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High Resolution Sensor Targets Vegetation Fluorescence for Airborne, Satellite Platforms

Chlorophyll Fluorescence Imaging (CF) Helps Agriculturalists Build Robust Plant Physiological Database

HI-RES spectrometer

Fitchburg, MA – July 14, 2014 – Headwall is announcing the availability of a new hyperspectral imager targeting very high resolution spectral measurements of 0.1 nm over specific spectral ranges which yield indicators of vegetative fluorescence to measure plant health. The ability of the new High Resolution Hyperspec® instrument to analyze chlorophyll fluorescence emissions at extremely high resolution and high throughput gives remote sensing researchers and precision agriculturalists exceptionally valuable data from which to make environmental decisions. The new instrument is smaller, lighter, and more affordable than any other commercially available products and is optimized with robust packaging for airborne and satellite deployment.

“Our customers have been asking us for a high resolution hyperspectral imager targeting the small spectral bandpath ranges for use in extracting useful data with respect to chlorophyll fluorescence,” said Headwall’s CEO David Bannon. “Because remote sensing and the global crop industry is a multi-billion-dollar one, plant heath and physiology determined through hyperspectral imaging is a key investment for this market.” Water deficit is a major leading indicator of crops under distress, and there is a scientific link between this and chlorophyll fluorescence emissions.

The new sensor is based on Headwall’s all-reflective concentric optical design that uses very precise, very high diffraction-efficiency gratings for simultaneous high spatial and spectral resolution of < 0.1nm across the spectral range of the instrument. High efficiency, low stray light, and minimized smile and keystone distortion are fundamental to this design approach. Headwall’s all-reflective approach also means no transmissive optics, which makes the overall package not only more robust for space applications but lighter as well.

The Hyperspec name is a registered trademark of Headwall Photonics, Inc.


Tags: hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, Airborne, Remote Sensing, Sensors, agriculture, precision agriculture

Headwall's New Nano-Hyperspec® Sensor Fits Small Hand-Launched UAVs

Small VNIR Hyperspectral Sensor Combines Data Processing Unit In Lightweight, 1.4 lb. Payload

Fitchburg, MA - June 23, 2014 - In extending technological leadership within the remote sensing market, Headwall announced availability of its new Nano-Hyperspec sensor for commercial UAV deployment. The low-cost hyperspectral sensor operates in the VNIR (400-1000nm) spectral range and includes onboard data processing and storage to minimize size, weight, and power constraints inherent with small, hand-launched UAVs.

The Nano-Hyperspec sensor can be combined with optional GPS/IMU capabilities to provide an airborne configuration that is small, light, and fully integrated. The total sensor package with data processor and storage weighs approximately 1.5 lb. (0.6 kg) and measures a scant 3 inch x 3 inch x 4.7 inch (76.2mm x 76.2mm x 119.4mm).

 

The VNIR sensor features 640 spatial bands and 270 spectral bands at a resolution of 2-3 nm. The maximum frame rate of the Nano-Hyperspec is 280 fps; usable data storage capacity is 480GB.

 

Nano-Hyperspec is available in two options:

  • OEM-programmable sensor configuration

  • High-performance sensor configuration for end-users

Nano-Hyperspec and UAV"We designed Nano-Hyperspec to complement our performance-leading Hyperspec line of sensors and the growing market for small, low-cost, hand-launched UAVs," explained Headwall CEO David Bannon. "The real innovation is the integration of the Nano-Hyperspec optical sensor and data processing module," he noted. The optional GPS/IMU provides pinpoint correlation between actual terrain coordinates and hyperspectral data for a completely orthorectified hyperspectral data set. This functionality is just one of the many capabilities of Headwall's Hyperspec III software

 

"In comparison, our Micro-Hyperspec sensor has been an industry-leading airborne sensor for many years," noted Bannon. "But Nano-Hyperspec addresses the rapid adoption of very small, hand-launched commercial UAVs where more integration within an even smaller, lighter package is needed," he noted. Headwall worked collaboratively with customers and UAV makers to achieve the Nano-Hyperspec design. Precision agriculture and environmental monitoring are two facets of the 'remote sensing' market addressed by the Nano-Hyperspec instrument.

