The testo Smart Probes Refrigeration Set has been nominated for Refrigeration product of the year!

We are happy to announce that our testo Smart Probes Refrigeration Set has been shortlisted and is now a finalist at the RAC Cooling Industry Awards 2017 as Refrigeration Product of the Year.

The awards aim to celebrate leading innovations and environmental successes in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry.

This year the competition was fierce and the judges only selected those who demonstrated the very highest standards. We are really proud that the panel of experts judging them considered the testo Smart Probes as to be one of them.

Testo’s Smart Probes have proved hugely popular since their release at the beginning of 2016 and have caused a real stir, attracting attention across the HVAC/R industry. They have been described as a complete “Game Changer” for the industry by some of their early adopters.

 

 

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For more information on the testo Smart Probes Refrigeration set  or any of our products please visit our website www.testo.co.uk or give us a a call on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help

Testo Charity Challenge update – 25,000km target reached!

 

We’ve done it – target reached!

Great news! The Testo team have now reached our target of 25,000km for the testo Charity Challenge.

This is such fantastic news and means Treloars School & College will now receive the maximum donation of £10,000. Well done and a massive thank you to everyone participating, I think we can all agree this has been such a great challenge to be a part of and have all really got behind it.

The official end date for this challenge is 22nd September, so although we have reached our target, you can still carry on with the challenge. And whilst the weather is still nice (with the exception of today of course!), we can all try and stay active and continue to log our km’s in the app. Maybe you could set your own target for km’s achieved by 22nd Sept, or maybe some friendly competition with someone on the leaderboard.

Below is some more about Treloars and the challenge, as well as some of the best pictures we’ve had throughout the challenge. Again, we’d like to reiterate a huge thank you to all involved for making this possible! Great job!

 

About the Testo Charity Challenge

As you might have heard, Testo is turning 60 this year. To celebrate this outstanding landmark, Testo decided to organise a worldwide charity challenge with the aim to become fitter as a team and to donate some of our profit for a good cause. In addition to the global Testo challenge we have decided to create a local challenge for all employees, family, friends, partners and everyone associated with Testo UK.

 

Team Testo reached new heights – here we are on top of the highest mountain in England – Scarfell Pike

 

The goal set for the UK Team Testo was to achieve 25,000km of running, walking or cycling from by 22/09/2017. For every active kilometre achieved by our UK team, Testo Limited would donate £0.40 to the Treloar school and college for handicapped children.

 

A great challenge for a great cause

Treloar is an incredible organisation in Alton that helps more than 150 physically disabled children from all over the UK to learn and live an independent live. 80% of all students at Treloar’s suffer from a very challenging form of cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy and 50% have to communicate with the support from augmentative communication equipment. For those of you who have not heard about Treloar, please have a look at the following link: https://www.treloar.org.uk/

 

Testo HVAC specialist Jon Bawden, looking a little hotter than usual

 

 

 

Portable GC/MS for Chemical Hazard Identification

FLIR Systems announces the Griffin G510

FLIR Griffin G510Online. —  
The FLIR Griffin G510 enables military and civil responders to easily sample all phases of matter, including solid, liquid, and vapor, to rapidly identify chemical hazards in the field.

The versatile FLIR Griffin G510 represents a new-generation of portable GC/MS capability, with multiple integrated sample inlets that simplify on-scene analysis and a technology core that delivers actionable, laboratory caliber answers.

TheFLIR Griffin G510 comes equipped with an integrated heated sample probe designed for downrange missions. When used in survey mode, it identifies vapor-phase chemicals within seconds. Continue reading

How the food industry is taking advantage of automated monitoring to optimise working procedures and decrease workloads

When it comes to the food industry, no matter which area a company works in, food safety is always a major concern. The sheer scale of end-customer demand, coupled with strict time restraints, puts a huge amount of pressure on the food industry to ensure all produce is carefully monitored and regulated from farm to fork. Practically every point of the process, throughout production, preparation, storage and transport, has potential danger areas regarding spoilage through mismanagement or poor temperature regulation.

