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Christopher Calling Appointed to Headwall Board of Directors

Christopher Van Veen | Jun 29, 2018 12:40:02 PM | ExpansionBoard of Directors

Brings 25+ Years of Technical Sales & Marketing Experience to Headwall

BOLTON, MA, JUNE 29, 2018 – Headwall has elected Christopher Calling to Headwall’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Mr. Calling brings to Headwall a very strong focus on customer strategy development and the sales & marketing of high performance spectral instrumentation in application areas of high growth and technology adoption. 

As one of the original founders of Andor Technology Ltd (Belfast, Northern Ireland), Mr. Calling was instrumental in building and driving Andor’s worldwide annual revenue in excess of $150 million.   During this time, he served as President of the Americas and global sales director. He was also responsible for the development and implementation of Andor’s global sales, marketing, and OEM partnership strategies within the spectroscopy and imaging market.

Chris also served as a Board member at Andor for more than 10 years. In addition to sales and marketing leadership, Chris helped drive the company’s M&A activity through multiple acquisitions.   

Headwall CEO David Bannon pointed to Calling’s background as valuable in contributing to the Company’s strong outlook going forward: “Across all of our markets, we are seeing an ever-broadening array of applications requiring Headwall’s spectral instrumentation and solutions.  Chris has valuable experience in scaling organizations with high rates of growth.  I am looking forward to working with him as a Headwall Board member and taking advantage of his 25 years of industry experience to continue delivering on Headwall’s vision.”

Chris Calling stated, “Headwall is an incredibly talented company with exceptional market and application experience.  The proven ability to deploy advanced spectral solutions not only for data acquisition but for data exploitation is a clear differentiator for customers that will drive profitable growth.  I am very excited to work with the Headwall team.”

About Headwall

Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of spectral instrumentation for remote sensing, advanced machine vision, medical/biotech, and government/defense markets. With a worldwide base of end-user and OEM customers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral solutions that are customized for application-specific performance. The Company is based in Massachusetts where it has two locations (Bolton and Fitchburg). European operations (Headwall BVBA) are located near Brussels, Belgium.

For more information about Headwall, please contact:

Christopher Van Veen, Headwall Marketing

580 Main Street

Bolton, Massachusetts 01740


Headwall Integrates Hyperspectral and LiDAR Aboard UAV Platforms

Enabling Remote Sensing Capabilities From Civil Infrastructure Inspection to Crop Monitoring

BOLTON, MA, JUNE 11 – Headwall has introduced advanced sensor payloads consisting of hyperspectral sensors and LIDAR for deployment on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platforms.  Through the fusion of spectral imaging data and 3D LIDAR output, Headwall continues to provide new industry-leading capabilities for addressing critical remote sensing applications ranging from civil and military infrastructure inspection to crop science applications requiring discrete solutions for crop monitoring.   The Headwall payload consists of a Hyperspec® spectral imager, a LIDAR unit, a UAV, a high-performance GPS/IMU, and the associated software for data acquisition and workflow processing for exploitation.  The combination of hyperspectral and LiDAR is especially powerful because the entire data set can be acquired on inexpensive UAV platforms with both sensor instruments operating simultaneously. Headwall’s software will allow for the control of both instruments, utilize the Digital Elevation Map for image creation, and allow for the merging of spectral datasets with the 3D point cloud.

UAV-deploymentAs instruments get smaller and lighter and UAVs get more robust and powerful, Headwall’s integrated airborne packages are designed for low-altitude, high precision flight for applications where high spectral and spatial resolution is required. Headwall’s focus is on integrating these sensor modalities and providing the necessary image workflow analysis for data exploitation.  “We continue to lead the industry with these integrated solutions that are based on solving costly problems for our customers,” said Headwall CEO David Bannon. “Hyperspectral sensing is in high demand right now, and Headwall continues to lead the industry with enabling data acquisition platforms as well as data exploitation and interpretation software,” said Bannon.

“We continue to lead the industry with these integrated solutions that are based on solving costly problems for our customers,” said Headwall CEO David Bannon. “Hyperspectral sensing is in high demand right now, and Headwall continues to lead the industry with enabling data acquisition platforms as well as data exploitation and interpretation software,” said Bannon.

Recognizing the growing market and need for LIDAR within remote sensing, David Bannon stated that “the fusion of LIDAR and hyperspectral imaging represents a key enabling technology for many remote sensing applications from civil infrastructure inspection to crop monitoring. With many years of experience, we are delighted to closely work with all of the leading LIDAR manufacturers in the industry to bring these capabilities to market.”

