Near infrared spectroscopy (NIR) calibrations
An agrofood division of a Spanish technology centre is offering its NIR calibration services to companies interested in using new technologies to control their products, especially on biomass. Partnerships sought are services agreement (cereal sector, agriculture and agro-food, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, environmental, clinical and biomedical field) and research cooperation agreement with any type of entity on the previous fields, for future calls in Horizon 2020 (SC-2 or SC-5).
Services Agreement: - Partners sought are companies, especially energy sector, cereal, agriculture and agro-food, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, environmental, clinical and biomedical field. - The type of cooperation depends on the needs of the company: utilisation of the technology. Research Cooperation Agreement: - Any type of entity: companies, universities or research and technology centres interested in developing an international research and development project on Horizon 2020 on the field of the field of biomass, agrofood and environment (SC2 or SC5 topics). The technology centre offers its services to companies interested in: - Analyse their products on real time without the previous use of samples or other methods. - Determine the real energy of their biomass production and the performance of their biomass consuming facilities. - Table of costs of biomass placed in plant, according to its quality or energy contribution.
Spanish horizontally integrated technology centre, specialized in offering global solutions to companies, provides them with over 20 years of experience in developments, processes, systems and products. It operates in five economic sectors: industry, energy and environment, construction and infrastructure, agrofood, health and quality of life. The NIR technology is an analytical spectroscopic technique with great application in the industrial sector for the quantitative and / or qualitative control of products. Once calibrated, the NIR equipment allows several parameters to be analysed in less than one minute at a time, without sample preparation or reagents. The technology centre has broad experience on optimising services and developing the NIR calibration on biomass sector but also in other issues. Both industrial and academic partners are sought for services and research cooperation agreements.
Advantages and innovations
Many industry sectors, especially biomass field continuously searches for quick, direct and simple application solutions to improve quality and safety controls, both in terms of the final product and in the different stages of its production chain. The NIR technique, alone or combined with hyperspectral imaging methods and using both chemometric tools, is a technology that saves the tedious, costly and lengthy laboratory analysis that the product usually requires to control their production. So, once calibrated, the NIR technique allows time savings and increased accuracy compared to other techniques. Technology centre’s NIR technology consist on: - Control of industrial processes in several stages: quality control of raw material, intermediate or final product (determination of physical and chemical parameters) and process monitoring. - Ability to determine the potential energy of the biomass. - Table of costs of biomass placed in plant, according to its quality or energy contribution. - Implementation of the NIR technology in the company with the corresponding calibration and on-site validation. - The calibration and the annual maintenance of the system, spectra and wet process can be carried out as a whole service.
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