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CDR FoodLab Touch: A Fast, Simple and Reliable System

CDR FoodLab Touch enables to control the quality of food like milk, cheeses and other dairy products, eggs, egg products and egg derivatives, tomato and vegetable purees, fats and oils.

It is used worldwide not only in laboratories and production lines in the food industry, but also in small cheese factories, dairy farms, cattle breeding farms, egg producers, and testing laboratories.

How FoodLab works

Each test is performed dispensing in the cuvette containing the buffer a determined amount of the sample. Thanks to the reagents created on purpose, it is generated a colorimetric reaction.

The result of the test is printed immediately after the elaboration of the photometric reading, in its unit of measure.

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Easy to use

The system is designed to be used by anyone, without the support of skilled staff. The analysis methods are easier than the traditional ones and can be performed in few steps:

  1. Adding the sample volume to the pre-vialed reagent.
  2. Following the displayed instructions and if there is ever a doubt, the HELP function will lead you through the process.
  3. Results are automatically calculated, displayed and printed.

Reduced Testing Times

It is possible to perform the analyses autonomously, easily and rapidly at production line too. It is possible to analyze 16 samples at the same time and to monitor constantly the production process, obtaining in few minutes exact and accurate answers.

The multitasking mode on Touch Model allows to manage the determinations of several analytical parameters at the same time. It allows the system to process one analysis and to start another one at the same time, with the possibility to go back to the first one at any moment.


The System

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The analytical system includes:

  • A spectrophotometric analyzerthat use LEDs, instead of usual tungsten lamps, 4 reading cells and 16 incubation cells thermostated at 37° C.
  • “Step by step” built-in guideduring the analysis procedure.
  • A Kit of pre-vialed, disposable dedicated reagents with a low toxicity developed by the research laboratories of CDR and a 12-month shelf-life, in package of 10 tests

Accessories:

  • Pipettes to simplify the collection of the samples.
  • Cold Extraction System to extract, by a simple mechanical treatment, the oil to analyze from drupes, nuts or finished products, like bakery products or creams. It does not involve the use of toxic solvents.

Analysis

Milk & Dairy products

Egg / Egg Products

Fats and Oils

Vegatable puree and Tomato


 Simple methods

The analytical methods of FoodLab Touch are much simpler and faster as compared to traditional ones: tests require a few simple steps.

  • Reagents are pre-vialed and ready for use. Their low toxicity eliminates the need of handling toxic or carcinogenic agents.
  • There is no need of preparing samples, at any rate, the operation is quick and simple.
  • There is no need to clean containers or other accessories or the traditional “glassware”.

One System for Several Tests

FoodLab Touch can be used to perform a wide panel of tests, therefore, eliminates the need of purchasing or learning to use several systems to control the quality of food matrixes.

Reliable

Several studies performed by certified laboratories have demonstrated that the accuracy of the analytical results of FoodLab Touch is equivalent to that of reference methods. The only difference lies in the fact that FoodLab Touch is easier to use and provides the required results in shorter time.

The analytical method and system have been validated by certified laboratories, such as the Standard Latte Laboratory of the Associazione Italiana Allevatori [Italian Breeders Association]. Comparisons concerning the tests for acidity, number of peroxides, soaps in fats and oils, chlorides in milk and cholesterol in eggs were carried out in the laboratories of Neotron.

No Maintenance and Technical Support Expenses

  • The system does not require regular calibrations: it is supplied pre-calibrated, although the calibration parameters can be changed quickly and simply.
  • The system does not require costly spare parts: the analyser uses LED luminous sources and does not therefore require the maintenance that is usually needed for photometers with tungsten luminous filaments. The absence of moving parts eliminates the risk of damages.

Analytical Kits

Milk

N.tests

Code

Range

Milk Urea Nitrogen (MUN) 10 *300004 5 – 100 mg/dL
100 *300000
Ammonia 10 *300054 1 – 80 ppM
100 *300050
Chloride 10 *300100 50 – 400 mg/dL
100 *300104
L-Lactic Acid 20 *300076 2 – 200 ppM
100 *300075
Hydrogen peroxide 10 *300328 1.5 – 25 ppM
100 *300325
Alkaline phosphatase (ALP)
“Cow’s milk”
10 *300228 0.1 – 5 U/L
100 *300225
ε-fructosil-lysine 10 *300404 (10 – 1000) delta x 1000
100 *300400
Peroxidase 20 *300528 0.01 – 50 mEqO2/Kg
100 *300525
Lactose in milk 10 *300010 0.1 – 5.5 % lactose
100 *300015
Glucose in UHT milk 10 *  
100 *
Acidity 10 *  
100 *
Peroxide Value 10 *  
100 *

Cheese

N.Tests

Code

Range

Chloride in aqueous solutions 10 *300028 0.01-50 g/dL
100 *300025
Chlorides in cheese 10 *300204 0.02 – 7 g%
100 *300200
Ammonia 10 *300054 1 – 80 ppM
100 *300050
L-Lactic Acid in cheese 100 *300375 0.01-1.75 g%

Eggs

N.Tests

Code

Range

L-Lactic Acid in egg 20 *300388 10 – 10.000 ppM
100 *300385
D-3-hydroxybutyric acid 10 *300426 0.5-15 ppM (mg/Kg)
100 *300420
Cholesterol 100 *300395 25 – 1450 mg/100g
Colour 10 *300295 1,0 – 180,0 ppm
100 *300290
Total Acidity 10 *300241 1 – 10 degree
100 *300240
Xanthophylls 50 *300220 1,0 – 180,0 g/Kg
   

Vegatable puree and Tomato

N.Tests

Code

Range

L-Lactic acid in Vegatable puree and Tomato 20 *300251 5 – 2100 ppM
100 *300250
Chloride in sauces 10 *300204 0.02 – 7 g%
100 *300200
Glucose in tomato 100 *300450 0.01 – 10 g/100 g glucose
Lactic acid (D + L) 10 *  
100 *

Fats and Oils

N.Tests

Code

Range

Free Fatty Acid (FFA) 10 *300128 0.01 – 3.5% Oleic Acid
100 *300125
Peroxides Value 20 *300159 0.01 – 50 mEqO2/Kg
100 *300150
Soaps 10 *300179 5 – 1350 ppM
100 *300175
Polyphenols-Antioxidant activity/Oil Stability Index
in olive oil
10 *300478 10 – 900 mg/Kg Gallic Acid
100 *300475
p-Anisidine Value in edible fats and oils 10 *  
100 *
Iodine value only in palm oil 10 *  
100 *

Technical Specifications

  • The system: 37° C controlled temperature photometer
  • Photometric module:
    untill 8 different wavelengthes in 4 reading cells
  • Incubation module:
    37°C thermostat block with 16 positions
  • Display:
    Touch model: 5,7” TFT color LCD touchscreen
  • Connectivity:
    2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB port type B for technical service and PC connection, 1 Ethernet port (LAN).
  • Internal Storage: 4 GB internal memory to store the performed tests
  • Database format: CSV and XML file, compatible with all formats of database (e.g.: xls, SQL)
  • Printer: Graphic printer on board 80mm width
  • Weight:
    Touch model: 2,80 Kg
  • Dimensions:
    Touch model: 32 cm x 29,5 cm x 13 cm (L x D x H)
  • Power Supply:
    Touch model: external power supply AC/DC Prim. voltage:100 – 250V, 47 – 63 Hz, 0,8 A Sec. voltage 24V, 1,4 VA, max.: 3,0 A
  • Environment conditions to operate: the analyzer and its equipment work at room temperature, from 12°C to 35°C and relative humididty from 20% to 80% not condensed.

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