Headwall’s successful implementation of hyperspectral and LiDAR also involves a high-performance GPS/IMU, which collects both geographical data (the GPS) and roll/pitch/yaw information from the UAV (the IMU). This data as well as LiDAR and hyperspectral information is stored aboard Headwall’s small Nano-Hyperspec®, which includes a 500GB solid-state drive within its enclosure. Combined, the entire data set will represent a geo-rectified point cloud consisting of fused spectral and LIDAR output, which will be an industry first.

About Headwall

Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of spectral imaging instrumentation for remote sensing, advanced machine vision, medical/biotech, and government/defense markets. Headwall’s high-performance Hyperspec® instruments have been selected by end-user corporations, OEMs, and universities around the world who demand high spectral and spatial resolution performance. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance. The Company is based in Massachusetts where it has two locations (Bolton and Fitchburg). European operations (Headwall BVBA) are located near Brussels, Belgium.

GHGSat Satellite Deploys Headwall’s Micro-Hyperspec Imaging Sensor On Claire, a LEO Satellite for Green House Gas Emissions Monitoring

Micro-Hyperspec Provides Clouds and Aerosol Data to Support Carbon Dioxide and Methane Monitoring

Bolton, MA, March 8, 2017Headwall’s compact and light Micro-Hyperspec is a hardened Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) imaging sensor now deployed on Claire, a small low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite produced and launched by GHGSat (Montreal, PQ Canada). At an altitude of 512km in a sun-synchronous polar orbit, the satellite collects high-resolution image data that targets greenhouse gas (GHG) and air quality gas (AQG) emissions at industrial sites around the globe.

GHG_sat.jpgWith a robust sensor design focused on performance in harsh environments, Headwall’s Micro-Hyperspec operates at the Visible-Near-Infrared (VNIR) range of 400-1000nm with very high spectral and spatial resolution.

Having just completed its 500th measurement, the work undertaken by GHGSat and the Claire satellite is extremely beneficial in broadening the amount of environmental data that researchers can use to monitor carbon-based emissions from industrial sites. Site owners can also monitor emissions themselves by accessing data from GHGSat, anywhere on the globe and in near real-time.

Hyperspectral imaging technology, also known as imaging spectroscopy, provides a highly resolved view of earth monitoring at ranges far beyond the visible and across hundreds of spectral bands. A sensor proven for military/defense applications, Headwall’s Micro-Hyperspec is small, light, and robust spectral imager for LEO satellite use.

“GHGSat’s mission is to become the global reference for remote sensing of greenhouse gas (GHG) and air quality gas (AQG) emissions using our satellite technology,” said GHGSat President, CEO Stephane Germain. “We use the Micro-Hyperspec from Headwall to collect high-resolution image data in the VNIR range to support cloud and aerosol detection.”

GHGSat represents the latest commercial satellite payload for Headwall. “Small, commercial satellites such as GHGSat represent an important remote sensing tool for researchers,” said Headwall CEO David Bannon. “Breaking from the traditional high cost, high risk space development, Headwall’s performance and affordability are unmatched for these small-sat programs, and we’re very proud to be aboard GHGSat’s Claire satellite.” Fundamental to all Headwall solutions is a patented sensor design that maximizes spectral and spatial resolution and signal throughput while minimizing image aberrations across a wide field of view.

The Micro-Hyperspec sensor is small and light enough so that it can be one of several instruments on a nano-satellite. In addition to VNIR, Micro-Hyperspec is available in SWIR, NIR, and Extended VNIR versions.


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 are in use 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.

580 Main Street, Bolton, Massachusetts 01740 USA

Tel: +1 978-353-4051



About GHGSat

GHGSat has built and launched the world’s first satellite capable of monitoring greenhouse gas (GHG) and air quality gas (AQG) emissions from any industrial site in the world. GHGSat’s novel technology will enable GHG and AQG measurement with better accuracy at a fraction of the cost of comparable alternatives. Owners of industrial facilities anywhere in the world and in near real-time will be able to monitor all of their facilities, local or remote, with a common technology. Significantly improved data collection technologies will enable industries to better measure, control, and ultimately reduce emissions of GHGs and AQGs.

