NIR Calibration Modeling (Part 2)

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All the below categories are implemented by using multiple different algorithms and formulas which leads to many different calibrations.

Steps in modeling
  • Data Cleaning – (bad data, missing values, duplicate elimination, spectral quality / intensity / noise, input value typing errors, …)
  • Initial Calibration set up – selection of calibration, validation and test samples
  • Wavelengths selection
  • Data preprocessing, pretreatments
  • Method calculation
  • Choosing the number of Principal Components / Latent Variables
  • Validation of calibration model / Statistics of performance – (accuracy, precision, linearity, repeatability, range, distribution, robustness / stability, sensitivity, simplicity, etc.)
  • Outlier examination and removal

The problem of choosing the optimal number of factors to find the optimum between underfitting and overfitting is solved by having multiple methods and protocols implemented leading to multiple calibrations.

The evaluation and the selection of the best calibration is based on many individual statistical values including the most popular RMSEP, SEP, Bias, SEC, R2 and PCs etc.

Results and Reporting

A detailed calibration report is provided detailing the best available calibration containing all calibration parameter settings and statistics of prediction performance of the calibration set, the validation set and the test set. A visual expression of the calibration is provided with the most importance plots.

Our service works with any quantitative NIR spectra data set in the standard JCAMP-DX format and uses mainly PLS and PCR to be compatible with other chemometric calibration software.

Summary of the NIR Chemometric survey polls

Summary of the NIR Chemometric survey polls (as of end of Sept. 2013)

The interesting finding is that most of the answers fit the following pattern. The most companies that use NIR have one NIR Instrument and only one employee that is able to develop NIR calibrations. For that the most common off-the-shelf chemometrics program is used and spent 2 hours or over a month and therefore gets no calibration training about the complex topics like Chemometrics and NIR Spectroscopy or only once (introduction). The calibration maintenance ranges from never to 3 times a year. Interestingly, there was no one who uses portable NIR instruments. We continue our surveys, for the discovery of new trends. Conclusion Seeing this picture, we think that there is huge potential to improve the calibrations. Advanced knowledge can help individuals to build the calibrations with best practices and improve their models accuracy and reliability. Once the decision and investment in NIR technology is done, you should get the best out of your data, because this extra NIR performance can be given by calibration optimization. We offer this as an easy to use and independent service.

Customized NIR Calibrations

Increase Your Profit with optimized NIR Accuracy

We help you to find the optimal settings for higher NIR accuracy and reliability.

You can build your own custom NIR calibration model with this valuable settings.

We offer a quantitative NIR Calibration development and optimization service.

New: White Paper about the details, what’s behind.

Improve NIR Measurement Accuracy

  • going closer to your product specification limits and maximize profitability
  • optimizing your models yield to process optimization and optimizing productivity
  • compete against other NIR vendors in a feasibility study (NIR salesman)

Easy to use

  • compatible with any NIR vendor
  • no installation, no learning
  • quantitative NIR Calibration Development as a Service


  • help users avoid common pitfalls of method development
  • before you validate and approve your solution for use in production process:
    • check if a better calibration can be found,
    • compare your calibration with other experts solutions.


  • no cumbersome trial-and-error modeling steps
  • calculation time is spent on our high performance infrastructure
  • fast results, developed calibrations within days

Fix price

  • fix costs, depends only on data size (not hourly rate for service)
  • huge saving in method development costs
  • easy to plan
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NIR Calibration Modeling

The majority of NIR calibrations are generated using a small number of different parameter settings and all too often are restricted to the time a user has available, their spectroscopic and chemometric knowledge and their ability (tedious use of the software) to choose and combine all the possible parameter settings required for good calibrations.

There are many published standards and guidelines (protocols) available for developing NIR calibrations from Standards Consortium such as ASTM, EMEA, ICH, IUPAC, ISO, USP, PASG etc. as well as many good recommendations and guidelines found in various textbooks and papers.

The difficulty with so many ‘Protocols’ for the NIR user is to have them all available and in their thought processes during calibration work and in addition to execute, check and challenge all calibrations generated manually. This is time consuming and sometimes boring repetitive work.

To simplify this for the person generating the NIR Calibrations, we have collected the good practices protocols and integrated them into our service that automates the calibration building and evaluation procedures.

