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Gas analyzers for MAP packaging

 

Food packaged in a protective atmosphere must be checked continuously or randomly as part of quality  monitoring. Oxygen and carbon dioxide lead to discoloration and loss of quality in food, which can lead to expensive complaints

and returns.
 

Regular or even continuous checking of the MAP packaging is therefore more than recommended.

What is MAP packaging?

 

The label "Protected atmosphere packaged" can be found on almost every film packaging in the food trade today. Protective atmospheres are used to prevent the loss of freshness and quality. In so-called MAP packaging, the normal air atmosphere is exchanged for a protective atmosphere made up of gases. By exchanging the atmosphere, the quality of the food is preserved and the shelf life is improved. 

Which gases are used?

Carbon dioxide - strong against microorganisms

The growth of most microorganisms such as mold and the most common aerobic bacteria is strongly influenced and prevented by carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide inhibits microbial activity because it dissolves particularly well in the liquid and fat phase of the food and thus lowers the pH value.

 

Nitrogen - inert and stabilizing

Nitrogen as an inert gas displaces the air from the packaging to prevent oxidation of the product and is often used as a so-called support gas to prevent the vacuum effect when using carbon dioxide. In the case of certain tubular bag packaging, for example chips or other sensitive products, it serves to protect against loss of flavor and as transport protection.

 

Oxygen - maintains freshness

In most products, attempts are made to reduce the residual oxygen content to a minimum. The rule of thumb is that the lower the better for durability. An exception is made for products such as raw meat or salads. In the case of raw meat, the oxygen supports the red coloration by the myoglobin, the meat appears fresher. With salads, cell respiration is supported, the salad does not wilt and looks fresher.

 

Argon - prevents enzyme reactions

Argon is used to inhibit enzymatic reactions. It can competitively inhibit enzymes that convert oxygen in the enzymatic reaction or oxygen oxidation. For example, the oxidation of polyphenols in the salad can be partially prevented so that interfaces do not turn brown, the product looks fresher and therefore more appealing.

Applications

Fresh food that cannot be sold will be returned to the manufacturer or destroyed. The use of protective atmospheres supports the extension of shelf life while at the same time optimizing the shape, freshness and aromas.
By using protective atmospheres, the shelf life can sometimes be extended by weeks and are therefore available to the customer for longer.
 

The areas of application are diverse:

  • Raw red meat 

  • Raw white and dark poultry

  • Sausages

  • Cooked meat

  • Raw and boiled fish

  • Hard and soft cheese

  • Cake and breads

  • Part-baked bread

  • Fresh mixed saladsFresh pasta

  • Pizza, Pies, Sandwiches.

  • Ready meals

  • Dried foods

Protective atmospheres are also used in medical and pharmaceutical technology, for example when filling and storing active ingredients that are sensitive to oxidation. 

MAP Models

For checking the residual oxygen in protective gas packaging

 

AtmoCheck® ONE is the practical, battery-operated oxygen analyzer for random checks of residual oxygen in fumigated food packaging (MAP). The ideal analysis device for mobile, fast and precise testing on the packaging machine, in the warehouse or in the laboratory.

 

AtmoCheck® ONE is characterized by its simple operation, short measurement times and low measurement gas requirements. The integrated data logger supports traceability and complete documentation (HACCP / IFS / ISO).

 

The AtmoCheck® ONE software enables fast and uncomplicated communication, is safe to use and is equipped with everything you need to make the transition from handwritten to electronic measurement data recording.

For the control of residual oxygen and carbon dioxide in protective gas packaging

 

AtmoCheck® DOUBLE is the practical, battery-operated double analyzer for random checks of residual oxygen and carbon dioxide in fumigated food packaging (MAP). The ideal analysis device for mobile, fast and precise testing on the packaging machine, in the warehouse or in the laboratory.

