The combustion method and the Kjeldahl method are the standard methods for protein content determination.
We recommend NDA 702, the VELP versatile and cloud-enabled elemental analyzer for Nitrogen and Protein determination according to the Dumas combustion method.
VELP Nitrogen/Protein Elemental Analyzers, with high productivity and non-stop performances, are indeed ideal for high throughput, being fully automated and requiring just 3-4 minutes per analysis. This makes the Dumas method the cost-effective choice for those laboratories that analyze a large number of samples per day.
We likely mention VELP’s Kjeldahl Digestors and Distillators, used for the catalytically supported mineralization of organic material in a boiling mixture of sulfuric acid and sulfate salt at digestion temperatures higher than 400 °C.
VELP Kjeldahl unites are still a robust solution for protein determination in the food and feed industry. In particular, when the lab occasionally performs a small number of analyses on greater samples, the versatility and predictability of the Kieldahl method make it the most practical choice.
Both techniques are approved by several official organizations and are efficient and capable solutions to analyze wide nitrogen content in feed samples with high accuracy and repeatability.
The table shows the nitrogen/protein results obtained from the BIPEA fishmeal samples by VELP NDA 702 Dumas unit and VELP Kjeldahl system composed by DKL 20 Automatic Kjeldahl Digestion Unit and UDK 169 Automatic Kjeldahl Analyzer with AutoKjel Autosampler. The protein factor used to calculate the protein content from nitrogen content was 6.25.