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Headwall’s Hyperspec® Fluorescence Sensor Features Industry-Best Combination of Resolution, Size, and Weight

Small, Lightweight Imaging Sensor For Remote Sensing Applications

Fitchburg, MA, January 24, 2016 — Headwall has responded to market demand for a spectral imaging sensor that collects chlorophyll fluorescence (CF) data vital to understanding plant and crop photosynthesis. Applications such as crop science and climatology will benefit from this new instrument, which features industry-best size, weight, and resolution specifications (0.25nm). Other important specifications include SNR of 680:1 and 1,600 spatial pixels.

without_golf_ball_small.jpgThe sensor collects image data at extremely high resolution across the chlorophyll fluorescence emission spectrum from 670 to 780nm. This allows both the important ‘Oxygen-A’ and ‘Oxygen-B’ bands (O2-A and O2-B) to be exploited for more accurate insight into photosynthetic processes. The sensor uses an all-reflective approach and Headwall’s own precise diffraction gratings, mean­ing high signal-to-noise performance vital to capturing scientific-grade data across this critical spectral range.

The rapidly evolving need for food and biofuels on a global scale was a driver for the development of the new sensor, said Headwall CEO David Bannon. “We see that crop photosynthesis modeling is much less accurate than it needs to be, and our new sensor provides more scientific data for these important indices than anything on the market today.” Dr. Lawrence Corp of NASA noted the value of Headwall’s new instrument as a key element of his research efforts: “Since Chlorophyll fluorescence signals are relatively weak, a small and light imaging sensor that can collect this data at very high resolution is a game-changer for us when it comes to learning more about our global ecosystems.” 

The new sensor is small and light enough for use aboard many of today’s commercial available UAVs, and it can also be used aboard aircraft and satellites. The sensor weighs about 6kg (13 lb.) and its footprint measures 300x200x200mm (12” x 8” x 8”).

 

The Hyperspec Fluorescence sensor is available for delivery 8-12 weeks after order.

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 end-user corporations, OEMs, and universities around the world. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance.

For information about Headwall, contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen, Headwall Photonics, Inc.

601 River Street, Fitchburg, Massachusetts USA     

Tel: +1 978-353-4051                

http://www.headwallphotonics.com

Email: [email protected]

Tags: hyperspectral, Airborne, Headwall

Ocean Spray and Headwall Partner on Agricultural Innovation

Fitchburg, MA; March 31, 2015 – Headwall Photonics, a leading supplier of high performance spectral imaging solutions for industry and the defense community, has partnered with Ocean Spray, the leading processor and provider of cranberry products, to test innovative technologies targeted at providing Ocean Spray with the technology necessary to improve product quality and agricultural yield.

With this spectral imaging inspection platform, Headwall has introduced a new class of machine vision inspection capabilities that offer real-time assessment of product quality for many different types of agricultural processing applications.

Ocean Spray HeadwallWith many years as an instrument supplier to the US Department of Defense and such civilian organizations such as NASA, the Treasury Department, and the Environmental Protection Agency, Headwall has customized multispectral and hyperspectral technology for high performance, real-time commercial and industrial applications.

“Ocean Spray has a long history of innovation within the agricultural industry. We are pleased to work with Ocean Spray to develop machine vision sensors that offer unique inspection capability as well as the opportunity to introduce precision agriculture techniques for improved agricultural yield and product quality,” said David Bannon, CEO of Headwall,  “Headwall is very proud of our strong partnership with Ocean Spray and the high level of technical collaboration generated throughout this relationship.”

About Headwall Photonics

Headwall Photonics is the leading designer and manufacturer of imaging

spectrometers and spectral instrumentation for industrial, commercial, and government markets. Headwall’s high performance spectrometers, and spectral engines 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 innovative imaging spectrometers based on optical technologies, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of patented spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance.  Headwall Photonics was formed in 2003 as the result of a divestiture from Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A).