 

AtmoCheck® DOUBLE is characterized by its simple operation, short measurement times and low measurement gas requirements. The integrated data logger supports traceability and complete
documentation (HACCP / IFS / ISO).

 

The AtmoCheck® DOUBLE software enables fast and uncomplicated communication, is safe to use and is equipped with everything you need to make the transition from handwritten to electronic measurement data recording.

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Gas analyzer for random measurements of O2

 

AtmoCheck® DESKTOP is the compact sample laboratory analyzer for fast, reliable and exact measurement of oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations in food packaging technology.

 

AtmoCheck® DESKTOP is characterized by its simple and intuitive operation, short measurement times and low measurement gas requirements. 

The AtmoCheck® software enables quick and uncomplicated communication, is safe to use and is equipped with everything you need to make the transition from handwritten to electronic measurement data recording.

  • Measuring principle: O2 electrochemical measuring cell *

  • Measuring range: 0-100%; in 0.1% steps

  • Measuring time: approx. 10 sec.

  • Calibration: simple 2-point calibration

  • Measurement: automatically via needle with integrated pump 

  • Measured value memory : Circular memory for 1000 measured values

  • Interface: USB port 

  • Software: AtmoCheck® Data Logger Software **

  • Temperature gas / environment: 5 - 40 ° C

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Gas analyzer for random measurements of O2 and CO2

 

AtmoCheck® DESKTOP is the compact sample laboratory analyzer for fast, reliable and exact measurement of oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations in food packaging technology.

 

AtmoCheck® DESKTOP is characterized by its simple and intuitive operation, short measurement times and low measurement gas requirements. 

The integrated data logger supports traceability and complete documentation (HACCP / IFS / ISO) and is therefore the ideal device for use in fast, reliable and precise testing directly on the packaging machine, in the warehouse or in the quality assurance laboratory.

All highlights at a glance

 

  • Simple, intuitive operation

  • Large, easy to read, illuminated graphic display

  • Measurement time <10 sec.

  • Low sample gas requirement

  • Easy cleaning

  • Long service life thanks to robust construction

  • Optional: display of N2

  • Integrated measured value memory

  • Easy transfer of the measurement data

  • Processing of the measurement data at any time in MS Excel

  • Configurable to suit any type of quality control

  • Easy setup using the included data logger software

  • USB port for data transfer and battery charging

  • Cordless operation possible through battery operation

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Mobile gas analyzer for random and inline measurements of technical gases

 

AtmoCheck® COVER is the practical, battery-powered oxygen and carbon dioxide analyzer for the random analysis of e.g. B. gas-protected food packaging (MAP packaging) or the inline control of argon and carbon dioxide welding gas mixtures.

 

AtmoCheck® COVER is characterized by its simple and intuitive operation, short measurement times and low measurement gas requirements. The integrated data logger supports traceability and complete documentation (HACCP / IFS / ISO) and is therefore the ideal device for mobile use, for fast, reliable and precise testing on the packaging machine, in the warehouse or in the laboratory.

 

AtmoCheck® COVER is optionally available as an inline analyzer for almost all technical gases and can be used directly inline in protective gas lines with an inlet pressure of up to 16 bar.

 

AtmoCheck® COVER is optionally available with a heating element in order to achieve reliable measurement results even in extremely cold ambient conditions

 

The AtmoCheck® software enables quick and uncomplicated communication, is safe to use and is equipped with everything you need to make the transition from handwritten to electronic measurement data recording.

Standards / building regulations:

  • ISO 9001: 2015

  • CE marking according to

  • EMC 2004/108 / EG

  • Low voltage directive 2006/95 / EG

Mobile gas analyzer for random and inline measurements of technical gases

 

AtmoCheck® COVER is the practical, battery-powered oxygen and carbon dioxide analyzer for the random analysis of e.g. B. gas-protected food packaging (MAP packaging) or the inline control of argon and carbon dioxide welding gas mixtures.

