FTNIR laboratory and online solutions for the (petro) chemical, food and dairy industries

With 40 years of experience in the various spectrometric techniques for different applications, the most striking development is the emergence of the most stable and robust FTNIR spectrophotometer in the world. The heart of this FT_NIR spectrometer, the patented 'Wishbone' interferometer, by the former manufacturer BOMEM invented in the seventies and thousands of these units installed worldwide. The famous corner cubes cab be found in petrochemical plants, flue gas and of course all the various existing laboratories for the chemical, pharmaceutical, food and dairy industry.

Some FT_NIR spectrometers are in operation for over 15 years and they still continue to fulfill the rigorous factory specifications. Meanwhile the new MB series spectrometer from ABB has been launched on the market since 2008 and these new series will be offered to the entire industry. This new series of FT-NIR spectrometers have evolved. This new MB series is maintenance free,  have compact construction and has a cosmetically attractive finish. Existing users of the previous MB / FLEX series can exchange quickly to the new MB/Quant platform. As you know, the most important aspect of this FT_NIR spectrometer is the direct transferability of the models on new MB or Quant series.    


Atoms in a molecule are connected to each other by means of chemical bonds that can vibrate with a specific frequency depending on the location and type of functional group in the molecule. When the energy (frequency of the infrared light) is sufficient for this vibration (stretching and bending) in motion can be related to a corresponding specific functional group. The number of specific wavelengths of the infrared light that can be absorbed by a material is dependent on the number of specific chemical bonds present in the molecule. Each material has its own specific fingerprint infrared spectrum. Those existing vibrations of the molecule in the fingerprint region can be found as overtones in the electromagnetic spectrum. For example, there are different overtones corresponding with particular functional groups in the compound, however, those signals are very low. Since there is a linear relationship (Beer-Lambert law) between the absorbance and the path length it automatically results in an increase of the path length. Generate greater path lengths will result in easier sampling techniques, this in comparison with ATR of FT-IR techniques. Multivariate software provide the further calculation of the model. 



The Quant/MB-series can perform the following applications, of which many database applications are already available. We can show you everything in our laboratory as well perform feasibility studies.

  • inhomogeneous products unground measure (feed, biomass and soil).
  • Analysis of liquid products, such as drinks, whey, vegetable and animal oils and fats and biodiesel.
  • Analysis of products in emulsion form, such as chocolate, meat, mayonnaise (sauce), yogurt, (grease) cheese, cottage cheese, margarine and butter ..
  • For online analysis, several new measurement cell developed for such measurements in edible oils and fats, milk, whey, yogurt, mayonnaise, margarine, chocolate, meat and butter.
  • Applications in petrochemical and chemical properties, cloud point, pour point, distillation, NCO content, Hydroxyl number, etc.

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