Digitization in the field of NIR spectroscopy (smart sensors)

Digitalization is advancing, also in NIR spectroscopy, which enables trainable miniature smart sensors e.g. for analyses in the food&feed, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors.

The calibration is the core of a NIR spectroscopy sensor, it enables the numerous applications and should therefore not be the weakest link in the measurement chain.

The development of calibrations that turn NIR spectrometers into smart sensors is done manually by experts (NIR specialist, chemometrician, data scientist) with so-called chemometrics software.

This is very time-consuming (time to market) and the result is person-dependent and thus suboptimal, because each expert has his own preferred way of proceeding. In addition, the calibrations have to be maintained, as new data has been collected in the meantime, which can be used to extend and improve the calibrations.

This is where our automated service comes in, combining the knowledge and good practices of NIR spectroscopy and chemometrics collected in one software and using machine learning to generate optimal calibrations.

Based on this, we have developed a complete technology platform (Time to Market) that covers the entire process from sending NIR + Lab data, to NIR Calibration as a Service, from online purchase of calibrations, to NIR Predictor software that directly evaluates newly measured NIR data locally and generates result reports.

Besides the free desktop version with user interface, the NIR Predictor can also be integrated (OEM). This can be integrated in parallel as a complement to your current Predictor, allowing the user to choose how they want to calibrate. And give them the advantage in NIR feasibility studies and NIR spectrometer evaluations to quickly provide the customer with a solid and accurate calibration that will make their NIR system deliver better results.

Advantages for your NIR users (internal or external)
  • no initial costs (no chemometrics software license required),
  • calculable operating costs (fixed amount instead of time and hourly rate) (calibration development, calibration maintenance)
  • easy to use (no chemometrics and software training),
  • quicker to use (no calibration development work) and
  • better calibrations (precision, accuracy, robustness, …)

Our chargeable service is based on the calibration development and the annual calibration use. Calibration development and calibration use can also be carried out separately (manufacturer / user).

For you as a spectrometer manufacturer, this means that you can deliver your system pre-calibrated for certain applications without incurring software license costs. And without your application specialists having to provide additional calibration services.

The unique advantages of our calibration service together with the free NIR Predictor are:
  • no software license costs (chemometrics software, predictor software, OEM integration)
  • no chemometrics know-how necessary
  • no time needed to develop optimal NIR calibrations.

If interested in using/evaluating the service :

About CalibrationModel.com : Time and knowledge intensive creation and optimization of chemometric evaluation methods for spectrometers as a service to enable more accurate analysis and measurement results.

see also

Paradigm Change in NIR

Five Mistakes to avoid on Digitalization in NIR

NIR – Total cost of ownership (TCO)

OEM / White Label Software

White Paper

Spectroscopy and Chemometrics News Weekly #41, 2020

NIR Calibration-Model Services

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Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS)

“Comparison of four mobile, non‐invasive diagnostic techniques for differentiating glass types in historical leaded windows: MA‐XRF, UV–Vis–NIR, Raman …” LINK

“NIR associated to PLS and SVM for fast and non-destructive determination of C, N, P, and K contents in poultry litter” LINK

“Feasibility of FT-NIR spectroscopy and Vis/NIR hyperspectral imaging for sorting unsound chestnuts” LINK

“Estimating purple-soil moisture content using Vis-NIR spectroscopy” | LINK

Infrared Spectroscopy (IR) and Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR)

“Classification approaches for sorting maize (Zea mays subsp. mays) haploids using single‐kernel near‐infrared spectroscopy” LINK

“Near Infrared and Aquaphotomic analysis of water absorption in lactate containing media” LINK

“Classification of Imbalanced Near-infrared Spectroscopy Data” LINK

“Meat freshness revealed by visible to near-infrared spectroscopy and principal component analysis” LINK

“Measurement of the diffusion coefficient and hydrogen bonds of water in a dry-protective solution by microscopic near-infrared spectroscopy” LINK

“Authentication of Antibiotics Using Portable Near-Infrared Spectroscopy and Multivariate Data Analysis” LINK

“Infrared spectroscopy approaches support soil organic carbon estimations to evaluate land degradation” LINK

“Assessment of some wood properties by near infrared spectroscopy” LINK

“Impact of spectroscopic information on total column water vapor retrieval in the near-infrared spectral region” LINK

“Prediction of intramuscular fat in lamb by visible and near-infrared spectroscopy in an abattoir environment” LINK

Raman Spectroscopy

“Principal Component Regression for Forensic Age Determination Using the Raman Spectra of Teeth” LINK

Hyperspectral Imaging (HSI)

“Rapid and nondestructive evaluation of hygroscopic behavior changes of thermally modified softwood and hardwood samples using near-infrared hyperspectral imaging (NIR-HSI)” LINK

“Differentiation of Environmental Bacteria Using Hyperspectral Imaging Technology And Multivariate Analysis” LINK

Chemometrics and Machine Learning

“Comprehensive chemometric classification of snack products based on their near infrared spectra” LINK

“Adulteration detection of corn oil, rapeseed oil and sunflower oil in camellia oil by in situ diffuse reflectance near-infrared spectroscopy and chemometrics” LINK

“Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Coupled Chemometric Algorithms for Rapid Origin Identification and Lipid Content Detection of Pinus Koraiensis Seeds” Sensors LINK

“Application of Generative Adversarial Network for the Prediction of Gasoline Properties” LINK

“Near Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy Coupled to Chemometrics as a Cost-Effective, Rapid and Non-Destructive Tool for Fish Fraud Control: Monitoring Source …” LINK

“Using chemometrics to characterise and unravel the near infra-red spectral changes induced in aubergine fruit by chilling injury as influenced by storage time and …” LINK

Equipment for Spectroscopy

“Water as a probe to understand the traditional Chinese medicine extraction process with near infrared spectroscopy: a case of Danshen (Salvia miltiorrhiza Bge) …” LINK

Process Control and NIR Sensors

“Sample Mass Estimate for the Use of Near-Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy to Monitor Content Uniformity in a Tablet Press Feed Frame of a Drug Product Continuous Manufacturing Process” LINK

Environment NIR-Spectroscopy Application


“Metabolomics approaches for analysing effects of geographic and environmental factors on the variation of root essential oils of Ferula assa-foetida L.” LINK

Agriculture NIR-Spectroscopy Usage

“Principles and Applications of Vibrational Spectroscopic Imaging in Plant Science: A Review.” LINK

Food & Feed Industry NIR Usage

“Multi-block classification of chocolate and cocoa samples into sensory poles” LINK

Pharma Industry NIR Usage

“Rapid quantification of active pharmaceutical ingredient for sugar-free Yangwei granules in commercial production using FT-NIR spectroscopy based on machine …” LINK

Laboratory and NIR-Spectroscopy

“Resin and volatile content of melamine-impregnated paper assessed by near infrared spectroscopy, a simulation of the industrial process using a laboratory-scale …” | LINK


“Development of an automatic sorting robot for construction and demolition waste” LINK


“Polymer types ingested by northern fulmars (Fulmarus glacialis) and southern hemisphere relatives.” LINK

“High-sensitive spectroscopy for remote sensing of concrete structures” LINK