Testing incoming raw materials means that before processing, mill operators anticipate the conditions needed for efficient processing.
If one of the ingredients is out of specification or on the edge, the operator finds out before it is processed and can make the necessary adjustments. This results in a significant reduction in rework and a more consistent final product.
Anticipatory control is based on using the real-time testing information on the front end to set the conditions and achieve the desired product quality. Reactive control is when a mill tests the final product, and if it is out of specification, they have to go back and rework it to fall within specification.
Anticipatory control provides efficient mill operation, more consistent final product quality, less rework — more consistent quality with reduced costs. Better performance with FT-NIR means tighter control and ability to measure any sample any time.