Alternative Protein

Provide real-time insights into your process

Meat alternatives and plant protein sources are a growing trend for many products including burger patties, nuggets, sausages, jerky, and more. Multiple species of plants are used commercially such as pea protein isolate, soy, chickpeas, and lentils as well as mycoproteins and spirulina.  Consumer demand for non-animal proteins is expected to rapidly grow to 2030 and beyond.

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Increase the Frequency of Process Measurement

Producing high quality plant protein isolates requires drying fresh product post-harvest, then grinding into flour followed by removal of soluble starches and fibers. The continuous process requires accurate control over drying time and temperatures to produce desired moisture and protein concentrations. A manufacturing process that is not frequently quality tested and regulated can lead to decreased yield, product out of specification(s), and customer dissatisfaction. A popular way to increase the frequency of process measurement is in-line near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy with automatous system feedback.

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Measuring Moisture with In-line Detection

Measuring moisture with in-line detection provides real-time feedback when and where it’s needed. tec5USA’s distance measurement head (DMH) can measure moisture in post-harvest plant material to obtain greater control of drying conditions. This can save on energy consumption and improve the sustainability of the process and your business. Further downstream, the DMH can measure dried, ground flours for moisture and protein content before selling to customers to create a multitude of alternative protein products.

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    Typical applications include white light interference for thin film analysis, UV absorption of proteins for quantitative analysis, colorimetry, impurity detection in water, cleaning validation for API manufacturing, polymerization inhibitor monitoring, electroplating bath monitoring....

    The spectroscopic methodology is determined by which parameters are important to monitor during a process. For example, if you want to monitor protein concentration in a bioreactor, in which the biosynthesis takes place in an aqueous medium, then you likely would want to use Raman spectroscopy for the application, as water does not contribute to the Raman signal. Alternatively, if moisture content is important, water has very strong absorption in the NIR due to several vibrational and combination modes that can be monitored; water is transparent in the UV and visible spectral region. Understanding which chemical is important as there could be various factors that influence the choice of methodology....

    NIR spectroscopy is utilized across a variety of industries for qualitative and quantitative product analysis. Typical industries include Chemistry, Pharmacology, Food Feed & Beverage, Agriculture, and others. NIR spectroscopy is well suited for species containing C-H, N-H & O-H bonds, making it a wide-range technology for a variety of applications such as moisture, fat, oil, alcohol, APIs, polymers, etc....

    Raman spectroscopy is a technique which is used for several markets. These industries include Oil and Gas, Pharmacology, Biotechnology, Petrochemistry and many others. Due to the high selectivity of Raman spectroscopy, it is a powerful tool for many applications including, hydrocarbon analysis, bioreactor protein monitoring, crystallization monitoring, API concentration, polymer identification, surfactant analysis, natural gas components and several others....


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