Adam Equipment’s PMB Moisture Analyzer Provides the Ideal Solution for Food Testing, Food Safety and Quality Control Labs

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Recent passage of new FSMA laws leads to new, more-stringent standards for food industry

PMB Moisture Analyser from Adam Equipment

Adam Equipment's PMB

Easy to use and reliable, Adam Equipment's PMB moisture analyzer consistently offers accurate results for food testing labs.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently finalized the Food Safety Management Act (FSMA), which contains regulations for the U.S. food processing industry. Now approved by U.S. lawmakers, the legislation focuses on prevention during food production to minimize food-related illnesses.

Food manufacturers now are required to create a written food safety plan that includes management, monitoring, corrective actions and verifications. During the monitoring and verification phases, testing should be performed on food products to ensure product consistency and quality is maintained. This means that food laboratories will need reliable equipment to help them adhere to the new regulations.

While water is an essential ingredient in many commercial food products, too little or too much can pose safety and quality issues. That’s why food testing labs rely heavily on moisture analysis during the initial product research and development phase, and later on in quality testing laboratories. Maintaining the correct moisture levels is critical for safe food products, and also when determining product shelf life and expiration dates that help ensure food freshness, flavor and stability.

Recently, the use of Adam Equipment’s PMB moisture analyzer has gained popularity in food testing labs. Prior to this, labs had to rely on an oven-testing method to perform moisture analysis, which is time-consuming. The PMB moisture analyzer does the job in a fraction of the time, providing reliable and consistent results.

PMB can accurately verify food moisture content in less than five minutes and is easy to operate. The specimen goes into the heating chamber, which contains a 400-watt, energy-efficient halogen bulb. The bulb quickly heats the sample in 1 °C selectable increments, evenly evaporating the moisture. Three heating options provide the flexibility to customize test methods and temperatures for different food products.

Once the moisture has evaporated, the PMB calculates the amount of moisture weight loss and responds with the moisture content. This method measures moisture using a “loss of weight” method. After testing several food samples, it’s simple for users to adjust and control the amount of moisture in each batch. An automatic test-setting function enables easy recall for frequent testing of the same food products without additional programming. Users can log or print information, communicate with computers or transmit test programs and results using the USB and RS-232 interfaces. There is no need for additional software to take readings, giving users freedom to collect data in any location.

Food testing labs can run multiple PMB units simultaneously, to quickly assess the moisture content of multiple batches. This expedites the entire testing process for busy labs performing many tests on different foods.

An added benefit of the PMB moisture analyzer is its ability to retain and store set-up information, saving the time and effort of having to re-enter the information in the next analysis. This feature facilitates frequently repeated food tests that are performed after adjustments are made in recipes or formulations.

About Adam Equipment
For more than 40 years, Adam Equipment has designed and manufactured precision balances and scales for professionals worldwide in the laboratory, medical, education, industrial, food, animal/veterinary and jewelry markets. Adam is committed to offering an extensive selection of weighing equipment with best-in-class value. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, the company has strategically established offices in the United States, South Africa, Australia, China and Germany to provide product support and speedy delivery to distributors. For more information about the company and its products, go to http://www.adamequipment.com.

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