Research & Development

Deep insight in processing technology and raw materials.
As a scientific company we assist companies on various subjects. For example: literature studies on functional components in raw materials, statistical and mathematical analyses of experimental data and design of experiments. These activities help us to understand your business case.


Pragmatic in a scientific way.
Our consultants are specialists with a broad view and deep insight in your branch. They understand your business and offer you new insights in your processes by combining science and process technology.  We improve your output.


Willing to share knowledge.
We believe that sharing know how is key to sustainable improvement in agrifeed. This is why our specialists are available to train our partners. We add value by in-company training on processing technology or raw materials. Tailor made learning on the spot.


Laboratory, pilot tests and pilot plants
Zetadec has different laboratory facilities to offer a broad range of analysis. On our own site we have two units. One with (traditional) wet-chemistry analytical tools and procedures and one unit to build and install (prototypes of) lab-scale and pilot equipment. Finally, for more research purposes, we can have access to different small processing lines.

  • Microscope analyses
  • Spectroscopical analyses
  • Electroforesis (separation on charge) using a Coulter Delsa.
  • Particle size analysis (Coulter counter)
  • Particle size and particle size distribution
  • Differential scanning calorimeter (DSC): this is a thermo analytical method to determine phase transitions in samples. Melting (of e.g. fatty acids), oxidation, protein denaturation and glass transition changes (as starch gelatinisation)  in samples can be observed.
  • Instron (load force capacities of 500 and 5000 N):  The Instron 3365 is ideal for tension and/or compression applications. 
  • Moisture analyses.

Next to laboratory analysis we offer the opportunity to arrange and set up pilot tests (small scale) and pilot plants (bigger scale). When working on R&D projects in the feed industry often a choice has to be made between working on lab scale (see Laboratory and Pilot tests) or go straight for full scale factory tests. In all cases, tests can be up-scaled to the desired level.

For example, in order to conduct tests at from intermediary size level, Zetadec works together with Research Diet Services to perform pilot tests.  It is possible to mix complete diets or premixes and to produce small batches of pelleted diets from 5 to 2000 kg.  The mixing and pelleting line consists of (multiple) mixers, pellet press with steam mixer and a belt cooler.

In addition to research diets, it is possible to perform stability tests and homogeneity experiments. This should be interesting for all researches studying the effects of processing conditions on test formulations.