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Keit at IFPAC 2019: Demonstrating Innovation in Process FTIR

IFPAC 2019 Keit Booth 506 IRmadillo

Meet us at IFPAC 2019 (4-6 March) in North Bethesda, Maryland (Booth #506). We’ll be showcasing our compact, on-line mid-infrared spectrometer, the IRmadillo.  Learn more during our presentation on Tuesday 5th March at this leading process analytical chemistry meeting in the US focused on innovations and technology.

See Real-time Differentiation of  Sugars, Alcohols, and Acids

Right at our booth we’ll show how easily our IRmadillo real-time process analyser works to monitor chemical reactions  – from differentiation of multiple sugars, to determining alcohol and acid concentrations in a complex process. Get to talk to our Lead Application Scientist about the new models of probes adapted to different industrial chemical environments: from a diamond ATR suited to high pH environments to our high temperature probe, and a probe developed for sterilise-in-place (SIP) procedures.

Learn about Recent Advancements in Analytical Technology

Mon., 4th March (1:05pm-5:40pm, Brookside A): Jana McGuin, Shushil Machhi, Mark Berge (Medimmune), Jonathon Speed (Keit) “Evaluation of FTIR spectroscopy for use in mammalian cultures”, Session: MON PM-V MSAT & Biologics, Topic: Real-Time Monitoring of Bio-Reactors and Bio-Processing

Tues., 5th March (1:05pm-5:40pm, Brookside B):  Dr. Jonathon Speed, “Turning an FTIR spectrometer into a universal concentration meter for the bulk and petrochemical industries“, Session:  TUES PM-IX-B Mass Spec/Process Spectroscopy, Topic: Process Spectroscopy

Wed., 6th March (1:05pm-5:40pm, Forest Glen Conference Room): Dan Wood for Dr. Jonathon Speed, “Comparison of vibrational spectroscopic techniques for biochemical and biopharmaceutical production“, Session: WED PM VI Smart Sensors for Bio-Processing, Topic: Process Control for Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical

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Can’t Make it to IFPAC 2019?

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SciX 2018: Keit Discussing Innovation in Process FTIR

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Keit has a full schedule at this year’s annual meeting of the The Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) at SciX – The Great Scientific eXchange, October 21 – 26, 2018 (Atlanta, GA).

You’ll see us demonstrating the IRmadillo FTIR Spectrometer at Booth #814. We’ll have a hands on demonstration of our compact, online mid-infrared spectrometer working on a continuous real-time reaction at the largest national meeting in the US focused on Spectroscopy, Chemistry and the innovations in its applications.

Make sure you attend one of the Keit presentations

  • Sun., 21st Oct 2018 (4:50pm): What’s Hot Vendor Symposium. Dan Wood “Expanding the Process Capability of Process FTIR”
  • Tues., 23rd Oct 2018 (3:50-5:10pm, Location A704):  Dan Wood “Real-Time Monitoring of Industrial Fermentation Process With in situ FT-IR Spectrometer”. Session Code: 18PMA11 “Synthetic Biology and Bioprocessing”.
  • Wed., 24th Oct 2018 (1:30-2:50pm, Location L503): Dr. Jonathon Speed “Calibration Transfer: How Changing the Hardware Made the Maths Much Easier”.  Session Code: 18CHEM05 “Chemometrics in Industry”

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Can’t Make it to SciX 2018?

There are lots of opportunities to connect with us.  Click on our Events tab for an updated list of all the places we’ll be. Or, follow our updates on LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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IRmadillo at ACS Fall Meeting 2018: Demonstrating Innovation in Process FTIR

We’ll be exhibiting and speaking at The American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Fall National Meeting 2018 (19-23 August) in Boston, Massachusetts (Booth #612) — You’ll see us demonstrating our compact, online mid-infrared spectrometer at one of the largest national meetings in the US focused on chemistry and the innovations in its applications.

See Real-time Differentiation of  Sugars, Alcohols, and Acids

Right at our booth we’ll show how easily our real-time process analyser works to monitor chemical reactions  – from differentiation of multiple sugars, to determining alcohol and acid concentrations in a complex processes. Pick up a small gift as a thank you, and get to talk about the new model of Steamy IRmadillo, an FTIR model customised for use in industrial environments that require sterilise-in-place (SIP) procedures.

Learn about Recent Advancements in Analytical Technology

Our own Dr. Jonathon Speed and Dan Wood will be presenting throughout the entire meeting. Make sure you attend one of their presentations.

