Malvern, UK and Boston, MA: Malvern Panalytical, a global leader in analytical characterization technology development, has announced a collaboration with specialist 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 customized dashboards, data collection and analytics, and system scheduling and monitoring. This 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 their equipment, and make swift, data-driven decisions.

The first phase of this 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 also their remote monitoring by scientists, who can make adjustments when they are alerted that parameters are beginning to deviate from established criteria. Malvern Panalytical’s customers will be able to securely and seamlessly access both instrumentation and data via a customized web-based dashboard. This will allow key laboratory stakeholders to perform higher-quality measurements, increase instrument uptime, prevent failures, and better tailor their service contracts based on real usage data.

Lindsey Christensen, Director of Marketing, TetraScience, commented: “Many companies struggle with the quantity of data produced, with data analytics, and with bottlenecks of various kinds in laboratory operations. Modern technologies, like the Internet of Things, 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 materials analysis systems. The Malvern Panalytical brand represents quality and precision and is the standard in many parts of scientifically-focused R&D, such as pharmaceutical development and manufacture.”

Duncan Roberts, V. P. business development, Malvern Panalytical, commented: “We have been closely engaged in finding the most suitable way to help our customers benefit from the vast potential offered by the Internet of Things. 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 that 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. We have been impressed with the flexibility of the TetraScience platform and its ability to deal with the complexities of modern research processes—particularly for discovery and development workflows in the pharmaceutical industry.”

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. They reliably address a wide variety of measurement and characterization needs and are underpinned by extensive industry knowledge, technical expertise and applications understanding. Malvern Panalytical is part of Spectris plc.