Monitoring temperature is a particularly important part of this process. Incorrect climatic conditions can have devastating consequences, and businesses often leave themselves at risk of incurring needless costs should there be a power cut, or system malfunction. This can lead to wasted stock or worse; a legal dispute.

Such costs can be detrimental to both production and reputation (should the tainted stock be distributed) and will ultimately have a negative effect on profit margins.

Within the food industry more and more businesses are opting to use automated temperature monitoring. For certain applications simply using a data logger and noting down readings manually is sufficient, for instance building monitoring where there is no danger of damage to stock and you simply need the records for reference purposes. When dealing with climate sensitive stock though, as is more often than not the case in the food industry, using an alarm fitted system which monitors conditions continuously is fast becoming a necessary requirement. With such a system in place, if there is a problem, you will be notified immediately, so you are able to react straight away, before it is too late. This is particularly useful if you don’t have staff on site 100% time, which let’s face it, most companies don’t the have resource for.

When first introduced, whilst the logic and practicality behind this type of solution is somewhat undeniable, systems were very costly and the quality manager or person responsible for food safety simply couldn’t justify the cost. This has often proved to be the stumbling block for companies looking to move to an automated system, instead sticking with more traditional temperature loggers, and taking manual readings. To an extent this is understandable, “if it’s not broken don’t fix it”, right? Admittedly, in the first instance investment is needed for such a system. In the long run, however, it will likely save the business valuable time and manpower.

For example, if in the current regime a member of staff is required to go around and take checks at numerous locations, this is a needless additional task which could be used for something more productive. And of course, as mentioned previously, the overriding advantage of employing such a system is to act as a contingency measure and protect your operation in the event of a problem or system malfunction. This could end up saving money in the long run, on wasted stock, potential product recalls etc. Another saying comes to mind: “But we’ve always done it that way”. This has been described as the 7 most expensive words for any business; failure to adopt new methodologies can hurt a business in the long run.

 

The above video explains the advantages of an automated temperature monitoring system

What’s more, as technology continues to advance at an astonishing rate, such systems are now becoming available for a fraction of the cost when this type of system first hit the market. Testo’s Saveris 2 for example offers a fully automated temperature monitoring system from under £100 with no additional costs for software. Therefore, it doesn’t cost as much as you’d think to ensure your peace of mind.

 

About testo Food Safety

Testo offer our industry knowledge as well as a wide range of equipment for food safety which will help you meet your quality requirements and give you the reassurance you are storing and cooking your food safely. Our instruments include temperature monitoring systems, data loggers, thermometers, cooking oil testers, PH meters and more.

Whether it is for spot checks or long-term monitoring, from farm to fork, Testo has the right instrument for the job. Want to find out more about testo food safety equipment? Why not visit our website www.testo.co.uk or give us a call on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help.

Endress+Hauser Introduces Free Chlorine Analysis System

Uses amperometric sensor technology, eliminating the need for costly reagents

Free Chlorine Analysis System June 20, 2017 — Endress+Hauser introduces amperometric Free Chlorine Analysis Systems, compliant to EPA Method 334.0.

The systems eliminate the need for costly reagents and accompanying required maintenance, making the system ideally suited for applications in drinking water, industrial water, power and other industries where water is disinfected using chlorine.

Each turnkey system is panel-mounted with an amperometric free chlorine sensor and a pH probe mounted in an integrated flow assembly, sensor cables, and an Endress+Hauser Liquiline transmitter, either the CM442 or CM444.

An integral flow switch mounted in the flow assembly monitors for proper system flow, and provides an alarm at the transmitter if flow is interrupted. A lead-free regulator sets system pressure to 15 psi.