 

AtmoCheck® COVER is characterized by its simple and intuitive operation, short measurement times and low measurement gas requirements. The integrated data logger supports traceability and complete documentation (HACCP / IFS / ISO) and is therefore the ideal device for mobile use, for fast, reliable and precise testing on the packaging machine, in the warehouse or in the laboratory.

 

AtmoCheck® COVER is optionally available as an inline analyzer for almost all technical gases and can be used directly inline in protective gas lines with an inlet pressure of up to 16 bar.

 

AtmoCheck® COVER is optionally available with a heating element in order to achieve reliable measurement results even in extremely cold ambient conditions

 

The AtmoCheck® software enables quick and uncomplicated communication, is safe to use and is equipped with everything you need to make the transition from handwritten to electronic measurement data recording.

  • Charger for the integrated battery. With power plug adapters for at home and abroad.

  • Data cable USB 2.0 length approx. 1 meter

  • suction hose

  • 40 pcs. self-adhesive sealing plates

  • Suction needle in lockable protective cartridge

  • 2 pcs. Suction filter

  • Manual as PDF on the supplied USB stick

  • Data logger software for quick and easy communication

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Optical oxygen analyzer for sample measurement

 

AtmoCheck® OPTIC O2 is a laboratory analyzer for random checks of residual oxygen concentrations. The modern and progressive O2 measurement, with an optical oxygen sensor, provides reliable and fast, highly accurate results from, for example, gas-protected food packaging or very small blister packs. The analyzer works without a suction pump and can therefore be used for very small headspace volumes.

 

AtmoCheck® analysis devices in a class of their own are characterized by decades of experience, maximum measuring performance, robust design and convenient operation.

 

To ensure and achieve the highest product quality, test the residual oxygen content reliably, quickly and with high accuracy with the AtmoCheck® OPTIC O2 .

 

 

Application area of ​​the food industry

 

The use of gases in the food industry to increase product quality and extend the shelf life of food is state of the art:

 

  • Quality control

  • Appealing optics

  • Extension of the shelf life

  • Less preservatives

 

Use the AtmoCheck® OPTIC O2 analyzer to ensure the consistent quality of your products by regularly checking the protective gas atmosphere. Ideal for quality monitoring of MAP packaging with extremely small head space:

 

  • MAP packaging

  • Vacuum packaging

  • Liquid products

  • Coffee packaging

  • Coffee capsules, coffee pods

  • Powdered milk

 

AtmoCheck® OPTIC O2 is also optionally available for use directly on the packaging machine .

 

 

Application area pharmaceutical industry

 

Gases in the production of active ingredients and pharmaceuticals are used in a wide variety of areas and requirements:

 

  • as high-purity gases for the laboratory

  • as special gases for research and development

  • as process gases for manufacturing processes such as B. Chemical Synthesis

  • as inert gases for the removal of atmospheric oxygen

  • as gases for sterile processes

  • as traceable gases for GMP requirements

  • as gas mixtures for measurements in the laboratory or in the vicinity

  • as gases for the cultivation of biological cultures

 

Many pharmaceutical products are very sensitive to atmospheric oxygen and moisture. The packaging in a protective atmosphere effectively prevents drugs from losing their effectiveness. The shelf life of therapeutic proteins in particular, which are end-packaged using nitrogen for protective gassing, is significantly extended.

 

AtmoCheck® OPTIC O2 can optionally also be used to measure dissolved oxygen.

 

 

All highlights at a glance

 

  • Use for headspace volumes <2 ml

  • Measuring range <0.05% - 100%

  • Short measuring time <2 sec.

  • Intuitive operation via 10 “touch display

  • Integrated data logger

  • Graphic display of measured values

  • Product menu and product management

  • USB connection for data transfer

  • Ethernet connection for integration in networks

  • Easy hygienic maintenance thanks to the stainless steel housing

  • Automatic calibration function

  • Low maintenance and robust

  • Also suitable for long-term tests

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