For information about GHGSat, contact:

Mr. Stephane Germain, GHGSat

3981 St-Laurent, Suite 500, Montreal, Quebec


Tel: +1-514-847-9474


Headwall Opens New Facility in Bolton, Massachusetts

Headwall Photonics has expanded to a new, larger facility in the Boston metropolitan area. The location at 580 Main Street in Bolton allows the Company to expand its engineering, sales, and marketing capabilities in response to increasing demand for its spectral imaging solutions. Headwall's core markets include remote sensing, advanced machine vision, and medical/biotech.Bolton is located about 35 miles west of Boston, which is a global center of technology, academia, and medical research.

Bolton_580_Main_Street.jpgThe Bolton location will complement Headwall's existing facility in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, where Headwall produces its holographic diffraction gratings. These highly engineered optical elements are used to manage reflected light; Headwall sells these gratings and integrated sub assemblies to OEMs around the world. Because of this core technology focus, Headwall's spectral imaging sensors are exceptionally precise and feature aberration-corrected performance, a wide field of view, high SNR, and low stray light. These are

important characteristics in remote sensing, advanced machine vision, and medical applications where resolution and imaging precision are crucial."Headwall has established a leadership position in its core markets," said CEO David Bannon.  "Enhancing our infrastructure capabilities with this new facility plan allows for operational expansion and the growth of our technology.”  The location near Boston also gives Headwall greater breadth and depth across all facets of its business. “With Headwall’s focus on delivering spectral imaging solutions, we are looking to expand the Company’s engineering and sales to build a dynamic team of professionals," concluded Bannon.

In addition to Bolton and Fitchburg in Massachusetts, Headwall BVBA operates in Brussels, Belgium.

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        


Headwall’s Spectral Imaging Sensors Aid Brain Cancer Surgery

Within Surgical Operating Suite, Hyperspec® Sensors Delineate Tumor Margins For Surgeons

Fitchburg, MA, March 8, 2016 — A European Union medical consortium has successfully deployed advanced hyperspectral imaging technology from Headwall in a brain cancer surgical trial that allows doctors to easily visualize the presence of hard to detect cancer tissue in the brain.  Hyperspectral imaging presents an advanced, highly resolved view of brain tissue, allowing doctors to very accurately discriminate between healthy and cancerous tissue in a non-invasive manner based on the chemical composition of the tissue.  

brain_tumor.jpgHyperspectral Imaging Cancer Detection (HELICoiD) is built around utilizing Headwall’s Hyperspec® sensors to deliver high spatial and spectral resolution, aberration-corrected imaging so that neurosurgeons can identify brain tumor margins for resection in real time.

“We are very excited about the success we have achieved thus far using Headwall’s Hyperspec instruments,” said Dr. Gustavo Marrero Callico, HELICoiD Program Manager and Associate Professor at University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.  “Distinguishing between normal and cancerous brain tissue is very difficult, which meant looking at new imaging techniques that could resolve those differences with a high degree of specificity. Headwall delivered exceptional spectral imaging technology and provided a solid basis for project collaboration and dialogue.”

Acquiring the valuable spectral data for the HELICoiD team were sensors operating in both the visible & near infrared spectral regions. “This Hyperspec® technology is extremely useful in demarcation of the specific tumor margins for surgical resection,” said Headwall CEO David Bannon. “It also results in a much more positive outcome for the patient as the neurosurgeon now has a visual spectral imaging technique for safely minimizing the amount of tissue to remove. Headwall is very pleased to be at the forefront of a medical program that took our technology and delivered astounding results.”

Additional integration work is underway now to move this technology forward and into additional trials worldwide.

Headwall Introduces Ultra-Compact Data System for UAVs

Enabling Sensor Data Fusion, HyperCore™ Connects Multiple Hyperspectral Sensors and Other Payload Instruments

Fitchburg, MA, February 11, 2016 — Headwall Photonics, Inc., the leading provider of spectral imaging solutions, has introduced a new, powerful data processing unit specifically designed for UAV airborne applications requiring sensor fusion. The small size and weight of HyperCore combined with its powerful data processing and high capacity storage connections offers the industry’s only processing platform for fusing hyperspectral sensing data with many other sensor payloads on the aircraft.

Ultra_HDPU_with_coin_small.jpgUtilizing Hyperspec III, Headwall’s powerful spectral imaging application software, HyperCore™ serves as the central connection point for remote-sensing instruments such as multiple hyperspectral sensors, LiDAR, thermal cameras, RGB instruments, GPS/IMU units, and many more.

