Miniature spectrometer for food production

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Ocean Optics has expanded its Flame spectrometer family. Flame-NIR delivers powerful near infrared spectroscopy in a compact, affordable instrument.


Costing around 75 per cent less than a traditional NIR system, Flame-NIR pairs a high-performance uncooled InGaAs array detector with a small optical bench for spectral response from 950-1650 nm. Flame-NIR’s spectral sensing can be used in agriculture to gauge crop readiness and characterization, and in food production to ensure quality and ingredient integrity. The compact Flame-NIR can be used in quality labs or integrated on production lines.
Flame-NIR is sensitive, fast and easy to use for a multitude of measurements within food and agriculture, including quantifying sugar, moisture, protein, acidity, vitamin C in fruits and vegetables; screening for internal rot, pests, and ripeness in produce; and Identifying and classifying seeds, grains, and pulses. Unlike other lower-cost NIR spectrometers, Flame-NIR uses an InGaAs diode array detector for high sensitivity with concurrent measurement of all wavelengths. It also delivers high thermal stability and low unit-to-unit variation without compromising the flexibility and configurability that are the hallmark of modular, miniature spectrometers. Complete systems can be configured for under £7,000. Flame-NIR benefits from high precision alignment methods that elevate spectrometer performance for a range of demanding applications. Because its design is not dependent on thermo-electric cooling, it has relatively low power consumption. This design, coupled with a small footprint (89.1 mm x 63.3 mm x 31.9 mm) and low weight (265 g), make it suitable for deployment in the field as well as process integration.


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