A new generation of spectrometers is heralding exciting advances in industrial process control. Applicable to a broad range of material analysis applications, these increasingly small devices enable the introduction of quality checkpoints deeper into the manufacturing environment. Benefitting from the convergence of computing and micro-optics, in-line material analytics is now a reality, providing instant validation and process alert at key points in the production flow.
One of the key areas where this smart tech is revolutionizing operations is the use of NIR spectroscopy in the manufacturing industry. Considered a gold standard, NIR spectroscopy has been in use for decades to perform rapid, non-destructive material analyses across the manufacturing, agriculture, pharmaceutical and food industries. But in essence, not a lot has changed in the basic design of standard lab-based bench-top or portable spectrometers – they are expensive, bulky, labor intensive and require skilled operators. Until now that is.
The flagship of new-generation spectrometers is the award-winning SCiO, the world’s first lab-grade molecular sensor that actually fits in the palm of your hand. Created by our team at Consumer Physics labs, SCiO is as capable as a standard bench-top laboratory spectrometer, only miniaturized to be far smaller. Using multiple patented technologies, combined with powerful cloud-based machine learning analytics, SCiO allows any user – expert and non-expert – to perform fast, reliable, non-destructive material analysis whenever, and wherever they need them. Now manufacturers can simultaneously control and monitor manufacturing processes and product quality at any point in the production cycle, assuring that final product specifications and quality standards are met. Tasks that were previously available only through a lab, or with large, extremely expensive and labor intensive spectrometers, can now be performed on and off site at any point of the manufacturing process allowing the production and processing steps to be controlled and optimized.
Robust, affordable and extremely portable, SCiO implementation translates into significant cost savings. It enables the analyses of materials and processes to be performed directly where needed, in shipping containers, on materials transported in hoppers, drums, IBCs, transport and conveyor lines. Testing and evaluation can be easily performed at critical points of the manufacturing process, providing rapid comprehensive online and inline monitoring. SCiO provides a powerful analytical tool that leads the trend away from final checks and towards real-time process analysis and control.
SCiO’s ease of use and affordability allows manufacturers to streamline the process by providing multiple staff members, expert and non-expert, with a reliable materials validation tool, reducing the potential for human error and ensuring the use of the right materials during all stages of the production process. As another great benefit, analyses require no sample preparation or manipulation with hazardous chemicals, solvents, or reagents and results are returned in seconds. SCiO is the perfect combination of revolutionary micro-technology and powerful cloud computing. Join the revolution and learn more about how SCiO can provide real time analysis, improve operations and reduce costs by contacting us.