Speciality chemicals company Evonik has developed Aminonir Portable, a mobile service that extends the use of near-infrared spectroscopy (NIR) for on-site raw material and feed analysis. Evonik claims the product has a world-first feature: amino acid calibrations.

Aminonir Portable enables the reliable determination of energy and nutrients in feed materials and finished feeds, as well as amino acids in feed materials, on-site and without a laboratory. The hand-held device connects with the user’s tablet or cell phone, requiring only mobile signal reception and a handful of the feed or raw material, without further sample preparation, to determine their quality at almost any location within minutes. Aminonir Portable can be used to analyse over 40 different feed raw materials and feed mixtures for broilers, laying hens, pigs and fish.

“The efficiency of animal feeding, and the ecological footprint of livestock farming, strongly depend on the nutritional quality of raw materials and feeds,” says Dr Stefan Mack, head of service marketing at Evonik’s Animal Nutrition business. “We have always supported our customers in optimising those. Now, as the first in the world, we are offering a comprehensive mobile solution. This will allow for timely quality checks and decision-making at critical steps in feed production which is very difficult to achieve when relying only on the traditional lab setup.”

The device and service packages can be ordered via Evonik’s webshop at https://myamino.evonik.com.