Designed for harsh airborne environments and only the size and weight of a Rubik’s Cube, HyperCore stores 500GB of incoming airborne data and features two Gigabit Ethernet connections, one base CameraLink connection, and a multi-purpose I/O port to handle GPS/INS, sensor commands, etc. Depending on the instruments being connected, Headwall supplies HyperCore with the necessary Hyperspec III software modules to provide a comprehensive operational platform. HyperCore is the industry’s first true data processing hub specifically designed for use aboard today’s small and light UAVs.

“Headwall leads the industry in developing hardware and software solutions for remote sensing applications,” said CEO David Bannon. “The convergence of small UAVs and the need for different but complementary instruments such as LiDAR, GPS, thermal, and others led us to develop a single point of fusion for the data streams from each instrument.” HyperCore puts a focus on managing and synthesizing the data streams that are so crucial for developing imagery in remote sensing applications. “A precision agriculturalist wants to know if there is an invasive disease posing a threat to his crops,” continued Bannon. “HyperCore gives the user community a processing solution for managing those data streams in a small and light UAV-friendly package.” The product weighs only 1.4 pounds (0.64 kg), measures 3.5” x 3.0” x 3.0”, and draws only 12W. It is designed to work with Headwall’s Hyperspec® family of sensors, plus a wide range of instruments by notable third-party vendors.

Pricing of HyperCore depends on the software configurations chosen; delivery is 4-6 weeks ARO.

Headwall Names Five New Reseller Organizations

Christopher Van Veen | Jan 28, 2016 2:28:55 PM | Sales

Fitchburg, MA, January 28, 2016 -- Headwall Photonics is responding to significant growth in its core market segments by naming five new sales representative organizations. These companies are leaders in providing advanced instrumentation solutions to the remote sensing, advanced machine vision, government/defense, and biotech/medical markets in their respective geographies. Headwall's hyperspectral imaging sensors are used in applications as diverse as airborne precision agriculture, environmental monitoring, geological research, food inspection, reconnaissance missions, and cancer-tissue analysis. 

"These five companies represent outstanding sales engineering expertise across our core markets," said Tom Breen, Headwall's Director of Global Sales. Headwall's award-winning Hyperspec® family of sensors provide high-resolution imaging performance across the UV-VIS, VNIR, Extended VNIR, NIR, and SWIR spectral ranges using advanced aberration-corrected optics technology. Advantages include a wide field of view, high spatial and spectral resolution, high signal-to-noise, and low stray light.

In Canada, Spectra Research Corporation will represent Headwall for remote sensing and defense opportunities while Integrys will handle advanced machine vision applications. Both companies are based in Mississauga, Ontario. Focusing on remote sensing in the Netherlands, Headwall's representative will be Inventech. In Finland, Kvalitest Nordic Oy will represent the Company for remote sensing applications. Finally, specific DoD opportunities in the United States will be handled by T3TEC LLC of Huntsville, AL.

"We are very proud to welcome these highly respected companies to the Headwall sales family," said Mr. Breen. "All of them have the technical background necessary to quickly respond to market demands with application-specific, turnkey solutions."




About Integrys

Integrys is the trusted source of embedded computing, imaging technology, engineering know-how. For Headwall, Integrys will be covering advanced machine vision opportunities across Canada. Over 50 years of experience gives Integrys the strategic insight and technical savvy to help customers succeed. Integrys is solution-focused and works closely with leading manufacturers to actively seek ways to migrate proven transformational technology to new sectors. When it comes to the technologies that drive your business, Integrys thinks ahead-so you don't have to. Integrys connects Technology and Innovation.

For information about Integrys, contact:

Mr. Brian Flippance, Integrys

5805 Kennedy Road Mississauga, ON L4Z 2G3

Tel: 905-502-2070


About Spectra Research Corporation:

Spectra Research Corporation (SRC) offers a range of innovative, high-quality scientific products and laboratory services to industrial and scientific markets throughout Canada. For Headwall, SRC will handle remote sensing and government opportunities. By selecting only the best products available and offering complete technical support, SRC is striving for continual improvement of our services and quality practices. If you require exceptional laboratory services and support, SRC's technical expertise and industry knowledge provides service and training for all the products represented. Established in 1993, SRC is a subsidiary of Allan Crawford Associates (ACA), one of Canada's largest distributors of electronic components, test equipment and integrated networking solutions.