The CM442 transmitter has two sensor input channels and two 4-20 mA HART outputs, while the CM444 transmitter version comes standard with two sensor input channels, and can handle up to eight sensor inputs if desired, two 4-20 mA HART outputs, and additional I/O, such as digital communications.

Each transmitter has a NEMA 4X (IP66) rating and all other components are waterproof, making the transmitter suitable for installation indoors, outdoors or in an enclosure.

System tubing is 3/8-inch stainless steel. All components are installed on a 20 x 20-inch stainless steel panel prepared with 3/8-inch ID mounting holes, for secure mounting to a vertical surface.

Stainless steel inlet and outlet shut off valves, with 1/2-inch female NPT fittings, allow for system isolation during routine sensor maintenance. The pH-compensated measurement ensures accurate DPD verification, and a separate 1/4-inch sample valve allows a DPD verification test for residual chlorine to be performed without interrupting system measurement.

The independent DPD verification test capability also ensures compliance with EPA requirements.

A built-in needle valve in the flow assembly provides flow control between 30 and 120 L/hour, and an inductive low-flow alarm switch indicates when flow is too low for proper measurement.

Both the free chlorine and pH sensors are industry-standard Memosens digital sensors that eliminate problems associated with analog sensor technology.

The systems are equipped with a Cloromax CCS142D Memosens Free Chlorine sensor in ranges of 0.01 to 5 ppm or 0.05 to 20 ppm, while the Orbisint CPS31D Memosens pH sensor measures 1-12 pH. Optional Memobase Plus hardware and software enables intelligent sensor management.

For more detailed information on the Free Chlorine Analysis System please go to www.us.endress.com/free-chlorine-panel.

About Endress+Hauser

Endress+Hauser is a global leader in measurement instrumentation, services and solutions for industrial process engineering. Endress+Hauser provides sensors, instruments, systems and services for level, flow, pressure and temperature measurement as well as analytics and data acquisition. We work closely with the chemical, petrochemical, food & beverage, oil & gas, water & wastewater, power & energy, life science, primaries & metal, renewable energies, pulp & paper and shipbuilding industries. Endress+Hauser supports its customers in optimizing their processes in terms of reliability, safety, economic efficiency and environmental impact. The Group employs 13,000 personnel worldwide and generated more than 2.2 billion dollars in 2016

Contact:
Sara Fisk
Marketing Communications Manager
Endress+Hauser
2350 Endress Place, Greenwood, IN 46143

Phone: 317.535.2108 Mobile: 317.445.1517
sara.fisk@us.endress.com
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Keysight Technologies Launches E-Mobility Test, Measurement Innovations

Enabling Cost-Effective, High-Power/High-Voltage Product Deployments

SANTA ROSA, CA, USA  – Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) today announced the launch of a suite of test and measurement solutions for the rapidly growing battery, HEV/EV and HEMS markets.

The global electric vehicle market—ranging from mild hybrids to battery electric vehicles and HEMS—are fast growing and very dynamic, with a large number of new application areas and implementation characteristics.

Based on these dynamics, many cell and battery manufacturers are facing challenges to deal with the exponential demand for costly, high-power/high-voltage cells in the 300 V range. This is compared to the traditional, more cost-efficient 12 V cells.

Keysight’s suite of electric vehicle and HEMS solutions provide design and test engineers powerful, versatile and efficient solutions that will help drive their innovations to market faster, and at a lower cost.

EV1003A Power Converter Test Solution – designed specifically to address the efficiency, safety, regulatory and environmental challenges associated with the HEV/EV and HEMS markets. Currently, it’s the only commercial off-the-shelf regenerative power system with highly integrated safety features that protect operators and the devices under test.

RP7900 Series Regenerative Power System – offers battery emulation capabilities, such as 2-quadrant (source/sink) operation and programmable output resistance. In addition, the power system provides the added benefit of safely and cleanly regenerating greater than 85 percent of power back into the grid—which increases efficiency based on reduced energy consumption and cooling requirements.

