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SpectraStar™ XT-R Benchtop NIR

SpectraStar™ XT-R Benchtop NIR
SpectraStar™ XT-R Benchtop NIR

Product Overview

Our Premiere Bench NIR Analyzer. Examine Virtually any Sample Type in About 30 Seconds.

The Unity® Scientific SpectraStar™ XT-R is the premier benchtop near-infrared (NIR) analyzer with the capability to analyze virtually any sample type including solid, slurry, or liquid samples for a wide variety of parameters. It measures common parameters include moisture, protein, and fat, but the SpectraStar XT-R can also measure more difficult parameters like sugars, fibers, ash, lignin, and fatty acids. Features include:

  • A dual detector design and patented data processing algorithms across an extended wavelength coverage for outstanding performance on a wide variety of sample types and applications
  • With a sealed case, as well as a built-in computer with touch screen operation, the SpectraStar™ XT-R is ready for at-line or laboratory applications in the food, agricultural and industrial sectors.  
  • Rapid results in under 1 minute facilitates rapid feedback to production managers for optimizing production and reducing waste.

All SpectraStar™ XT analyzers are operated by UScan™, a software package incorporating an intuitive graphical interface and a reliable SQL database for data management. Designed for ease-of-use, routine operators can be completely trained in 15 minutes to deliver accurate, operator-independent results.

TheSpectraStar™ XT patented TRUE ALIGNMENT® Spectroscopy (TAS) is an easy-to-use technology to precisely align and monitor the instrument calibration to certified optical standards for reliable results over time and across analyzers.

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Features

  • Available with calibrations from Unity®, and also industry-leading Ingot calibrations from Aunir™ for a wide variety of sample types and constituents.
  • Stand-alone design with built-in computer for easy implementation
  • Sealed case for use at-line in production environments
  • Designed for ease-of-use; only minimal training required for routine operators
  • Advanced sample management and reporting features makes the analyzer lab-ready
  • Sealed case with 17” touch screen monitor for easy operation in laboratories or at-line on the production floor
  • Windows® 10 Professional computer with SSD provides easy integration into computer networks

Benefits

  • Improve process control and final product quality for a wide variety of parameters
  • Analyze fibers, sugars, fatty acids, starch, and other difficult constituents, as well as moisture, protein, and fat
  • Easy-to-use with graphical interface and modular configuration, requiring minimal training for routine operators
  • Minimal sample preparation required
  • Environmentally friendly; requires minimal energy use with no hazardous chemicals or waste
  • Save costs and reduce waste, which improves your company’s bottom line
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Applications

Tackle Complex Sample Types and Difficult-to-Measure Parameters

Whether you are analyzing ingredient quality and supporting claims, ensuring proper batch or continuous processing conditions, or verifying a final product for quality, label, or specification claims, the SpectraStar™ XT-R NIR Analyzer will do the job. Each SpectraStar™ XT-R is a stand-alone unit in a small form factor for easy placement in nearly any quality lab or production setting.

SpectraStar™ XT-R NIR Analyzer customers use the system to measure quality parameters in a variety of products, including:

  • Bakery By-Products
  • Barley
  • Butter
  • Canola (flakes, meal, seeds)
  • Cheese
  • Chocolate
  • Cocoa (beans, butter liquor, nibs, powder)
  • Cookies
  • Corn (flour, germ, meal, silage)
  • Corn Gluten (feed, meal)
  • Corn Starch -Dry
  • DDGS
  • Egg Powder
  • Feather Meal
  • Feed (general, poultry, swine)
  • Fish Meal
  • Flour (clear hard wheat, soft wheat)
  • Frozen Finished French Fries
  • Hay (alfalfa, grass, mixed)
  • Ice Cream Mix
  • Infant Formula Powder
  • Liquid Whey
  • Liquid WPC
  • Malted Barley
  • Meat & Bone Meal
  • MPC 56
  • MPC 70
  • Mustard (flour, seeds)
  • Olive Oil
  • Olive Pomace
  • Petfood Dry Kibbles
  • Pita Chips
  • Pork Meal
  • Potato Chips
  • Potatoes (raw/dried)
  • Poultry Meal
  • Processed Cheese
  • Raw meat blend
  • Rice (Brown)
  • Rice (White)
  • Sausage
  • Seasonings
  • Skim Milk Powder
  • Soybean Meal
  • Soybean Seeds
  • Soybeans
  • Soybeans (fatty acids)
  • Sugar Beet Shavings
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Wheat - Ground
  • Wheat Midds
  • Wheat Seeds
  • Whole Milk Powder
  • Whole Oats
  • Whole Peas
  • WPC Powder
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How It Works

Advanced Sample Management and Reporting

The SpectraStar™ XT Series NIR Analyzers utilize scanning monochromator technology for the highest signal quality available. These systems utilize near-infrared light and precisely measure absorbance at each wavelength. Robust calibrations transform this spectral information into multiple constituent values that cannot be quantified through visual inspection. These systems are designed for flexibility, ease-of-use, and speed, as samples can be analyzed in less than one minute.

