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 #45, 2019

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NIR User? Get better results faster | Food Science QC Lab Laboratory Manager chemist LabWork Chemie analytik LINK

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Spectroscopy and Chemometrics News Weekly 44, 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 44, 2019 | NIRS NIR Spektroskopie Chemometrie Spektrometer NIRSensor Nahinfrarot NIRAnalytik NIRdevice LabEquipment Nahinfrarotspektroskopie Laboranalyse NIRlabor LINK

Spettroscopia e Chemiometria Weekly News 44, 2019 | NIRS NIR Spettroscopia Chemiometria analisi chimica Spettrale Spettrometro Chem Sensore Attrezzatura analitica Laboratorio analisi prova qualità Analysesystem prediction models LINK

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“MicroNIR/Chemometrics: a new analytical platform for fast and accurate detection of ?9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in oral fluids” LINK

“Supervised classification methods in hyperspectral imaging-recent advances” LINK

MachineLearning Summarized in One Picture by | Read more here: ML Classification Regression Clustering NeuralNetworks … LINK

Near Infrared

“Sorting post-consumer polymer on conveyor belt using NIR spectroscopy” LINK

” 近红外光谱技术在骨科疾病研究中的应用 Application of the NIR Spectroscopy in the Researches of Orthopedics Diseases” LINK

” Case Study of Ft-Nir Spectroscopy Age Estimation for Bering Sea Pacific Cod Stocks” LINK

“Proceedings of the research workshop on the rapid estimation of fish age using Fourier Transform Near Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-NIRS)” LINK


“Identification of patients and plaques vulnerable to future coronary events with near-infrared spectroscopy intravascular ultrasound imaging: a prospective, cohort study” LINK

“Efficacy of PCSK-9 Inhibitors on Coronary Lipid Rich Plaque Assessed by Serial Near-Infrared Spectroscopy” LINK

“Analysis Technology of Residual Solvent of Printed Inkjet Ink with Near-Infrared Spectroscopy” LINK


In two weeks’ time I will be visiting the UK to talk about Raman spectroscopy on Mars! If you’re at Imperial, UCL or Oxford, come and learn about how we’re going to use Raman to search for biosignatures on another world! LINK


“Hyperspectral imaging as a part of pharmaceutical product design” LINK

“Analysis of chromophores in stained-glass windows using Visible Hyperspectral Imaging in-situ” LINK


“Hyperspectral imaging in medical applications” LINK

“An overview of regression methods in hyperspectral and multispectral imaging” LINK


Good reminder that it’s easy to over-index on the “startup-industrial complex” and ignore the radical transformation software enables in old-line industries like, say, meat-packing equipment manufacturing. LINK


“Spectral Analysis of Estuarine Water for Characterisation of Inherent Optical Properties and Phytoplankton Concentration” LINK


“Qualitative and quantitative diagnosis of nitrogen nutrition of tea plants under field condition using hyperspectral imaging coupled with chemometrics” LINK

“Quantitative Analysis of Soil Total Nitrogen Using Hyperspectral Imaging Technology with Extreme Learning Machine” Sensors LINK

“Detection of adulterants and authenticity discrimination for coarse grain flours using NIR hyperspectral imaging” LINK

“Food and feed production” LINK

“Hyperspectral imaging in crop fields: precision agriculture” LINK

“Classification of saline water for irrigated agriculture using near infrared spectroscopy coupled with pattern recognition techniques” LINK


” Classical and correlative analytical methods for origin identification of Hungarian honeys” LINK

” OpenAI Plays Hide and Seek…and Breaks The Game! ” LINK

“The problem isn’t data protection, it’s data collection.” – NSA Whistleblower has his day on GDPR at WebSummit LINK