Analysing Fat And Moisture In Food More Efficiently

Consumers these days don’t only want to have their cake and eat it, they also want its nutritional value analysed too, meaning that most of the food products we buy in the UK must, by law, include a detailed breakdown of its calories, nutritional value and vitamin content on its packaging.  The imperative on the Government to take steps to reduce growing obesity suggests this isn’t set to change any time soon.

This means that food manufacturers must find a way of analysing the fat content of foods quickly and accurately but in a way which has as little impact on the profitability and efficiency of food manufacturing businesses as possible.  Luckily, CEM has developed a machine which provides both a competitive and leading edge technical solution.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance technology (NMR) spectroscopy is widely considered to be one of the most effective analysis methods on the market.

Though its name is somewhat misleading – the term ‘nuclear’ denotes an ability to analyse sample atoms right down to the level of the nucleus, rather than the generation of ionizing radiation – this technology, similar to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology used in the field of medicine, allows fats and oils can be detected throughout a sample, rather than simply on the surface, meaning testing is precise to within 0.01 per cent.

CEM’s latest model in this field, the SMART Trac II, combines microwave drying with NMR. A significantly enhanced version of industry favourite SMART Trac, it can analyse foods in just eight seconds, meaning labs can typically study twice as many samples per day as with the previous SMART Trac model.

This isn’t where the innovation ends. The use of SMARTWare technology means that up to 100 methods and 300 test results can be stored and the inclusion of SMART Turbo technology means samples dry rapidly, while the patented Intellitemp temperature feedback system eliminates the chance of samples overheating and the process having to be repeated.

From a financial perspective, the fact that the machine does not require frequent recalibration or the use of solvents means that it is a more cost-effective option than similar machines. Similarly, the purchase of consumables is kept to a minimum, keeping day-to-day operating costs down.

The absence of chemicals in the process also means that the technique is one of the most environmentally friendly on the market – important for manufacturers keeping a watchful eye on their CSR credentials.  Indeed, SMART Trac II uses 95 per cent less energy than similar models.

Moreover its compact nature and the fact that it does not require an external computer means it uses minimal bench space, something which is frequently at a premium in the modern lab. With its superb performance, enhanced environmental credentials and low operating costs, the SMART Trac II represents one of the most efficient models on the market for the analysis of fats in foods.

Date added: 2015-05-25 12:14:20