International Sugar Journal

Maximising the benefits of NIR rapid analysis for sugarcane mill laboratories* [Full subscriber]

Abstract         Obtaining, training and retaining laboratory personnel for Australian sugarcane mills is a growing concern within the industry.  The test duration for some primary laboratory methods is often too long to make the required process adjustments in time, such as altering the high-grade centrifugal settings.  Once established, near-infrared (NIR) laboratory instruments using mature calibrations provide many advantages that address both issues, such as ease of use, speed of analysis, multiple constituent results generated in one scan for multiple mill products, and precision and accuracy of results.  However, an initial “development” procedure is required to achieve mature calibrations, followed by an…

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