Process Analysis with FT-NIR Spectroscopy

Smart Technical Solutions under all Conditions

Bruker has been a competent partner in the field of FT-NIR spectroscopy, process analysis and for the realization of demanding projects for 20 years.

The knowledge and experience from these years are in the FT-NIR process spectrometer MATRIX-F. Up to 6 probes can be connected in parallel to the permanently adjusted spectrometer in a robust design.

Bruker's team of process specialists advise you on selecting the best measuring accessories, installation locations and communication protocols for your analytical task.

For a variety of technical solutions such as specially developed process spectrometers, customized probes and the sensor head Q412, Bruker also relies on the products of strong cooperation partners for process probes and flow cells.

In order to guarantee optimal performance and stability in process monitoring in addition to the technical aspects, Bruker has developed the process communication software CMET. CMET is the link between Bruker’s outstanding FT-NIR process analyzer and the customers Distributed Control System (DCS). Commands given by the DCS are transferred to CMET which in return starts a specific measurement and transmits the data back to the DCS for visualization and archiving.

Analyzing milk and milk products with the MPA II and Liquid Sampling Module (LSM)

MATRIX-F FT-NIR spectrometer with fiber optic probe and contactless sensor head Q412.

Key advantages of the MATRIX-F

  • Accurate in-line results in seconds
  • Non-destructive, multi-component analysis
  • Optional built-in 6-port multiplexer, for up to 6 probes/flow cells/sensor heads
  • Direct method transfer
  • Rugged, low maintenance design
  • RockSolid™ technology for rough measurement conditions
  • 10 years warranty on moving parts of the interferometer
  • Available for hazardous locations and EX areas
  • Ethernet connectivity and industry standard communication protocols are available

Process Probes & Flow Cells

Process Probes & Flow Cells
  • Transmission Probes and Flow Cells for clear liquids
  • Reflectance Probes for solid materials
  • Transflectance Probes for suspensions or emulsions

Classic diffuse reflectance, transflectance or transmission immersion probes with various path lengths can be adapted as well as process flow cells or pilot plant assemblies. Various probe materials are available, like different types of stainless steel, Hastelloy C22 or ceramics.

Moreover, the probe can be customized to different lengths and flange geometries and sealing materials.

Bruker will assist to select the appropriate probe with the best materials matching the process conditions. Also required certificates and conformities can be provided:

  • Material Certificates (EN 10204: 2.1 and 3.1)
  • Pressure Equipment Directive (PED)
  • FDA Conformity of used materials
  • Hygienic design (EHEDG, 3-A)
  • Certificates for the use in hazardous or Ex areas

Sensor Head Q412/A

Sensor Head Q412/

The NIR sensor head was designed by Bruker for contactless measurements of moving solid materials in diffuse reflectance mode. Compared to conventional reflectance probes the sensor head offers some unique advantages:

  • 20 times more light than a conventional diffuse reflectance probe by the two NIR light sources.
  • Less expensive monofibers are used to transmit the light to the spectrometer, compared to used fiber bundles by conventional reflectance probes.
  • Automatic background measurement fuction by using an integrated reference standard without dismounting the head.
  • Ideal for measurements of heterogeneous materials thanks to the large sampling area.

Process Installation Points

The previously presented solutions can be flexibly installed in the process environment. Probes as well as sensor heads and flow cells can be mounted directly (inline) in the reactor or in the pipeline. Additionally, installations in an existing bypass (online) are possible. Both options can be realized via various flange adaptations.

Hazardous Areas and Ex-zones

The spectrometer MATRIX-F, the sensor head and the probes are designed for use in hazardous or Ex areas. We are happy to support you with our knowledge and experience in realizing a corresponding project and can provide technical solutions that meet the high international standards such as ATEX, IECEx and NEC 505/506.



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