 

Headwall's hyperspectral sensors are all based on a patented, concentric, aberration-corrected design using precision high-performance gratings. This fundamentally simple yet elegant design is very robust and features no moving parts and no transmissive optics such as prisms that contribute to measurement inaccuracy and stray light. Headwall's sensor design provides high signal-to-noise and outstanding spatial and spectral resolution across the entire spectral range and field of view.. The very wide field-of-view of Nano-Hyperspec is crucial for airborne applications that demand flight-path efficiency.

 

Delivery of Nano-Hyperspec is approximately 4-6 weeks ARO. For a sales quotation, please email:

 

[email protected].

Tags: hyperspectral, Airborne, Remote Sensing, agriculture, precision agriculture

New VNIR-SWIR Airborne Sensor Covers Broad 400-2500nm Spectral Range

Co-boresighted, co-registered sensor with reduced size and weight is ideal for remote sensing applications


Fitchburg, MA - May 5, 2014 - In leading the industry with spectral imaging innovation and responding to strong demand, Headwall has released the Hyperspec® VNIR-SWIR sensor for general availability. The high-performance airborne sensor is versatile and covers the broad 400-2500nm spectral range. Precise, high-resolution imaging is achieved through co-registered pixels utilizing a single fore-optic input for outstanding spectral fidelity across the entire spectral range.

 

VNIR-SWIRDesigned for remote sensing applications such as environmental monitoring and mineral exploration, the sensor is optimized for size, weight, and reduced power consumption. With a weight less than 30 pounds and a small form factor package (approximately 15" x 15" x 8"), the sensor is designed for use aboard a wide range of airborne platforms. Adding to high image quality is the sensor's very wide field of view and high signal-to-noise (SNR) performance. Headwall has accomplished this by combining the high diffraction ef­ficiency for the VNIR and SWIR spectral regions coupled with very high quantum efficiency of the electronic subsystems.

 

Pixel co-registration plus aberration-cor­rected optics yields very high spectral and spatial resolution with repeatable measurement accuracy - unparalleled in the industry. With diffractive optics spe­cifically designed and manufactured by Headwall, the patented hyperspectral sensor eliminates image aberrations such as keystone, smile, or stray light and thermal variation that is typically observed with transmissive-based sensors containing prisms and gratings.

 

"Our remote-sensing customers often need to cover both the VNIR and SWIR spectral ranges but until now, there has not been a hyperspectral sensor capable of reliably providing both VNIR & SWIR data," said Headwall CEO David Bannon. "We developed this co-boresighted and co-registered VNIR-SWIR sensor to avoid the complexities of multi-sensor deployments while keeping the sensor size, weight, and power consumption very low."

 

Headwall's Hyperspec VNIR-SWIR sensor is also sold with a complete airborne configuration including GPS/INS, high-speed processor and storage, and airborne Hyperspec III software for sensor control and data acquisition.

 

Headwall's VNIR-SWIR sensor is available for delivery approximately 8 weeks after receipt of order. Headwall's application engineering team is available to assist customers with airborne integration and training.

 

Headwall will be exhibiting at the SPIE-DSS show at the Baltimore Convention Center, May 6-8. Visit us in Booth 620! 


About Headwall Photonics

Headwall Photonics is the leading designer and manufacturer of imaging

sensors and spectral instrumentation for industrial, commercial, and government markets. Headwall's high performance spectrometers, spectral engines, and high performance diffractive optics have been selected by OEM and end-user customers around the world for use in critical application environments. As a pioneer in the development of hyperspectral sensors and imaging spectrometers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of patented spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance.

