JCS is now a UL508a Certified Manufacturer of Industrial Control Panels

JCS is pleased to announce that we have become a UL508a certified manufacturer (CM) of Industrial Control Panels. The UL508a certification indicates that control panels are designed and constructed to use quality components, appropriate circuit protection, correct wiring and spacing, and conform to electrical code specifications according to UL standards.

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.

Going Green and Reducing Production Costs - A Case Study on the Effectiveness of the JCS EcoCooler™ for Dairy Processing

Milk and associated dairy beverage processing require homogenization for fluid stability, and homogenization requires very high pressures to be effective. These high pressures act to heat up the hydraulic fluid inside the homogenizer and it must be cooled. Dairies typically use a steady flow of clean water to cool the recirculating hydraulic oil, and it’s no surprise vast amounts of clean water are being consumed for this purpose.  

Is JCS a good fit for you?

Have you always dreamt of working at a company that had a family feel but the sophistication of a large company? Do you prefer being known for who you are and the contributions that you make each day instead of feeling like you’re just a number? Do you want to work for an organization that cuts through the bureaucracy and instead is nimble and flexible with its approach? Then JCS might just be for you.

Maximizing Production Capacity by reducing challenges in the Spirits industry

Spirits manufacturers constantly face many different challenges in their industry, some of the most important being, accelerate proofing, consistent product quality, reduced product giveaway, maximize yields, and satisfying government regulations regarding taxation on %Alcohol by volume. With the JCS UltraBlend, distillers can meet these challenges by streamlining their production, eliminating the need for Proof Tanks, currently used to obtain the required %ABV (%Alcohol by Volume), Tightening Quality Control(can include added sugar, flavorings, spices, etc.). Ultimately the producer can save in many ways:

JCS donates an UltraBlend™ system to the University of Kentucky

JCS Process & Control Systems is pleased to announce its partnership with the James B. Beam Institute at the University of Kentucky to help advance the mission of giving students and researchers in the bourbon industry the opportunity to learn the operation of a distillery and to have a common place to come together to run studies.

JCS Announces Founder and CEO Retirement

JCS Process & Control Systems announced that its Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Philip R Frechette has decided to retire from his day-to-day responsibilities with the company effective January 1, 2022. Additionally, Phil will continue in his role as JCS Chairman of the Board for the foreseeable future.

Data Management and ERP Integration in the Beverage Industry

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By repurposing existing assets, JCS reduced customer cost and lead time

A dairy processor acquired a single barrier aseptic routing cluster which was removed from a decommissioned dairy plant. The aseptic routing cluster integrated two dual barrier sterile tank valve clusters and two sterile tank End of Line valve clusters. Most of the valve design did not meet customer requirements; to save equipment costs, the decommissioned valves were utilized on new valve clusters. JCS was able to fully disassemble the routing cluster skid and repurpose all aseptic diaphragm valves for the new valve clusters that met customer requirements.

Why convert an old PLC to a new PLC?

The Allen-Bradley PLC5 and SLC controllers have been the workhorses of most production facilities in the US for decades and decades.

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