to the JBT family, is demonstrating two tray-sealing machines at the show – the GT2e and the GT4e, both of which are automatic, large-capacity, high-speed, in-line tray sealing systems with full vacuum facility designed to cut labor costs. As well as demonstrating the handling of a standard meat tray on the GT2e, Proseal is showcasing the forming and sealing of the eco-friendly HALOPACK® on the GT4e. 

HALOPACK trays, which have been on the shelves of leading European retailers for more over five years, come with a tried and tested quality and suitability to both Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) applications and cool chain processing.

“The HALOPACK tray is quite new to market and can be used for a wide range of products, from ready meals to seafood,” says Kaitlin Wyatt, Brand Supervisor for Proseal America.

Another recent arrival to JBT, Prime Equipment Group, this year has a separate booth located near the main JBT presence at IPPE 2020, showing the company’s capacity to supply first and second processing solutions that cover everything from feather removal to deboning. Prime Equipment also has 12 machines on show at the event, of which five have been significantly upgraded.

JBT and Prime Equipment Group will be exhibiting at IPPE 2020 in Booths B5035, B5235 and B7219 at Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia until January 30.

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