  1. Select or verify your product type
  2. Fill your sample cup and place on the instrument
  3. Press start and your results are displayed in about 30 seconds
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System Components

    • SpectraStar™ XT-R Extended range NIR Analyzer unit
    • Built in Windows® 10 computer with 17" touchscreen
    • UScan software™
    • Multi cup adapter
    • ISI ring cup/powder cup adapter
    • TRUE ALIGNMENT Spectroscopy (TAS) standards
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    Calibrations

    The SpectraStar™ XT-R has many calibrations available to ensure robust and reliable results out of the box. Calibrations include ingredient, dairy, and processed models from Unity® and Ingot forage, feed, and feed ingredient calibrations from Aunir™, the world’s largest independent calibration developer. Ingot calibrations are derived from over 500,000 samples collected over 25 years for accurate and reliable performance across almost any sample type and geography..

    Custom Calibration Options with UCal™ 4

    The Optional UCal 4 Calibration Software makes custom NIR calibrations easy for any product including food, agricultural, and industrial applications. UCal 4 offers advanced chemometric algorithms and development tools for the creation of robust and high-performance calibrations. t is suitable for novices and experts alike.

    • Quantitative and qualitative model creation and validation
    • Calibration transfer tools to re-use calibration data from other instrument types
    • Population structuring toolbox gets the most from your reference chemistry budget
    • Enhanced graphical displays for quick and thorough evaluation of results

    For a full list of calibrations available for the SpectraStar™ XT-R, click HERE.

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    Software

    The SpectraStar Analyzers are operated by UScan™, a software package incorporating an intuitive graphical interface and a reliable SQL database for data management. Designed for ease-of-use, routine operators can be completely trained in 15 minutes to deliver accurate, operator-independent results.

    The SpectraStar Analyzers are operated by UScan™, a software package incorporating an intuitive graphical interface and a reliable SQL database for data management. Designed for ease-of-use, routine operators can be completely trained in 15 minutes to deliver accurate, operator-independent results.

    The SpectraStar Analyzers are operated by UScan™, a software package incorporating an intuitive graphical interface and a reliable SQL database for data management. Designed for ease-of-use, routine operators can be completely trained in 15 minutes to deliver accurate, operator-independent results.

    The SpectraStar Analyzers are operated by UScan™, a software package incorporating an intuitive graphical interface and a reliable SQL database for data management. Designed for ease-of-use, routine operators can be completely trained in 15 minutes to deliver accurate, operator-independent results.

    As an option, users can take advantage of the CommUnity software platform, which allows for remote management, monitoring, and reporting capabilities for managing a computer network of SpectraStar XT analyzers.

    As an option, users can take advantage of the CommUnity software platform, which allows for remote management, monitoring, and reporting capabilities for managing a computer network of SpectraStar XT analyzers.

    As an option, users can take advantage of the CommUnity software platform, which allows for remote management, monitoring, and reporting capabilities for managing a computer network of SpectraStar XT analyzers.

    As an option, users can take advantage of the CommUnity software platform, which allows for remote management, monitoring, and reporting capabilities for managing a computer network of SpectraStar XT analyzers.

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    Accessories

    SpectraStar™ XT-R Benchtop NIR

    Available Accessories

    • Cups of varying sizes, including options with plungers and a sample ring
    • Kit for measuring liquid samples, 0.3 mm path length
    • Ring cup
    • CommUnity™ instrument license (1 year)
    • UCal 4 calibration software with 1 year calibration support
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    Specifications

    The SpectraStar™ XT-R is our extended analyzer with maximum information and the performance and wavelength coverage to handle any reflectance NIR application including complex sample matrices and both Aunir Ingot and Unity® calibrations.

    SpectraStar™ XT-R

    Dimensions Width x Depth x Height: 39 x 53 x 64 cm (15.5 x 21 x 25 in.)
    Weight 22.0 kg (48 lbs)
    Power Less Than 120-240 VAC, Frequency 50-60 Hz
    Analysis Time 10 – 60 Seconds
    Detectors Dual High-Performance Ultra-Cooled InGaAs Extended Range Detectors
    Light Source Tungsten Halogen Lamp with MTBF Rating of 10,000 Hours, User Changeable
    Optical Bandwidth 10.0 ± 0.3 nm actual FWHM
    Absorbance Range Up to 3 AU
    Measurement Mode Reflectance or Transflectance
    Wavelength Range 680 – 2600 nm
    Wavelength Accuracy Less Than 0.02 nm to Traceable Standard Reference Material
    Wavelength Precision Less Than 0.005 nm
    Number of Data Points 1920
    Photometric Noise Full Range Less Than 20 µAu
    Instrument Case Powder Coated Aluminum, Completely Sealed, No Venting or Fan
    ISO 12099 Compliant Animal Feedstuffs, Cereals, and Milled Products – Guidelines for the Application of Near Infrared Spectrometry
    Built-in Computer Windows® 10 Professional, SSD
    Networking LIMS Compatible, HDMI Port, 4 USB Ports
    Ambient Temperature 0 – 40°C (32 – 104°F)
    Ambient Humidity Less Than 95% RH, Less Than 85% RH Recommended
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