DOI: 10.3390/app13169290 ISSN:

A Miniaturized and Low-Cost Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Measurement System for Alfalfa Quality Control

Candela Melendreras, Ana Soldado, José M. Costa-Fernández, Alberto López, Francisco Ferrero
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • General Engineering
  • Instrumentation
  • General Materials Science

Food safety and quality are the first steps in the food chain. This work reports a miniaturized, low-cost, and easy-to-use near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) measurement system for alfalfa quality control. This is a significant challenge for dairy farm technicians and producers who need rapid and reliable knowledge of the forage quality on their farms. In most cases, the instrumentation suitable for these specifications is expensive and difficult to operate. The core of the proposed NIR spectroscopy measurement system is Texas Instruments’ NIRscan Nano evaluation module (EVM) spectrometer. This module has a large sensing area and high resolution, suitable for forage samples. To evaluate the feasibility of the prototype for analyzing agrifood samples, different ways of presenting the sample, intact or ground, were tested. The final objective of the research is not just to check the efficiency of the proposed system. It is also to determine the characteristics of the measurement system, and how to improve them for alfalfa quality control.

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