 

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen

Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

978/353-4051                

www.headwallphotonics.com 

[email protected]

Tags: hyperspectral, Airborne, Remote Sensing, SWIR, VNIR, agriculture, precision agriculture

Hyperspec® SNAPSHOT Sensor Commercializes Handheld Hyperspectral

Headwall’s small, compact hyperspectral sensor is ideal for field use where portable sensors facilitate spectral imaging research

Fitchburg, Massachusetts USA, March 20, 2014Headwall Photonics announced the introduction of the Hyperspec® SNAPSHOT imaging sensor which has been designed for commercial use by environmental researchers, civil engineers, and remote sensing organizations.  The Hyperspec® Snapshot sensor covers the VNIR spectral range (380-1000nm) and uses diffractive optics technology comprising aberration-corrected features for high spectral and spatial resolution and outstanding signal-to-noise (SNR) characteristics.  This commercial product is based on Headwall’s Hyperspec® RECON sensor which is sold to U.S. military and defense customers.

Snapshot ImagerThe Hyperspec® Snapshot sensor is the industry’s first portable hyperspectral imager generating very high resolution spectral and spatial datacubes of objects within the sensor’s wide field of view (FOV). This high performance, integrated sensor is a small form factor, fully integrated instrument designed for easy, straightforward use in the field. By engineering the optical complexities out of the instrument, the sensor provides point & click functionality where scene data is shown on the sensor’s LCD screen and recorded on a standard SD-card.

Headwall CEO David Bannon commented on the innovation provided by the Hyperspec® Snapshot imager: "Headwall designed this commercial sensor based on the work that went into the Hyperspec RECON military sensor, which was built for reconnaissance applications." Hyperspec Snapshot and RECON are fundamentally similar, allowing for the detection of specific spectral targets at long distances within a durable, portable, and easy to use instrument.  "The true innovation is the small size of the sensor coupled with its ease of use," noted Bannon. "We engineered the complexity out so the sensor becomes a very useful instrument for a wide range of applications and users that extend beyond military reconnaissance missions."

Hyperspec® SNAPSHOT can be ordered directly from Headwall or any worldwide distributor partners.

About Headwall

With a core capability to manufacture diffractive optics, Headwall Photonics, is unique in its ability to design and build high performance spectral instruments that are application-specific.  Based in Fitchburg, Massachusetts (USA), Headwall is the leading manufacturer of hyperspectral instruments for industrial, commercial, remote sensing, precision agriculture, and government markets. Other application areas include medical and biotechnology, forensics, chemicals, and color measurement, and in-line process inspection. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance, for end users and OEMs.

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen, Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

Tel: +1 978-353-4051                

Email: [email protected]

www.HeadwallPhotonics.com

 


Tags: hyperspectral imaging, Headwall Photonics, Remote Sensing, Sensors, agriculture, precision agriculture

Headwall-Alava Remote Sensing Solution Takes Wing Aboard Ultralight Aircraft

Airborne Hyperspectral Sensors Measure Interface Between Air and Water In Switzerland & Russia

 

Fitchburg, Massachusetts USA, January 24, 2013 - Using the Headwall Photonics Micro-Hyperspec VNIR sensor, Headwall's integration partner Alava Ingenieros (Madrid, Spain) will provide the worldwide scientific community with a completely integrated airborne remote EPFLsensing solution that is currently being deployed. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL, Lausanne Switzerland)  is sponsoring an exploration program featuring a sensor-packed ultralight aircraft that will analyze the phenomena occurring at the interface between air and water. Flights are underway now over Lake Geneva in Switzerland, and will be repeated over Lake Baikal in Russia later this year. The airborne technology will allow scientists to gather a wealth of data around bacteria, sediments, and dissolved gasses. While satellites can analyze these variables now, low-flying ultralight aircraft can collect this data more precisely and put it into the hands of researchers sooner. Because Micro Hyperspec is exceptionally small and light, EPFL plans to eventually migrate to even smaller and lighter UAVs.