BT2191A Self-Discharge Measurement (SDM) System – for cell designers, the BT2191A SDM system offers a new way to accurately measure Li-Ion cells’ self-discharge currents, within a significantly reduced amount of time and with a settling time as low as one to two hours. This new patented technique allows engineers to dramatically reduce the design cycle-time and helps to optimize self-discharge performance and characteristics of battery cells.

BT2152A Self-Discharge Analyzer (SDA) – for Li-Ion cell manufacturers, the BT2152A SDA offers a new type of analyzer that measures in parallel self-discharge currents on a large number of cells, providing a significant reduction in the time required to discern good versus bad cell self-discharge performance. This helps achieve dramatic reductions in work-in-process inventories, working capital and facility costs.

“As higher-voltage batteries and devices are added to electric vehicles, and the push for e-mobility-based concepts continues, designers and manufacturers need to deal with economic challenges while mitigating safety risks and ensuring high quality products for end-users at the same time,” said Siegfried Gross, vice president and general manager of Keysight’s Automotive & Energy Solutions business unit.

“Keysight has in-depth experience in power electronics—from generation to conversion—and moving it from source to load. We will continue to focus our innovations on design and test solutions, which will help to advance battery, EV/HEV and HEMS applications and implementations from an economic, performance and safety perspective across the entire lifecycle.”

About Keysight Technologies

Keysight Technologies is a leading technology company that helps its engineering, enterprise and service provider customers optimize networks and bring electronic products to market faster and at a lower cost. Keysight’s solutions go where the electronic signal goes, from design simulation, to prototype validation, to manufacturing test, to optimization in networks and cloud environments. Customers span the worldwide communications ecosystem, aerospace and defense, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics end markets. Keysight generated revenues of $2.9B in fiscal year 2016. In April 2017, Keysight acquired Ixia, a leader in network test, visibility, and security.

More information is available at www.keysight.com.

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Geri Lynne LaCombe, Americas

+1 303 662 4748

geri_lacombe@keysight.com

Sarah Calnan, Europe

+44 (118) 927 5101

sarah_calnan@keysight.com

Connie Wong, Asia

+852 3197-7818

connie-ky_wong@keysight.com

Refrigeration system maintenance today’s way

Are you one of many service engineers still working with analog manifolds? If so, you will be all too familiar with the fact there are far too many instruments are used in refrigeration system maintenance. Depending on the refrigerant or task, you need additional pressure and temperature measuring instruments or even another manifold. This results in more expenditure, in addition to the laborious handling and the frequent inaccuracies of measurement.

But wouldn’t it be much more practical if you only needed one instrument for all the maintenance work? Testo’s smart measuring technology including Testo’s App-controlled manifolds and Smart Probes support you in every task to make your daily work more efficient than ever.

 

 

Clearly, digital manifolds are nothing new. However, you can finally use the tool which has already been enriching and simplifying your private life for years, at work too: your smartphone or tablet. In contrast to analogue solutions, Testo’s smart refrigeration technology turns your smartphone or tablet into an efficient all-round tool instead.

This means you can simply measure pressure and temperature values, carry out a temperature-compensated tightness test or get superheating and sub-cooling values automatically calculated and displayed in the App.

 

 

Whereas in the past data had been analysed by printing out the measurement protocol and laboriously saved on the PC, all measurement results can now, irrespective of the measuring location, be graphically displayed and immediately dispatched on site by email – whether to the office or to the customer. And you can also update and extend the list of the most common refrigerants stored on the instrument at any time via the App. That sounds like a smarter way of working, doesn’t it?

This change from analogue to smart measuring technology is particularly worthwhile in the refrigeration industry, because many different parameters, such as pressures and temperatures, along with the superheating and sub-cooling of systems, must be checked here. The App makes additional measuring instruments unnecessary, streamline your entire work process and save a lot of effort as well as loads of valuable time. With Testo, your day-to-day work finally becomes part of your own smart world too.

