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Insight Series Ultra-low False Alarms with Water

Cobalt's Insight series of bottled liquids scanners have been rigorously tested on bottled water and found to have a class-leading 0.024% false alarms.  As the regulations governing the allowed flow of traffic through airport security change over the next few years, Cobalt's Insight series will be an excellent choice for screening one of the most common items - bottled water. 

Press Coverage for Cobalt’s MacRoberts Award Win

Cobalt Light Systems wins the MacRobert Award for its Insight100 liquids explosives detection system.  The company’s airport security product faced very stiff competition against some extremely impressive products.  John Robinson FREng, Chair of the MacRobert Award judging panel, said: "The promise of this single fundamental innovation to improve the lives of millions of people in such a variety of ways meant Cobalt stood out in what has been a particularly competitive year for the MacRobert Award.”

Cobalt Light Systems wins MacRobert Award from Royal Academy of Engineering

3 July 2014 - Cobalt Light Systems has won the prestigious 2014 MacRobert Award for its unique liquids scanner for airports, it was announced last night.

Cobalt Light Systems, which was up against engineering giant Rolls Royce and the fast growing QinetiQ spin-out OptaSense, pioneered a technique toidentify, within seconds, the chemical composition of liquids sealed within non-metallic containers without opening them. 

Cobalt Award Announcement Press Coverage

The recent announcement of Cobalt Light Systems’ nomination for the MacRobert Award has sparked a wave of reports and press coverage.  Cobalt is one of three finalists shortlisted for the prestigious award, which is presented by the Royal Academy of Engineering.  

Cobalt announced as MacRobert Award finalist

Cobalt Light Systems has been shortlisted as one of three finalists for the MacRobert Award, presented by the Royal Academy of Engineering, and widely regarded as the UK’s premier engineering prize. Previous winners include Rolls Royce for the Trent Aero Engine and recently Jaguar Land Rover for the Range Rover Evoque. The nomination is for Cobalt’s cutting-edge technology for analysing the composition of chemicals sealed within non-metallic containers, without opening them, in just a few seconds.

Cobalt Interviewed at Analytica 2014

Cobalt light systems was at Analytica recently showing its RapID product on the Analyticon booth.  Cobalt’s Business Development Director, Darren Andrews, was interviewed about RapID on the booth by European Pharmaceutical Review and the short (<3 minutes) interview can be seen below or here.  In the interview the main uses and applications are discussed that are enabled by RapID&r

Cobalt Exhibiting and Presenting at Pittcon 2014

Pittcon 2014

Cobalt will be exhibiting its line of pharmaceutical analysis products at Pittcon this year.  Live demonstrations of Cobalt’s TRS100 and RapID instruments will be available at the booth.  The TRS100 is designed to replace HPLC for quicker, less resource-intensive content uniformity testing – see a working instrument quantifying the API capsules and tablets in real time. RapID allows non-invasive raw materials ID through unopened non-transparent containers, such as sacks, FIBCs, bottle and tubs.

White paper on content uniformity method development published

Cover Development of an Alternative to HPLC for Individual Tablet Assay by Transmission Raman

Dr. Carl Anderson of Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA has written a white paper about developing transmission Raman methods for content uniformity analysis as an alternative to HPLC analysis.  Transmission Raman Spectroscopy has significant potential for reducing costs and time for routine regulated testing of batches produced in pharmaceutical factories. 

First webinars of 2014: Transmission Raman for CU Analysis

Cobalt is pleased to announce the first of its webinar series for 2014.  Two talks are scheduled for 25th February, starting at 2pm UK time.  HPLC is the dominant technique for quantitative analysis in the pharmaceutical industry.  Replacing it would enable significant cost savings for high volume dosage manufacture.  Transmission Raman spectroscopy is a viable alternative for quantifying API in finished dosage forms: tablets up to 10mm thick, coated tablets, intact capsules, etc.

Cobalt to supply 16 Spanish airports INSIGHT100