We recently held the “NIR Academy” seminar in Manila, Philippines, to share the latest developments in NIR technology on feed and raw material application.
Our Regional Sales Director for Southeast Asia, Ms Marylan Rivera, kicked off the seminar by welcoming the delegates from Indonesia and Philippines as well as sharing the latest updates on raw material variability in individual markets across Asia.
This was followed by a presentation by Mr Chris Piotrowski, Director at Aunir, a division of AB Vista with an award-winning team of chemotricians, who are experts in the application of NIR. Mr. Piotrowski shared his perspective on the “Future of NIR”, discussing the new developments that have extended NIR applications beyond traditional proximate analysis, to the measurement of parameters such as phytic-P levels.
Dr Natchanok Amornthewaphat, Key Account and Technical Manager at AB Vista – Asia Pacific, presented on “In-Feed Mixability Quality Control and the use of NIR”. Dr Amornthewaphat provided the audience with practical examples to demonstrate the importance of feed uniformity – how it will affect the growth of the animals and how NIR can help in determining mixability.
Dr Jae Cheol Kim, Technical Manager, AB Vista – Asia Pacific, also took the stage to give the presentation, “Variability of SBM Quality & Effective Quality Control through NIR” to attendees. Dr Kim explained the importance of understanding urease activity and reactive lysine in soybean meal, as well as how our Feed Quality Service (FQS) provides total solution for soybean meal quality control.
Mr Alejandro Criado, Technical Services Manager, AB Vista – Asia Pacific, discussed the topic of “Sample Identification with NIR”. He provided insights into how NIR can identify unknown substances and detect spectral differences.
Mr Piotrowski and Mr Criado wrapped up the seminar by providing the latest updates on our NIR services and officially launched the latest tool, “INGOT Stat”, a data management system which allows users to better manage and analyse NIR data.
“Animal production faces many challenges and improving their margins is one of them, making it more important to ensure that the performance is optimised at every stage of the feed production process,” said Ms Rivera.
“NIR services such as the “Feed Quality Service”, provided by AB Vista helps our customers maximise their business potential as well as identifying opportunities to improve performance across the entire feed production process,” she added.
Following the presentations, guests were invited to watch a “live” NIR demonstration using our calibrations to analyse raw material and feed samples.
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