NMR breakthrough from CEM makes fat analysis even simpler and more accurate
9 Dec 2016
CEM’s ORACLE uses breakthrough NMR technology to produce the first rapid fat analyser that can analyse the fat content of any food sample in under 30 seconds without any prior knowledge of the sample matrix and composition.
The ORACLE from CEM is a unique instrument that can analyse the fat content of any foodstuff without method development or extensive calibration. A major breakthrough in NMR technology allows the detection of the proton signal in fat molecules separate from all other proton sources such as protein and carbohydrate. Other rapid techniques cannot fully isolate fat from other components in this manner.
This remarkable analysis, which only takes 30 seconds to carry out, has been verified with over 30 Certified Reference Materials (CRM’s) from Europe and the USA. CEM have also outsourced hundreds of other samples to independent testing laboratories for wet chemical reference chemistry analysis.
Comparison between CRM, outsourced and ORACLE results show a remarkable degree of agreement indicating the ORACLE’s exceptional accuracy and precision. What is more, because the ORACLE doesn’t require method development, and is not susceptible to the differences in optics and system components that can affect other rapid fat analysers, users can achieve an unprecedented level of consistency.
With a highly responsive and easy to use touchscreen interface ORACLE’S software is highly suitable for non-specialist personnel. Whether it is meat, dairy, prepared foods, snacks or even powders ORACLE provides the ideal solution for a wide range of applications.
It is versatile too. And if you require a moisture/solid analysis in addition to quantification of fat content you can combine the ORACLE with CEM’s newly developed SMART 6 to produce results in ≤5 minutes. You can also use the stand-alone ORACLE high throughput option to dry samples in an oven overnight and the run the ORACLE in batch mode to easily analyse 50 or more samples per day.
The ORACLE integrates seamlessly with laboratory information management systems and comes with an ergonomic barcode scanner to import sample barcodes directly into sample ID for data storage and recall. The ORACLE really is eminently suitable for use in a laboratory or at-line on a production floor. It’s hardly surprising that CEM believe that the ORACLE will change the landscape in terms of global food testing.