Process Control

A Profile in Confidence: Keit in the Thames Valley Business Barometer

Keit was profiled as one of the regional business highlights in the January 2019 Thames Valley Business Barometer. In the profile, Dan Wood, Keit CEO, shared his views on Keit’s performance, the key challenges, and his opinion on the current economic-political conditions and their impact on the company.

Rooted in Oxfordshire, on the Harwell Campus 

Dan Wood commented in the profile that he has a positive outlook on current performance of the company noting a ramping up of sales and expanded operations on the Harwell Campus. Keit began with a space technology concept through the European Space Agency Business Innovation Centre (ESA BIC) on the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire, England and has continued to grow both in performance and manufacturing space. Now having launched a commercialised product, the IRmadillo FTIR spectrometer, Keit has flourished through the support of technology investors and access to world-class development facilities.

Business Outlook for the Future

Dan also stated he was confident in business prospects for the near future despite the uncertainty of the looming Brexit decisions, unlike the sentiment of surveyed businesses who reported a slight drop in confidence since the middle of last year. Despite potential hurdles, part of Keit’s confidence stems from a successful exporting strategy to key target markets in North America and Europe (with opportunities expanding into Japan, Australia and Scandinavia).

Advancement in Analytical Technology 

One of the factors sustaining Keit in this season of economic uncertainty is the ability to innovate – to take a technology that originally applied to space exploration and apply it to solve industrial manufacturing challenges in sectors that have a need for improved analytical solutions and are faced with unsatisfying alternatives.

The IRmadillo has been developed to be a real-time process analyser to monitor chemical reactions in liquids – from differentiation of multiple sugars, to determining alcohol and acid concentrations in complex manufacturing processes where current technologies struggle. Biofuel, Oil & Gas, Chemical, Petrochemical, Pharmaceutical, and Food&Beverage industries rely upon instrumentation to monitor their production processes and to date are faced with limited options. Keit continues to differentiate itself with innovation.

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About the Thames Valley Business Barometer 

The Thames Valley Business Barometer summarises the results of a twice-yearly survey focused on economic confidence and corporate performance for the Thames Valley (Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Middlesex) – widely recognised as one of the top economic regions in Britain outside of London, particularly due to the technology sector. In addition, the issues include regional business profiles, a roundtable business discussion and highlights a current business trend.   The January 2019 issue includes the topic of cybersecurity. Read the January 2019 issue, or just Dan Wood’s interview on Page 9 of the report.

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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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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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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?

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IRmadillo at FEW 2018: The ONLY Process FTIR for the Bioethanol Producer

See Real-time Differentiation of Multiple Sugars, Ethanol, Methanol & Organic Acids and Lactic acid

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We’ll be exhibiting at FEW 2018 on 11th-13th June in Omaha, Nebraska (Booth 1333) — You’ll see us demonstrating our compact, online mid-infrared spectrometer at the largest, longest running ethanol conference in this industry. FEW 2018 is co-located with Advanced Biofuels Conference 2018, a complementary event tailored for industry professionals engaged in producing, developing and deploying advanced biofuels including cellulosic ethanol, biobased platform chemicals, polymers and other renewable molecules.

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Right at our booth we’ll be monitoring —  live — an active fermentation process with the Keit IRmadillo FTIR spectrometer. We’ll show how easily our real-time process analyser works to monitor feedstock sugar consumption and alcohol concentrations.

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Have your cake and eat it too…Come Celebrate New Instrument

Drop by the Keit booth for a slice of cake on Monday, 11th June. From 5:00pm-6:30pm. At booth #1333 we’ll be handing out celebration cake to mark the new IRmadillo model to be released this year – the Steamy IRmadillo.  Pick up a small gift as a thank you, and get to talk about the Steamy IRmadillo, an FTIR model customised for use in industrial environments that require sterilise-in-place (SIP) procedures.

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Application Notes – Industrial Fermentation & Bioethanol Process Monitoring

Why wait for FEW?  Read the Keit application note on monitoring an Industrial Fermentation Process.

Or get right to reading about how the IRmadillo monitors Bioethanol Production Processes.

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RAFT 2017

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Recent Advances in Fermentation Technology (RAFT) 2017

We’ll be demonstrating our rugged FTIR spectrometer at RAFT 2017 on 29 October through 01 November in Bonita Springs, Florida (Booth 6).  At our exhibit table, we’ll be monitoring —  live — an active fermentation process to allow attendees to see our real-time sensor at work.

In addition, Keit will be taking part in the scientific programme at this year’s Society for Industrial Microbiology and and Biotechnology’s (SIMB’s) annual RAFT conference. On Wed., 01 November (8:30am) – During Session 6 “Process control, monitoring, PAT and new data analysis methods and tools”, Keit Application Scientist, Dr. Jonathon Speed, will be presenting the results of an independent comparison study of fermentation monitoring using four different spectroscopic techniques:

  • IRmadillo FTIR
  • Near-infrared (NIR)
  • Raman
  • and another process Mid-infrared (MIR-FTIR)

Also, on Mon., 30th October (12:35-12:45pm) Dan Wood, CEO, will present a brief overview of the innovation of this solid-state FTIR instrument during Monday’s Exhibitor Showcase.  

Application Note – Industrial Fermentation

Interested in more information?  Read the latest Keit application note on monitoring an industrial fermentation process.

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CPACT 20th Anniversary

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Happy 20th CPACT!

Keit wishes the Centre for Process Analytical and Control Technologies (CPACT) a happy 20 years of existence! We are in Glasgow, Scotland on 3-4 October to help CPACT celebrate their two decades of research and collaboration.  Founded in 1997, CPACT  is based out of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and brings together industry and academia to advance process analytical technology. Keit is a proud industry member and joins in with the other 31 industry and 11 university and research organisations to address challenges in manufacturing process and control. As part of the special anniversary programme, our own Dr. Jonathon Speed will be presenting an industrial case study on Day 2 (Thurs 4th October).

Past & Current Research

Read a past CPACT poster on an early use of our Keit instrument for quantitative in situ analysis of liquids.  Most recently, we are currently participating in a new project with CPACT and IBioIC to compare four different spectroscopic techniques in process monitoring.  Follow us on LinkedIn to see the results when they are released.

CPACT Makes a Difference

  • Integrates industry with long-term strategic research
  • Advances manufacturing excellence to deliver business benefits across all sectors of the processing and manufacturing industries
  • Initiates leading edge R&D and technology transfer
  • Is managed by its industrial and academic partners with support from the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

Can’t make it to the celebration in Glasgow?

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