WHO WE ARE (A COMPANY HISTORY)
HK Instrument Systems began doing business In 1997 as Pro M Tec, Inc. to act as the North American Distributor and innovation partner for the German manufacturing company, Harrer and Kassen GmbH. We began operation with the specific goal of designing, building, and marketing a revolutionary microwave instrument system for measuring the ° Brix of a sucrose solution during the Sugar Refining Process.
We have acheived that goal with the development of the HK Microwave Instrument Series. A Microwave System that is now used in almost every sugar producing country and major sugar company in the world. In addition to our sugar applications, the HK Microwave System is also used in Dairy, Paper, Bio-Fuels, and Mining.
In 2002 Horst Harrer, the man behind the design of the HK Microwave Product Line, once again introduced us to a revolutionary design with the HK-4 NIR Full Spectroscopy Analyzer. A new proprietary software has changed what is possible with an In-Line and Real Time NIR measurement.
Since its introduction, our In-Line and Real Time Full Spectroscopy HK4 NIR System has revolutionized the measurement of important product constituents, like fat, moisture, and protein. It has successfully measured the Fat Content of Ground Beef during grinding, cutting, and mixing. The system has been proven to work in large vessels, small vessels and on a belt.
In 2009 we introduced and began installing a Color Measurement System which uses LED Lights for illumination. This system has been designed to measure and control the color in a manufacturing process with an emphasis on ICUMSA White for Granulated Sugar.
Then again in 2010 Dr. Harrer introduced the world to a new and innovative concept, LED Light Illumination to make a Moisture Measurement in Real Time with NIR Light. It had been designed to measure the moisture of a product only on a belt but has evolved the capability of measuring in a Screw Conveyor and in a Chute. No Moving Parts means no drift
In 2012 we introduced the HK-9 Microwave Spectroscopy System for measuring Moisture Independent of Product Bulk Density!
In 2013 we introdced a New and Improved HK-4 Analyzer with accuracies that have never been seen in INDUSTRY!!