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Beyond the Label: Food Safety Testing

October 7, 2022

How do you know what is in your food? If you're like most consumers, you take a look at the information on the back of your food packaging to know the ingredients and nutritional value. But how can you trust that information is correct? Where does that information come from? Someone like Jonathan Griffin, Public Analyst and Lead Analytical Services Manager at Kent Scientific Services in the UK, answers that question.

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Hope for the Future: A Measured Science Podcast

September 23, 2022

Where does hope come from? For Dr. Jason Streubel, Senior Director of the Center for Agriculture & Food Security for the Convoy of Hope, hope comes from being able to feed yourself, your family, and your community. Hope comes from the security of knowing where your next meal is coming from and the ability to turn your focus to the future instead of the immediate present. Hope comes from agriculture.

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Scorched Soils: Determining Moisture Content with the TGM800 and TGA801

August 5, 2022

Moisture levels in soil are important to know when growing plants. In addition to being a necessary component of photosynthesis, the moisture in soil acts as a carrier for a plant's essential nutrients, such as nitrogen and carbon. Knowing the moisture content of your soil enables you to properly balance the nutrient density and correct for moisture issues. Traditional manual drying methods have been lab-tried and -tested, but they can feel like relics of the past as today's lab is tasked to do more with less time.

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Moisture Determination in Iron Ore with the TGM800

November 9, 2021

When the Kaunis Iron Mine opened in Sweden, it was the newest in one of Sweden's biggest industries. The mine contracted with Degerfors Laboratory (D-LAB) for their iron analysis. Before analysis could be run on the samples, however, the ore had to be dried and moisture levels measured. D-LAB had a problem: their current moisture determination methods used a manual balance that could only handle one sample at a time, requiring a technician's attention every five minutes. The ISO 3087:2020 method used was also a problem, as a single run could take more than 5 hours to complete. The lab turned to LECO for a solution.

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Slice Time off your Meat Moisture Analyses with the TGM800

August 13, 2021

As with all foodstuffs for human consumption, meat is highly regulated. Determining its makeup is essential to confirming a safe product. The faster regulatory analyses can be performed, the quicker you can confirm the quality of your product and maintain production speed.

Determining the moisture content of meat is one such analysis that helps identify the quality and safety of the meat in question. Moisture content can control the texture, taste, and microbial stability of the meat. It also determines the level of retained water, additive solutions for flavoring, and the leanness of meat.

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Cannabis Moisture Content

April 20, 2020

Determining the moisture content in cannabis and hemp is a critical factor in the growth and distribution of the process. Too much moisture can be indicative of microbial contamination, which can lead to health risks in the end user. It is also crucial to determine moisture content when extracting CBD oil. However, the plant nature of cannabis makes traditional loss-on-drying methods difficult, as the plant matter could be lost to thermal decomposition, resulting in falsely high moisture results.

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Standard Oven Drying Methods vs. TGM800: Direct Moisture Determination

October 28, 2019

Working with grains meant a lot of thermogravimetric analyses, but standard oven drying methods were incredibly time-consuming. Depending on the flour matrix, oven times could range from 1 hour to 17. Whole grains could take a full 72 hours. LECO Africa reached out to Jolanda Nortjé, Laboratory Manager of The Southern African Grain Laboratory (SAGL), with a suggestion of a better way, and Nortjé was happy to give it a try. She agreed to participate in a comparison of a primary moisture loss-on-drying determination using the TGM800 and standard oven drying methods.

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How automated Thermogravimetric Instruments can save you lab time

June 20, 2019

Our innovative analytical instrumentation provides users with solutions for a wide range of applications. We want to help your lab succeed, which is why we share examples of the processes, methods of analysis, and results our instruments can obtain in the form of application notes. We want our current and potential customers to feel at ease with our instrumentation in the lab, and our application notes highlight the right instrument for each specific application.

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Frustrated by the time it takes you to determine moisture?

June 19, 2019

Today's laboratories are constantly being asked to do more with less resources, which can leave your lab stressed, frustrated, and overwhelmed. We want you and your laboratory to succeed by getting the results you can count on, while making life in your lab easier and more streamlined. Our latest innovation for the analysis of moisture effortlessly analyzes your food, feeds, milled products, and agricultural samples. 

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LECO Talks to Food Navigator

January 7, 2019

Hear from our Organic Product Manager, Mason Marsh, as he discusses our solutions for carbon/nitrogen analysis and moisture determination in food, feed, and agricultural samples. In his interview with FoodQualityNews, he highlights the importance of nitrogen analysis in food and feed and how two of our products, the FP928 and FP828, will help user's achieve better productivity in their analysis with fast, reliable results.

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