Agriculture & Food Processing
Established technologies also have critical shortcomings in industrial or mass market applications. A major drawback is the complex sample preparation required by all common technologies. This by itself can take hours or days and can only be performed in a lab, not in the production area. In addition, PCR and Maldi-TOF need several hours to process a sample. Raman and SPR are relatively fast, but require a an sophisticated sample chamber which is not feasible for an inline application. Finally, the total cost of an analytic system is in the range of several ten thousand Euros.
SpheroScan is inline capable and can be deployed at different production steps. Its µBead sensor technology reduces the need for sample preparation significantly and economic to operate as a permanent monitoring system.