Headwall Photonics Blog

Hyperspectral Imaging Reaches Further than Ever!

Posted by Christopher Van Veen on Wed, Jan 11, 2012

Hyperspectral imaging is reaching into areas that are more mainstream than ever. You can actually 'see what you've been missing' with hyperspectral imaging systems, meaning that they can help solve some of the biggest challenges we face. Food can be made safer, surveillance can be more precise, health-care problems can be detected sooner, and forensic science can reach new levels of precision. Outstanding spectral and spatial resolution is the key, and that’s a function of having high-efficiency, all-original diffraction gratings. Every system built by Headwall Photonics is based upon this core technology.

So how mainstream is mainstream? Hyperspectral imaging systems are being deployed in processing facilities where speed, product quality & safety, and cost-optimization are key drivers. Think of food-processing facilities for specialty crops, other fruits and vegetables, poultry, and fish. All need ways of determining good from bad and pass from fail. Bacteria levels in fish and contamination in fruits and vegetables, for example, are all distinguishable with hyperspectral imaging. And since these red-flag conditions will be found early enough in the process, quality increases and cost decreases.

poultry processing

Other areas of need include health-care and pharmaceutical processing, forensic sciences, chemicals, mining, government surveillance/homeland security, and many more. The beauty of the technology is that it’s more affordable than ever, and easy to set up and use.

pharmaceuticals

Headwall Photonics will be at the BiOS/Photonics West conferences in San Francisco this month (booth 8903 for BiOS and 903 for Photonics West). We’ll also be at the International Forum for Process Analytical Technology (IFPAC) in Baltimore January 23-25. We’ll be at Booth 212 there. Come visit us to learn more about how Hyperspectral Imaging can solve some of your toughest challenges!


Tags: hyperspectral imaging, photonics west, BiOS, IFPAC, diffraction gratings