The end of external laboratory analyses?
One of the main advantages of NIR technology for quality control is the possibility of implementing internal control systems, avoiding the outsourcing of the service, which is costly in terms of time and money.
As we have already mentioned, few food companies can afford to have their own laboratories. Thus, the most common solution until now was to send samples to external laboratories.
NIR technology, accessible to any company and easy to use by any minimally trained professional, makes it possible to implement in-house quality control.
All it takes is a computer and NIR software such as Chemometric Brain's, with no need for large investments.
And with the advantage that, being a very fast, cheap and easy to use system, all raw materials and final products can be controlled.Therefore, there is TOTAL control throughout the entire supply chain.
Does this mean that laboratory analyses are no longer necessary?
Not exactly, but with the adoption of NIR technology they are reduced by 80%.
They will only be necessary on specific occasions, to control and update functions of Chemometric Brain models and for certified analyses required by law.
For example, in quantitative models - those used to identify physicochemical properties -laboratory analyses are combined with NIR spectra resulting from the control of food samples.
New samples are analyzed using the model, according to which the software predicts the composition of the products.
Something similar happens with qualitative analysis. To create a model for a particular ingredient, NIR spectra are combined with a series of labels: origin, supplier, quality, homogeneity... Thus, when analyzing a new sample against the model, we will obtain information on conformity with accepted qualities and other data.
Therefore, with the implementation of Chemometric Brain software, laboratory analyses will only be necessary as a form of spot-checking.
Have you crunched the numbers? If NIR enables to reduce lab analyses by more than 80%, calculate how much your company could save with an in-house quality control system.
Not to mention that you will be able to comprehensively analyze ALL raw materials and final products, not just a few spot samples as in the past.
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