Basic Thermal Processing Academy

Basic Thermal Processing Academy | JBT Technical School

Basic Thermal Processing Academy (TPA) provides insight into the technological issues related to the thermal processing of foods.

Based on this knowledge, participants will be able to understand the impact of their actions and responsibilities on the quality and safety of the product produced.

This course includes both classroom instruction and hands-on pilot plant experience.


JBT Process Technologies Laboratory

2300 Industrial Avenue – Madera, CA 93637 (USA)

April 17-21, 2023

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Basic Thermal Processing Academy is intended for all staff members who play a role in the manufacture of safe and high quality canned and aseptic foods such as line operators, line supervisors, plant engineers, food technologists, product developers and quality assurance staff.


Microbiology and Sterilization Concepts

  • Thermobacteriology
  • Canned Food Spoilage
  • Heat Resistance (D, z, and Fo values)

Retorts and Temperature Distribution

  • Heat Transfer Concepts
  • Retort Systems Overview
  • Temperature Distribution
  • TC placement, Data Evaluation
  • Calibration, Instrumentation

Heat Penetration and Critical Factors

  • Product and Retort-related Critical Factors
  • HP Strategies for Different Retorts
  • Calibration, Instrumentation
  • TC placement, Data Evaluation

Process Calculation Methods

  • General Method
  • Ball Formula Method
    • Heating Factor Development
    • Process Calculation
    • Lethality Calculation
  • NumeriCAL
    • Overview of this advanced Method

Process Deviations

  • Approach, consideration and evaluation of thermal process deviations

Regulatory Overview


Each participant will receive a training certificate at the end of the seminar.


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