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Benefits of Near-Infrared Technology

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Quality control is vital across all processes within manufacturing.  We have shared how enterprise labeling ensures quality output once products are produced but want to also look at other quality control methods to keep those products functioning at optimal levels.  Near-infrared technology is one aspect of quality control for the chemical industry.

Near-Infrared Technology or NIF technology is shorter wavelengths of radiation in the infrared spectrum and especially those between 0.7 and 2.5 micrometers. The first known use of near-infrared was in 1950. NIR spectroscopy can be used for product identification, classification, and quality control, as well as for the determination of product properties (chemical and physical). Using NIR to control moisture content is critical to ensure product quality since the amount of moisture in deliverables can have diverse effects on the product make-up, use, and effectiveness.

We often relate labeling and product identification to finished products but NIR technology can also be used in handheld NIR spectroscopy, in which pharmaceutical manufacturers can verify the identity of incoming raw materials to ensure finished product integrity. With NIR technology, the manufacturer can achieve rapid, multi-component analysis without chemical or disposable costs. They can determine the quality of incoming raw materials at the entry to the plant and monitor and control processes. In addition, most NIR technology can be successfully used by non-technical operators with limited training.

NIR technology ensures manufacturers can meet the most up-to-date requirements, including the  FDA’s Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) 21, which includes requirements for chemical, medical device, and pharmaceutical manufacturers.  Understanding the details of the requirements and the preferred technology that companies choose to use can be best managed by a partner specializing in enterprise labeling and data tracking. Pragmatyxs can help manufacturers ensure their technology is working for them and reducing manual processes and ensuring quality, especially in a critical field like medical devices or pharmaceuticals where compliance, safety, and quality control are essential.