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Laboratory Near Infrared (NIR) Analysers

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Unity Scientific

We are proud partners of Unity Scientific, a leading manufacturer of state of the art NIR analysers. We are able to offer our customers the very latest in NIR technology from analyser only packages through to turn key systems with calibrations included

AMPCS Ltd offer a complete at-line or laboratory analysis package combining the Unity Spectrastar system together with industry approved Ingot calibrations from Aunir, an experienced International company who are UK based, offering local support. Our packages are designed to optimize process control, providing rapid payback through fast, accurate analysis coupled with guaranteed calibration performance.

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Feed analyser

Powered by INGOT® Calibrations

Unity delivers proven solutions for the feed, ingredients, pet food and forage markets. Well-controlled animal nutrition will optimize growth rates, milk production as well as   reproduction rates. In less than a minute, our NIR systems provide simultaneous results for moisture, protein, fat, fibre, starch, ash, and other parameters. Our Feed Analyser is ideal for every step in the feed manufacturing process, including raw material testing to guide proper ration supplementation

    • raw material testing to control meal formulation
    • raw material testing to optimize least cost formulation
    • monitoring and controlling mixers and optimizing the addition of liquid fat
    • monitoring and controlling moisture levels in extruders and driers
    • verifying production batch values and optimizing fat spraying on pellets
    • verifying and documenting finished feed label claims

The Unity Feed Analyser is fast, allowing for 100% measurement of incoming ingredients and finished feed. This speed, combined with guaranteed accuracy, allows for complete control of the mill, maximizing profits and providing fast payback.

The Unity Feed Analyser is powered by the INGOT calibration package from Aunir. This package includes a full suite of calibrations for finished feed and feed ingredients. Finished feed calibrations are available for poultry, swine/pig, ruminants, horse, fresh/salt water fish as well as a large range of feed concentrates. With calibrations for over 70 different ingredients, the INGOT calibration package covers virtually all ingredients used in a feed mill.

All INGOT calibrations are backed by Aunir’s 30 years of experience in the field and comes with a performance guarantee. Calibration experts are on call to specifically tailor the calibrations to our customer’s needs.

The Unity Scientific Feed Analyser, powered by INGOT calibrations takes all of the guess work out of NIR analysis. With calibration performance that is guaranteed to be accurate, customers can be confident enough to completely control their process, providing great financial benefit to the plant. The Unity Feed Analyser is robust enough to be used both at-line or in the lab. The system features a long life lamp and no air filter or fan, providing for very low cost of ownership. The built in computer is fully networkable and LIMS compatible, allowing for plant management to immediately access results. The Feed Analyser is a valuable tool to control every step in the feed manufacturing process, from raw ingredients to finished feed.

The Unity Scientific SpectraStar RTW (Top Window system) gives the ultimate in sampling flexibility and allows the customer to make measurements of all finished feed and feed ingredients. The SpectraStar’s quick analysis time provides real-time feedback that allows the process to be controlled, optimizing the process and providing rapid payback.

The Feed Analyser Package includes the following:

  • SpectraStar 2400 RTW (1200nm – 2400nm) with built in touch screen, prediction software, multi cup adapter, powder cup adapter, Unity check cell
  • Deluxe package has the SpectraStar 2500x (680nm – 2500nm)
  • Large open cup for analysis of feed and feed ingredients
  • Full INGOT Calibration package for finished feed and feed ingredients

Flour milling analyser

Powered by INGOT® Calibrations

Unity Scientific delivers proven  solutions for the flour milling industry. Control of incoming wheat, processing  and final flour quality is the key to profitable flour milling. In less than a  minute, our NIR systems provide simultaneous results for various parameters with two types  of solutions to fit to your needs.

Transfer-and-Go: Transfer your  existing calibrations from scanning or filter based NIR instruments to  SpectraStar and be up and running immediately &  Partner-and-Go: With our Flour  Milling Analyser package you get a ready to go analyzer package covering a wide  range of parameters with calibrations having a  money-back guaranteed performance.

