SpectraAlyzer GRAIN – All Grain Analyzer and Quality Check

SpectraAlyzer GRAIN

The SpectraAlyzer GRAIN is an all grain analyzer, Near-InfraRed spectrometer which is dedicated to analyze the composition of grain samples using the near infrared absorbance characteristics of the sample spectra.

It is suitable for the compositional analysis of a wide variety of food products like grains, cereals, oil seeds and flour. All possible grain quality check parameters for e.g. grain products, such as protein, moisture, oil, ash, hardness and water absorption can be analyzed simultaneously. The sample is top filled directly into the sample cell of the SpectraAlyzer GRAIN analyzer, there is no need for grinding or other sample preparation at all.

The sample will be fed through the sample chamber via a robust feeding device and automatically discharged. In order to analyze powder samples e.g. wheat flour an optional Flour Module is as accessory available. Each grain analyzer can be fitted with a test weight module (aka Bushel weight, hectoliter weight, or specific weight) to determine the volume to weight ratio of the sample. An automatic path length adjustment enables the user to quickly analyse a multitude of whole grain and oil seed samples.

The all grain quality check instrument is controlled with an easy-to-use icon driven software, using a modern interface glass panel slider called COS Central Operation Slider, and a color TFT display with 640×480 pixels. The innovative graphical user interface and its functions is very intuitively to use. The user interface is made of glass for easy hygienic cleaning and years of maintenance free operation.

 

How it works

 

The SpectraAlyzer GRAIN is an all grain analyser and quality check instrument designed for the analysis of solid bulk materials in diffuse transmittance.

The instrument takes spectra of the samples in the short-wavelength range of the near infrared (SW-NIR) radiation. In this spectral range, the absorbance of the sample material is much lower than at higher wavelengths, so that there is still sufficient light intensity left for detection even when the radiation has passed several centimeters of sample. This technique is especially of interest when inhomogeneous samples like whole grains or bigger particles shall be analyzed. In case of grains, it is essential to obtain spectral information from inside the kernels and to make sure that this information is sufficiently representative.

When a grain sample is illuminated/ transmitted with NIR light (NIT Near Infrared transmission), the radiation is partly absorbed, partly scattered, and partly reflected by the kernels. As a result, the beam is no longer well defined in terms of geometric optics (like the transmittance characteristics of water or other clear liquids); this is why the measuring principle is called diffuse transmittance.

The amount of light absorbed by the sample at different wavelengths is directly related to the concentration of chemical functional groups, such as C-H; O-H, and N-H. As these concentrations are in turn related to concentrations of the parameters of interest – for example protein, moisture, or oil – property values can be determined.

 

The SpectraAlyzer GRAIN – All grain analyser and quality check instrument, is shipped with pre-installed standard calibration models for many products, parameters, and countries where typical applications are:

Grain reception/trading/malting
  • Wheat, durum wheat, rice, barley, corn, soy, malt, green malt, rye, oats, triticale, sorghum/milo, lentils, beans, green and chick peas and others
Flour milling
  • Wheat and rye flour, semolina, ground wheat, rice meal and flour, soy meal, corn meal and flour and others
Oilseed crushing
  • Soybean, canola/rapeseed, sunflower (ground) and others All calibrations provide accurate analytical values and are 100 % transferrable between instruments!
Calibration software

By having all the software tools at hand an innovative calibration model wizard and simple to understand work flow allows even unskilled users to adjust existing and create new calibration models.

The Application worx software package uses database and PLS statistic functions to create the calibration model. In routine use Application worx can be used as direct operating software, giving full access to the instrument while retrieving high resolution spectral data for extended calibration work.

NIR sample/reference technology

like all SpectraAlyzer® instruments for high sensitive and long term stable measurements.

Versatile sample presentation

by means of a syringe, a pump, or an autosampler.

User friendly

sample presentation and easy to operate.

Compact design

optimised for bench top or at-line application.

Touch user interface

and intrinsically mounted glass touch for straight forward hygenic instrument operation.

Many mathematical models

for all kind of products included for quick calibration models installation and start-up.

 

 

Performance:

 
 

Wheat

ParameterRangeSEP + / –
Protein %7.1 – 16.80.21
Moisture %8.5 – 15.50.18
 

Canola

ParameterRangeSEP + / –
Protein %17.2 – 28.60.34
Oil (%)37.1 – 49.70.35
Moisture %3.7 – 8.10.22
 

Barley

ParameterRangeSEP + / –
Protein %6.0 – 13.30.21
Moisture %8.1 – 13.10.21
 

Flour

ParameterRangeSEP + / –
Protein %17.2 – 28.60.20
Moisture %3.7 – 8.10.15
Ash (%)0.473 – 1.782 0.03
Water absorption (%)52.9 – 71.6 1.3
Extensibility (cm)11.0 – 26.4 1.87
 

Durum

ParameterRangeSEP + / –
Protein %9.9 – 17.30.22
Moisture %8.7 – 130.17

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SpectraAlyzer GRAIN

 
 

Design

DesignNIR Monochromator
Spectral range(570) 850 – 1100 nm
Verification of wavelengthAutomatically during start-up
Optical bandwidth4 nm
No of datapoints1000
MeasurementTransmisson
Sample presentationAutomatic
Optical path lengthAutomatically adjusted, range 6 – 30 mm
Measuring time45 s, 200 – 300 g sample
 

Display

ScreenTFT 640 x 480 pixel, colour
User InterfaceGlass, COS “Central Operation Slider”, multi-language GUI
 

Software

SoftwareIntegrated, stand-alone operation, fail-safe
Software / database storageCompact flash disk 4 GB
InterfacesRS232, USB, Ethernet
PrinterPrinter as optional accessory
Input voltage / rated current90 – 260 V, self-detecting / 200 VA
ProtectionDust and humidity
 

Dimensions

DimensionsHeight: 370 mm / width: 400 mm / depth: 440 mm
Weight27 kg
 

Modules

Flour moduleFor flour, semolina, soy meal and other ground samples
Test Weight ModuleFor determination of volume to weight ratio of the sample
 

Options

Bluetooth, WLAN, Application worx, wavelength standard, barcode reader, keyboard
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