simple handling: Place sample vial on the tray, enter correct tray position, start analysis. QUANTOS will take care of everything else.
Low maintenance: QUANTOS announces rare maintenance steps well in advance. The maintenance process is presented clearly on the screen.
quick and precise: the entire analytic process takes just a few minutes. The accuracy of results meets scientific standards.
versatile: Alcohols, sugars, sugar substitutes, preservatives, additives etc. are being analysed simultaneously in a single measurement.
user friendly: performing complex analysis without any prior laboratory experience. Just a brief introduction is sufficient.

The Q·FOOD QUANTOS Analyzer:

Extremely accurate measurements, complex analysis, simple handling

QUANTOS enables the user to analyse beverages quickly, simply and reliably in their own production facility – no external laboratory or laborious training required. This enables you to ensure an efficient production chain and a precise and high-level quality control of your products.

Top-class analysis

QUANTOS introduces a new, quick and accurate analysis process for the whole production and distribution chain of the food industry into the market.

In a single measurement, it analyses the exact concentration of the different ingredients and parameters of a sample – and all in just a few minutes.

QUANTOS sets a new benchmark, both in terms of monitoring and optimising the production chain, as well as of quality control of the end product.

  • Requires only a few minutes
  • Straightforward operation
  • Measures even very low concentrations
  • Many tests in one measurement
  • Accurate results
  • Digital and individual fingerprint of each product
  • Also analyses beer-mixed beverages

QUANTOS scores in all areas: accuracy, analysis spectrum, speed, user-friendliness, versatility and robustness.

The digital fingerprint of the sample requires very little preliminary work and is ready in just a few minutes. It provides information on the product’s identity and origin and on the composition and quality of the sample.

QUANTOS distinguishes clearly between beers and can also analyse mixed beverages. Its versatile use means that it optimises the whole production and filling process.

QUANTOS’ pillars of success: very short analysis time, extremely easy handling, accurate results, large range of components tested in a single measurement and versatile use.

Sugars, alcohols, sweeteners, additives – QUANTOS knows them all

QUANTOS’ measuring method does not rely on the refractive index and density measurement (BRIX).

Alcohols and sugars can therefore be precisely quantified at the same time in a single analysis.

QUANTOS also accurately calculates sweeteners, additives, preservatives and parameters such as pH values, bitterness, SO2 content and foam stability, even in very low mg/l concentrations.

This versatility means that QUANTOS can be used throughout the whole beverage production, from recipe to filling.

  • Sugars: glucose, fructose, sucrose, maltose
  • Sugar substitutes: aspartame, acesulfame potassium, cyclamate, sucralose, Stevia
  • Alcohols: propylene glycol, ethanol, ethanal, isobutanol, 1-propanol, ethyl acetate, isoamyl acetate
  • Additives: taurine, caffeine, citric acid, phosphoric acid, sulphur dioxide, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate
  • Further ingredients: diacetyl, dimethyl sulphide, free amino nitrogen (FAN), acetyl propionyl
  • Other parameters: pH, bitterness, foam stability

Diversified analysis spectrum: ingredients such as alcohols, sugars, sweeteners and preservatives, as well as parameters such as bitterness, pH value etc. are captured in a single measurement.

QUANTOS and the columns of conventional analysis – measurable progress

QUANTOS clearly distinguishes itself from conventional analysis through its versatility, error rate, qualitative assessment, cost, robustness, sensitivity and what is required from the user.

Whereas a chromatography column can only analyse specific substance classes, QUANTOS measures all the parameters of a sample. External analyses often require several days, while QUANTOS provides a measurement, complete with evaluation, in just a few minutes.

Common analysis procedures are prone to user error and staff require expert knowledge of laboratory analysis; QUANTOS, on the other hand, requires only a brief introduction to be used without error and without laboratory experience.

As with personnel costs, the outlay for consumables is also significantly lower for QUANTOS.

  • Great versatility
  • Very quick measurements
  • Precise results
  • Low error rate
  • Strong analytical and physical robustness
  • Low personnel and material costs

QUANTOS outclasses traditional analysis methods in many ways, including costs, error rate, user-friendliness, measuring speed and analysis spectrum.