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen

Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

978/353-4051                

www.headwallphotonics.com 

[email protected]

 

 


Tags: hyperspectral imaging, Headwall, cranberries, Ocean Spray, Food quality, Food safety

Headwall Names Tom Breen as Director of Global Sales

Growth Markets Require Solid Industry Background Across Commercial and Defense Markets

Fitchburg, MA – June 6, 2014 – With a rapid expansion of international business, Headwall Photonics announced today that Tom Breen has joined the Company as Director of Global Sales. Tom brings with him significant experience across many of the end-user markets served by Headwall. He will be responsible for managing Headwall’s growing worldwide sales activities and strategic opportunities for hyperspectral and Raman imagers as well as the Company’s OEM integrated spectral instrumentation.

Tom BreenPrior to joining Headwall, Tom held executive leadership positions at UTC Aerospace Systems where he was responsible for sales and business development of airborne and hand-held products. He also served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for General Dynamic’s Axsys Technology Division in Nashua, New Hampshire. Other senior management positions at L-3 Communications, BAE Systems, and Lockheed Martin provided Tom with the background that will allow Headwall to grow its business in the hyperspectral imaging market.

“We are thrilled that Tom has joined our team,” said Headwall CEO David Bannon. “His background complements our commercial growth plans seamlessly and he will be a terrific asset in tackling a market that is experiencing very robust growth. Tom has had significant success in building high performance sales teams coupled with exceptional customer relationships.”

“I am very excited to be joining Headwall at a period of tremendous momentum for the Company and the industry,” said Tom. “As a leading supplier of spectral instrumentation, Headwall is uniquely poised to expand and deliver hyperspectral sensors and OEM instruments for remote sensing and in-line applications.”

Headwall’s award-winning Hyperspec and Raman imagers are used in commercial and military airborne applications, in advanced machine-vision systems, for document and artifact care, for plant genomics, in medicine and biotechnology, and for remote sensing. A unique differentiator for the Company is Headwall’s patented all-reflective, aberration-corrected optical technology that is fundamental to every system it produces.

Tom is a published author, with numerous works produced for IEEE, SPIE, and AAAE. Tom’s educational background includes MBA and BSEE degrees from Northeastern University in Boston.

Tags: hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, Headwall

Headwall Expands Food Processing Capabilities With Exclusive License For USDA Poultry Inspection Patents

New USDA Initiatives To Safely Expand Poultry Processing Rates Require New Sensor Technology for Food Safety Inspection

Fitchburg, MA - May 1, 2014 - Headwall Photonics, a leading supplier of high performance spectral imaging solutions, has completed the exclusive licensing agreement with the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) for patents related to the in-line inspection of poultry. The patent licensing agreement builds on Headwall’s USDA Commercial Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) that collaboratively focused research activities on the development and introduction of in-line inspection sensors utilizing spectral imaging technology for food inspection.

 

poultry inspectionWhen coupled with Headwall’s patented aberration-corrected hyperspectral sensors, the USDA patents enable disease detection at high-speed line rates to comply with food safety regulations. The combination of Headwall’s sensors and USDA patented, disease detection algorithms not only support but enable the USDA’S proposed rule to increase poultry production line rates for more rapid inspection systems at poultry slaughter plants. The proposed USDA rule will increase line speeds from 35 birds per minute to 175 birds per minute utilizing a single USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) inspector on the slaughter line.

 

“Food safety and food quality is a very strategic market sector for the commercial deployment of Headwall’s hyperspectral imaging technology," said Headwall CEO David Bannon. "Through close collaboration with USDA researchers, we have developed customized imaging sensors to meet the high-speed, high-performance demands of harsh, critical food processing environments. Bannon also noted that poultry processors in the U.S. alone produce more than nine billion broiler chickens per year. "This is a very large market with unique technology needs."

 

In commenting on the patent licensing agreement, Dr. Moon Kim, a leading researcher with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) indicated that “These licensed patents represent many years of food safety and food quality research and have been tested with over 100,000 poultry carcasses. And, we have many years of successful experience working closely with Headwall sensor technology and their engineering team. We will continue to collaborate with Headwall in commercializing this next generation of food inspection technology.”

