Mocon’s Ox-Tran 2/12 instrument is said to provide produce marketers and their material suppliers with oxygen permeation data quickly and more easily to assist in meeting shelf-life goals.

Ryan Holland, product manager of permeation at Mocon, said: “Unlike many other food products that require higher barrier films to extend shelf-life, produce has a much shorter shelf-life and it requires higher transmitter materials that can breathe in order to prevent premature spoilage.

“Not having a good handle on your material transmission rates can result in shelf-life of a couple of days versus a couple of weeks that is necessary for the packer-to-consumer lifecycle. For example, a film batch that is off by 10 per cent could have a devastating impact on an already narrow shelf-life window.”

The company claims that at the core of the instrument is the simplified set up. Typically, a significant number of labour hours are spent setting up tests or waiting for results, creating a bottleneck. The new instrument was specifically designed to produce results quickly, with minimal effort, to increase efficiency. It also states that a new user interface, coupled with increased automation, makes testing easier than ever before, with less skill required.

It is said to be suited for brand owners as well as film manufacturers and converters who either use or sell flexible materials for produce applications.

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