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.

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NIR Spectroscopy and Chemometric surveys, inquiry, polls and assessments (Part 3)


10. NIR in Supply Chain
Where in the supply chain are your NIR instruments located?

11. NIR Usage
How long has your company used NIR spectroscopy?

12. NIR instruments
How many NIR instrument units are in use in your company?

13. NIR Mobile
How much is the mobile hand-held percentage of total NIR devices in your company?

14. Calibration Source
How do you get the NIR Calibrations developed?

15. Calibration Training
How often do the operators get training about NIR Spectroscopy and Chemometrics?

16. NIR PreCalibrations
How many NIR Pre-Calibration, NIR factory calibrations or NIR starter calibrations have you in use?

17. Calibration Spectra
How many Spectra does your quantitative Calibration have in average?

Please vote and see the assessments below.

Part 1, Part 2
NIR in Supply Chain
Where in the supply chain are your NIR instruments located?
NIR Usage
How long has your company used NIR spectroscopy?
NIR instruments
How many NIR instrument units are in use in your company?
NIR Mobile
How much is the mobile hand-held percentage of total NIR devices in your company?
Calibration Source
How do you get the NIR Calibrations developed?
Calibration Training
How often do the operators get training about NIR Spectroscopy and Chemometrics?
NIR PreCalibrations
How many NIR Pre-Calibration, NIR factory calibrations or NIR starter calibrations have you in use?
Calibration Spectra
How many Spectra does your quantitative Calibration have in average?

Part 1, Part 2

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 (Part 2)


5. Calibration Precision
What do you believe, can NIR calibration models be more precise than reference values?

6. Calibration Maintenance
How often do you update your quantitative calibrations per year?

7. Quantitative Calibrations
How many quantitative (%) calibrations do you have in use?

8. Quantitative Parameters
In all your quantitative calibrations, how many parameters (properties) you have in total?

9. Qualitative Calibrations
How many qualitative (identification) calibrations do you have in use?

Please vote and see the assessments below.
Part 1, Part 3
Calibration Precision
What do you believe, can NIR calibration models be more accurate than reference method?
Calibration Maintenance
How often do you update your quantitative calibrations per year?
Quantitative Calibrations
How many quantitative (%) calibrations do you have in use?
Quantitative Parameters
In all your quantitative calibrations, how many parameters (properties) you have in total?
Qualitative Calibrations
How many qualitative (identification) calibrations do you have in use?

Part 1, Part 3

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

Potential usage of NIR analysis and its industry fields of applications

What is typically measured by NIR Analysis? NIR Calibrations are used for the determination of the content of moisture, fat, protein, starch, lactose, fructose, glucose, alcohol, amino acids, oil, sugar, fiber, salt, Brix, caffeine, lysine, ash, gluten, etc. Where is near-infrared spectroscopy analysis used? NIR Analysis used in the industry area of
  • Agriculture
  • Food and Feed
  • Food and Beverages
  • Food and Dairy
  • Malt houses and breweries
  • Milling and Bakery
  • Flour, Grain milling and oils
  • Sugar
  • Feed Ingredients
  • Edible Oils
  • Meats
  • Animal feed
  • Aqua Feed
  • Pet Food and Animal Proteins
  • Dried and Wet Forage
  • Beverage and Biofuels
  • Chemical and Pharma
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Pulp and Paper
  • Petro
  • Oil and Gas
  • Plastics
  • Polymers
  • Textiles
  • Packaging
  • Environmental
  • Forensics
  • Academia
  • Cosmetics
  • Health care

What is a NIR calibration used for?

