The Huge Variety of Applications with Optical Spectroscopy

Applications from the deep sea to outer space

Optical spectroscopy is a proven technique for directly determining ingredients as main parameters in media and measuring their concentration. Hellma products can be used for as diverse applications as the product. Solids, liquids and gases can be measured in the spectral range from UV, Vis, NIR to IR as well as Raman and fluorescence. Applications can be found in numerous industries such as (petro-) chemistry, pharmacy, food and feed, biotech or energy. However, Hellma products go beyond the classical process industry. Even if the requirements exceed the ordinary, solutions from Hellma are a good choice. From the deep sea to outer space - we use our expertise to develop the perfect solution according to your requirements.

Application Reports

Analysis of Edible Oil


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Spectroscopic Analysis of Edible Oils and Fats in Food Production


Identification of Liquid Gas


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Safe Energy for the Future - NIR Inline Analysis of Liquefied Gas on Delivery


Determination of Fruit Content


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Taste Comes First - Spectroscopic Concentration Determination of Fruit Content in Yogurt

Analysis of Food Colorant


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You eat with your eyes - Measuring the color concentration in the production of food colorant



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Efficient realization of many measuring points with only one spectrometer - Spectroscopic online monitoring of complex manufacturing processes illustrated by the example of polymerization

Measurement of Coffeine


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Spectroscopic Determination of the Caffeine Content in Dichloromethane After the Extraction of Caffeine in Coffee Beans

Drug Analysis


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Automated Dissolution Testing Using Spectroscopic Online Analysis

Chemical Analytics


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Real-Time Monitoring of Particles Size Dimension and Conversion Ratio During the Production of Expandable Polystyrene

Pharmaceutical Analytics


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Precise Monitoring of the Water Content During Spray Drying of an Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient

Chemical Analytics


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Process Optimization and Quality Control Using NIR Online Spectroscopy in the Production of Oleochemical Products

Petrochemical Analysis


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For a safe, clean and efficient passage over the ocean: Particle monitoring of bunker fuel using NIR spectroscopy

Food Analysis


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Concentration Measurement of Ingredients in the Manufacture of Dairy Products and Other Foods

Chemical Analysis


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Near Infrared (NIR) Online Process Control of Highly Saline Solutions during the Production of High Quality Fertilizers

Agricultural and Soil Analysis


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Spectroscopic Analysis of Soil for Pre-Categorization and Quality Determination 


Pharmaceutical Analysis


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Concentration Measurement of Nutrients and Metabolites during the Production of Biopharmaceuticals 

Analysis of Fermentation Processes


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In-line analysis of glucose and ethanol during fermentation with yeast

Fuel and Lubricant Analysis


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Exploitation of Oil Deposits: Spectroscopic Online Process Monitoring for More Efficiency and Yield in Oil Production


Polymere and Plastic Analysis


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Online Process Control During the Production of Polyoxymethylen (POM) using NIR-Spectroscopy

Operations under extreme conditions

Hellma Products in Space

Hellma products head to outer space. In the spring of 2008, a quartz-glass protein-crystallization reactor was deployed to the Columbus European Space Laboratory for the study of protein crystallization under weightlessness. It was brought to the International Space Station (ISS) on the 24th flight of the NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis. The results from these extraterrestrial experiments will help to develop efficient active substances to fight diseases back on earth.

For the most recent spaceflight in October 2018, part of the ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury, Hellma Materials optical crystals specialists provided a 3-inch cerium-bromide (CeBr3) scintillation crystal. It works in the gamma-ray and neutron spectrometer and is essential for planetary remote sensing.

The deep sea is an inhospitable place with no light and high pressure. But even in this environment Hellma products can provide a valuable service, for industries such as the oil production at sea. The measurement of water in petroleum effectively supports the quality control and makes it easier to comply with environmental requirements.

Only high-quality products can stand up to these extreme conditions and so the products are often developed especially for this purpose. The expertise gained in these projects continuously enters into the further development of the Hellma product range so that eventually all Hellma customers will benefit from those projects. 

Process Analytical Application Areas

Chemistry Energy Research and Development
Food Industry Life Science Aerospace
Pharmaceutical Photonik Environment


Typical applications for process probes are:

  • Monitoring of the production of plastics, paints, inks and pigments
  • Control of drug release in pharmaceuticals (TDA)
  • Tracking and controlling of reaction progressions
  • Determination of concentration and color
  • Determination of acid number, OH number, dissociation constants and partition coefficients

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