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Analytical Instrumentation to Support the Food Chain, from Seed to Supermarket, from Xylem

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Helping to deliver safe, consistent and quality food products from seed to supermarket shelf, Xylem’s food safety and quality control instruments span across the food & beverage cycle: monitoring the water we use to irrigate the crops grown in the field; within the production and cold-chain distribution processes; finally displayed to consumers at supermarkets and restaurants throughout the world.

Quality control, food safety and efficient processing are paramount at every stage whether manufacturing beverages, confectionery, oils, flavors, sauces, soups or simply supplying fresh foodstuff to the consumer. And Xylem helps to satisfy those needs.

Xylem’s SI Analytics brand of premium quality laboratory meters provides measurement of key parameters such as pH, conductivity, turbidity and temperature in the production process. Likewise, Xylem’s OI Analytical brand of GC detectors is commonly used to analyze a number of raw materials for authenticity as well as to ensure pesticide residues are kept within specified limits.

As a result of the rapid read-time capability, Xylem’s YSI brand 2900 Biochemistry Analyzer can be found in a number of specialist applications where sugar blend ratios require low level concentration control, such as within the potato chip and tomato processing arenas, with results being furnished accurately, easily, and in less than a minute.

Also on display at Pittcon 2014 to address the needs of the food and beverage market, will be Xylem’s Bellingham + Stanley brand of industry-leading refractometers. As many foods are simply a blend of one or two ingredients typically containing sugars in water, the most commonly found instrument throughout the industry is undoubtedly the refractometer. For a century now Bellingham + Stanley has been addressing this simple yet critical industry need. And showcased at Pittcon 2014 will be the newest line of OPTi digital hand held refractometers and RFM340+ precision laboratory models, which are used to control the dilution ratios of the world's most recognized household products – in particular within the beverage industry alongside Xylem’s SI Analytics brand Titroline® titrator, to rapidly control the blend ratios of non-sugar based diet drinks as well as monitor acid content.

When it comes to safety within the cold-chain distribution process, Xylem’s ebro brand EBI-330 disposable USB temperature and humidity data loggers provide a viable method of ensuring fresh produce, meat and fish are held within specified temperatures throughout the cold-chain journey. And at the final destination point – on the supermarket shelves – ebro's EBI-25 wireless data loggers with WinLog® PC software constantly monitors chilled cabinets, connected to any alarm signals in store that can be relayed to a mobile device should an emergency occur outside of store hours.