Viavi Solutions have introduced the MicroNIR PAT-Ux, the newest addition to the MicroNIR family of miniature NIR spectrometers. Like its companion MicroNIR PAT instrument, the PAT-Ux enables real-time monitoring of drying, blending and granulation/tableting operations. The MicroNIR PAT-Ux is ATEX, NEC and IECEx certified for chemical, agriculture, food and feed applications. Derived from the popular MicroNIR PAT-U (designed for ordinary locations), the PAT-Ux is initially being deployed to monitor fluid bed drying in pharmaceutical manufacturing, flour analysis and processing, and explosives manufacturing. The instrument kit includes the MicroNIR Pro software suite, a complete and easy-to-use chemometric modelling package that enables customers to build their own solutions.