Image analysis, management and reporting
Outputs from the various microscopes are all in the form of digital images and these can be quantified using a wide range of sophisticated image analysis software packages. Typical measurements would include particle size, phase volume, clustering or alignment. Image analysis data can then be correlated with other physical measurements and sensory data. Images, being the most valuable output from the various microscopes, are stored on a secure fully networked server-based image management system. By combining the outputs of the NFIC instrumentation with other analytical techniques such as rheology, particle and texture profiling, food technologists have a lot of powerful tools at their disposal with which to manipulate texture in novel foods or trouble-shoot stability problems in existing products.