Thai and Japanese researchers and industry representatives visits Australian Sugar industry

Thai and Japanese researchers and industry representatives visits Australian Sugar industry

Jeffress Engineering facilitated and hosted visitors from Japan and Thailand to the Australian Sugar Industry in October. Researchers and industry representatives explored automation and cane payment solutions during their visit. The Sugar Research Institute (SRI), part of the Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities (CTCB) in Queensland University of Technology was the scene of a very full one day technology workshop at the start of the trip. Professor Ross Broadfoot, Associate Professor Geoff Kent and Phd candidate David Moller and the visitors shared experience across a wide range of topics.

During the trip the group toured NSW Sugars Condong and Harwood sugar mills to see automated processing and advanced cane receivals and logistics in action.

Working photo at Harwood

Group photo Condong sugar mill

Final visit for the trip was to the farm of Richard Skopp who engaged with the group in advanced discussions of modern cane farming practices, cane payment systems from the growers perspective and other topics.

Richard Skopp farm, Australia

Overall the group were well received and supported by everyone they met in the Australian Sugar industry. And useful conversation and relationships occurred. Thanks to all involved throughout the trip!

Cutter Grinder training for our Japanese agent

Cutter Grinder training for our Japanese agent

Our Japanese agent NSP recently sent over three staff members for deep training on our Jeffco CG03 Cutter Grinders. Specifically they learned about the upgrades implemented for our new CG04J version built specifically for our Japanese sugar mill clients. After many years of reliable operation and not a single operator injury the Okinawan and Kagoshima industries are understandably thrilled with the improved safety and performance characteristics of our technology. Every single sample taken from an incoming truck across the entire industry is processed through Jeffco equipment. The Japanese are proud of their performance and we are proud of our technology assisting them in their sugarcane quality determination objectives.

Ms Atsuko Hasegawa, Mr Fumiharu Mochizuki and Ms Hiromi Baba attended the training at our head office and factory facility in Adelaide in September 2019.

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Okinawa Sugar Industry host Jeffress Engineering visit

Okinawa Sugar Industry host Jeffress Engineering visit

During February 2019 the Sugar Industry in Okinawa, Japan hosted a visit by Jeffress Engineering for inspections and technical collaborations regarding the JEFFCO technology the industry relies upon for high accuracy cane quality measurement. Every sugar factory uses JEFFCO CG03 Cutter Grinder technology to ensure accurate payment of cane quality for growers and millers in their payment laboratories. Chris Henderson (General Manager) and Nico Petiet (Senior Mechanical Engineer) toured several facilities and met with all relevant industry organisations.

Since installing JEFFCO technology in 2006 the Okinawan sugar industry has gone from a situation where injuries to operators of the previous sugar cane shredding equipment occurred perhaps once or twice each year to no injuries across 12 years of operation in 10 sugar factories and using 16 JEFFCO Cutter Grinders.  The high regard the equipment has in Japan for an enviable safety record is well earned!

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JEFFRESS Engineering hosts a visitor from Japan

JEFFRESS Engineering hosts a visitor from Japan

JEFFRESS Engineering recently hosted a visit by the Managing Director of NSP in Japan, Mr Yasuhiro Maruyama. NSP are the distributors and service agents for JEFFCO products in Japan.

We have 18 JEFFCO CG03 Cutter Grinders in current operation across the Japanese sugar industry.

Many were supplied with JEFFRESS Engineering custom-built elevators to assist the feeding of core samples to the JEFFCO equipment.

Prior to implementation of the JEFFCO Cutter Grinders it was normal for the sugar industry in Japan to sustain one or two injuries to operators in a normal harvest year.

The advanced integrated safety mechanisms in the JEFFCO CG03 have reduced injuries to zero – equivalent to 180 years of cutter grinder operation without a single operator injury!  Highlighting the significantly improved safety record Mr Maruyama reported the satisfaction of managers in Japanese factories that the improved safety record was a result of the high quality manufacture and safe design of JEFFCO equipment.

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