 

Micro-Hyperspec® is the industry's only remote sensing instrument specifically designed for high resolution spectral and spatial imaging aboard small, tactical airborne vehicles. It provides excellent spatial and spectral resolution and a wide field of view, meaning a more efficient flight path over areas of interest. Alava is packaging Micro-Hyperspec with the software needed to handle radiometric calibration, flight data acquisition, ground data acquisition, atmospheric correction, and post-processing of the hyperspectral data. The Airborne Remote Sensing Spectral Solution (ARS3) is available from Headwall and Alava now.

 

David Bannon, CEO of Headwall, commented on the value of hyperspectral sensing from airborne platforms: "ARS3 is a very high performance - yet affordable - sensor solution for small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and manned aircraft.  Alava has integrated a complete airborne solution around the market leading Micro-Hyperspec sensor which meets the demanding requirements of hyperspectral imaging in harsh environments."

 

Thanks to Headwall's innovative and pioneering sensor designs, remote sensing from the air using hyperspectral imaging is a fast-growing field of research. Because hyperspectral technology is more precise and more affordable than ever, it can be used for forestry management, precision agriculture, pollution control, resource exploration, and more.

About Headwall

Headwall, based in Fitchburg, Massachusetts (USA), is a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral instruments for industrial, commercial, remote sensing, precision agriculture, and government markets. Other application areas include medical and biotechnology, forensics, chemicals, and color measurement, and in-line process inspection. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance, for end users and OEMs.

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen, Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

Tel: +1 978-353-4051                

Email: [email protected]      

 

About Alava Ingenieros

Alava Ingenieros Group is an entirely privately owned group that provides high technology solutions in the fields of Testing, Measurement, Communications, Security, Defense and Preventive Maintenance. The Group offers consultancy, engineering, distribution, training and technical services, providing turn-key projects for several sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Security, Defense, Energy, Communications and Finance, as well as Testing and Research Centres, Universities, Public Services and Industry in general.

For information contact:

Mr. Yago Sanchez, Alava Ingenieros

Tel: +34 91 567 97 00

Email: [email protected]

 


 

Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, Airborne, Remote Sensing, UAV, agriculture, ALAVA Ingenieros, EPFL, Lake Geneva

TerraLuma Chooses Hyperspectral Sensor for Airborne Missions

University of Tasmania Researchers Utilize Hyperspectral Remote Sensing to Improve the Science of Earth Observation

Fitchburg, Massachusetts USA, January 10, 2013 The TerraLuma Project (University of Tasmania, Australia) is partnering with Headwall Photonics to bring hyperspectral technology to their fleet of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Because the richness of imagery data collected via hyperspectral sensing far exceeds that of other methods, TerraLuma is putting Headwall’s Micro-Hyperspec sensor aboard its innovative, multi-rotor SkyJib airframe from Droidworx (Waikato, New Zealand).

SkyJib TerraLumaHeadwall’s Micro-Hyperspec is a high performance, compact sensor that meets the payload restrictions of increasingly smaller UAS platforms while providing the spatial and spectral resolution needed to ‘map’ the environment in better detail than ever. Size, weight, and power-draw (SWaP) are key considerations for any airborne application, which is why Micro-Hyperspec appealed to the TerraLuma team. “Environmental remote sensing and aerial surveying represent the kind of groundbreaking work we’re known for,” said Dr. Arko Lucieer, Team Leader for the TerraLuma Research Group. “Our move to hyperspectral fits with our goal to provide the research community with clear, actionable data that can be captured, managed and delivered faster than ever.”

David Bannon, CEO of Headwall, remarked on the work of Dr. Lucieer and the TerraLuma team is doing: “Remote sensing utilizing a UAS such as SkyJib represents a high-growth area of research because airborne platforms combined with small hyperspectral sensors represents an innovative and cost-effective research approach. We’re very proud to be working with Dr. Lucieer and play a key role as TerraLuma undertakes aerial mapping with our sensors.”

