“Matrix F – The Big Fix For Feed Mill Operations”
Original Broadcast: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Howard Eubanks, Business Developement Manager – Feed and Grain – Bruker Optics, Inc.
The rational economic use of feedstuffs to produce poultry, fish, meat and milk has evolved from small farm operations to large scale industrial production. Today, large scale highly capitalized feed operations are under increasing stress as feed ingredient price escalation and volatility add substantial operating risk. The Matrix F FT-NIR Feed Analyzer can be used to protect operating margins by more reliably and economically blending feed ingredients to meet animal requirements. Ingredient buyers, nutritionists, and vegetarians can now access a tool for better control.
Timing is everything! Under-mixing can lead to uneven distribution of ingredients throughout the batch, resulting in a final product that is over or under fortified. Over-mixing wastes energy, time and reduces throughput and can result in stratification or un-mixing.
Although target mix times are usually well-known for specific formulations, many factors influence the optimum time needed for an individual batch including wear of equipment, lot-to-lot variation of raw materials, or environmental conditions.
Bruker Optics’ FT-NIR Multi Purpose Analyzer (MPA) analyzes liquids, solids- easily switching between transmission and reflection by computer control.
The operator does not need to physically swap out modules, which allows for ease of use and improved system stability. Finding a place to store modules that are not in use is also not an issue with the MPA, and that eliminates the potential for optics contamination or damage to the module.