EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA, U.S. — FOSS recently introduced Alphatec FNo, a modern and safe way to perform the standard falling number test used to check sprouting damage in grain and enzyme-activity in flour before baking, malting, etc.

Alphatec FNo offers a new alternative for testing the standard AACC Method AACC 56-81B ‘Determination of Falling Number’ with features including a specially designed cooling lid that minimizes the rush of steam when loading samples and a touch screen interface for easy operation.

Little has changed with existing equipment for falling number for decades. Based on extensive FOSS experience with automation of laboratory analysis, the Alphatec FNo includes a number of developments. A specially designed cooling lid minimizes the rush of steam when loading samples, helping to avoid potential injury. A fully insulated sample bath avoids hot surfaces and reduces risk of inadvertent burns. An overflow directly into waste stops hot water spillage on the bench or near the work area.

A modern touch screen interface makes it easier to use, FOSS said. This can reduce training costs by allowing rapid, error-free use by anyone. The practical design has a detachable rack for tubes and other accessories and rear water connectors to ensure the working area is clear.