SkyJib is a purpose-built aerial platform, the Terraluma team has adapted it to carry scientific instruments such as Micro-Hyperspec. Precision agriculture, mapping and monitoring vegetation in remote locations, represent some areas of research made possible through the use of hyperspectral sensing.

 

About Headwall

Headwall, based in Fitchburg, Massachusetts (USA), is a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral instruments for industrial, commercial, remote sensing, precision agriculture, and government markets. Other application areas include medical and biotechnology, forensics, chemicals, and color measurement, and in-line process inspection. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance, for end users and OEMs.

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen, Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

Tel: +1 978-353-4051                

Email: [email protected]      

Web site: http://www.headwallphotonics.com

 

About TerraLuma

The TerraLuma research project at the University of Tasmania aims to develop novel tools and algorithms for environmental remote sensing applications and aerial surveys using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Up-to-date and accurate spatial data are of crucial importance for sustainable management of our ecosystems. UAS offer an exciting and novel opportunity to map the environment in greater detail than ever before. We are a university team of a senior academic, a postdoc, six PhD students, and two technical officers and we specialize in UAS sensor integration and image processing for earth observation applications.

For information contact:

Dr. Arko Lucieer, TerraLuma Team Leader

Tel: +61 3 6226 2140

Email: [email protected]

Web site: http://www.terraluma.net/

 

 

About Droidworks

Droidworx Ltd New Zealand is a manufacturer of advanced multi-rotor airframes and related accessories. Based in New Zealand, the Company exports its products around the world. Droidworx UAV platforms service the growing market in multi-rotor systems for aerial photography, professional cinematography, remote sensing, and service sector applications. Aeronavics is the trademark brand for our innovative aerial solutions and global operations.

For information contact:

Tel: +64 (0)7 825 88 11

Email: [email protected]

Web site: http://www.droidworx.co.nz

 

Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, Airborne, Remote Sensing, Micro Hyperspec, UAS, Sensing, UAV, agriculture, Droidworx, TerraLuma

Headwall, QualySense Collaborate on In-Line Hyperspectral Inspection

Hyperspectral Sensors Provide Data-Rich Feedback for Precision Grain Sorting

Hyperspec VNIRFitchburg, Massachusetts USA, November 2, 2012Headwall is pleased to announce the production of a new precision hyperspectral collaboration to be used in grain, seed and bean sorting by QualySense (Dübendorf Switzerland). The Hyperspec Extended VNIR sensors, which operate in the spectral range of 550-1650nm, will provide a higher level of precision during the analysis of seeds and grains.

The unique ability of Headwall’s sensors to assess and inspect quality levels of seeds and grains based on spectral characteristics positions QualySense as an innovative leader in this important industry of crop science. Through collaboration with Headwall, the QualySense QSorter systems will be able to classify and sort grains based on nutrients and contamination levels. Waste will be minimized because hyperspectral sensing has the ability to eliminate only those seeds and grains that specific algorithms deem to be of poor quality. Foods made from those commodities will be more effectively processed, utilized, and priced based on quality parameters assessed during the high-throughput, hyperspectral inspection process.

QSorterDavid Bannon, Headwall CEO, noted how hyperspectral sensing is playing an innovative role in food quality and safety: "QualySense is a perfect example of how our technology can be used to deliver cost-effective innovation to processors of seeds and grains. With the QSorter instruments, quality can be determined more precisely than ever and in real time."

Dr. Francesco Dell'Endice, QualySense CEO, explained the key role that innovative technology can play. "Food producers need a highly resolved way of determining protein and oil content, color, size and other meaningful characteristics while increasing product consistency. Hyperspectral sensing represents a tremendous technical leap forward because it gives our customers a new view on quality. Headwall’s Hyperspec sensor provides exceptional spectral and spatial imaging and does so with the processing power required for high-throughput food inspection."

