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NIR analytics of feed raw materials in the Evonik lab in Hanau.

Evonik offers its customers in the feed industry a more comprehensive service with its NIR technology. The company implemented the ISO 12099 standard for near-infraredspectroscopy (NIR). Furthermore the calibrations for feed raw materials and fees were updated and expanded. AminoNIR Portable was enriched with new functionalities.

Quality

“Only those who know the exact quality of their raw materials can use them to produce high-quality feeds that meet the animals’ needs,” says Dr. Stefan Mack, head of Service Marketing at Evonik Animal Nutrition. “Since this quality can vary greatly, determining amino acids, basic nutrients, and other raw material parameters in the feed mill or on the farm is essential.”

Combination

For decades, Evonik has relied on a combination of wet chemistry and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIR). “Through elaborate wet chemical analyses, we have created the data basis for reliable calibrations of NIR spectra,” says Dr. Ingolf Reimann, head of Analytical Services.

These calibrations have recently been carried out in accordance with ISO standard 12099. Laboratory processes and documentation have been adapted accordingly. 

New calibrations

For benchtop NIR instruments, Evonik has expanded its broad offerings with new calibrations for various insect meals and marine species meals such as shrimp, squid, and krill, as well as for cow feed (beef cattle and dairy cows). 

“This enables us to provide the feed industry with new sources of protein,” says Reimann. Calibrations for a number of raw materials such as corn, fish meal and soybean meal have been updated in line with the regular schedule.

Portable

AminoNIR Portable, Evonik’s mobile NIR service available since the end of 2020, can now also be used with an iPhone or iPad. For Android phones, the second app version is available. New functionalities include even faster first-time setup and scanning of samples, as well as integration options for barcodes and geodata.

Also read: Evonik to concentrate methionine production

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