Opening New Possibilities in Near-Infrared Spectroscopy

Near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy is an optical sensing technique that has been used for decades to measure and test liquids, powders, solids, and gases with great success and accuracy. Because earlier NIR equipment was large and required a lot of power, it was expensive and not utilized in many industries.

Around one and half years ago, Flash...

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The future of photonics markets in China

We started roughly two years ago to investigate Chinese photonics markets to understand the market potential for Spectral Engines OEM sensors. I joined in Spectral Engines at that time. I have to say I was very impressed by the technology from this innovative start-up company already in our first meetings. It was immediately clear for me that...

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When innovation and experience combine

m-u-t AG is positioned as a one stop shop for non-destructive optical measurement, mostly based on spectroscopy. m-u-t AG is on its way to be the leading-edge photonics consortium in Europe and consists of six companies that are fully or partly owned by the m-u-t group; m-u-t GmbH, APOS, Avantes, tec5, LayTec and now, last but not least,...

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How counterfeit medication is infesting the drug market

We are surrounded by all things fake these days. The top 5 of counterfeit goods include medicine, electronics, clothing, multimedia products and food. A while ago I witnessed with my own eyes a forged Gibson-guitar and a bunch of fake Ray-Ban sunglasses. Even though the fact that these products are fake is extremely annoying and they cost large...

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MEMS and the future of material scanners

In the future, material scanners need expertise from silicon to cloud.

Not so long ago, in late 2006 to be exact, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) came into many people’s lives without them actually noticing it. The MEMS-based device that made its way into our homes was called Nintendo Wii, and even though it was a huge success, most...

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How to Build Artificial Intelligence Applications Cost Effectively

It has been difficult to avoid hearing stories how artificial intelligence will change many industries in the next coming 5-10 years. There has been a lot of buzz around artificial intelligence, but when will we get something more than just chat bots and computers playing games? Could I do something with it, even if my company is not one of the...

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My passionate vision of miniaturized spectral sensors for the next industrial revolution

Semiconductor devices have been at the center of my attention ever since I became aware of them at school in the late 1980’s. This passion has stayed with me since then. After my studies, I had the privilege of working in leading-edge sensor and automation companies like Festo and Burkert. This is where I started to see the future revolution of...

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How sensors save Christmas (and year 2018)

It’s our favorite time of the year, the Christmas holiday season! All the good things are already well on their way: the smell of cooking Christmas foods, the warmth of a fireplace, the joyful ornaments on the Christmas tree… This year has been a triumphant one for us as a company, and with a little help from our sensors, I think that this...

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From Farm to Fork – sensor technology will change the future of nutrition

“How do we ensure there’s enough food for everyone in the future?”

This is a highly relevant question that deserves serious consideration from all of humankind. According to a prediction by the UN, the global population will reach approximately 8.6 billion by 2030 and a staggering 9.8 billion by 2050. The annual rate of population growth is...

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Full speed ahead towards the future – how photonics is changing our world

This fall, we have been writing the history of our young company. You might wonder why we wanted to write the story of a company founded in 2014, when the major steps in its development are yet to come. But that’s exactly why we wanted to do it. We aim to play a significant role in building the future, which is why we wanted to approach the...

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