Monitoring food products using in-line spectroscopy is essential in making sure your product contains the right components and qualities that are desired. Using the wide variety of UV-VIS-NIR spectrometers, tec5usa can provide an efficient and reliable quality assurance for a wide range of products. Our spectrometers will apply accurate and consistent results to ensure your product correlates with the composition and labeling it is packaged with. tec5usa’s ability to monitor and identify levels of moisture, protein, fat,and toxins. Our spectrometers are powerful machines that can help identify these raw materials and finished products that customers should be confident in receiving.
Additives & Condiments
Monitoring of ingredients such as spices allows not only for the assessment of the raw materials such as type, color, origin, and uniformity, but it also allows of the assessment of the internal components such as measuring moisture, protein, fat, oil, and many other internal competent levels. With high spectral resolution, tec5usa is able to quantify any internal or raw element of the product. Doing this with our highly sensitive instruments, establishment of the product as the origin can be easily documented, along with the other components such as moisture, fat, and protein quantities. No matter how fine, opaque, or even small the solid, our focused precise instruments possess the high sensitivity needed to make any measurement wanted.
Baked goods, Flour, & Grains
The measure of moisture and protein levels are the most important aspects within any grain-based products such as baked goods and natural grains. Grans based products all have a variety of shapes and different surface and internal characteristics to them making them difficult to know the composition of what the product is. Measuring moisture, starch, fat, protein, and color of these products becomes very easy with the use of tec5usa instruments which are designed specifically for each different measurement to be found in the varying grain products. As out equipment is efficient with quick and precise measurement to ensure products unfit for consumers do not make it through processing lines, and/or ensure the right product is being sorted into the correct areas as our instruments can sort and scan the food to ensure the best quality and production possible.
Primarily composed of water, beverages contain a variety of ingredients. The vast collection of our instruments can quantify dissolved components formulated in beverages such as acidity. Alcohol, caffeine, carbohydrates, color, and organic compounds. An instrument possessing excellent spectral resolution and wavelength accuracy as well as the efficiency to minimize the impact outside interferences that could impact results. Interference may occur due to the similarity of the spectral response of certain ingredients such as alcohol and sugar to the spectral bands exhibited by water, but our specialized monitors allow for any interference to be filtered out and allow clear component readings of any beverage being measure. As our monitors are waterproof and can withstand extremely harsh conditions that beverages might withstand in the processing plant and will still continue to sort correct liquid products and read the contents as well.
Confectionery products represent a diverse array of sample types that pose unique challenges that tec5usa is able to handle extremely well to get optimal results. Confections are often produced in small obscure shapes, filled cores or inclusions like fruits or nuts. tec5usa’s monitors are flexible to accommodate sampling interfaces with different spot sizes, along with our multiplexing technology which allows for rapid sampling of many small pieces moving along a belt. The spectrometer system has the capability of high-speed data acquisition, including precise synchronization of the measurement to the moving samples, so that in conjunction with the process control system real-time decisions can be made about product quality. If a product does not match what is expected to be on the conveyor belt, our instruments can help sort out what does not scan correctly.
Dairy products include a range of liquid and semi-solid products, comprised of relatively large portions of water and solids. Liquid dairy products are colloidal suspensions consisting primarily of fats and proteins suspended in water, and are naturally highly scattering, opaque compounds. While most monitors may find scanning dairy products tricky, tec5USA products are able to handle opaque liquids and be able to measure the internal components of the milk including fat, carbohydrate, moisture, protein, and total solids amounts inside the product. Due to large scattering nature of dairy products, tec5 instruments are able to counteract that with numerous different monitors specified for the different types of dairy products. Flexible instruments for measuring different components and withstanding extreme conditions dairy products such as milk go through during processing make tec5 the most reliable option for maintaining and sorting of any dairy product.
Meat, made of dense muscular tissue mixed with fat tissue, provide a challenge in a production environment for spectroscopy, often involving relatively large product units such as whole carcasses that must be rapidly evaluated in large numbers. tec5usa is able to analyze the diverse samples of meat through the use of specific monitoring devices designed for the analyzation of only meat itself. With the specific design of our monitors allow for high speed sampling rates, precise triggering capabilities, and compact components for possible portable designs. The monitors also have the ability to withstand robust and harsh environments of any environment with continuous operation, guaranteeing a readable scan of the product with the ability to sort and read the meat components.
Edible oils represent a relatively small class of similar compounds: plant-based triglycerides, with small molecular distinctions between different products types that may be economically significant. Detection of signal-to-noise ratio, spectral resolution and wavelength scale reproducibility are important factors ensuring the detection of small changes in signal intensities in oil blends. The multi-component detection capabilities of our instruments permit monitoring at various stages in the processing of edible oils, allowing for proper sorting and detection of the oils components including fat content.
Fruits and vegetables greatly differ from one another as their color, shape and size, while features such as sweetness or internal bruising can be sensed only by assessing the bulk composition. Quality control measures are often employed during harvest on discharge spouts and during processing with other high-speed feed mechanisms such as moving belts, making ruggedized hardware platforms on the processing line essential. A tec5usa spectrometer contains a highly sensitive detector array and precisely timed operating electronics that critical for grading and sorting devices capable of qualifying each individual sample on a high-speed conveyor, such as those for oranges or apples. Grading allows for the poor produce to be sorted out from the desired appearance of the produce before the leave the processing plant. Looking at apples, our monitor can sort good from bad apples, different types of apples from one another by color and texture, and different fruits from one another. Our monitors allow sorting of desired products, as well as it can still get the internal and external components of the produce as well.