Product Overview

The SRC-CHOPIN 2 is an automated solution for precise and reproducible Solvent Retention Capacity (SRC) testing, supporting quality control for the baking and milling industries.

The SRC is a test that characterizes the functional contribution of the significant flour components (glutenin, damaged starch, and pentosans) to the overall water absorption of the flour and its potential impact on the final product properties. This test complements the information provided by existing rheological tools.

The SRC-CHOPIN 2 automates all the steps of the manual method and delivers the same information in a simpler and more precise, consistent way.

The SRC-CHOPIN 2 is the next-generation analyzer with improved usability and two newly established standard automated methods: AACC (published by Cereals & Grains Association) and ICC.

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Features

  • Automated measurement of the SRC method (Solvent Retention Capacity)
  • Complete automatic system, controlled by an intuitive interface and guaranteeing a complete standardization of all the analysis steps. It combines a dedicated external scale, shaker, centrifuge, and a system for draining the supernatant.
  • Designed for simplicity and complete walk-away operation. Its operation requires minimal training and is easily accomplished by any lab technician.
  • SRC standardized automated method AACC 56-15.01 and ICC Standard 186
  • Performs the procedure with its flexible testing protocol, and automatically calculates the results

Benefits

  • Secure commercial flour transactions, by offering a reliable, indisputable and independent of any human factor tool (results will be the same as for flour tested at the seller or at the buyer)
  • Frees up valuable lab resources from tedious tasks (especially the most laborious and time-consuming tasks, such as shaking)
  • Reduce the risk of human errors by eliminating the steps of entering weights and calculating results
  • Improve precision and reproducibility, unattainable with the manual method (30% more precise and 50% more reproducible than manual method AACC 56-11.02)
  • Avoid production problems due to inadequate dough comportment
  • And guarantee a constant final product quality
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Applications

The SRC-CHOPIN 2 provides a trusted measurement for the baking and milling industries to confidently assess their flour quality and final product requirements. It helps in establishing flour specifications for various finished products.

Baking Industry

  • Define a specification book. Determine relevant criteria specific to production: the flour quality required for each finished product can be determined with the SRC values
  • Verify the conformity of delivered flour
  • Improve process optimization & control

Millers

  • Produce flours according to the specifications of customers

Breeders

  • Select the wheat expected by the market

Control Labs

  • Carry out repeatable and reproducible SRC analysis for customers

 Universities and Schools

  • Educate people with a tool representative of industrial practices
  • Conduct technical and scientific studies
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How It Works

The SRC (Solvent Retention Capacity) method consists of simultaneously suspending 5 g of flour with 25 g of each of the four solvents (water, lactic acid, sodium carbonate and sucrose), followed by centrifuging the sample and then removing the supernatant to measure the quantity of solvent retained by the flour sample.

The SRC original manual method (AACC 56-11.02) consists of many successive steps (weighing, shaking, centrifugation, draining), performed for the most part manually, on various and non-standardized equipment. For more information on the SRC method, click here.

The SRC-CHOPIN 2 performs the test automatically. It combines a dedicated external scale, shaker, centrifuge, and a system for draining the supernatant.

Operation of the SRC-CHOPIN 2 requires minimal training and is easily accomplished by any lab technician. They simply need to fill the syringes and the tubes and weigh the samples on the attached scale. The SRC-CHOPIN 2 performs the procedure and automatically calculates the results at the end of the test.

Device Operation:

1. Weigh flour and tubes with a special scale equipped with a scanner. The information is automatically transferred to the software which avoids possible input errors.

2. Prepare syringes with solvent.

3. Insert syringes (with solvent) and tubes (with flour) into the machine according to the predefined test scheme indicated on the screen.

4. Start the test. The next steps (injecting, shaking, centrifuging, and draining) are performed automatically.

5. After the final weighing on the external scale, the results are instantly calculated and displayed.

Results


Optional

Information provided by the SRC-CHOPIN 2 can be complemented with other equipment, such as the EM10 Multi-Compartment Oven or  SpectraStar XT NIR Analyzer Series for reference measurement of the moisture content of wheat, flour, and any other cereal.

EM10 Oven and SpectraStar XT
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Software

The SRC-CHOPIN 2 is equipped with a built-in touchscreen and the software interface includes diagrams, videos and warning/information messages, which guide the users from start to finish.

At the test configuration stage, specify the solvents, the number of different types of flours, and the number of tubes. Follow the indication of the software, and place the tubes and the solvents at their right place.

The SRC-CHOPIN 2 is equipped with a built-in touchscreen and the software interface includes diagrams, videos and warning/information messages, which guide the users from start to finish.

At the test configuration stage, specify the solvents, the number of different types of flours, and the number of tubes. Follow the indication of the software, and place the tubes and the solvents at their right place.

The SRC-CHOPIN 2 is equipped with a built-in touchscreen and the software interface includes diagrams, videos and warning/information messages, which guide the users from start to finish.

At the test configuration stage, specify the solvents, the number of different types of flours, and the number of tubes. Follow the indication of the software, and place the tubes and the solvents at their right place.

The SRC-CHOPIN 2 is equipped with a built-in touchscreen and the software interface includes diagrams, videos and warning/information messages, which guide the users from start to finish.

At the test configuration stage, specify the solvents, the number of different types of flours, and the number of tubes. Follow the indication of the software, and place the tubes and the solvents at their right place.

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Accessories

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Available Accessories

  • Set of 16 complete caps:  A + B
  • Set of 16 complete caps:  C + D
  • Set of 16 complete caps:  E + F
  • Single Tube
  • Syringe equipped with spring
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Specifications

SRC-CHOPIN 2

SRC-CHOPIN 2 Dimensions - With Doors Closed: 86.5cm L x 75.1cm W x 80.5cm H (33.8”x29.5”x31.5”)
- With Doors Open: 150cm L x 85cm W x 120cm H (59”x33.4”x47.2”)
Scale Size - With Door Closed: 19cm L x 31cm W x 26.6cm H (7.4”x12.2”x10.2”)
- With Door Open: 19cm L x 31cm W x 45cm H (7.4”x12.2”x17.71”)
SRC-CHOPIN Weight 100 kg (200 lbs)
Environmental Considerations - Indoor Use
- Storage Temperature: -25°C to + 55°C (-13°F to + 131°F)
- Device Utilization Temperature: -10°C to + 35°C (14°F to 95°F)
- Hygrometry: RH < 85% at 20°C (68°F)
- Supply voltage variation: <= 10%
- Degree of pollution as per EN 61010:2
- Installation category as per EN 61010:II (overvoltage category)
- Supply source characteristics: connection by 2P + earth / 16A power socket
- The electrical network must comprise, upstream from the SRC-CHOPIN, an RCD with a sensitivity of <= 30 mA, AC class
Regulatory Compliances - The EEC directive “Electromagnetic compatibility” 2014/30/EU
- The EEC directive “Low Voltage” 2014/35/EU
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