  • Incoming wheat and  dried vital gluten testing to guide proper storage and  processing
  • Testing to optimize least cost formulation
  • Monitoring and controlling the tempering process
  • Monitoring and controlling the milling process
  • Verifying quality of milling by-products
  • Verifying and documenting finished flour label claims

The Unity Flour Analyser is fast, allowing for 100% measurement of incoming wheat as well as  the various control points during the milling process. The speed, combined with  guaranteed accuracy, allows for complete control of the mill, maximizing  profits and providing fast payback. The Unity Flour  Analyser is powered by the INGOT calibration package from Aunir. This package  includes a full suite of calibrations for wheat, vital gluten, byproducts and  finished flours.  Calibrations are  available for moisture, protein, ash, water absorption, starch damage,  extensibility, falling number and more. The calibration for falling number can  be used for screening of incoming grain thereby minimizing the need for actual  wet chemistry analysis of the parameter. Accuracy is not high enough for  replacing the falling number method but can be used to reduce the number of  tests required. All INGOT calibrations  are backed by Aunir’s 30 years of experience in the field and comes with a  performance guarantee. Calibration experts are on call to specifically tailor  the calibrations to your needs. The Unity Scientific  Flour  Analyser, powered by INGOT  calibrations, takes all of the guess work out of NIR analysis. With calibration  performance that is guaranteed to be accurate, customers can be confident  enough to completely control their process, providing great financial benefit  to the plant. The Unity Flour Analyser is robust enough to be used both at-line  or in the lab. The system features a long life lamp and no air filter or fan,  providing for low cost of ownership. The built in computer is fully  networkable and LIMS compatible, allowing for plant management to immediately  access results. The Flour Analyser is a valuable tool to control every step in  the milling process.

The Unity Scientific  SpectraStar™ RTW (Top Window system) gives the ultimate in sampling flexibility  with ease of handling. The SpectraStar’s quick analysis time provides real-time  feedback that allows the process to be controlled, optimizing the process and  providing rapid payback.

The Deluxe package  consists of SpectraStar™ 2400 RTW (1200nm – 2400nm) with built in touch screen,  prediction software, sample cups, Unity check cell & Ingot® calibrations.

The Transfer and Go package  has the InfraStar™ 1400 (1400 – 2400 nm), sample cups. Unity Check Cell and  support to transfer existing calibrations

Pet food analyser

Powered by Ingot Calibrations

Unity delivers proven solutions for the feed, ingredients, pet food and forage markets. NIR provides excellent payback for pet food manufacturers. The use of NIR ensures consistent quality in manufacturing and reduced re-work costs. Raw material suppliers can be verified to ensure they are providing quality materials. The speed of analysis reduces the cycle time and helps to increase the efficiency of the plant. In less than a minute, our NIR systems provide simultaneous results for moisture, protein, fat, fibre, ash, and other parameters. Our Pet Food Analyser is ideal for every step in the pet food manufacturing process, including:

  • Raw material testing to verify supplier integrity
  • Raw material testing to guide proper ration supplementation
  • Raw material testing to control meal formulation
  • Monitoring and controlling mixers and optimizing the addition of liquid fat
  • Monitoring and controlling moisture levels in extruders and driers
  • Verifying production batch values and optimizing fat spraying on pellets
  • Verifying and documenting finished pet food label claims

The Unity Pet Food Analyser is fast, allowing for 100% measurement of incoming ingredients and finished pet food. This speed, combined with guaranteed accuracy, allows for complete control of the plant, maximizing profits and providing fast payback.

The Unity Pet Food Analyser is powered by the Ingot calibration package from Aunir. This package includes a full suite of calibrations for finished pet food and ingredients. Finished dry pet food calibrations are available for dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, and other small mammals. With calibrations for over 70 different ingredients, the Ingot calibration package covers virtually all ingredients used in the pet food plant. All Ingot calibrations are backed by Aunir’s 30 years of experience and are guaranteed to be accurate. Calibration experts are on call to specifically tailor the calibrations to our customer’s needs.