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NIR Spectroscopy and Chemometric surveys, polls and assessments

1. Calibration Developers
How many persons in your company are able to develop a NIR Calibration?

2. Calibration Development
How much time do you spend to develop a calibration model?

3. Chemometric Software / Spectroscopy Software
Which Chemometric Software are you using for NIR?

4. NIR Spectrometer Brand
Which NIR Spectrometer Brand do you use?

Please vote and see the assessments below.

Part 2, Part 3
Calibration Developers
How many persons in your company are able to develop a NIR Calibration?
Calibration Development
How much time do you spend to develop a calibration model?
Chemometric Software
Which Chemometric Software are you using for NIR?
NIR Spectrometer Brand
Which NIR Spectrometer Brand do you use?

Part 2, Part 3

NIR Chemometric Software

We develop the NIR calibration models with a manufacturer independent chemometrics software mainly with the widely used and proven methods of PLS and PCR, and supports all common data pretreatments. So with every manufacturer specific chemometric software the model can be used.

This are lists of compatible chemometric software packages:

Chemometric software as a service

Chemometric software bundled with NIR-Spectrometers *

Standalone Chemometric software packages *

*) Disclaimer: We have no affiliation with any of these sites or their companies.

Chemometric Software
Which Chemometric Software are you using for NIR?


The NIR Calibration service offers the following benefit: Saving money
  • Improving the accuracy and reliability of already used NIR calibration models have high potential in various manufacturing processes as well as in quality assurance.
  • increased accuracy of analysis => better control of the production process => optimum process flow => better quality => less waste => more throughput.
  • quick and inexpensive to create professional NIR calibration models.
  • relief of their own staff
Time savings
  • for data cleaning (increasing data quality) – missing data, outlier search, wrong data (conflicting information), outlier removal
  • for the search for the optimal NIR model parameter settings (calibration set, wavelength selection, data pretreatments, factor selection)
  • for the calculation of different variations of the model
  • for the validation, evaluation and selection of the optimal model (error, SEP, RMSEP, RMSEC, RPD, fit, R2, bias, slope, …)
  • time-consuming calculation of huge calibration models
  • no long trial and error and waiting in the used NIR software until the calibrations seems to work
NIR analytical accuracy
  • higher reliability due to accuracy and robustness of NIR calibration models
  • the possibility of comparison with your own created or already existing or purchased NIR calibrations
  • what performance increase of analytical accuracy is possible
  • improvement of robustness with respect to change of the product matrix and possible instruments drift
Professional NIR calibration models
  • decades of experience in chemometrics for NIR spectroscopy
  • based on theoretical and applied good practice and know-how
  • application of various guidelines and rules
  • application of vendor-independent NIR chemometric software
  • outsourcing of NIR calibration method development and calibration equation maintenance
  • improving the robustness of NIR prediction model
  • avoid traps and pitfalls of the complicated chemometrics
Detailed results
  • The service provides optimal calibration settings for your NIR data.
  • You get full insight into the NIR calibration, as it is produced and detailed statistical values as a performance index assisted with graphics.

NIR Calibration Service

Services and software for data analysis and analytical modeling for spectroscopy.

This NIR calibration service provides the custom development of optimal quantitative NIR calibration models based on your collected NIR and reference data for vendor independent full range NIR spectrometer analyzers (NIR = Near Infra Red spectroscopy) based on chemometric multivariate methods like Partial Least Square Regression (PLS, PLSR) and Principal Component Regression (PCR).

The key points

The NIR calibration model is decisive for the analysis accuracy.

NIR analysis results make the difference.

Near-Infrared Data Modeling Calibration Service

The problems

Imagine how many publications and literature of NIR spectroscopy (JNIRS) and chemometrics (Journal of Chemometrics) is present.

Did you find the time for the right to designate to read, to study, to incorporate them into practice? Do you have all this knowledge at your calibration developments always present, that you consider anything important, the statistical results, interpret them correctly, analyze the graphs accurately and apply all the tips & tricks of optimizing correctly?

We have the solution for you!

We’ll help you to create and optimize your calibrations. You retain complete control. You have your calibration, with our help, himself under control.

You can view the complete calibration of all the settings down to the smallest detail precisely documented and visualized.

You can also make any changes in the settings. This means you remain independent and have the control in your hand.

We will help you for the time-consuming and knowledge-intensive part. You get the best calibration solution and decide for yourself

Try it and see for yourself