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#1 srose

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 05:54 PM

Hi,

 

Good day.

 

I am working with an ice cream manufacturer and they want to use a moisture analyzer to quickly determine Total Solids of the ice cream mix (100% - % Moisture =  % Total Solids) AND then use a drying oven to get a more accurate Total Solids reading.

 

I do not think both are required - I think the moisture meter would be enough.

 

What is normally done in the ice cream industry? Do ice cream plants use a quick method AND the conventional method, or do they use only one method not two?

 

Thanks for any insight.


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#2 Ehab Nassar

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 09:58 PM

Hi srose ,

 

I worked before in ice cream factory , we used METTLER TOLEDO moisture analyzer Rapid method , we do not use the oven ,actually oven method consumed a long time so it  not practical specially for online tests , in the below link there is an example of this analyzer and compassion with the oven method ( P4 & P5)

 

https://www.mt.com/d...v_News_4_en.pdf

 

However oven method could be used to validate the reliability of the rapid method as a part of the internal control plan .

 

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Posted 11 December 2017 - 05:23 PM

Thank you very much Ehab. I appreciate your response. It was very useful. I will check out the moisture analyzer suggested.

 

Sharon


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Posted 11 December 2017 - 06:08 PM

Quick further question:

 

Is anyone familiar with the use of a commercial microwave for Total Solids testing of ice cream? See method quoted in abstract from Journal of Dairy Science below:

 

http://www.journalof...9422-4/abstract

 

Sharon


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#5 Ryan M.

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 09:42 PM

CEM is a company that specializes in microwaves for commercial testing applications, such as ice cream mix.  We actually use one in our lab.

 

http://cem.com/compositional-analysis/

 

No moving parts, very robust, and very easy to use.  Great repeatability as well.


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Posted 13 December 2017 - 12:50 PM

Thanks Ryan - I really appreciate the information. I will also check out the link provided.


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