MOCON, Inc. has launches its new PAC CHECK® Model 650 EC benchtop dual oxygen (O2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) headspace analyser, designed for cost-effective use.

The unit, described as ‘performance-rich’ is the second product launched under MOCON’s Performance Series, EC (electrochemical) class.

The line has been designed as a cost-effective option for smaller companies and fledgling businesses in emerging global economies, who previously could not afford package headspace analysis. The new PAC CHECK® Model 650 EC is ideally suited for applications in which CO2 gas is used to minimise microbial activity or enhance products to meet shelf life objectives, including cheese, meat, poultry, seafood, prepared meals, pasta, baked goods, and fresh produce.

“We’ve engineered a true laboratory instrument at a very affordable cost for entry level companies to determine exactly how much residual oxygen and carbon dioxide has been left inside the package. The precision and speed in which this unit is able to deliver results offers significant benefits to smaller companies who need to meet shelf life commitments,” enthuses Anthony Ahmed, Product Manager for MOCON.

The PAC CHECK Model 650 EC’s simplified menu structure lets users go from ‘set-up to test’ in less than a minute, making it extremely fast and easy to operate, while the device can measure both O2 and CO2 concentration ranges from 0 to 100% in rigid, semi-rigid and flexible packages.

Both automatic and manual gas sampling is offered by the system, which also incorporates MOCON’s Flo Smart™ technology and brand new patent-pending Cal-Smart® calibration feature. Flo Smart™ is a sensing system which knows when blockage has occurred in the testing line.