For information about Spectra Research Corporation, contact:

Mr. Paul Greenwood, Spectra Research Corporation

5805 Kennedy Road Mississauga, ON L4Z 2G3

Tel: 905-890-0555



About Inventech:

Inventech Benelux BV is a well-known distributor company for highly advanced process and laboratory equipment. Inventech works closely with an established group of principals, including Headwall. In the Benelux region Inventech offers complete solutions, technical support and after-sales for these principals. For information about Inventech, contact:

Mr. Marc Steinmetz, Inventech Benelux BV

Postbus 381, 4900AJ OosterhoutTel: +31 (0)162 460404



About Kvalitest Nordic Oy:

Kvalitest Nordic is a value adding technical distributor providing high-end products and solutions to industrial and research customers in the Nordic region. With Headwall's hyperspectral imaging sensor solutions, the Company is mainly active in and focusing on providing quality testing and environmental simulation solutions like standard and customized environmental test and simulation chambers. Kvalitest also provides high performance test and measurement solutions for noise and vibration applications including electrodynamic shakers, vibration controllers and dynamic signal analyzers.

For information about Kvalitest, contact:

 Mr. Pekka Jolanki, Kvalitest Nordic Oy

Huutokalliontie 208

40800 Vaajakoski, FINLAND

Tel: +358 (0)40 552 9800



About T3TEC LLC:

T3TEC is a small business headquartered in Huntsville Alabama. For Headwall, T3TEC will handle specific DoD opportunities in the United States. . The Company's focus is on analytics, hyperspectral and geospatial solutions for the Federal Government. The T3TEC management team is comprised of seasoned professionals with decades of DoD contracting experience and/or active military duty. T3TEC is committed to providing clients with extremely qualified and vetted personnel who solve problems.

For information about T3TEC LLC, contact:

Mr. Scott Trotter, T3TEC LLC

Huntsville, AL

Tel: (202) 930 2256


Hyperspectral Imaging Sensors Deliver Inspection, Sorting and Grading Capabilities for Nuts and Whole Food Products

Christopher Van Veen | Nov 23, 2015 9:44:28 AM | Food safety
Headwall Delivering Machine Vision Systems to Bratney Companies

Fitchburg, MA; November 23, 2015 - Headwall Photonics will be supplying its high-resolution Hyperspec® imaging sensors to Bratney Companies of Des Moines, IA, the leading provider of processing systems for nuts and specialty crops. These hyperspectral imaging instruments will be used as an integral part of Bratney's patented line of advanced machine vision systems that add a higher degree of sorting and grading precision for high-value nuts and whole food products, while greatly reducing the need for human hand-sorting labor.

Bratney logo The Hyperspec imaging sensors cover the important spectral ranges of interest and will provide Bratney with a tremendous amount of image data crucial to the real-time operation of their customers' production lines. Headwall's solution is a balance between high performance hardware and application-specific software algorithms customized for nuts, seeds and specialty crops or grains. The Hyperspec® sensor collects complete spectral image data for every pixel within the field of view and applies spectral and shape discrimination algorithms to inspect and grade processed food items. This results in a much higher level of discrimination and drives an overall higher product quality while delivering the greatest degree of consistency.

Headwall's Hyperspec® system controls the operation of the sensor hardware and monitors the flow of product along the conveyor line, then drives the action of the robotic ejection devices, allowing the Bratney picking and sorting equipment to easily manage the spectral data in a variety ways which are determined by the grade and quality requirements of the food processor.

Bratney_with_sensor.jpg"We are extremely pleased to be introducing Headwall's Hyperspec® imaging sensors throughout our operations," said Peter Bratney, CEO of Bratney Companies. "Our customers know us for innovative solutions across the inspection, grading and separation of high-value food products and we see this advanced imaging technology as a clear differentiator, as Headwall is a market leader in the field of advanced machine vision. This technology allows us to detect defects and infractions both visible and invisible to the human eye. Therefore, separations which are far beyond the capabilities of traditional human sorters are now possible, which is a tremendous benefit to our customers."

In describing the collaboration, Headwall CEO David Bannon noted, "This is a targeted spectral imaging solution addressing a critical quality assessment need within the food-processing industry. When it comes to high-value nuts, seeds and specialty crops and grains, the ability to determine overall quality based on chemical and shape characteristics is a key attribute of Bratney's pick and sort technology.   This capability offers tangible benefits for both processors and consumers."


