Petfood Application

In 2022, $77.5 billion was spent on pet food sales in the United States. This was substantial growth from 2021 and forecasts show continued growth for the future. To maintain market presence, many companies innovate new products that fit within AAFCO guidelines for complete and balanced, growth and reproduction and adult maintenance. Innovation is not only creating new products, but also new methods to make the existing product lines more sustainable and consistent for consumers.

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Online near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy

Using scientific process control in the form of online near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy provides real-time chemical and quality parameters to optimize pet food operations. Process data links to your PLC to automate operational controls such as heat input into ovens/dryers to maximize moisture content within specifications. Online NIR spectroscopy can generate laboratory data without the lab and quantify multiple parameters simultaneously. Moisture, protein, and fat are common NIR parameters, but others can also be measured from one spectrum, including fiber, ash, and even vitamin E. There are multiple points in a petfood processing line where online NIR can optimize product consistency, production efficiency, and yield. Benefits from real-time data and process controls include qualitative and quantitative analysis of incoming raw materials before milling and mixing, pre- and post-oven moisture measurements, post-sprayer analysis of fat to ensure proper palatant enrobing, and final product analysis to ensure label claims are met. More detail about the benefits of tec5USA’s online NIR and optimizing process control can be found in a webinar hosted with Petfood Industry: Webinar: Real-Time Process Control to Optimize your Petfood Operations | Petfood Industry

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tec5USA’s Distance Measurement Head

Use tec5USA’s Distance Measurement Head to monitor and control product moisture to improve yield, increase product consistency within spec and improve payback time. When the oven settings are creating low moisture products, real time data communicates with your PLC to lower heat input to save on energy costs and increase product moisture and yield. Also, an online spectrometer can measure a much greater percent of product on the line compared to spot samples pulled for laboratory analyses. Real time data alerts operators of unwelcome variations such as a blocked sprayer for fat application producing less palatable kibble with low fat content.

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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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