NIR Technology Australia has released the FOP-38 On Line Analyser for measuring protein, fat, alcohol, moisture and other components in grain, dairy products, meats, beverages, polymers, plastics or any organic material in the form of pellets, granules, sheets, liquids or slurries.
The FOP-38 consists of a NIR spectrometer, a remote sampling device and a remote display module. The spectrometer can be mounted up to 10 metres from the sampling point. The remote sampling device is mounted on an auger, a pipe or a conveyor belt and is connected to the NIR spectrometer using a fibre optic cable.
The remote sampling device collects the NIR light transmitted through or reflected off the sample. The fibre optic cable transmits the light back to the spectrometer, where the component concentrations are calculated. The data is displayed on the remote display module, which can be mounted at a convenient position for use by an operator.
The FOP-38 On Line Analyser uses a diode array spectrometer. This unique optical system has no moving optical components and is independent of orientation and vibration.
The analyser has been designed for ease of operation and requires only two simple keystrokes for operation. Along with the compact size and rugged construction, the FOP-38 On Line Analyser can be used in any processing plant.
The built-in PC controls the operation of the instrument, computes the protein, fat, alcohol and moisture of the material and displays the results on the LCD screen. Data can be stored in the analyser's memory and later downloaded onto a PC. Alternatively, the analyser can be controlled from a PC.
NIR Technology Australia offers a software suite, the NTAS, to allow method development, PC controlled analysis and PLS calibration.