Jul 13th, 2015
6 mins

JBT introduces new compact, low consumption Frigoscandia freezer at IBA 2015

IBA, Munich, Germany, 12 – 17 September 2015
JBT: Hall A5. Stand 463

Global food processing equipment manufacturer, JBT is further adding to its Frigoscandia line of spiral freezers and chillers by introducing the GYRoCOMPACT 60® Spiral Freezer. The new freezer will be exhibited at IBA 2015 in Munich in September.

The new freezer will retain the key features of Frigoscandia’s freezing technology, including its world-leading self-stacking belt, but in a completely new compact footprint of only 7650mm x 4350mm.

In addition, the drive power on the GYRoCOMPACT 60 Spiral Freezer has been reduced by 65%, compared to the previous generation of GYRoCOMPACT M6 and Classic 600 Spiral Freezers, resulting in low energy consumption and less risk of problems to the freezer’s components.

“The significant reduction in power consumption is due to a number of factors,” says Torbjörn Persson, JBT’s portfolio and applications director. “The unique Frigoscandia self-stacking system is by far the most efficient way to drive a spiral freezer. But we’ve also re-designed the outfeed drive system and introduced a new automatic lubrication system. Compared to conventionally-driven spiral freezers the size of the motors is smaller requiring a total nominal power of only 2.25kW. Most applications don’t require a gearbox motor, so this eliminates any syncronisation issues.

“The more precise function from having fewer lubrication points lowers normal fuel consumption by around 30%. We also offer an optional automatic fan tunnel which reduces infiltration into the freezer, meaning less energy consumption and less snow build-up.”

The GYRoCOMPACT 60 Spiral Freezer can freeze up to 1,400 kg per hour of fully baked brötchen on the smallest possible footprint. It also features the FRIGoBELT® Nova conveyor, JBT’s patented self-stacking belt which is designed and manufactured as an integral part of the GYRoCOMPACT freezers. The FRIGoBELT conveyor can be designed and built to suit specific applications and has a life expectancy of 75,000 hours.

“We believe that the FRIGoBELT conveyor is the most proven and tested freezer belt on the market,” continues Persson. “We also have unique experience with vertical airflow which improves the freezing capacity and gives a very even treatment across the conveyor. So with the GYRoCOMPACT 60 Spiral Freezer we’re offering the same trusted Frigoscandia technology that we’ve developed over 50 years, but in a much smaller footprint and with considerable cost benefits.”

The new spiral freezer also has an updated PRoLINK™ control system, with a 12-inch user-friendly touch screen and the ability to add more functions if required.

The Frigoscandia brand has been at the forefront of developing freezing technology for decades. Other JBT brands include the Stein range of ovens, fryers and coating equipment, DSI slicing and portioning systems, the Double D range of high impingement cookers and searer/grill-markers, and Formcook contact and combi cookers, all of which can be integrated to suit specific applications.

JBT has Food Technology Centres near Edinburgh in the UK and Helsingborg in Sweden, where customers come to test equipment at first hand with a trained technical team.


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