The Unity Scientific Pet Food Analyser, powered by Ingot calibrations takes all of the guess work out of NIR analysis. With calibration performance that is guaranteed to be accurate, customers can be confident enough to completely control their process, providing great financial benefit to the plant. The Unity Pet Food Analyser is robust enough to be used both at-line or in the lab. The system features a long life lamp and no air filter or fan, providing for very low cost of ownership. The built in computer is fully networkable and LIMS compatible, allowing for plant management to immediately access results. The Pet Food Analyser is a valuable tool to control every step in the pet food manufacturing process, from raw ingredients to finished feed.

The Unity Scientific SpectraStar RTW (Top Window system) gives the ultimate in sampling flexibility and allows the customer to make measurements of all finished pet food and ingredients. The SpectraStar’s quick analysis time provides real-time feedback that allows the process to be controlled, optimizing the process and providing rapid payback.

The Pet Food Analyser Package includes the following:

  • SpectraStar 2400 RTW (built in touch screen, prediction software, multi cup adapter, powder cup adapter, Unity check cell)
  • Large open cup for analysis of finished pet food and ingredients
  • Full Ingot Calibration package for finished pet food and ingredients

 

photo_products_nir_cocoa-analyzerCocoa / chocolate analyser

In the process, cocoa beans are roasted in an oven and undergo a winnowing process, where the shells are removed. The resulting de-shelled beans, called nibs, are ground into cocoa liquor, which at slightly elevated temperatures is a thick liquid. Two potential processes can be undertaken with the cocoa liquor. In one process, the cocoa liquor is pressed into cocoa butter and pressed cake. The pressed cake can be ground into cocoa powder. In the other process, sugar, cocoa butter, and milk powder or other ingredients are added to the cocoa liquor to produce chocolate.

At every step in the process, there is a necessity to make analytical measurements. Incoming cocoa beans can be analyzed for moisture to determine the quality. Moisture can be measured during the roasting process to determine when the process is complete. The nibs can be analyzed for moisture and fat content to predict the quality of the resulting cocoa liquor. The cocoa liquor, which is sold by fat content, can be analyzed for fat and moisture to optimize the process.

After the cocoa liquor is pressed, the resulting cocoa butter can be analyzed for free fatty acids and iodine value. These properties relate to the melting characteristics of the butter. The other by-products of the pressing of cocoa liquor, cake and cocoa powder can be analyzed for moisture and fat. Since cocoa powder is routinely sold based on its fat content, it is critical to have accurate and timely measurements to optimize the process.

During the chocolate making process, at-line analysis for fat, moisture and sugar are critical. Since Chocolate is typically sold based upon its fat content, this becomes a critical analysis point. The fat content is raised by the addition of cocoa butter, which is quite expensive. Controlling the addition of cocoa butter will save money and provide measurable economic benefit to the plant. Another important ingredient that is measured is the sugar content.

Measuring the sugar content will reflect the amount of cacao in the chocolate, which will be critical to insure label claims. This is normally done by traditional techniques such as NMR, Soxhlet, and Karl Fischer titrations, but each is time consuming and are done in the lab. Analyzing at-line allows for immediate adjusts to be made to control the process in real time.

NIR is a valuable technique that can analyze for fat, moisture, sugar, FFA, and Iodine Value in every step of the cocoa process. It can also be used to analyze ingredients, such as milk powder. NIR analysers can be placed directly next to the process to analyze multiple lines and control points. This is advantageous over traditional lab instruments and techniques such as NMR, Soxhlet, and Karl Fischer titrations, which are relegated to the lab and are time consuming.

The Unity Scientific InfraStar RTW (Top Window system) gives the ultimate in sampling flexibility and allows the customer to make measurements of all cocoa products and ingredients. The InfraStar’s quick analysis time provides real-time feedback that allows the process to be controlled, optimizing the process and providing rapid payback.

Unity currently has calibration available for milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa liquor, cocoa powder, cake, cocoa beans, nibs, and cocoa butter. Calibrations for ingredients such as milk powder are also available.