NDC Technologies is a global leader in intelligent on-line and at-line process measurement and control solutions for the food, bulk materials and tobacco industries. And 2020 marks a very special year for the company.
In September 1970, Dr Rodger Edgar and Dr Peter Hindle developed a pyrometer (a thermometer you point and take readings) for a breast cancer clinic in Lewisham, UK. They quickly developed a non-contact measurement device using near infrared (NIR) reflection technology to measure the moisture content in a variety of applications including paper manufacturing, pottery and tobacco processing.
Shortly after, Professor James Ring and Malcolm Nolan financed production of the “Hindle-Edgar Infragauge” and hence Infrared Engineering was born.
Fast-forward 50 years, and the highly accurate and reliable measurements using the same NIR principles are still seen in today’s NDC Technologies’ products. Only now they are capable of not only measuring moisture, but also key constituents in a vast array of applications including fat/oil, protein, degree of brownness, sugars, nicotine, total volatiles, coatings, film thickness and much more.
Coinciding with this 50-year celebration is the launch of NDC Technologies’ 9th generation of in-process NIR gauges – the aptly named Series 9. This unique, next-generation gauge uses the half-century expertise of the organization, while also offering a future-proof platform that is scalable and integrates easily into any manufacturing process