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ASD has introduced the next generation of their FieldSpec line of spectro­radiometers.

Next Instruments has released the new CropScan 3000B Whole Grain Analyser.

Hellma Analytics’ new UV/Vis/NIR optical immersion probe has been designed to meet the requirements for 3-A certification.

Ocean Optics has introduced a line of accessories for dynamic sampling

tecSaaS from tec5 is a modular platform based on UV/vis/NIR spectroscopy for implementing stand-alone sensors with embedded processing for industrial or mobile applications.

In the Tony Davies Column, we learn about “Automated detection of counterfeit drugs using multimodal spectroscopy and advanced web-based software platforms”. With the increase in trafficking of counterfeit medicines and other products, there is a need for definitive results from an on-site analyser useable by customs officers. The German authorities have commissioned the development of a multi-modal, transportable inspection system, including intelligent data processing and evaluation, for fast spectroscopic recognition of illicit drugs and counterfeit medicines. This is described in the column.

In initial tests, a novel near infrared spectroscopy device assesses shock severity as accurately as a standard blood sample, without a single needle prick.


B&W Tek


Fully integrated NIR spectrometer and light source the size of a computer mouse. Covers the range 1300–2200 nm (although customisation of this is available) with a spectral resolution of 10 nm. It is powered via a USB port, although an embedded battery is available as is W-Fi or Bluetooth data transfer. Software is provided for qualitative and quantitative analysis.



Process version of this miniature NIR spectrometer with IP 65 housing; 950–1650 nm or 1150–2150 nm versions. Easily connected to process control systems and multiple instruments can be networked. Integrated lithium ion battery provides ~8 h run time; weight < 1.4kg.

MicroNIR Pro 2200 ES

Extended spectral range version from 1150 nm to 2150 nm. Does not require fibre optics. Has a user-friendly interface, offering real-time prediction and model-building software.


NeoSpectra SWS62221

OEM FT-NIR spectral sensors built using MEMS technology that produces a monolithic Michelson interferometer. Available in three different versions covering 1250–1700 nm, 1300–2100 nm and 1350–2500 nm. A standard FCPC/SMA connector provides optical connection and a mini USB port data communication and power. Evaluation kits of the sensor and software are available.

Texas Instruments

DLP Chipset

Consists of the DLP2010NIR digital micromirror device, DLPA2005 integrated power management and DLPC150 controller, designed for hand-held NIR sensing applications using the 700–2500 nm wavelength range. The Nano evaluation module pairs with the chipset using Bluetooth and enables developers to prototype ultramobile spectrometers.

AusScan Online,a new online platform,has been launched enabling users to upload spectra files to the website and run calibrations online.

Bruker Optics have introduced ONET, a server application accessed via a browser-based web interface allowing the set-up, administration and control of a network of FT-NIR instruments from a central location.

This is Tony’s last column for Spectroscopy Europe. It is explores an idea that he has been developing for over 30 years, although as Tony points out the story starts around 3500 years ago.

NSG Precision Cells has introduced “Superband Standards.

Sensortech Systems has introduced the NIR 6000 series for use in a wide range of industries, product types, manufacturing environments and process locations

Horiba Scientific has launched their Syncerity back-illuminated, deep-cooled CCD camera with an NIR-enhanced 2048 × 70 sensor; it is designed for companies requiring an affordable OEM camera for vis-NIR spectroscopy applications.

The analysis of turbid samples is increasingly important, not least due to their widespread occurrence in natural samples. Dmitry Khoptyar, Sören Johansson, Staffan Strömblad and Stefan Andersson-Engels show “Broadband photon time-of-flight spectroscopy as a prospective tool in biomedicine and industrial process and quality control”. The authors describe their recent development of a broadband spectrometer for evaluation of absorption and scattering spectra of very diverse turbid materials in the visible and close-near infrared (NIR) regions and its application with milk, cheese and paper samples.




FT-NIR analyser for polyols and derivatives. Has pre-loaded calibration models for immediate OH value determination. Additional custom calibrations can be developed for parameters such as iodine value, acid value, saponification number, amine content, isocyanate content and TDI isomer ratio.

