Process spectroscopy market

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According to a report (RG-228R The Process Spectroscopy Market) from Business Communications Company, the worldwide market for process spectroscopy instrumentation is expected to grow from $178 million in 2004 to $232 million in 2009, an average growth rate of 5.4%.

NIR is expected to constitute the largest part of the market in 2009, with sales of $71 million due to the impact of the PAT initiative. The highest growth rate is expected among Raman spectrometers, with an average of 8% over the period. Raman is expected to be validated as a PAT technique, helping its growth.

Several trends are seen to influence the market. There is an increasing tendency for UV and visible systems manufacturers to develop cheaper, more portable versions of their high-end systems in response to competition from miniature spectrometers. Development of low-cost Raman devices is seen as well. NIR and FT instruments do not see significant competition from portable devices, and high-end systems, particularly in the NIR, continue to dominate many process markets.

New technologies, however, have the potential to change that situation. Micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS) technology offers the potential to make a “spectrometer on a chip” and are expected to become a viable option for process monitoring, if not during the forecast period, then shortly after. Acousto-optic tunable filters (AOTFs) are being produced commercially and used in NIR systems selling in the $45,000 range. Both of these are seen as indicators that the process spectroscopy market 10 years from now may be significantly different from today’s market, with cheaper and more portable systems operating in many manufacturing applications.


20th anniversary for ISIS

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ISIS is the world’s brightest pulsed neutron and muon source; it is located at the UK Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford. ISIS first produced neutrons on 16 December 1984, and last December was the 20th anniversary of this event.


E-seminars from Agilent

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Agilent Technologies is running a series of free, 60 minute, e-Seminars on homeland security and forensics.

Andor floats on the London AIM

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Andor Technology has floated on the London AIM market valuing the company at £23 million when shares started trading. They have also moved into a new 4600 m2 £6 million purpose-built facility.

Astranet appointed UK and European distributor for Headwall Photonics

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AstraNet Systems has been appointed as UK and European distributors for Headwall Photonics (formerly known as American Holographics). This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,

Axun to help develop new spectroscopic device with General Electric

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Axsun Technologies has signed an agreement with a unit of General Electric to help develop a new type of rugged hand-held spectrosocpic device.

New website for Electron Tubes

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Electron Tubes has a new website.

Horiba Jobin Yvon to run a series of 1-day seminars

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Horiba Jobin Yvon are running a series of seminars in more than 20 cities across Europe. Beginning in February, a free one-day seminar on Elemental Analysis will be held.

NIR Diagnostics submit a blood monitor for regulatory approval

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NIR Diagnostics has made a submission to the US FDA for regulatory approval for their HemoNIR blood monitor that measures the ability of a person’s blood to carry oxygen. The company are also developing the CardioNIR (chlolesterol) and GlucoNIR (glucose).

National Measurement award for Oxford nanoScience and Oxford University

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Oxford nanoScience and Oxford University Materials Department have jointly won the 2004 National Measurement Award for the development and successful commercial-isation of the 3-Dimensional Atom Probe.

Pro-Lite win Dealer Sales Excellence award

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Pro-Lite Technology has been presented with Labsphere’s 2004 Dealer Sales Excellence Award.

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