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Inline Process Refractometers for Tomato Processing

Inline Process Refractometers for Tomato Processing

Tomato processors need to anticipate product output, consistency, and quality, as these variables directly impact sales and profitability. However, because of fruit diversity, harvest maturity, and agricultural region, it is challenging to control the consistency and quality of tomato products. 

Consumers frequently choose tomato sauces, pastes, purees, and dressings depending on sweetness levels, so food producers must manage sweetness precisely. Brix is the most commonly used method for assessing sweetness. Degrees Brix (°Bx) is a quick and accurate way to calculate the quantity of sugar in an aqueous solution. 

Refractometry calculates degrees Brix, and refractometers are the devices used to do so. Refractometers, in essence, use a prism to determine how light bends through a substance. The shift in light direction calculates to particulate quantities - in this example, Brix - in a repeatable manner. 

In food processing, there are various types of refractometers. Many food processing labs employ hand-held refractometers for batch sampling. The inline process refractometer is another. It offers Brix measuring control directly on the manufacturing line, and it can be used anytime in the overall process, from the evaporation stages to the concentrated finished product. 

Inline process refractometers are mounted using a sanitary-type pipe adapter designed and produced per 3-A Sanitary Standards. Suppose the tomato product is known to leave persistent coatings on the refractometer prism. In that case, a steam port is added to the adapter, allowing the prism to be steam cleaned at predetermined intervals. 

The refractometer's head is positioned directly in the processing line and provides real-time Brix detection with a measured output. The refractometer's circuitry then conditions the head's signal and compares it to the desired value in a controller. The controller provides a corrective output signal, such as 4-20mA, to a final control device, such as a control valve. The control device increases or reduces the amount of an ingredient. Brix measurement, like any other process control variable (pressure, temperature, level, or flow), is determined and managed by the inline process refractometer via a dedicated control loop, giving the tomato processor better control over product quality and consistency.

For more information on the use of inline process refractometers in tomato processing, contact Electron Machine at +1 352-669-3101 or visit http://electronmachine.com.

Inline Process Refractometers Used in Vaccine and Drug Development

Process Refractometer for Vaccine Development


Inline process refractometers are used in drug development and in vaccine manufacturing to ensure safety and efficacy. Their use is integral to the development of virus-based vaccines for diseases such as influenza, MERS, SARS, and COVID-19.

Process refractometers determine the concentration of dissolved solids by making real-time optical measurements of the refractive index (RI) and temperature in a solution. In-process Refractive Index monitoring improves the understanding of process conditions, reduces pharmaceutical development time, increases production capacity, improves product stability and product quality, as well as assisting in regulation compliance. RI measurement and control data supports the pharmaceutical manufacturer's  process validation throughout the drug or vaccine development cycle.

Inline process refractometers with hygienic or sanitary process connections are specially designed for the pharmaceutical industry and are used for the measurement of dissolved components in liquids. Sucrose density in virus purification is one example. Viruses can be banded in density gradients of sucrose, and the purification of viruses is done via sucrose density gradient centrifugation. Measuring the sucrose density with process refractometers allows for safe, accurate and efficient collection, ultimately assisting in speedier vaccine development.

For more information on the use and implementation of inline process refractometers for drug and vaccine development, contact Electron Machine Corporation. Call the in the USA at +1 352-669-3101 of visit their web site at https://electronmachine.com.