Taking a day out of the calendar to exchange information about NIR can be time well spent. That was a clear takeaway from a FOSS conference for users of NIR analytical technology in the Benelux region in September.
Providing inspiration and knowledge to help users get the best out of the ever-powerful analytical technology, the event included presentations from a broad group of companies in the food and agri industries using FOSS NIR equipment. Just some of the topics covered included NIR networking, the influence of sampling on NIR results, chemometric methods for qualification and identification and moving from an old NIR platform to a new one.
One of the speakers was Paul van Engelen – Corporate NIR Scientist - Corporate Quality & Food Safety Group at MARS. He said: “We started using NIR already back in the 1980’s and we have come a long way since then. It is important to share this experience and also the improvements we have seen in recent years.”