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Spanish SME offers more accurate measurements for the food and pharmaceutical industries through spectroscopy.

Country of origin:
Country: 
SPAIN
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TOES20200611001
Published
02/07/2020
Last update
14/07/2020
Expiration date
15/07/2021

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Food Additives/Ingredients/Functional Food
Food Microbiology / Toxicology / Quality Control
Health food
Soft drinks and bottling plants
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Summary

Summary: 
A Spanish (Basque) SME specialized in the development of photonics technology for different industrial fields offers innovative technology to make inline measurement of different parameters based on spectroscopy for the food and pharmaceutical industries. The company looks for either a commercial agreement with technical assistance and license agreement.

Description

Description: 

For the food and pharmaceutical industries, a platform for the inline measurement of different parameters based on spectroscopy has been developed. This system enables to achieve a real-time product characterisation that ensures the quality of the product from the entry of raw materials to the final product.
The technology is a robust system that integrates all its components in a single device, with which the final data can be sent to the PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) without the need for an external PC (Personal Computer). Besides, together with our device, we offer the service of maintenance of the calibrations.
The system’s process connection is a flat sight glass of different diameters which can be installed in pipelines or tanks. It can be integrated into food systems and equipment for real-time measurements, for example, pasteurisers, fermenting tanks, reactors, CIP (Clean in Place) systems, mixing systems, homogenisers…, allowing from the evaluation of raw materials to finished product, i.e., a complete process quality assurance system by monitoring key parameters in real time.
Some examples among different applications of our system in the food industry are detailed:
• Dairy, measurement of % fat, protein, lactose, and dry matter.
• Milk powder production, measurement of % fat, protein, and moisture.
• Wine/Beer, measurement of % alcohol, sugars, acids, and raw material quality.
• Oil, measurement of % fatty acids, phospholipids, and moisture.
• Grain and flour, measurement of % protein, ashes, moisture, and fibre.
• Meat and fish measurement of % fat, protein, and moisture.
• Detection of counterfeit and adulterated products.
Thus, the company is looking for an industrial partner specialized in working in the food or pharmaceutical industries that may be interested in this kind of innovative technology. The company is looking for a commercial agreement with technical assistance or license agreement as a first choice. This manner, the product can be proven in an industrial environment and validated to be sought as a product.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
In the food industry the main advantages of this technology are: • Real-time measurements (seconds) with minimal or no sample preparation. • Optimal results for different kinds of products: liquids, powder, grains, slurries, etc. • Multiple parameters determined at the same time with non-destructive measurements. • Continuous monitoring of the production quality and fast payback thanks to the reduction of laboratory analysis, and continuous process optimisation. The introduction of these systems in the industry is being difficult due to a series of factors such as the need for exhaustive calibration to obtain high measurement precision, the low diffusion of this technology in the industry, the lack of qualified personnel, and the high price of equipment. To reduce this high price, the company designs specific measurement equipment for each type of product, thus reducing the technical requirements of the equipment, adjusting it to the real needs of each of them. Another advantage of our system is that there is no need for an external PC (Personal Computer) for data processing. Our equipment has an information processing system incorporated so that the information sent to the PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) or SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system is only the final data. All the data can also be sent to an IoT (Internet of Things) platform so they can be used by an application to generate a report that can be integrated in the ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Prototype available for demonstration

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The company is looking for an industrial partner specialized in the production of food or pharmaceutical products. The company seeks a partner with a production demand where high quality is essential.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,University,Inventor,R&D Institution,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500