Test Equipment and Measurement Instrument Blog

Advancements in Pharmaceutical Packaging Testing Help Drug Makers Improve Shelf Life

Posted by John Bogart on Fri, Aug 21, 2015

Though virtually unchanged since 1970, the familiar amber vials used by pharmacists for decades have recently fallen under scrutiny. In 2013, an industry-driven initiative to expand US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) packaging classification systems sparked dialogue between regulators, manufacturers, and contract packagers and repackagers about improving packaging integrity regulations for determining the level of barrier protection provided by packaging systems. These new changes were implemented to maximize the shelf life of liquid and solid oral dosage forms by eliminating moisture vapor permeation in the packaging. At the time, USP specified the categories of “well-closed” and “tight” in its classification, with the latter used much more frequently. However, certain medications require packaging beyond “tight”—requiring no moisture permeation. Now, two years later, drug makers are using modern testing instruments and special testing techniques to improve product stability and shelf life under the new standards.

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Topics: Moisture Meter, NIR Moisture Analyzer

The Importance of Controlling Moisture in Today’s “Better-For-You” Low-Fat and Low-Sugar Products

Posted by John Bogart on Fri, Apr 24, 2015

The consumer push for healthier versions of our favorite foods today is forcing manufacturers to replace ingredients like fat – without compromising the flavor or texture we love. Often, though, replacements negatively affect taste and texture due in part to the way these replacements interact with, and affect moisture in the product. One way to help ensure that “better-for-you” foods provide the experience consumers are looking for is to measure and optimize moisture content.

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Topics: Moisture Analyzer, Moisture Balance, Moisture Measurement, NIR Moisture Analyzer

5 Reasons Manufacturing Are Thankful For NIR Moisture Analyzers

Posted by John Bogart on Wed, Nov 26, 2014

As we get closer to the forth Thursday in November, it’s the time of year when we’re challenged to stop and give thanks for all we have in our lives.

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Topics: NIR Analyzer, NIR Moisture Analyzer, ROI

Moisture Meter Methods: LOD v's NIR

Posted by John Bogart on Wed, Jun 25, 2014

There are various technologies, methods and instruments to consider when you’re looking to invest in the right test instrument for your needs. The various options can equally be confusing as you weigh up the variables: purchase, cost of labour, skills required, quality of results, mobility, running costs etc.

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Topics: Moisture Balance, Moisture Measurement, NIR Analyzer, Measurement Instrumentation, NIR Moisture Analyzer, Moisture Measurement Methods, LOD

Get The Right Measurement Instrument To Improve Your Profits At IFT 2014

Posted by John Bogart on Wed, Jun 18, 2014

I’m looking forward to meeting with QA, QC, product development and R&D specialists from some of the world’s most profitable organizations at IFT2014 later this month. As they get ready to learn about the latest in product, ingredient and technology improvements, and how these latest developments will impact their business, I’m getting prepared to wow them with how our innovations in measurement instrumentation will help them realize their quality, product introductions, and profit goals.

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Topics: Grain Moisture Meter, Rice Flour Moisture Meter, Moisture Analyzer, Moisture Balance, Moisture Measurement, Single Grain Moisture Tester, NIR Moisture Analyzer, Rice Moisture Meter

5 Ways NIR Technology Help Save Money And Improve Profits

Posted by John Bogart on Tue, May 20, 2014

When deciding on the best moisture measurement technology for your business, it’s important not to make a decision purely based on the purchase price of the instrument. Weighing up the benefits and how these can impact both efficiencies and profits is key to a long-term successful acquisition.

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Topics: Moisture Meter, Moisture Measurement, Moisture Meter ebook, NIR Moisture Analyzer, Moisture Measurement Methods

4 Key Highlights From Analytica By An NIR Analyzer Specialist

Posted by John Bogart on Wed, Apr 9, 2014


I’ve just returned from an incredible experience meeting hundreds of scientists and industrial professionals at Analytica, the International Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis and Biotechnology in Munich, Germany. It’s never simple to compete against 1,100 exhibitors. However, it’s a little easier when you are in the country of the Hoffbrauhaus… I always underestimate how much scientists love their beer!

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Topics: Moisture Analyzer, NIR Analyzer, NIR Moisture Analyzer, Analytica

Do You Measure Moisture Or Composition At Your Lab? Jaw Dropping Lessons Learned At Pittcon

Posted by Elizabeth Becker on Mon, Mar 17, 2014

As the voice of Kett on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, I am familiar with our products, but have had little opportunity to interact with our customers. So, John Bogart, Kett’s CEO, invited me to find out more at my first tradeshow. I had no idea what to expect as I boarded the plane heading from Denver to Chicago to join John Bogart, our Japanese colleagues and several thousand analytical chemists at Pittcon14.

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Topics: Pittcon 2014, Moisture Measurement, NIR Analyzer, NIR Moisture Analyzer, Composition Measurement

Find Out What Instrument Is Taking The Gold At Pittcon, The Sochi Of Test Equipment

Posted by John Bogart on Wed, Feb 26, 2014

The Sochi Olympics has been a time of intense controversy, competition and celebration. It’s never anything less than inspirational to see athletes perform at the height of their abilities, as they seek to gain that slight edge that makes all the difference. The sense of achievement you can see from the gold medalists comes only from years of grit and sheer determination. There is no room for error. Each participant has had to build on the success of the past, while innovating new moves to appease some of the planet’s harshest critics. Truly, we can all learn something from these professional’s dedication to their craft. There is a great story to be told behind each gold, silver and bronze medal that the television audiences don’t often get a chance to witness.

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Topics: Moisture Meter, Moisture Analyzer, Pittcon 2014, Moisture Balance, Moisture Measurement, Measurement Instrument, Test Equipment, NIR Moisture Analyzer

Discover The Top Instruments For Ease Of Use And Accuracy At Pittcon

Posted by John Bogart on Wed, Feb 19, 2014

The city that launched the boon of American industrial optimism with the historical Chicago World’s Fair, is set to host the largest annual global conference dedicated to laboratory equipment and instrumentation. Early March 18,000 laboratory scientists will converge in Chicago to attend the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, or Pittcon 2014.

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Topics: Pittcon 2014, Composition Analyzer, NIR Moisture Analyzer, Pittcon

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