  • Sun., 19th Aug 2018 (11:30am- 12:00pm): Real-time and online monitoring of biomass consumption processes using FTIR spectroscopy. Location: Mahoney Ex:Change – Aloft Boston Seaport
  • Mon., 20th Aug 2018 (8:00am-10:00pm):  Poster presentation (#44) “A robust and rugged FTIR spectrometer designed for industrial chemistry”. Location: BCEC, Exhibit Hall B2/C
  • Tues., 21st Aug 2018 (2:50pm – 3:15pm):  Design, development and coming to market of a novel, robust and rugged solid state FTIR spectrometer. Location: Mann 3 – Aloft Boston Seaport
  • Wed., 22nd Aug 2018 (10:40am – 11:00am): A robust and rugged FTIR spectrometer designed for industrial chemistry. Location: Seaport Ballroom C – Seaport Boston Hotel
  • Thurs., 23rd Aug 2018 (11:50am – 12:10pm): In operando FTIR spectroscopy of challenging to monitor catalytic reactions.  Location: Pacific Grand Ballroom Salon G – Renaissance Boston Waterfront 

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Can’t Make it to ACS Fall 2018?

There are lots of opportunities to connect with us around the globe.  Click on our Events tab for an updated list of all the places we’ll be. Or, follow our updates by connecting with us on LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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Keit Delivers IRmadillo to Green Biologics

Keit IRmadillo delivery to GBL Dec 2017

Keit’s New FTIR Spectrometer to Green Biologics for Monitoring Biorenewable Product Development Project

Keit announced delivery of an IRmadillo FTIR spectrometer to Green Biologics (GBL) as part of a project for the development of new products from biorenewable resources.  GBL purchased the innovative IRmadillo instrument for use in providing real-time chemical analysis of biological processes. It is part of a larger plan by GBL to develop and refine new processes and products from sustainable, bio-based ingredients.  The selection of the IRmadillo underlies Keit’s ability to provide innovation in process analytical technology (PAT) to manufacturing industries.

About Green Biologics

Green Biologics Ltd, (GBL) a renewable chemical company which is now producing the only commercially available renewable acetone and butanol globally, is teaming up with innovative SMEs Dynamic Extractions (DE) and BioExtractions Wales (BEW) to develop a manufacturing process for the biological production of a medically and chemically important biochemical.  Supported by the University of Exeter (responsible research), E4tech (life cycle analysis) and Keit (process analysis and control) the team aim to develop a process for production that uses renewable feedstocks and processing, reduces the environmental impact of manufacture and is made using methodology that is acceptable to society at large. The project will apply CLEAVE™, a GBL-developed technology that revolutionises the use of clostridial bacteria for the production of a wide range of biochemicals. GBL will develop the microbes and manufacturing process with technology developed by DE and BEW being used to purify the product and develop new markets based on promoting sustainability. This project is co-funded by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.   www.greenbiologics.com

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About the IRmadillo™, an in situ production FTIR Spectrometer

The IRmadillo is a solid-state FTIR spectrometer that provides real-time reaction analysis for better process monitoring and control in manufacturing environments. The IRmadillo FTIR spectrometer is built tough and certified safe for use in hazardous and potentially explosive environments.  A novel and vibration-tolerant analytical instrument, the mid-infrared spectrometer is compact and robust. Unlike any other FTIR, the Keit instrument can be mounted directly onto manufacturing vessels or connected to process lines enabling continuous, real-time reaction analysis of liquids and slurries. 

About Keit Spectrometers

Keit Spectrometers provides rugged technology for real-time, in-line process analysis of liquids in manufacturing environments. Started in 2012 at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire, England, Keit provides better monitoring solutions to companies in the UK and abroad for improved manufacturing processes. The IRmadillo’s innovative design enables manufacturing industries to make faster production decisions for reduced waste and better resource management.

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New breakthrough in spectral range with Keit’s IRmadillo™ FTIR

Keit announced a recent breakthrough of its rugged IRmadillo™ FTIR spectrometer with an increase in spectral range.  The instrument now provides the efficient analysis of liquids throughout the majority of the mid-infrared region from 800 up to 4000 cm-1   — a range beyond what the standard FTIR techniques that use fibre coupling hardware can achieve.  This improvement opens up the number of applications for the IRmadillo™ to provide real-time monitoring of processes such as in the analysis of:

  • Polymer and plastic synthesis (by tracking triple bonds or cyano groups)
  • Expensive catalyst tracking (by following metal-carbonyl bonds such as those in the Monsanto or Cativa process)
  • Improving the sensitivity of low concentration water monitoring in solvents

Keit continues to improve on this innovative process analytical tool for practical applications in manufacturing industries. Unlike similar mid-infrared spectrometers that are fragile, the shock-proof IRmadillo™ can be used directly in the manufacturing environment, either mounted directly onto or in-line with manufacturing equipment. Most importantly, it provides continuous real-time analysis of liquids during the production process to improve efficiency and reduce waste.

