Malvern Panalytical embraces IoT with TetraScience partnership

The collaboration will allow researchers — particularly those working in the pharmaceutical industry and other sectors involved in the creation of complex materials — to improve laboratory efficiency, better manage equipment and make swift, data-driven decisions

Malvern Panalytical, a specialist in analytical characterisation technology development, will collaborate with Internet of Things (IoT) company, TetraScience, to deploy IoT-enabled capabilities and connectivity for its instruments.

The objective of the collaboration will be to provide access to customised dashboards, data collection and analytics, system scheduling and system monitoring.

The first phase of the collaboration will focus on connecting the Empyrean (X-ray diffraction) and Mastersizer 3000 (laser diffraction) instruments via the TetraScience platform.

This capability will enable both availability and usage reporting for these systems and remote monitoring by scientists, who can make adjustments when they are alerted that parameters are beginning to deviate from established criteria.

Lindsey Christensen, Director of Marketing at TetraScience, said: “Many companies struggle with the quantity of data produced, with data analytics and with bottlenecks of various kinds in laboratory operations. Modern technologies, such as the IoT, are a critical means of alleviating these challenges.

We selected Malvern Panalytical as our partner in this collaboration as they are the most forward-looking manufacturer of material analysis systems.

Malvern Panalytical’s customers will be able to securely and seamlessly access both instrumentation and data via a customised web-based dashboard. This will allow key laboratory stakeholders to perform higher quality measurements, increase instrument uptime, prevent failures and better tailor service contracts based on real usage data.

Duncan Roberts, VP Business Development at Malvern Panalytical, said: “We have been closely engaged in finding the most suitable way to help our customers benefit from the vast potential offered by the IoT.

"It was important for us to work with a leader in the IoT field and we chose the TetraScience platform because it is robust, easy to use and vendor agnostic. This means our customers will be able to connect Malvern Panalytical instruments, as well as others within their labs, to create a holistic, interconnected view of laboratory efficiency.”

Malvern Panalytical’s systems are used by scientists and engineers in a wide range of industries, ranging from building materials to pharmaceuticals, and from metals and mining to nanomaterials. The systems reliably address a wide variety of measurement and characterisation needs and are underpinned by extensive industry knowledge, technical expertise and applications understanding.

Malvern Panalytical and TetraScience will be holding a joint webinar in the coming weeks to provide more detail about their partnership. Contact salesinfo@malvern.com to register your interest.

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