[twocol_one]Abingdon-based Cobalt Light Systems develops products and technologies for non-invasive sub-surface chemical analysis and produces its INSIGHT100 table-top screening device for evaluating the chemical composition of liquids, powders and gels in glass or plastic containers.

Used widely at airports and other high security establishments, it employs an exclusively developed technology called SORS (Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy). [/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last][wooslider slider_type=”attachments” thumbnails=”default”] [/twocol_one_last] The machine is part of a range of screening, analysis and characterisation products that Cobalt Light Systems market for security, pharmaceutical and biological applications that rapidly and accurately measure materials without touching or altering the sample.

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We worked closely with Cobalt Light Systems as a manufacturing partner, supplying a framework for the INSIGHT100’s console and helped to managed a part-build programme, which included purchasing and sourcing third-party components as well assembly and testing for the part-assembled device.

Major components such as the control panel, main PCB boards, power supplies and cable harnesses are purchased from Cobalt Light Systems preferred and other MiniTec selected suppliers, and held in CANBAN stock before pre-testing and assembly into the console frame.

Dedicated test rigs verify operation of the part-assembly before shipping for final assembly which includes PC and SORS instrument installation, programming and interfacing. External covers are then fitted to the frame and final testing takes place.

Transportation packaging that is used for the final assembly is also included in the scope of MiniTec’s supply and our partner arrangement extends to managing cost reduction initiatives with suppliers as well as providing a pro-active responsibility for component/product improvement and obsolescence.


After working with MiniTec at the design and development stages of the INSIGHT100, the two companies collaborated on the part-system build programme in a close relationship that benefits Cobalt Light by sub-contracting the manufacturing cycle management and a large proportion of the assembly effort for the device.

The INSIGHT100 has achieved ECAC standard 3 – the highest standard for European airport security equipment – and is in use for liquid screening at Heathrow, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton Airports as well as Amsterdam Schipol, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly Airports and many more.

For more information on Cobalt Light Systems and the INSIGHT100 visit http://www.cobaltlight.com/ or see the product in action below:


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