Chandigarh, Nov 18 (PTI) The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) has transferred the technology of an instrument for measuring iodine value in vegetable oils, to a Chandigarh-based startup.Also Read - Chandigarh Airport To Launch its First Cargo Services From November, With Reasonable Rates | Details Here

The instrument, Precision Iodine Value Analyzer, which measures the degree of unsaturation (iodine value) in vegetable oils, has applications in a host of industries. Also Read - Not Just Today, Navjot Singh Sidhu Has Roiled Punjab Congress Earlier Too. Take A Look at Past Events

An official release yesterday said the technology has applications in oil extraction units, quality control and assurance laboratories, food regulatory authorities, soaps and cosmetics, bakeries, meat industry, paint industry, biodiesel analysis and charcoal industry. Also Read - Navjot Singh Sidhu Resigns: Will Meet Sidhu, Matter Will be Resolved Tomorrow, Says Minister Warring | Highlights

The technology is also useful in determining adulteration in edible oils and fats, it said.

Conventionally, iodine value is determined using manual titration. Some analytical instruments based on automated titration are also available in the market, the release said.

“However, these methods take longer analysis time, are costly and use toxic chemicals. Researchers at CSIO have developed a rapid analysis technique, which takes just three minutes for analysis of iodine value. Also, the cost of analysis per sample has been reduced drastically,” it said.

The technology has been transferred to M/s Comfax Systems a Chandigarh-based startup, the release said.

Prof R K Sinha, the Director of CSIR-CSIO, said the precision iodine value analyser will be useful for detecting adulteration in edible oils, therefore this technology will find application in the edible oil manufacturing and processing industry.

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