 

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For more information on testo’s summer support or any of our products please visit our website www.testo.co.uk or give us a a call on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help

How to calibrate weighing scales

A Beamex Blog POST

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Weighing instruments are widely used in industries for various measurements and as with any measurement instruments, they should also be calibrated regularly to assure that they are measuring correctly and accurately. Especially since many weighing instruments are used for legal measurements or measurements used as basis for monetary transfer.

A proper metrologically traceable calibration is the only way to know how accurately weighing instruments are measuring. In this blog post we take a look at the practical considerations and the different tests you should perform when calibrating your weighing instruments.

Read the full article online at: https://blog.beamex.com/

About Beamex blog

Beamex blog provides insightful information for calibration professionals, technical engineers as well as potential and existing Beamex users. The blog posts are written by Beamex’s own calibration and industry experts or by guest writers invited by Beamex.

Beamex’s business is calibration.

Since technology continues to rapidly progress, companies need to be more efficient with less resources. At the same time, new regulations put constant pressure on manufacturing operations to maintain a high level of plant safety and product quality. With these in mind, we are here to help our customers to find a better way.

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Discover testo’s measuring solutions for food safety at Commercial Kitchen Show

We’d like to invite you to visit Testo at the NEC, Birmingham on the 6th and 7th of June, where we will have our latest food safety solutions on display. At Commercial Kitchen show we will be exhibiting some of our bestselling solutions for the restaurants and catering sector: including the award-winning testo 270 cooking oil tester, our Saveris 2 wireless temperature monitoring system and testo Saveris Restaurant; a brand-new solution which provides a fully integrated quality management system, specifically for the restaurant sector.

If you’re attending the show or you have some availability in your diary to attend, come and visit testo on stand D15 to see for yourself the solutions we can provide. Below is a bit more information about what will be on our stand.

 

Cooking Oil Quality – the Award-winning testo 270

Many people are unaware of this, but there are a number of risks associated with using cooking oil that is past its best; from high saturated fat content to unpleasant tastes. As cooking oil deteriorates fried products become hard, oily and the food inside might not even cook properly. This raises issues regarding food safety.

 

Testo’s 270 Cooking Oil Tester allows you to determine within seconds whether cooking oil needs changing. To do so, it measures the ‘Total Polar Material’ (TPM) content in the oil, which is a sure indicator of its quality. As well as guaranteeing clean cooking oil and a consistent quality of product, extensive tests have proved that regular measurement with the testo 270 reduces overall oil consumption by up to 20%. Therefore it’s not just productivity that will be improved, but also costs can be significantly reduced.

 

Wireless Temperature Monitoring – testo Saveris 2

As well as in the food distribution and manufacturing industries, temperature monitoring is an important factor in the catering sector. If food is stored in the incorrect conditions the consequences can be devastating and cooking conditions are also important. Using a climate monitoring system like testo’s Saveris 2, you can be certain the temperature in your kitchens and storerooms is continuously monitored.

Testo Saveris 2 Wi-Fi Data Loggers continuously measure temperature and humidity and wirelessly transmit the measurement data to the cloud. You can access these readings at any time using your smartphone, tablet or PC. You are immediately provided with an alarm by text or e-mail in cases of critical temperature or humidity values and can react quickly to threats of damage.

 

Automated Quality Management – testo Saveris Restaurant

Testo have launched a brand-new solution, specific to the restaurant and catering sector, called testo Saveris Restaurant. Combining intuitive software and precise measurement technology, testo’s latest solution aims to make daily job processes noticeably easier, safer and more efficient. It includes a fully integrated temperature monitoring system, and control unit(s) allowing all paper documents to be converted into a digital format.

This will help operators demonstrate the highest level of due diligence and ensures quality checks are completed on time and correctly. By removing the need for paper and automating many checks required in a restaurant, it can also help reduce operating costs and improve efficiency.

