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News and Notes

New safety interlocks survive
the toughest operating environments

JBT FoodTech announces two new safety interlock solutions developed specifically for the needs of the food industry, the J-Switch Safety Interlock and the J-Lock Mechanical Safety Interlock System. The fully documented and tested J-Lock Upgrade Kit and the J-Switch Upgrade are now available for the DSI 714 and 624 waterjet portioning systems.

Safety interlocks offer protection to machine operators and sanitation personnel by detecting the correct position of machine guards and access panels. JBT FoodTech recognized the need for a more robust safety interlock system capable of surviving high pressure wash

down, acidic and caustic cleaning chemicals, temperature cycling and time-pressured maintenance.

For customers who want to simply replace their safety interlock switches with a far more durable design, the J-Switch Safety Interlock is the right choice. The J-Switch is machined from a single billet of stainless steel and employs a stainless steel cable gland nut over a proprietary potting compound, enabling it to survive the kind of tough operating environments common in the food processing industry.

For customers who would prefer to completely eliminate exposed wiring and electrical troubleshooting of safety interlocks, JBT FoodTech offers the J-Lock Mechanical Safety Interlock System. This system replaces electrical switches with mechanical devices employing a captured stainless steel key. To see how the J-Lock Mechanical Safety Interlock System works, view a
video demonstration.

To learn more about these new offerings or other DSI upgrades,
visit the JBT FoodTech Web site.

High-performance fans increase freezer capacity

GYRoCOMPACT® freezer fans can now be replaced with upgraded fans that increase airflow while utilizing existing GYRoCOMPACT motors. This update usually requires little or no modification to install, and offers an immediate return on investment by boosting freezer capacity. For example, the standard fans in the GC76 freezer can supply 46,200 cubic feet per minute at 3" of static pressure, while the new upgraded, high-performance fan will generate 61,000 cfm, resulting in a 32 percent increase in airflow for the same base load.

Additional efficiency benefits of the high-performance fan upgrade’s increased
airflow include:

  • Better utilization of the freezer fan motor horsepower
  • Better temperature in the freezer
  • Longer freezer run-times
  • Change in frost characteristics
  • More tons of refrigeration out of existing coil with higher airflow

Contact a local JBT FoodTech representative for an exact calculation
of potential payback.

To learn more about freezer solutions, visit the JBT FoodTech Web site.

Lubricant Spotlight: Formula 420 Gearfor gearbox motors

Greater food safety awareness, both by consumers and within the food processing industry, has increased the global demand for food-grade lubricants so food quality is not impacted through contact with equipment lubricants. JBT FoodTech recently introduced Formula 420 Gear lubricant for gearbox motors to meet this demand for all new GYRoCOMPACT® spiral freezers. Formula 420 Gear is available to European, Asian and Latin American users of JBT FoodTech equipment.

Formula 420 Gear lubricant is an advanced NSF International H1 registered food-graded gear lubricant, approved for general incidental contact and designed specifically for JBT FoodTech custom-made gearboxes. Some benefits include constant lubrication performance even at low temperatures to -58°F (-50°C), corrosion and wear protection for longer component lifetime, and higher energy
efficiency due to less friction.

This lubricant fully complies with the EC Directive EN 1672-2 on Hygiene Requirements for the food processing industry and is available in 5-, 20- and 200-liter containers.

For more information on JBT FoodTech freezer lubricants,
visit the JBT FoodTech Web site.

Hands-on training available through Food Processing Technology & Training Center

The JBT FoodTech Food Processing Technology & Training Center in Sandusky, Ohio, U.S.A., offers regularly scheduled classes in portioning, coating, frying, cooking and freezing, each with a hands-on applications focus. The state-of-the-art training room, in conjunction with a full-scale technical center, provides a well-rounded training experience.

JBT FoodTech can develop customized programs for processing partners and conduct the training sessions either at the Food Processing Technology & Training Center or at a processor’s own location.

To learn more about JBT FoodTech training courses at the Sandusky facility, visit the JBT FoodTech Web site.

JBT FoodTech at upcoming industry events

Process Expo — October 5-7, 2009, in Las Vegas — Booth 6809
JBT FoodTech will display its entire product and service capabilities of food processing equipment for portioning, cooking and frying, freezing, sterilizing and closing, aftermarket products and services via video presentations.

Worldwide Food Expo — October 28-31, 2009, in Chicago — Booth N172
JBT FoodTech’s bacon processing capabilities and the Food Processing Technology & Training Center will be featured at this year’s expo, as well as video presentations of the entire product and service offerings for portioning, cooking and frying.

JBT FoodTech industry event recaps

IFU Workshop: Fruit Juice Days — June 15-19, 2009, in Parma, Italy
JBT Food Scientist Rossana Borgese delivered a research presentation titled, “Consumer drinking experience: innovative process and technology” at the workshop for fruit juice processors. Borgese discussed how JBT FoodTech is studying different technology solutions to manage critical process points in different juice processing applications. One study being conducted is focused on optimizing conventional thermal technology while considering the application, product and process. Another study is considering applications of innovative technology for thermal treatment and aseptic filling to guarantee high weight accuracy without textural and sensorial product damage.

EXPO PACK/PROCESA — June 23-26, 2009, in Mexico City, Mexico — Booth 2712
JBT FoodTech presented its portfolio of food processing equipment, aftermarket products and services to the packaging and processing industry in Mexico and Latin America.

To learn more about JBT FoodTech products and services, visit the JBT FoodTech Web site.

GYRoCOMPACT® is a registered trademarks and DSI and Gearare trademarks of JBT Corporation.

©2009 JBT Corporation. All rights reserved.  

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