To celebrate the news — and to help people better understand their results — we’ve developed a “cheat sheet” for mid-IR spectral analysis that includes an easy to read mid-infrared absorption table, corresponding molecular groups and a few tips for better interpreting spectra.  Download the cheat sheet.

 

 

ATEX & IECEx Certification for Keit’s IRmadillo™ FTIR Spectrometer

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Rugged Process Spectrometer Certified for Hazardous Environments

Keit announced receipt of ATEX and IECEx certification for its rugged IRmadillo™ Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometer.  Dan Wood, CEO, stated “The certifications assure our clients that our analytical instrument has been rated for use in hazardous environments including potentially explosive ones. This is a requirement for industries such as in Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals and Pharmaceuticals where the processes involve potentially explosive chemicals. The monitoring instruments used in these production processes, like the IRmadillo FTIR, have to be proven safe for operating around highly volatile products”.

Rugged Analytical Instrument

Dan Wood continued “The IRmadillo FTIR spectrometer is unlike any other. We knew that it could handle a lot. It is vibration tolerant, compact, tough, and built to function under challenging conditions. It has already received the CE mark for non-hazardous environments and we have planned for North American certification for hazardous environments. However, the ATEX and IECEx certification is accepted globally by many of our target industries operating in challenging environments”.

Industrial Process Analytical Technology (PAT)

Dan stated “In industrial environments, the toughness of PAT should go hand in hand with its function. It should work, work dependably and work regardless of the environment. We’ve proven with the IRmadillo, that it can be accomplished with FTIR spectroscopy”. Dan explained “FTIR is an established and powerful technique for the analysis of chemical reactions. FTIR can tell you a lot about what’s going on in your process as it happens — in real time. However, most standard FTIR instruments rely on sensitive moving parts, fibre-optic coupling, and are extremely vulnerable to shock and vibrations which makes them impractical for production environments. Often, manufacturers have to wait for their reaction analysis because they are doing remote sampling and lab analysis”.

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Manufacturing Industries Looking for Solutions“Most manufacturers are eager for insight into their processes.  Sometimes, due to the difficult or messy nature of their operating environment they have to proceed relatively blindly and hope for the best. Our goal is to help those companies get real-time information — as it happens, no matter where.  Using a rugged in-line analytical instrument can lead to faster information, better yields, and less waste”.

About the IRmadillo, an in situ production FTIR Spectrometer

The IRmadillo is a rugged FTIR spectrometer that provides real-time reaction analysis for better process monitoring and control in manufacturing environments. A novel and vibration-tolerant analytical instrument, the IRmadillo mid-infrared spectrometer is compact, lighter and significantly more robust than existing FTIRs. Unlike any other FTIR, the Keit instrument can be mounted directly onto manufacturing vessels or connected to process lines enabling continuous, real-time reaction analysis of liquids and slurries.

About Keit Spectrometers

Spun out of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), Oxfordshire, England, Keit’s mission is to implement the use of novel optical designs in the development of new and improved analytical products for the factory and the laboratory. Since 2012, Keit has developed the rugged IRmadillo FTIR spectrometer that enables chemical engineering and production staff to make real-time process-optimising decisions in the Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Bio-renewable, Oil and Gas, and Food and Beverage industries. www.keit.co.uk

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RSC takes in Keit as an EnterprisePlus member organisation

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RSC EnterprisePlus Member

Keit Spectrometers has been accepted by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) as a member organisation in its EnterprisePlus programme aimed at supporting the development of commercial organisations in the chemical sciences sector. Membership in RSC’s EnterprisePlus aids small to medium-sized UK scientific businesses by providing much-needed access to resources, recruitment support and industry-relevant events.  Keit is proud to be a EnterprisePlus member where chemistry plays a key role in the successful application of our technology in manufacturing industries.

Click here to visit the RSC’s website and learn more about this innovative programme for SME’s.   Perhaps your organisation can benefit from membership as well.

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