NIR calibrations are used for NIR contents analysis as a productive analytical method. That is a two step procedure.
  1. A NIR analyzer does a non-destructive optical scan of a sample that yields a measured spectrum in seconds.
  2. A NIR calibration model can quantitatively predict (analyze, determine, estimate) multiple constituents, ingredients, contents, analytes, assay, API and other parameters and attributes (chemical, physical, biological, biochemical, sensory) summarized as properties, out of a single spectrum in milli seconds.
The NIR analysis is a very fast non-destructive analysis method that can replace or backup slower methods like wet chemical analysis, chemistry laboratory, sensory panels or rheology (viscosity). Or a NIR calibration can open the door to new possibilities of analytics, quality assurance and process control, by developing calibration models for parameters that seems to be impossible, because they are based on human knowledge, empirical values or sensory like taste value. If you have an NIR instrument, you can measure your samples systematically and thus develop your own calibration models.

What are pre-developed NIR pre-calibrations?

There are a lot of terms that means the same, pre-calibration or NIR starter calibration or pre-built calibration or pre-installed calibration orcalibration package or pre-developed calibrations or pre-calibrated NIR or global calibrations or nir global calibration package or factory calibrations or universal near-infrared (NIR) calibrations or local calibrations or ready-to-use NIR calibrations or off-the-shelf calibrations or factory-calibrated or pre calculated model or start-up calibrations or calibration equations or prefabricated nir calibrations or calibration library or mathematical model. That are Calibration models that are prepared and developed by a calibration specialist. They have collected a lot of samples over years and measured them with NIR and analyced it with reference methods. The NIR spectra are then calibrated against the reference values. This is called a NIR calibration or calibration model or sometimes calibration curve or calibration equation. Normally a precalibration is delivered as a file that is compatible to the used NIR analysis software. Such a calibration file does not contain the spectra nor the reference values.

So how can that work?

The only thing that is in the file is a description what it is for (e.g. protein in feed) and the chemometric model that is represented and stored as list of vectors and matrices. You can’t visualize them, it’s a black-box file. You have no insight of how the calibration is done, how are the settings, how is the prediction performance. You can not extend the calibration with your data to adjust it to your purpose or specialty. Most often the pre calibration files are protected, so you can use it only with a paid license to your software or even to your instrument serials number. These are some (not well known) limitations you will discover if you got one. But such starter calibrations are very useful to have a fast and easy start with a new NIR spectrometer. That’s the main reason why pre-calibrations are available. The second reason is that a collection of spectra can be reused to build such pre calibrations.

Predicting the future?

Are very old spectra useful to predict the future? To adjust a calibration model with newly collected data, the calibrations grows and contains more and more redundancy. That means there are very similar spectra with the same concentration range. So which spectra can be removed to make the calibration better? You maybe never ask this because often you hear, that the more spectra you put into a model the better it will be. Why to remove some spectra?
  • reduce not needed redundancy
  • makes the calibration smaller and less complex
  • makes the calibration better fit to the current situation of now and the near future
  • remove long past seasonal data if you have natural products because nature is changing
  • and of course bad outliers should be removed

Custom NIR calibrations

Build your own calibrations that perfectly fit to your specific sample matrix of your products and your preferred raw materials from your local suppliers. Nature grows differently depending on the geographical region, by seasons and year by year. As you know that NIR-Spectroscopy is not an absolute method, then you have to think about to calibrate these current changing effects into your models. If you own the spectra and the reference values then your are able to build your own calibration models and re-calibrate them when needed. So you have the full control on Calibration updates (also known as moving models).

Conclusion

A NIR-instrument can only measure NIR spectra. So the usefulness of NIR comes in with calibrations. That is very important to know when buying such an instrument. For a fast start you can use pre-built calibrations. Good reliably calibrations are offered from third party to quite high prices that level is similar to a cheaper NIR-Instrument! To continue successfully it is highly recommended to develop your own customized calibration (multivariate calibration model) with your own data from your own products, especially with the use of natural resources. Therefore you need knowledge about chemometrics and multivariate analysis (MVA), spectroscopy and the software used to get the calibration optimized. It is worthwhile to create your own calibrations, because you can calibrate product characteristics that are not covered by the proposed pre-calibrations.