In today’s food industry, there is one tool that surpasses the rest when it comes to food analysis: spectrophotometers. Spectrophotometry uses advanced color technology to analyze various components of food products and can provide a wealth of information about the foods we buy, sell, and consume. With heightened awareness around the globe regarding the safety and quality of our food choices, color technology addresses both of these concerns with one safe and easy-to-use tool.
Color technology applications in the dairy industry
The dairy industry is one such field that uses advanced color technology to provide precise data about nearly every aspect of production and manufacturing. From protein, sugar, fat, and moisture content analysis to chemical composition and packaging, spectrophotometers can quantify color data using absorption and reflective values. All of these properties can be clearly identified using color technology, making spectrophotometry one of the most versatile tools in this industry.
Not only are these tools highly adaptable to the various stages of dairy production, but color technology instrumentation also offers one of the only safe and non-destructive methods of analysis. These tools are not simply for laboratory use. The portable and durable design of today’s spectrophotometers allows for analysis throughout every stage of production without disturbing the integrity of food samples. Early on-line detection of even the slightest variations can alert quality control changes before they affect an entire batch. This process saves both time and money, and ensures quality and consistency in the final product.
Flexibility in sample measurements
Sample analysis in the dairy industry often begins with the collection of raw materials. Color technology instrumentation allows for quick and easy sample analysis on site, streamlining the production process. The time-consuming process of sending samples to the lab has been replaced by a cost-effective and reliable alternative which allows for an increased number of testing points. Continual sample monitoring ensures safety and quality throughout production and helps avoid costly errors, ensuring that your product meets strict industry regulations. In fact, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) recognizes color technology as a reliable method of food and dairy analysis, and the data provided meets the requirements for dairy grading and regulations.
Spectrophotometers are designed to measure various sample types. Whether collecting data from liquid of solid samples, color technology instrumentation is uniquely designed to measure these various characteristics. Sample holders for liquid analysis are easy to use and designed to provide data based on color absorption measurements, and solid samples can be instantly analyzed using reflectance values. All sample measurements can be calibrated for a specific purpose and advancements in software and data collection take the guesswork out of the analysis process.
Choices in color technology
Color technology offers a wide variety of instrumentation options that can be utilized in the food and dairy industries. At HunterLab we specialize in food production and provide versatile instrumentation options to meet a variety of color measurement needs. With over 60 years of experience, HunterLab has become a leader in color technology. Our support staff works together with our clients to ensure that they get most out of their investment and utilize the wide array of options available. To learn more about color technology and spectrophotometers within the dairy industry, please contact HunterLab today.
Mr. Philips has spent the last 30 years in product development and management, technical sales, marketing, and business development in several industries. Today, he is the global market development manager for HunterLab, focused on understanding customer needs, providing appropriate solutions and education, and helping to solve customer color challenges across these industries and cultures.