 

 

About Headwall

Headwall, based in Fitchburg, Massachusetts (USA), is a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral instruments for industrial, commercial, remote sensing, precision agriculture, and government markets. Other application areas include medical and biotechnology, forensics, chemicals, and color measurement, and in-line process inspection. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance, for end users and OEMs.

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen, Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

Tel: +1 978-353-4051                

Email: [email protected]      

 

About QualySense

QualySense is the worldwide leader focused on delivering innovative, high-end sorting solutions to achieve optimal processing, quality, and safety of grains, seeds, and beans. It is the leader in the development of efficient, high-capacity technologies for analyzing and sorting grains, seeds, and beans according to biochemical and morphological traits. QualySense was founded in 2010 and has been awarded a number of prizes and grants. The company is rapidly growing and has lately received the Swissparks “Best Startup of 2012” award.

For information contact:

Dr. Francesco Dell'Endice QualySense AG

c/o EMPA, Uberlandstrasse 129

CH - 8600, Dübendorf

Switzerland

Phone: +41 44 824 35 80

http://www.qualysense.com

Email: [email protected]

 

 

 


Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, VNIR, food processing, agriculture

USDA Deputy Secretary Merrigan Discusses Food Safety & Quality Initiatives With Headwall CEO

Headwall In-Line Spectral Inspection Technology Has Applications for Improved Food Safety & Enhanced Food Quality

Fitchburg, Massachusetts, May 7, 2012 - Headwall Photonics, a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral imaging sensors, announced that Headwall CEO David Bannon USDArecently met with USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan to discuss Headwall sensor technology developed through close collaboration with the USDA Agricultural Research Service organization.
 
The success of recent USDA and FDA initiatives such as the Food Safety Modernization Act and expansion of the HACCP Based Inspection Models Project (HIMP) are in part dependent upon the incorporation of new techniques, protocols, and instrumentation that are consistent with food safety regulations and enhanced food quality objectives and provide US food producers with increased competitive capabilities.
 
hyperspectral poultry inspection resized 600For a number of years, Headwall Photonics has worked closely with researchers and scientists at the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the agency's chief scientific research organization, to develop spectral imaging instruments for high speed, in-line inspection of food and agriculture products. These spectral vision systems utilize a specialized processing algorithm that is tailored to the specific product or agricultural inspection algorithm.
 
"Through ongoing collaboration with USDA researchers, Headwall continues to develop cost-effective, compelling spectral solutions that support improvements in food safety inspection and food quality while meeting the need of food processors for high throughput inspection," offered David Bannon, CEO of Headwall Photonics. "Our hyperspectral sensor platform has been specifically designed for these critical applications."
 
Hyperspec INSPECTORHeadwall's hyperspectral in-line imaging instruments represent a critical inspection technology that allows food processors and agricultural researchers to identify product characteristics within the field of view of the sensor based on the sample's chemical 'fingerprint' or spectral signature rather than relying solely on visual appearance. Based on a patented sensor design, Headwall's Hyperspec Inspector™ sensors are specifically designed for high spectral and spatial imaging in very harsh operating environments such as required within food processing centers. Headwall's hyperspectral imaging platforms have been optimized for reliable, cost-effective performance based on years of deployment within military and defense organizations.
 
The following Headwall Hyperspec® sensors are COTS products and are available as optimized sensors for the following spectral regions:

UV 250 - 600nm
VNIR 380 - 1000nm
Extended VNIR 550 - 1700nm
NIR 900 - 1700nm
SWIR 950 - 2500nm



 

 

 

About Headwall Photonics
Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral imaging spectrometers and spectral instrumentation for industrial, commercial, and government markets. Headwall's high performance instruments have been selected by military/defense departments, OEMs, and end-user customers around the world for use in critical application environments. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance.

