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Nomacorc releases portable oxygen analyser

Published:  03 July, 2013

Alternative wine closures and oxygen management technology company Nomacorc has launched a new generation portable NomaSense "oxygen analyser" system for wine.


NomaSense is designed specifically for the industry to allow users to measure and control the total amount of oxygen in wine. In this latest innovation, wineries can measure both head space and dissolved oxygen using an integrated conversion calculator to determine the total packaged oxygen.


The NomaSense O2 P300 has a limit of detection of 15 parts per billion (ppb) and is intended for use throughout the winemaking process, particularly at the bottling line to improve quality control.


The more sensitive NomaSense O2 P6000 has a lower detection limit of 1ppb and can also serve as a quality control tool, but is more specifically for laboratory use and scientific study.


Improvements to the device were based on feedback from initial users, making the device well adapted to winery environments. Features and benefits include a portable Total Package Oxygen (TPO) meter, improved user-friendly software interface with easier navigation, as well as enhanced data and file management systems for better traceability. The new devices also make sample identification easier via a QR code reader.


The high-tech portable device has a sleek appearance and is significantly smaller in size compared to the original NomaSense analyser - as well as being more affordable.


Malcolm Thompson, vice-president of innovation and strategy at Nomacorc, said: "Nomacorc continues to serve as an important partner to wineries and academic institutions across the globe.


"By developing a sophisticated, easy-to-use analyser, we hope to provide more winemakers with the proper tools to manage oxygen pick-up at bottling and deliver wines just as they intend."


Dr Stéphane Vidal, global director of enology at Nomacorc, said: "The ability to measure and manage oxygen is critical to ensuring wine quality and extending the shelf-life potential of wines. The substantive enhancements to the NomaSense product line allow wineries to improve wine quality and help achieve bottle-to-bottle consistency."


Compatible with existing accessories and consumables, the NomaSense O2 P6000 and NomaSense O2 P300 is commercially available in July 2013.


Based in the US, Nomacorc manufactures its portfolio of products using a patented co-extrusion process that provides consistent, predictable oxygen management and protects against off-flavours due to oxidation, reduction or cork taint.


Nomacorc's 100% recyclable products are available across six continents.