EPL Bio Analytical Services is an analytical contract lab that serves the agriculture industry. They use ANKOM Technology for testing on fat and fiber (Crude Fat (Soxhlet), Neutral Detergent Fiber, Acid Detergent Fiber and Total Dietary Fiber).
Prior to using the automated instruments from ANKOM, EPL had a maximum output of 22 samples per day. According to Lab Analyst Brenda Dickey, “customer demand required us to significantly increase our volume without sacrificing accuracy and precision.”
By adding the ANKOM TDF Dietary Fiber Analyzers, XT15 Extractors, ANKOM 200 and ANKOM 2000 Fiber Analyzers, EPL has increased sample volume by as much as 900%; analyzing up to 90 samples per day for detergent and dietary fiber and extracting up to 220 samples for fat analysis. On top of the increased volume, the addition of the automated dietary fiber analyzers in 2012 reduced a three day manual process to a two day process with limited technician intervention. The ANKOM XT15 Fat Extractors have reduced solvent usage by about 97%.
ANKOM Technology has helped EPL overcome the challenges of limited hood space, limited bench top space, high solvent use and intensive labor. “Automating our system has helped us virtually eliminate analyst error, allowing us to provide our customer with the highest confidence in the integrity of our data.”
The ANKOM Total Dietary Fiber Analyzer creates a new standard for nutritional labeling, quality control, and research.
The ANKOMXT15 Extractor provides an Official Procedure for efficient and economical solvent extractions. The ANKOMXT15 Extractor has been subjected to rigorous testing over a broad range of sample types. Fat ranges from 0% to 100% have been determined using this procedure.
Filter bags serve to simplify handling and enable batch processing. The XT15’s Automatic Solvent Recycling and Activated Charcoal Filter elminates the need for a vent hood and reduces costs. If using solvents such as diethyl ether please ask about seal upgrades.
The ANKOM2000 Fiber Analyzer has been subjected to rigorous testing over a broad range of sample types, and is used by ANKOM for the NFTA and AAFCO check sample programs. The ANKOM2000 Fiber Analyzer provides increased automation to enhance laboratory operations and reduce labor costs.
The ANKOM200 Fiber Analyzers have been subjected to rigorous testing over a broad range of sample types and are listed in the NFTA and AAFCO check sample programs. Results can be determined for Acid Detergent Fiber, Neutral Detergent Fiber, and Crude Fiber for all feeds and forages.
A whimsical look at the efficiency added when using ANKOM Technology products