For information contact:
Mr. Chris Van Veen, Headwall Photonics, Inc.     
Tel: +1 978-353-4051                
www.headwallphotonics.com
Email: [email protected]  

About USDA Agricultural Research Service
The Agricultural Research Service is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency. Our job is finding solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day, from field to table. Here are a few numbers to illustrate the scope of our organization:  

  • 800 research projects within 18 National Programs  
  • 2,200 scientists and post docs
  • 6,200 other employees
  • 90+ research locations, including overseas laboratories $1.1 billion fiscal year budget  

For information contact:
Sandy Miller Hays
US Department of Agriculture
4555 Overlook Ave. S.W.
Washington, DC 20375
Tel: +1 301 504 1636

Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, food processing, agriculture

Headwall's Spectrometers Power Advanced Grain Analyzers

Australian maker of Cropscan Grain Analyzers Reaches 1000-unit milestone

Fitchburg, MA, April 17, 2012 – Pushing the science of spectral analysis forward, Headwall is pleased to recognize that Australian-based Next Instruments has now produced and installed more than 1,000 of its Cropscan Whole Grain Analyzers across the world. These small, rugged, cost-effective NIR (near infrared) spectral analyzers allow farmers and independent grain buyers to rapidly and easily measure protein, moisture and oil in cereals and oil seeds. The first CropScan analyzer was introduced in 2000, leading to several other versions meeting particular needs.

cropscan analyzersHeadwall Photonics provides a miniaturized OEM spectral engine (spectrometer) for each CropScan analyzer, which NIR Technology Systems uses to yield exceptional spectral and spatial resolution. Headwall’s customized MS-10HR spectrometers are OEM products produced for NIR Technology. They comprise original holographic diffraction gratings that use a patented aberration-corrected design. This allows each CropScan analyzer to make reliable, high-resolution measurements of agricultural products and crops. Data analysis is thus assured to be precise, uniform, and consistent from unit to unit.

Phil Clancy, CEO of Next Instruments, explained that the success of CropScan has everything to do with optical fidelity. "By aligning with Headwall, we assure ourselves of product uniformity and precision with respect to the spectrometer assembly," said Clancy. "Our customers rely on instruments that they can cross-calibrate from one to the next, which has been a tremendous benefit to them. Headwall is focused on quality and is a very predictable OEM supply chain partner."  Originally designed for the Australian agricultural market, CropScan is a worldwide brand that is now used in more than other 15 countries.

David Bannon, CEO of Headwall Photonics, noted the success of the CropScan analyzer. "We see the rapid adoption of integrated spectral instrumentation across a broad range of agricultural applications and CropScan has such a tremendous value proposition,"said Bannon. "Pooling our respective technical strengths to help make food-crops safer and more nourishing is very rewarding. We are very pleased to be a part of Next Instruments' success."

About Headwall Photonics

Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of imaging spectrometers, spectral instrumentation, and diffractive optics for industrial, commercial, and government markets. Headwall’s high performance instruments have been selected by government, OEM, and end-user customers around the world for use in critical application environments. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance.  Headwall Photonics was formed as the result of a management buy-out from Agilent Technologies.

 

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen, Marketing

Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

Tel: +1 978-353-4051                

www.headwallphotonics.com 

[email protected]

 

 

About Next Instruments

Next Instruments designs, manufactures, markets and sells a range of Near Infrared Transmission (NIT) analysers that are used to measure organic compounds in synthetic and natural products such as food, grains, pharmaceuticals and chemicals.

NIR Technology’s current product range includes:

  • Cropscan 1000G, 1000B, 2000B and 2000H Whole Grain Analysers
  • Series 1000, 2000 and 3000 Analysers for the Food and Industrial markets
  • FOP-38 Fibre Optic Probe and On Line Analysers

In 2009, Next Instruments gained a National Measurement Institute Pattern approval for the Cropscan 2000B NIT Analyser as well as the Cropscan 1000B Whole Grain Analyser. With NMI Certification, the Cropscan product family has successfully been introduced in more than 15 other countries.

 

For information contact:

Mr. Phil Clancy, CEO

Next Instruments

Tel: +61 2 9771 5255

www.nextinstruments.net 

[email protected]

 

Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Sensors, agriculture