Cost comparision / Price comparison of Chemometrics / Machine Learning / Data Science for NIR-Spectroscopy (CM) versus Others

Costs are not everything, there are other important factors listed in the table.

CM fix € pricing Others € Price Range (approx.)
Chemometric Package not‑needed
3500 – 6500 per user
Chemometric Predictor
1500 – 2500 per NIR device
Chemometric Training not‑needed
1500 – 2500 per user
Chemometrician* Salary not‑needed
1 years Salary / year
(+ risk of Employee Turnover)
Powerful Computer (many Processors, lot of RAM for big data) not‑needed
1500 – 4500 per computer
Development and Usage
fix price
Development of a Calibration
80 – 150 / hour
of Chemometrician* using a Chemometric Software (click and wait) and applying it’s knowledge
Usage of a Calibration
299 / year
Total 598 in first year
299 in second year
initial (min 8000 , max 15500)
+ 2 * (2 – 4)(hour to cost same! as CM service) * (80 – 150) Chemometrician* work
no initial cost
very high initial costs
no personnel cost
high personnel* costs
constant CM services
risk of Employee Turnover
global knowledge
risk of only use personal knowledge
easy to calculate fix cost on demand
difficult to calculate variable cost on demand plus Chemometrician* Recruitment needed
Results :
calibration prediction performance
always reproducible highly optimized
only as good as your Chemometrician* daily condition
better prediction performance, due to best-of 10’000x calibrations
small size of experiments, non-optimal calibrations

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*) Personnel / Chemometrician / Data Scientist / Data Analyst / Machine Learning Engineer : We are not against it, we are one of them a long time ago, but the way the work is done is changing (see below).

2019 Digitalization and the Future of Work: Macroeconomic Consequences
2019 The Digitalization of the American Workforce
2017 Digitalization and the American workforce , full-report

Spectroscopy and Chemometrics News Weekly #32, 2019

Spectroscopy and Chemometrics News Weekly 31, 2019 | NIRS NIR Spectroscopy Chemometrics Spectrometer Spectrometric Analytical Chemistry Chemical Analysis Lab Labs Laboratories Laboratory Software Sensors QA QC Testing Quality Checking LINK

Spektroskopie und Chemometrie Neuigkeiten Wöchentlich 31, 2019 | NIRS NIR Spektroskopie Chemometrie Spektrometer Sensor Nahinfrarot Chemie Analytik Analysengeräte Analysemethode Nahinfrarotspektroskopie Laboranalyse Qualitätslabor LINK

Spettroscopia e Chemiometria Weekly News 31, 2019 | NIRS NIR Spettroscopia Chemiometria analisi chimica Spettrale Spettrometro Chem Sensore analitica Laboratorio analisi prova qualità Analysesystem prediction models Calibrazione LINK


“Near infrared spectroscopic investigation of lipid oxidation in model solid food systems” LINK

Rapid quantification of the adulteration of fresh coconut water by dilution and sugars using Raman spectroscopy and chemometrics, published in Food Chemistry, is now OpenAccess via LINK

“Recent Progress in Rapid Analyses of Vitamins, Phenolic, and Volatile Compounds in Foods Using Vibrational Spectroscopy Combined with Chemometrics: a Review” LINK

” Beef Tenderness Prediction by a Combination of Statistical Methods: Chemometrics and Supervised Learning to Manage Integrative Farm-To-Meat Continuum Data” Foods LINK

“P-Wave VisibleShortwaveNear-Infrared (Vis-SW-NIR) Detection System for the Prediction of Soluble Solids Content and Firmness on Wax Apples” LINK

“Model development for soluble solids and lycopene contents of cherry tomato at different temperatures using near-infrared spectroscopy” LINK

Near Infrared

“Preliminary Assessment of Visible, Near-Infrared, and Short-Wavelength-Infrared Spectroscopy with a Portable Instrument for the Detection of Staphylococcus aureus Biofilms on Surfaces.” LINK

” Inline monitoring of powder blend homogeneity in continuous drug manufacture using near infrared spectroscopy” LINK

“Nondestructive real-time assessment of sausage quality based on visible-near infrared spectrographic technique” LINK

“Lipid oxidation degree of pork meat during frozen storage investigated by near-infrared hyperspectral imaging: Effect of ice crystal growth and distribution” LINK

“High prevalence of cholesterol-rich atherosclerotic lesions in ancient mummies: A near-infrared spectroscopy study” LINK

“Application of Infrared Spectroscopy for Functional Compounds Evaluation in Olive Oil: A Current Snapshot” LINK

“Towards online Near-Infrared spectroscopy to optimise food product mixing” LINK


“Estimation of chlorophyll content in intertidal mangrove leaves with different thicknesses using hyperspectral data” LINK

“Snapshot Multispectral and Hyperspectral Data Processing for Estimating Food Quality Parameters” LINK


“Field Spectroscopy: A Non-Destructive Technique for Estimating Water Status in Vineyards” LINK

“Optical detection of contamination event in water distribution system using online Bayesian method with UVVis spectrometry” LINK


“GrassQ-A holistic precision grass measurement and analysis system to optimize pasture based livestock production” LINK

“Monitoring of Nitrogen and Grain Protein Content in Winter Wheat Based on Sentinel-2A Data” Remote Sensing LINK

“Identification and characterization of a fast-neutron-induced mutant with elevated seed protein content in soybean.” LINK

“Sensors, Vol. 19, Pages 3147: NIR Hyperspectral Imaging Technology Combined with Multivariate Methods to Study the Residues of Different Concentrations of Omethoate on Wheat Grain Surface” LINK

Food & Feed

“Multi-target Prediction of wheat flour quality parameters with near infrared spectroscopy” LINK


” Spectroscopic determination of leaf chlorophyll content and color for genetic selection on Sassafras tzumu” LINK

Record-breaking new analytical method for fingerprinting petroleum and other complex mixtures LINK

A record-breaking 244,779 molecular compositions within a sample of petroleum have been assigned using a powerful method of analysing and ‘fingerprinting’ chemical mixtures developed by at . Read more: LINK

“Optical properties of living corals determined with diffuse reflectance spectroscopy” LINK