 

Come and see us at the show

Visit testo on Stand D15 at Commercial Kitchen, NEC Birmingham, 6th-7th June.

Click here for your free tickets

See you there!

 

About testo Food Safety

Testo offer our industry knowledge as well as a wide range of equipment for food safety which will help you meet your quality requirements and give you the reassurance you are storing and cooking your food safely. Our instruments include temperature monitoring systems, data loggers, thermometers, cooking oil testers, thermal cameras, PH meters and more.

Whether it is for spot checks or long-term monitoring, from farm to fork, Testo has the right instrument for the job. Want to find out more about testo food safety equipment? Why not visit our website www.testo.co.uk or give us a call on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help.

New Smart Flue Gas Analysers – testo 330LX Special Anniversary sets

In 2017, Testo is turning 60 – celebrating this occasion with a new special edition range of testo 330 ‘Smart’ flue gas analysers. The new versions, called testo 330LX, include Free Bluetooth to enable the analyser to be connected to Testo’s free Combustion App. The App provides remote control of the analyser, plus an instant record of test results which can be shared via email.

This anniversary highlights 60 years of professional expertise, high-quality products and innovative solutions that support users in their everyday work. The intelligent professional analysis tools from Testo are the perfect solution for all measurements in and around heating systems. Based on the successful testo 330-2LL and testo 330i models, Testo is now taking the next step towards even smarter and more efficient combustion analysis, introducing three new testo 330 LX anniversary editions.

 

60 years of development has resulted in the pinnacle of flue gas measurement technology

 

All units include Bluetooth, enabling the analyser to be connected to Testo’s free Combustion App. Through the App, the analyser can be remotely controlled, plus test results are easily integrated into a report on site and shared via email. In addition to a sensor lifetime of up to 6 years, a 60 months’ warranty on O2 and CO sensors makes them the only models on the market offering a 5 years’ warranty without a maintenance contract. To fulfil highest-level standards of flue gas analysis, the three measuring instruments meet the highest requirements regarding longevity, precision and reliability. Numerous stored measurement menus and intuitive operation make your daily work easier than ever before. On top of this, the comprehensive flue gas probe range and other accessories from Testo often replace an additional instrument.

To sum up, the anniversary models stand out thanks to their innovative design and cutting-edge features. Enabling high-quality flue gas analysis, they support their user in a lot of different ways and ensure a simple and efficient reporting on site via the app. Take the next step to a more efficient combustion analysis and join Testo in celebrating their 60th birthday of measuring instrument expertise.

 

Key advantages:

All testo 330 LX and testo 330i LX models offer:

  • Free Bluetooth with free Combustion App
  • Long life O2 and CO sensors with 5 years’ warranty (even without a service contract)
  • Colour graphical display for a clearer data assessment
  • Logger function for 2-hour continuous measurement
  • Memory for 500,000 readings
  • Menu driven tests for flue gas measurement, tightness & let-by, differential temperature, draught, pressure, gas & oil rating and more
  • Optional probes for CO and CO2 ambient measurement, and for gas leak detection
  • CO measurement up to 30,000 ppm due to fresh air dilution

 

Like some more info?

For more information on testo’s summer support or any of our products please visit our website www.testo.co.uk or give us a a call on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help

How major fast-food chains ensure consistent quality of fried foods on a global scale

Consistency is one of the most important factors in the fast-food industry. In order to keep loyal customers satisfied, restaurants need to be able to supply the same great product their customers have come to know and love, every time, without exception. Whilst this is hugely important in the food service industry, it is not limited to this, and is something which has become an expectation in many areas of today’s society, as outlined in George Ritzer’s much-publicised ‘McDonaldization of Society’.

