For the olive industry it is important to be able to rapidly and accurately determine moisture and oil in the olives, as these parameters define the amount of oil that can be extracted. Acidity affect quality of produced oil and is an indicator if the olives have been picked from trees or ground.
The Near Infrared Reflectance (NIR) technology is highly suitable for these measurement purposes. Instead of the time consuming and labor intensive traditional wet chemistry methods, with NIR the multi-component analysis is done in seconds. The latest technology and software developments allows the benefits to be even further exploited with easy to use instruments and web-based instrument networking.