Quality Control Solutions for Rice and its Many Uses

Rice is an essential grain in the diets of humans and animals around the world. As a result, strict quality control processes that begin in the rice paddies and continue through milling, storage, and onto the consumer, are vital to meet global demands. All rice varieties and its byproducts have measurable quality parameters that can be controlled with the help of technologies from KPM.

Moisture and Compositional Analysis

Moisture and Compositional Analysis

Rice used in food production or to feed livestock receive their grades from the USDA and other entities based on certain measurable quality parameters. Most of these parameters can be measured quickly and easily with the help of near-infrared spectroscopy (NIR) technology with minimal sample preparation.

What's Analyzed

What's Analyzed

Parameter Why It's Analyzed When It's Analyzed
Moisture Excessive moisture can lead to sticky product, which may also be more susceptible to spoilage. Excessive moisture can lead to sticky product, which may also be more susceptible to spoilage.  Drying and/or milling process
Assessing outgoing product
Protein While rice has a lower protein content than other whole grains, it contributes to reduced cholesterol in human diets. While rice has a lower protein content than other whole grains, it contributes to reduced cholesterol in human diets.  Drying and/or milling process
Assessing outgoing product
Starch Starch relates to the cooking properties of rice.   Drying and/or milling process
Assessing outgoing product
Test Weight Test weight is a volumetric measurement that is a common quality indicator for rice grading processes. Drying and/or milling process
Assessing outgoing product
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Functional and Rheological Analysis

Functional and Rheological Analysis

Rice is a popular gluten-free option that is used in a variety of baked goods such as bread, muffins, granola bars, cookies, and others. Rice is also commonly processed into other food products, including noodles, spring roll wrappers, and others, which also originate from a rice milling process.

Product Parameters Measured When It's Measured
Rice Flour Starch damage
Water absorption
Incoming Ingredients
Lab
Dough Quality of damaged starch
Viscosity
Elasticity
Extensibility
Consistency
Lab
At-Line
Product Why It's Measured When It's Measured
Cookies/Biscuits Water absorption of flours
Quantity and quality of proteins
Damaged starch and dough stickiness
Dough consistency, extensibility, and elasticity
Cracks and blisters
Incoming ingredients
Lab
Crackers Water absorption of flours
Quantity and quality of proteins
Damaged starch and dough stickiness
Dough consistency, extensibility, and elasticity
Cracks and blisters
Incoming ingredients
Lab
Rice Noodles Water absorption of flours
Quantity and quality of proteins
Damaged starch and dough stickiness
Incoming ingredients
Lab
Before packaging
Rice Cakes Water absorption of flours
Quantity and quality of proteins
Dough viscosity
Damaged starch
Starch gelatinization
Incoming ingredients
Lab
KPM Products

Solutions from KPM for Flour & Dough Analysis

Mixolab 2 Universal Dough Characterizer

Mixolab 2 Universal Dough Characterizer

Rheo F4 Dough Proofing Analyzer

Rheo F4 Dough Proofing Analyzer

SDmatic 2 Automated Damaged Starch Analyzer

SDmatic 2 Automated Damaged Starch Analyzer

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Measurement Capability

Defects Detection Capability

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Soil Nutrient Analysis

As a partially aquatic plant, rice grows best in high-moisture soils where consistent irrigation is available. Along with adequate moisture, several other soil parameters are also necessary for an ideal harvest – all of which can be analyzed efficiently with the help of soil analysis solutions from KPM.

Analytes Measured

Parameter Why It's Analyzed
Nitrogen-based nutrients (Ammonia, Urea, TKN, Nitrate, Nitrite) Nitrogen is the most important soil nutrient for maximizing rice yield. Growers can apply nitrogen in the form of ammonium fertilizers as needed. Urea and TKN content also have a role in animal feed quality. 
Phosphorus-Based Nutrients (TP, o-Phosphate, Phosphate) Phosphorus is applied to the soil via fertilizer throughout the growing season, especially if routine flooding or draining cycles may affect the availability of Phosphorus over time. 
Potassium Potassium may need to be added via fertilizer at different stages of the growing season to help rice plants ward off crop disease. 
Other Compounds in Crop Production Sulfur, boron, iron, magnesium, zinc, and other minerals all have a role in rice crop production.
KPM Products

Soil Analysis Solutions from KPM

FUTURA Automated Continuous Flow Analyzer

FUTURA Automated Continuous Flow Analyzer

SmartChem® Discrete Analyzer Series

SmartChem® Discrete Analyzer Series

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