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Cobalt Light SystemsTM develops innovative products for non-invasive, sub-surface chemical analysis across a variety of industries

Unique Technologies

Cobalt’s proprietary technologies use novel variants of Raman spectroscopy. Our instruments can rapidly and accurately identify materials hidden inside objects or through opaque barriers such as plastic, coloured glass, paper and skin, or can measure the concentrations of materials in mixtures, with a high degree of accuracy.

Our products are applied in a range of applications, including:

UK Based

Our headquarters are near Oxford in the UK, with all product design and manufacturing taking place onsite.

Operations began in 2008, developing instruments across a range of Raman applications for laboratory and industrial analysis. The underlying technology is exclusive to the company and was invented at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK.

Award Winning

We received the 2014 Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award, the UK’s most prestigious prize for innovation in engineering. Shortlisted against engineering giant Rolls Royce and Qinetiq company OptaSense, Cobalt won the award for the Insight100TM product, which identifies explosive threat materials inside containers in seconds without opening them.

Watch the MacRobert Award finalists video

Watch the MacRobert Award finalists video

Quality Assurance

Cobalt Light Systems is audited and monitored by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA). Our UK facility is certified by LRQA to the Quality Management Systems Standard BS EN ISO 9001:2008 for hardware and software design, manufacture, sale and support of non-invasive spectroscopic analysis systems for use in pharmaceutical, security screening and diagnostic applications.

As a company, we are committed to providing the highest quality products that meet and, where possible, exceed the needs and expectations of customers. We continuously work on improving our Quality System to ensure compliance with regulations, national and international standards.

Cobalt Terms and Conditions

A copy of Cobalt's terms and conditions of sale is available on request. Please contact for more details.

® Cobalt and LiteThru are trademarks of Cobalt Light Systems Ltd., registered in the UK and other countries.


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