Branscan has been in operation for the past ten years, developing and proving the new technology in the flour/semolina industry. The original technology was originally developed by the Flour Milling and Baking Research Association (currently known as CCFRA) and further developed by Branscan. The current Fluoroscan technology used some of the capabilities of original Branscan and utilised a DTI Smart award funds to complete the initial development. For Fluoroscan, the basic Branscan technology was enhanced by original technological additions by Branscan for on-line measurement techniques and further hardware innovations The Fluoroscan technology utilises a unique lighting and measurement techniques which uses the fluorescence characteristic of aluerone and the visible characteristic of bran to determine the exact level of the impurities in the flour. The added by-product of this measurement is the ability to measure ASH (mineral content) of flour directly from the flour and not from secondary effects. Fluoroscan provide millers and end users with the means to produce consistently pure products at optimum milling yields and high processing productivity. The company has representatives across the world and is known as one the main companies for the design and production of process control systems in milling industry. Recently the company has also entered complimentary areas such as quality control in starch, milk powder and other related powder applications. In addition, one of the current interests of the company is the detection of the toxic impurities attached to the bran using current or modified version of the instruments. It is well known that toxic impurities may lead to problems in feed stock which results in toxins entering the food chain.
Last updated on 2006-11-10 by Gertrud Linsberger-Martin