Providing industry-leading spectral and spatial resolution, Headwall’s patented Hyperspec® platform offers imaging sensors optimized for the following spectral regions:

  • Visible                                          380 to 780 nanometers

  • Visible – Near Infrared                   400 to 1000 nanometers

  • Extended VNIR                                600 to 1700 nanometers

  • Near Infrared                                   900 to 1700 nanometers

  • Short Wave Infrared                       1000 to 2500 nanometers

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]

 

About USDA Agricultural Research Service

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) 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.

ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination to:

  • Ensure high-quality, safe food, and other agricultural products
  • Assess the nutritional needs of Americans
  • Sustain a competitive agricultural economy
  • Enhance the natural resource base and the environment, and
  • Provide economic opportunities for rural citizens, communities, and society as a whole.
Tags: Headwall Photonics, Headwall, food processing

Headwall Appoints Diessechem as Distributor for Italy

Italy’s foremost distributor of analytical instruments adds Headwall’s Hyperspectral Sensors and Raman Imagers

 

Fitchburg, MA, October 30, 2013 — Headwall has announced a new distributor partnership with Diessechem srl, with offices in Milan, Italy. The agreement between the two companies is effective immediately and forges a distribution relationship in Italy for Headwall’s award-winning Hyperspec® line of hyperspectral sensors and Raman imagers. Mr. Francesco Beccari, Product Manager for Diessechem, has extensive experience in spectral imaging and will be handling sales, support, training and deployment on behalf of Headwall.

Headwall diessechemIn announcing the appointment, Headwall CEO David Bannon remarked on the depth of spectral imaging knowledge at Diessechem. “From pharmaceuticals to food processing, to remote sensing, Diesschem is uniquely able to fulfill rising demand for Headwall’s spectral imaging instruments and custom spectrometers as well as provide the critical training and engineering assistance vital to every successful deployment.”

Diessechem, operating since 1993, will be managing Headwall’s hyperspectral and Raman imagers through its Diesseinstrument unit. Since the Company handles other complementary imaging technologies, Diessechem is able to provide end-to-end, application-specific solutions built around Headwall’s range of sensors. Mr. Beccari noted that Headwall’s hyperspectral sensors fit Diessechem perfectly: “Spectral imaging is much more than simply a catalog of products,” he noted. “Our ability to now offer Headwall’s industry-leading hyperspectral imagers across all our markets represents a very important advancement for our clients across Italy.”

Hyperspectral imaging can quickly and non-destructively image objects within the field of view to determine its chemical and spectral fingerprint. Headwall’s sensors take advantage of reflective diffractive optics, which use aberration-corrected gratings to deliver high performance with respect to high spatial and spectral resolution, high signal-to-noise performance, and a wide field of view. Remote sensing using small and light sensors mounted to small aerial platforms and manned aircraft is a fast-growing application area that Headwall has pioneered. Other application areas include advanced machine vision, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and mining & mineral exploration.

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 end-user corporations, OEMs, and universities around the world. 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.

601 River Street, Fitchburg, Massachusetts USA     

Tel: +1 978-353-4051                

http://www.headwallphotonics.com

Email: [email protected]

 

About Diessechem srl

DIESSECHEM srl is the leading supplier of diagnostic kits for laboratory analysis and food safety, and of NIR spectrophotometers, spectroradiometers, ultra-portable Raman imagers. DIESSECHEM is divided into two product lines (Diessefood and Diesseinstrument) operating in synergy through a sales network of employees and commercial agents throughout Italy. DIESSECHEM also provides technical support from Milan (for northern and central Italy) and Rome (for Central and Southern Italy) to meet the demands for post-sale assistance.

Mr. Francesco Beccari

Diessechem srl

via Meucci 61/b, Milan, 20128 ITALY     

Tel: +39 0226305484

http://www.diessechem.com

 

 


Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Headwall, Europe, Italy