Potential quality benefits for grain and flour
improve its efficiency in quality analysis for millers.
Foss' new Infratec 1241 Grain and Flour analyser is a redesign of an existing model to meet the current demands for faster testing. "Receiving sites are increasingly required to handle a higher intake from larger catchment areas," said the company. It claims the Infratec 1241 is the world's most advanced whole grain analyser, with results in less than one minute. Improvements on the older model include a 25 per cent increase in throughput due to faster analysis, and an improvement in software allowing better communication with external computers. Its uses include measuring protein, moisture, starch, oil, volume weight, water absorption and colour of grain or flour. The increased wavelength on the new Infratec now allows it to measure factors such as chlorophyll in rapeseed, tannin in wheat and carotene levels in durum wheat, ultimately better assessing crop quality levels. The previous Infratec 1241 launched in 1987, and the company claims it benefits all agricultural stages, from crop management or grain trading to grain processing and flour production. The company said the new model is available in different versions and with optional modules for more flexible uses. "Foss introduction of ANN (Artificial Neural Network) calibration technology have revolutionised grain testing by delivering simplicity of use in combination with unsurpassed accuracy," It said the ANN model contains 50000 reference data sets for accurate results, building on samples from 20 years of harvest. Foss revenue in 2006 was €183m with €23m net profit, up €6m on 2005.