Now you might think for the larger chains this is an easier feat, due to the highly regimented quality management in place. In actual fact, there are issues in maintaining standards at both ends of the spectrum. On the one hand, larger chains can have difficulties because of the sheer scale of their business. Those which are nationwide or even international need to ensure they have the same standard of fried product, across all their restaurants. Whereas, for individual restaurants and small chains budget is often tight, and this becomes one of, if not, the highest priority. In both instances, it is important not to lose sight of the most essential thing for any business responsible for serving food, and this is of course customer satisfaction. In today’s saturated market competition is fierce, and with digital review platforms such as TripAdvisor becoming more and more influential, customer opinion has never been more transparent and important.

With mass produced fried foods, from chicken and chips, to pastries and doughnuts, it is of particular importance they maintain the right consistent level in terms of look, taste, and overall quality. One way they can do this is of course, is by using the same ingredients and cooking oil to fry with. However, as we will explain, this is only half the battle.

One assumption we often hear is “If you’re using the same initial ingredients and oil, the end result should be the same right?” In short no. There are other factors which come into play when re-producing fried foods, one of the most significant being the age of cooking oil, and by this we don’t simply mean number of days, but also age in terms of usage. Cooking oil, like most things, ages as a result of many factors. With relation to deep frying, these can include what food was fried, the heat at which the oil was heated and the amount of times it was used. In scientific terms, this is referred to as thermal oxidative modification. The quality of cooking oil also decreases due to time spent at room temperature, causing an oxidation reaction between the air and the oil.

Until recent years, there hasn’t been any sure way of knowing when to change cooking oil, with many businesses either changing it on a certain day of the week for instance, or even something as simple as “it looks a funny colour, better change it”. There are two major risks involved with these types of imprecise methods; first of all, in many cases restaurants are changing their oil too frequently, in which case they are wasting money on oil costs (this can be significant, in some instances we have found this to be as high as 20%). More worryingly, sometimes restaurants are using oil which is way past its best, which can result in very oily, unpleasant foods, and in some extreme cases the product not being cooked properly (despite it looking the right colour on the outside).

 

Only by testing your oil regularly can you ensure both product consistency and optimised oil consumption

 

One major difficulty is, whilst in some countries in Asia and other parts of Europe, cooking oil quality is a much more recognised factor, in the UK not a lot has been done to improve the education of frying, outlining the necessity to ensure the products created are of the highest standard and that food safety is always considered. This is partly down to the lack of official legislation in the UK for cooking oil quality, as there is in countries where this is more widely recognised (such a legislation is tipped to be on the way however). With the uncertainty around cooking oil testing, when to change oil, and how to tell whether it is past its best, it is no wonder restaurants sometimes struggle to produce the ‘perfect’ fried product 100% of the time.

So this then begs the question, how are these massive, multinational companies able to supply such consistent, fried products across the world? The answer: regular cooking oil testing. Whilst this seems obvious, a significant number of restaurants in the UK are yet to introduce a process for measuring their oil, and many are even unaware such a solution exists.

Well the good news is, as of a few years ago, scientists discovered an accurate way to measure quality. Extensive research revealed the most effective way to check the age or quality of cooking oil is to test the Total Polar Materials (TPM). Without going into unnecessary levels of technical detail, in essence, with regards to TPM, too high levels of polar components illustrates that the cooking oil has been over-used and is no longer of acceptable quality.

Using an instrument such as testo’s 270 cooking oil tester on a regular basis, you can determine within seconds whether cooking oil needs changing. By simply inserting the tip into the oil, depending on the screen colour, the user can determine whether the oil needs changing or not. A green screen means the oil is perfectly fine, amber is when it’s on the brink, and red means the oil needs changing immediately. With an instrument such as this, the process of testing cooking oil is now just a simple spot check for restaurants, and is fast becoming an essential part of any quality management process which involves frying.

