The Tango FT-NIR Analyzer uses Smart I.D. to classify a test sample, based on its spectral pattern, and then it automatically selects the correct calibration. Smart I.D. improves workflow as personnel can analyze samples of any product in any order, an improvement to the current practice of batching similar samples together to minimize calibration selection errors.
Current NIR systems require routine operators to first determine what the material being tested is, and then to manually search for the appropriate calibration before running the sample. Not only does this require time and many keystrokes, but it also introduces error into the process as an operator may have to make subjective decisions.
Real-time results mean that nutritionists can quickly evaluate the quality of incoming ingredients and update their least cost formulas more frequently. Flexibility to run any sample in any order gives nutritionists more access to data to enhance the process of formula optimization.
Feed mills test a wide range of materials with their NIR analyzers and each type of material typically requires its own calibration, resulting in a large number of active NIR calibrations.
Information can more readily become knowledge with Smart I.D. as information about the ingredients and the products can be organized by product, shift, constituent, supplier, mill, batch, etc. and analyzed using statistical control techniques to review the performance of the mill.
The FT-NIR saves time and prevents operating errors. An icon-based touch screen makes NIR so easy to use even a company president can run it.
See the Tango in action at the Bruker Booth #1207 Midwest Poultry Show, March 13-15 at the St. Paul Convention Center. To register for a free pre-show educational seminar on Tuesday March 13th Room 6,”Optimize the Use of NIR: Reduce Costs and Improve Feed Quality,” please click here.
Animal feed NIR expert, Tony Pietrantonio, president of Caltest, will talk about classical wet chemistry laboratory results versus the accuracy of NIR results. A fully operational quality control program will answer, “How good is my NIR?” Tony will also talk about how to get the most out of your NIR testing program and will describe how to work with a third party NIR management firm to audit NIR and referee laboratory procedures, and to certify compliance with ISO/AOAC requirements.
For more information, see “Tango is coming ‘NIR’ to you.”