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Phil Frechette

Minimizing pasteurizer product losses with balance tank design

Balance Tank design plays a large role in the efficiency of the product and water changeover of a pasteurizer. Depending on product and application as well as ordinances that must be complied with the Food and Beverage industry, one may or may not have the ability to make efficient balance tank designs. PMO (Pasteurized Milk Ordinance) has specific rules regarding Balance Tanks. In the case of HTST for Grade A milk, the top of the Balance Tank must be lower than the bottom of the PHE (Plate Heat Exchanger), therefore most dairy HTST’s have a design like the one shown in Figure #1 below. However, for HHST (ESL Higher Heat Short Time) or UHT (Ultra High-Temperature Short Time), there is more flexibility on Balance Tank  design. JCS typically uses an arrangement as shown in Figure #2 below, with a sump in the bottom of the product Balance Tank which has a small volume with a maximized head, to produce a sharp product to water transition with minimum interface. Coupling this with other design considerations such as Feed Forward Temperature control, in our direct injection system (UltraSys™), and other processing considerations for Deaerators, and Flash Chambers, we always strive to minimize product loss. Below you will find a short description of how the changeovers are controlled.

How to choose the appropriate aseptic processing system for your application

As a beverage producer you are regularly evaluating market options for differentiating your aseptic product lines, and that ofttimes requires new or modified aseptic processing systems in your enterprise. Your Staff and Engineering Team will have to answer questions like: How can I choose the appropriate system for my plant? What is the best technology? Can I use only one processing system for all my applications? There is no correct answer for what the best technology is for UHT or HHST design. One technology may be best for one product and not for another. Therefore, the product application should be the driver of your selection. If the wrong technology is selected, the product may not meet proper specifications or quality. The best technology for the application is the one that produces the best product quality at the lowest capital and operating costs.

JCS signed a contract with Nu Agri Asia to provide Aseptic and Product Standardizing Systems to the Asian Market

On August 30, 2019, Nu Agri Asia and JCS Process & Control Systems signed a Contract whereby Nu Agri Asia will provide JCS Aseptic and Product Standardizing Systems to the Asian Market. This will include line expansion to existing plants, as well as four large scale new plants that are in various stages of development. The contract was signed by the CEOs of the two companies. Left on the picture is Dan Baron, CEO of Nu Agri Asia and right is Philip R Frechette, CEO of JCS Process & Control Systems. The signing was executed just following three days of successful meetings with the movers and shakers of the International Coconut Markets at the 2nd World Coconut Congress in Manila Philippines.

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