CONDELL PARK, NSW, Australia, Sept. 30, 2010 — Rapid analysis of food and food ingredients can be provided using the new MultiScan series 3000 food analyzer manufactured by Next Instruments Pty Ltd. Based on a diode array near-infrared transmission spectrometer, the analyzer uses a rotating dish to collect scans from a sample of food by passing NIR light through the sample. The transmitted light passes onto a spectrograph where it is separated into the NIR spectrum from 720 to 1100 nm. The separated light is detected using a silicon diode array detector to generate the absorbance spectrum. Within this region of the NIR spectrum, protein, water and fat bonds absorb light energy in proportion to the concentration of each component. The analyzer is best suited for measuring protein, moisture and fat in foods that contain high levels of water and fat, such as raw and processed meats, cheese, cream, cream cheese, yogurt, ice cream, dough, batter, sweets and fondants. It also can be used for milk powder, flour, cornstarch, sugar and other opaque powders. The system includes a built-in touch screen and a PC. Running a program called Analysis, the system is designed for simple operation, with the power of a Windows-based software package where spectra, trend plots and running tables can be displayed directly on the screen. Data can be stored in the PC and then transferred to other computers via USB. Measuring 450 × 300 mm, the system includes a front-loading sample drawer to reduce the required bench space. The rotating sample drawer can collect up to 30 scans from a sample with either a 5- or 10-mm path length or a 90-mm-diameter petri dish. The NTAS chemometrics software suite is included, and calibrations are installed for many common food products.