About Bratney Companies

Bratney Companies brings its customers in the seed, grain, feed, nut and specialty industries the finest in cleaning, packaging, separation, material handling and storage equipment. Our 50-plus years of experience in food-grade handling has led us to handle many edible products such as almonds, popcorn, edible beans, nuts, spices, hops, barley, and other valuable products. The attention to sanitary designs and gentle handling that reduce contamination and degradation has led many clients to rely on Bratney Companies' expertise in designing, building or renovating their production facilities. From the proprietary process equipment we provide to our highly skilled and trusted construction and millwright crews, we bring the true professionalism and attention to food grade design that is expected in our demanding business.     

Contact information for Bratney:

Mrs. Ann Stutler

Bratney Companies

T. +1 515-270-2417

Headwall, PICVISA Develop Spectral Imaging Solution for Recycling

Christopher Van Veen | Oct 8, 2015 10:51:00 AM |
NIR Spectral Imaging Pushes Recycling Machine Vision Forward
Headwall & PICVISA Focus on Real-Time Sorting for In-Line Inspection

Fitchburg, MA; October 8, 2015 - Headwall Photonics (Fitchburg, MA; Diegem, Belgium) will be supplying advanced-technology spectral imaging systems to PICVISA (Barcelona, Spain) for use for in-line plastic recycling and sorting.  As a leader in sorting solutions for the recycling industry, PICVISA is focusing on the ability of hyperspectral imaging to sort and process recycled plastics. By utilizing advanced hyperspectral sensors to capture discrete spectral image data, PICVISA is able to more precisely differentiate and sort between a range of plastics that otherwise would be indistinguishable
NIR Hyperspectral According to Mr. Luis Segui, Chief Operating Officer of PICVISA, "In-line sorting and recycling of plastics represents a perfect application for hyperspectral imaging.We have  always focused on innovative, cost-effective solutions to differentiate our company and Headwall, like PICVISA, is the leader in the field of advanced process vision."
In describing the collaboration, Headwall CEO David Bannon noted "This is a targeted sensor solution addressing a critical environmental need," noted Bannon. "A strong technical team comprising PICVISA representatives, our distribution partner Alava Ingenieros located in Spain, and Headwall's application engineering team worked to develop a customized solution for PICVISA's market. The result of this effort is that PICVISA's customers can take advantage of very cost-effective imaging solutions that represent the next generation of process vision technology."
Headwall's award-winning Hyperspec NIR image sensors are integrated into PICVISA's new ECOPACK systems slated for worldwide deployment. The spectral range for the hyperspectral sensors will be the Near-Infrared (NIR), spanning 900-1700nm. Headwall's precision optical technology, based on aberration-corrected gratings in an all-reflective design, allows for deployment of vision technology across very wide conveyor belts collecting and processing information at very high speed. This allows PICVISA to significantly increase throughput across the recycling operation. The high spectral and spatial resolution of Headwall's Hyperspec NIR sensor means that even similar material sets (such as plastics sharing the same color) can be distinguished and separated based on the spectral signature of each distinct material.

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. 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.     




PICVISA is a Spanish manufacturer of equipment and solutions based on image processing. Optimized software combined with the latest camera technology and illumination systems allows PICVISA to supply the market with robust, efficient and high-quality systems.
The patented PICVISA systems provide industry with a wide range of information not available with other optical solutions. This information is properly used to improve the detection of different materials that previously could not be separated using other vision systems or detection solutions.

With the latest developments in optical sorting of recyclable materials, PICVISA collaborates in the achievement of a Sustainable Future.

For information contact:
Carrer dels Països Baixos, Num 18-20 nau 1
Poligon Industrial 'Les comes'
08700 Igualada ( Barcelona )
+34 93 801 76 10
Headwall Photonics is represented in Spain and Portugal by Alava Ingenieros Group. The privately-owned Company provides high technology solutions in the Testing, Measurement, Communications, Security, Defence and Preventive Maintenance fields.The Group offers consultancy, engineering, distribution, training and technical services, providing turn-key projects for several sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Security, Defence, Energy, Communications and Finance, as well as Testing and Research Centres, Universities, Public Services and Industry in general. 
For information contact:
Sergio García Fernández
ALAVA Ingenieros
Tel.: +34 91 567 97 57

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