Axiom Analytical

FCP-020 Probes

Robust NIR spectroscopic probes for continuous online analysis of hydrocarbon process streams. They are intended to be used in pairs in conjunction with standard Swagelock fittings for incorporation into existing process lines with little or no modification. The optical pathlength is determined both by the design of the probes and the particular Swagelock fitting.



A transportable, bench-top vis/NIR spectrometer with an active-trigger fibre-optic probe and transmittance sampling accessory. It covers wavelength ranges from 44 nm to1700 nm and uses volume phase gratings as the spectral dispersion element.

Bruins Instruments


Tester for olives, that can also check olive texture to determine how much they can be pressed.


Another of Bruins’ dedicated analysers for wine, beer, liquids and gels based on their double-beam NIR analyser platform.


NIR 1.7 Microspectrometer

A small, monolithic microspectrometer module for use in analytical and diagnostic hand-held devices, offering mechanical, optical and thermal stability. Spectral range is 900–1700 nm with detection by a 128-element InGaAs array. Also available as an OEM System and an Evaluation System.


MicroNIR Pro

New version of the MicroNIR product line now IP65 water/dust resistant. A new software platform has been developed for data acquisition, model development and real-time prediction, which is also compliant with regulatory requirements such as 21 CFR Part 11.


Infralum FT-12 and FT-40

NIR analysers for grain quality parameters including protein, moisture, gluten content and vitreousness, as well as determination of oil content, protein and other parameters in cereal grains and oilseeds, and processed products. Both have a spectral range of 760–1150 nm; the FT-12 has a sample volume of 50 mL and the FT-40 one of 500 mL.



Portable, field hardened UV/vis/NIR analyser with spectral range from 350 nm to 2500 nm. Applications in minerals and mining as well as other fields. Extensive, user-customisable libraries for minerals or compounds.



Hand-held NIR analyser with spectral range of 920–1680 nm for analysis of solids and liquids. Battery life is 6–8 h and WiFi can connect it to a base station PC. Dimensions are 230 × 80 × 42 mm and it weighs 1.1 kg.

Texas Instruments

DLP 0.45 WXGA NIR Chipset

Miniature “light steering solution” based on a MEMS device that with over 1 million miniature mirrors (912 × 1140 array) that can select specific wavelengths to be passed to a single-point detector. Optimised for 700–2500 light. Advantages include higher wavelength resolution, greater detector area and light capture efficiency than array detectors, scans in less than 0.5 s due to high signal-to-noise ratio.


An evaluation module based on the DLP 0.45 WXGA NIR Chipset containing everything needed to start developing a DLP-based spectrometer. Includes 1350–2450 nm wavelength range, >30,000 : 1 signal-to-noise ratio for <1 s measurements, single-element Extended InGaAs detector, transmittance sampling module including halogen lamp and embedded Linux operating system.



Ruggedised portable NIR octane/cetane analyser and fuel testing kit. Contained within a mil spec case and with shock mounted components. Automatic fuel selection enables the detection of the type of fuel being analysed and reduces operator error. An optional GPS locator can document and verify the time and location of each analysis.


SpectraAlyzer Wine & Spirits

Analyser to determine the main quality parameters, i.e. for wine: ethanol, tot. sugars, tot. acidity, pH, organic acids and optical density, and others within 45 s. The rugged construction and optical sample/reference setup provides reliable operation in environments with fluctuating temperatures, vibration and dust.

Tony (A.M.C.) Davies looks at Multiple Linear Regression (MLR) this issue, as well as expressing his opinions about Principal Components Regression (PCR) and Partial Least-Squares (PLS).

Curtis Marcott, Tadashi Awatani, Jiping Ye, David Gerrard, Michael Lo and Kevin Kjoller give us a “Review of nanoscale infrared spectroscopy applications to energy related materials”. Fuel cells, photovoltaics and specialised polymers for fracking are all considered.

Report on the The Seventh International Conference of Advanced Vibrational Spectroscopy (ICAVS-7) held in Kobe, Japan.

Tony (A.M.C.) continues down the last furlong of his series of Tony Davies Column articles. This issue, he considers principal component analysis (PCA). Using research recently published in the Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy, he explains that PCA is a very useful tool but it will not solve all our problems. Two old articles on PCA, including Tony’s concept of the “Data Cake” have been added to the website, are referenced in Tony’s article and can be freely downloaded by readers.