Continuous monitoring to improve yield / quality and reduce waste and protect active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) and biomolecule production is vital in food and beverage production. Our portfolio delivers monitoring solutions for fermenter bioreactor off-gas composition analysis to fast and accurate analysis for control parameters such as Oxygen Uptake Rate (OUR), Carbon dioxide Evolution Rate (CER), Respiratory Quotient (RQ) and fermentation end point. Beverage and fill gas quality, process control and compliance and trace gas analysis for H2O, O2, CH4, CO2, CO, C2H2, and more, from ppb to % level detection capability can be easily achieved with our high-performing range of CRDS gas analyzers. Real-time, inline process control and quality analysis for milk, cream, butter, cheese, lactose, yogurt, and dairy products and precise control of fat, protein and sugar concentrations in standardized milk and liquid end products relies on our FT-NIR, NIR, FTIR analyzers and probes. Explore our full Spectrum NIR Laboratory Spectrometer for multi-parameter milk and dairy process development and product quality analysis.
The Food Modernization Act (FMA) of 2011 shifted the focus for food manufacturers from reacting to foodborne illness and contamination to prevention. A common cause of food spoilage is oxidation. Manufacturers must preserve the integrity and appearance of food, preventing contamination throughout transportation and distribution – from packaging and shipping to the point of sale and consumption. Oxidation is when oxygen comes in contact with food, creating a chemical reaction and altering the molecular structure of a substance. Nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide are used alone or in blended mixtures to extend product shelf life of food. Gases can help prevent discoloration and provide an added barrier against the spoilage.
Food-Grade Nitrogen and Beverage Grade Nitrogen is commonly used in different steps of food/beverage production, packaging, and storage. Nitrogen in food packaging and processing is used to preserve the shelf life of processed food/drinks by eliminating food oxidants, preserving flavor, and preventing spoilage. Nitrogen is used for Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP). Nitrogen packaging preserves the food’s nutritional value, texture, flavor, aroma and taste.
Nitrogen is used in the winemaking process is to remove and prevent oxygen from coming into contact with the wine. Nitrogen is used to prevent oxidation.
CO2 is most commonly known for carbonating beverages and creating dry ice in the beverage industry.
A reliable, high quality water supply is essential to dairy farms. Water is used for animal consumption, milk cooling, cleaning and sanitizing equipment, cow cooling, irrigating crops, producing value added products, moving manure and cleaning the barns. For US produced dairy, an eight-fluid ounce glass of milk has an average water footprint of 50 gallons (188 liters), while the more oft-consumed cheese has a water footprint of 119 gallons (450 liters) per four ounces.
Dairy wastewater (water used to clean milking equipment and cows) can contaminate both groundwater and surface water. The wastewater can contain residual milk (i.e. milk that remains in the pipeline and milking units), bacteria, cleaning particulates, and other organic material.
It is important to monitor process and wastewater in the food and beverage industry for several reasons:
Compliance with Regulations: The food and beverage industry is subject to strict regulations regarding the production and disposal of food products and byproducts. Monitoring process and wastewater helps ensure compliance with these regulations and avoids penalties for non-compliance.
Product Quality Control: Monitoring process parameters such as temperature, pressure, pH, and other quality parameters can help ensure the quality and consistency of food and beverage products. Changes in these parameters can affect the taste, texture, and safety of food and beverages, so it is important to monitor them closely.
Environmental Protection: The food and beverage industry produces a significant amount of wastewater that can contain harmful chemicals and pollutants. Monitoring wastewater can help identify and control the release of these pollutants into the environment, protecting public health and the environment.
Risk Management: Monitoring process parameters and wastewater can help identify potential hazards and risks in the manufacturing process, allowing for early intervention and risk management.
Milk quality analysis test mainly includes a density test, fat content test, total dry-extract, non-fat dry extract, cryoscopy, and acidity tests. Milk and dairy testing methods include taste, smell, and visual observation (organoleptic tests); infrared spectrometry, indicator organisms, density meter or lactometer tests to measure the specific density of milk; clot-on-boiling testing to determine whether the milk is sour or abnormal.
Monitoring wastewater in milk and dairy production is important for several reasons:
Compliance with Regulations: The milk and dairy industry is subject to regulations regarding the disposal of wastewater. Monitoring wastewater helps ensure compliance with these regulations and avoids penalties for non-compliance.
Environmental Protection: The production of milk and dairy products can result in the production of wastewater that may contain harmful chemicals and pollutants. Monitoring wastewater can help identify and control the release of these pollutants into the environment, protecting public health and the environment.
Resource Optimization: Monitoring wastewater can help identify opportunities for resource optimization, reducing waste and increasing efficiency. This can lead to cost savings and improved sustainability in the milk and dairy industry.
Product Quality Control: Monitoring wastewater can help ensure the quality and safety of milk and dairy products. Changes in the wastewater parameters can indicate potential issues with product quality or contamination.
Risk Management: Monitoring wastewater can help identify potential hazards and risks in the production process, allowing for early intervention and risk management.
Drying is a vital unit operation in food processing. The end point of drying is a critical process linked to the final product quality. Air humidity and moisture content impacts product quality. Accurate endpoint determination to improve product yield and production efficiency, and minimize waste is very important. Too much moisture in the food product can cause condensation resulting in damage to the processing machinery. This can lead to corrosion or blockages, unplanned downtime, and loss of profits. This can slow down production and can increase the cost of production due to wasted hours. Configuration should be easy to switch between multiple drying chambers, even if different solvents are present. Our portfolio of high-performance trace moisture analyzers and multi-species analyzer monitor solvents, including IPA, MEK, DCM, ethyl acetate, styrene, acetonitrile, etc. Moisture analysis is essential to the food industry to control food quality and shelf-life.
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