 

The above video gives a short overview of the testo 270 Cooking Oil Tester

 

If you’d like further information on cooking oil testing, please go to https://www.testo.com/en-UK/products/cooking-oil-testing

 

About testo Food Safety

Testo offer our industry knowledge as well as a wide range of equipment for food safety which will help you meet your quality requirements and give you the reassurance you are storing and cooking your food safely. Our instruments include temperature monitoring systems, data loggers, thermometers, cooking oil testers, thermal cameras, PH meters and more.

Whether it is for spot checks or long-term monitoring, from farm to fork, Testo has the right instrument for the job. Want to find out more about testo food safety equipment? Why not visit our website www.testo.co.uk or give us a call on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help.

 

Measuring Efficient Light Usage in plants with a Field Spectroradiometer

spectral measurements from a field spectroradiometer

 DARWin SP software includes 19 popular vegetation indices

Lawrence, MA, USA – When used with spectral measurements from a field spectroradiometer such as the PSR+ from Spectral Evolution, the Photochemical Reflectance Vegetation Index (PRI) and Red/Green Vegetation Index (Red/Green) can provide researchers with important data on the ability of vegetation to efficiently use sunlight for photosynthesis.

This data can provide a picture of plant health including an assessment of plant stress.

One of the 19 vegetation indices offered with DARWin SP Data Acquisition software and the PSR+ field spectroradiometer, PRI looks at the carotenoid pigments, especially the xanthophyll pigments absorbed by plants.

The pigments can signify growth rate and biomass production. PRI uses the wavelengths of light from 400 to 700 nanometers and has a measurement range of -1 to 1 with healthy vegetation falling between the values of -0.2 to 0.2 in the PRI index.

In addition to PRI, the PSR+ with DARWin SP includes the Red/Green Index for growth cycle studies, stress detection of canopies, and prediction of potential crop yield.

The Red/Green Index measures the expression of leaf redness caused by anthocyanin to the green caused by chlorophyll. It can be used as an indication of leaf production and/or stress. The means of the bands in the red range are divided by those in the green range.

The typical range for green vegetation is 0.7 to 3.

DARWin provides access to the following Vegetation Indices:

  • GRVI (Green Ratio Vegetation Index)
  • SR (Simple Ratio Vegetation Index)
  • DVI (Difference Vegetation Index)
  • SAVI (Soil Adjusted Vegetation Index)
  • Red/Green (Red Green Ratio)
  • ARVI (Atmospherically Resistant Vegetation Index)
  • Green NDVI (Green Normalized Difference Vegetation Index)
  • EVI (Enhanced Vegetation Index)
  • MSAVI2 (Modified Soil Adjusted Vegetation Index Type II)
  • IPVI (Infrared Percentage Vegetation Index)
  • Sum Green (Summed Green Vegetation Index)
  • PRI (Photochemical Reflectance Index)
  • NDVI 705 (Red Edge Normalized Vegetation Index)
  • WBI (Water Band Index) NDWI (Normalized Difference Water Index)
  • PAR (Photosynthetically Active Radiation)

These vegetation indices can be used with our field units to confirm or correct hyperspectral imagery with ground truthing or as part of a grid approach to mapping and measuring an area, for example, a crop field.

For more information: http://www.spectralevolution.com/applications_light_use.html.

Or, to speak with a Technical Specialist: sales@spectralevolution.com

About SPECTRAL EVOLUTION

Established in 2004, SPECTRAL EVOLUTION is a leading manufacturer of laboratory and handheld portable spectrometers, spectroradiometers and spectrophotometers. SPECTRAL EVOLUTION spectrometers are used worldwide for many mission-critical lab and field applications in mining, remote sensing, vegetative studies, ground truthing, environmental and climate studies, developing satellite calibrations, and more, due to their reliable, robust, rugged design and user-friendly one-touch features.

Press contact

Mo Kashdan
Marketing & Sales

978-687-1833
Maurice.kashdan@spectralevolution.com

SPECTRAL EVOLUTION
1 Canal Street, Unit B1
Lawrence, MA 01840 USA

www.spectralevolution.com

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