Automating Solid Fat Content (SFC)

Maximized productivity from the world leader in SFC measurements


By automating tempering times theminispec Sample Automation system ensures highly accurate sample temperatures delivering results in strictest accordance with SFC International Standard Methods.

Automated SFC Measurements Include:

  • Crystallization kinetics and curve plotting (SFC versus time)
  • Visual display of the melting curves of products
  • Derived parameters such as slip melting point and dropping point can be calculated using TD-NMR SFC values
  • Automatically calculated averages
  • Fast SFC measurement option with automatic data correction 

Sample Automation for SFC Features:

  • „„New software package integrates Bruker‘s innovative experience with SFC Automation knowledge of collaboration partner comicon GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
  • Two input racks for 10 mm tubes with 60 tube positions each
  • Waste position for easy disposal of post-analysis sample tubes
  • Three tempering blocks of 60 positions for 100°C/80°C, 60°C and 0°C
  • Six tempering blocks of 10 positions each for heating and cooling
  • Block cooling by modern Peltier Technology, including purge option
  • SFC calibration sample positions: 0%, ca. 30% and ca. 70% SFC included in the SFC automation system
  • Fully automatic Daily Check functionality

Automating Your TD-NMR Applications

theminispec Sample Automation solution brings quick and efficient sample exchange for 10 mm diameter sample tubes to your lab

Typical automated applications include:


  • Total oil / fat content in homogenous/small amounts of samples, like chocolate
  • Oil and moisture content in single/small amounts of seeds


  • „„Xylene solubles in polypropylene
  • Density in polyethylene
  • Rubber contact in ABS, polystyrene
  • Cross linking in elastomers


  • „„ Contrast agent analysis in 10 mm sample tubes at various NMR field strenghts 

Based on the multitude of features and software options a complete range of theminispec Sample Automation solutions is available, for example:

Xylene Solubles in Polypropylene with theSample Automation

  • Sample changer with safety housing and emergency stop (optional)
  • Input and output racks for insertion and removal of 10 mm sample tubes
  • Tempering device: heating only
  • Barcode reader (optional)
  • theminispec sample automation software for non-SFC applications
  • minispec mq-one or mq-series analyzer