Technical details at a glance

  • Measurements (W x D x H): 454 mm x 534 mm x 285 mm
  • Voltage: 100 – 240 V AC, 150 VA, 50 – 60 Hz
  • Relative humidity: <70 % relative humidity, short-term up to 90 %
  • Duration of analysis: 2 – 5 min
  • Sample quantity: less than 200 microlitres
  • FTIR detector: Stirling cooled MCT infrared detector
  • Measuring mode: FTIR transmission measurement to flow cells, automated sample handling and cleaning
  • Connection to a company network recommended

Methodology – ‘shedding light’ on sample composition

IR spectroscopy, as used for QUANTOS analysis, has long been known and is incredibly easy.

This microdimensional use, however, is unique.

Although the mathematical models behind all product-specific QUANTOS evaluations are very complicated, operation by the user is not.

  • Infrared light causes characteristic vibrations in different molecules
  • This produces a complex wave spectrum with peaks
  • This wave spectrum is the digital fingerprint of the product
  • Product-specific solutions use the peaks to identify ingredients and parameters

To obtain such accurate results, QUANTOS uses the different molecular structures of the individual ingredients of a liquid.

It passes a beam of infrared light through the sample; this light is absorbed according to the molecular structure of each substance and causes the substances to vibrate.

After passing the sample, the remaining light energy is intercepted. The resulting wave spectrum is unique to each sample composition.

 

Infrared light causes characteristic vibrations in different molecules. This produces a complex wave spectrum. Using the spectrum peaks, QUANTOS calculates all the ingredients and parameters of the sample.

Achieving highly complex and accurate analysis with just a few simple steps

Highly complex analysis does not automatically entail highly complex operation. This is the benchmark that QFOOD has set itself and for which it has developed software to enable every employee to easily perform measurements and analyse spectra without requiring expertise in laboratory analysis.

The sample usually only needs filtering prior to the injection; the user-oriented software then guides the user step by step through the measurement, evaluation and data storage, and is adapted to users from the whole production chain.

  • Simple work steps despite complex analyses
  • Brief training, no prior knowledge required
  • Step-by-step, error-free guidance through the measurement process
  • Quality check takes just a few minutes
  • Measurement values compared to target values at a glance
  • One program for everything: measurement, evaluation, storage and device maintenance

Clear and intelligible input masks make the program almost intuitive to operate.

An error check integrated in the software means that user errors can be practically eradicated.

The analysis is ready a few minutes after starting the measurement and an overview of the measurement results is presented clearly on the screen.

The Q*OS program deals with measurement, analysis and calculation, storage, as well as with additional evaluations and maintenance: a real all-rounder.

Complex precision analysis – extremely simple use: The user-friendly Q*OS program guides the user step by step through measurement, evaluation and data storage, and is adapted to users from the whole production line.

Beer & Beverage Base – the digitalised beverages database

Storing data is easy. However, the B&B Base is much more than a database or a sample catalogue of tested liquids. The stored spectra are a digital 1:1 image with all the characteristics of the original sample: ingredients, viscosity etc.

This allows the user to read all the parameters of the original sample from the digitalised version, even at a later date, without needing to perform a new measurement.

  • Storage, comparison, quality control with the B&B Base
  • Digital 1:1 image of all parameters, unmistakeable ‘fingerprint’ of each sample
  • Reference spectra for identification, product quality and origin control

The samples are compared with the reference spectra stored in the B&B Base to ensure consistent product quality (Taste ID). Of course, this also means that the user can clearly determine from which product the sample was taken (Origin ID).

And they can even check the production facility and batch (Season ID) because the precision measurement reveals reliable spectrum features – minimal but characteristic – for each product batch.

Eine absolute 1:1- Digitalisierung - Keine Information geht verloren!

Dr. Robert Seidel

The Beer & Beverage Base is used to store the quality standards of each product so that the sample spectra can be compared to them for origin and quality control.

The QUANTOS chain – complete quality control throughout the whole manufacturing chain

From the recipe to the end consumer, a beverage not only runs through several steps in the production process but also through several sites or even producers. It is therefore difficult, when an end product proves defective, to swiftly locate the source of the fault. It takes time, energy and, of course, money.

The QUANTOS chain provides the perfect solution to this. By simply measuring every intermediate product leaving or arriving at a site, a digital fingerprint is created that can be compared and verified upon arrival at the next plant, before further use.

This creates a complete control chain over the whole manufacturing process: the QUANTOS chain.

Echte Lebensmittelsicherheit besteht nur, wenn von den Rohstoffen bis zum Endprodukt alles lückenlos überwacht wird. Dafür haben wir die QUANTOS Chain entwickelt.

Dr. Robert Seidel

By simply measuring every intermediate product leaving or arriving at a production facility, a complete quality control chain is created over the whole manufacturing process: the QUANTOS chain.

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