2016-04-19 GOOD to KNOW: Are your UV/Vis verification methods
already compliant with USP 857?
The updated „United States Pharmacopeial Convention 857“ (USP 857) applies from 1st May 2016. Be informed about the changes and recommendations, the experts of Hellma are pleased to help you find a solution!
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2016-04-18 Hellma at the analytica 2016
2016-04-08 Tutorial - How to connect tubes with flow-through cells properly
2016-03-01 Hellma is acquiring the business of Axiom Analytical Inc.
Find out more in the official press release
Axiom Analytical, Inc. is the leading supplier of optical precision modules for online spectroscopy for the process manufacturing industry in the USA .
On March 1, 2016, the company will be acquired by the Hellma Group and will henceforth operate as Hellma Axiom.
Read the official press release on the transaction here.
2016-01-11 BestCeller 2016 - The core range of our product portfolio
With interesting tips and tricks - take a look now!
In the “BestCeller” catalogue offered by Hellma Analytics, you’ll find our core range of products in the areas of cuvettes, reference materials for testing spectrophotometers, optical immersion probes and products for micro volume analysis as well as other accessories for UV/Vis/NIR spectroscopy.
The catalog also offers interesting tips and tricks that show you why Hellma Analytics’ products and services are truly one of a kind.
Download it yourself and take a look.
2015-12-10 The Safety Data Sheets for Hellmanex III are updated in accordance with the Regulation (EC) no.1907/2006 (REACH)
The updated Safety Data Sheets for our product Hellmanex III in accordance with the Regulation (EC) no.1907/2006 (REACH) are now available for download .
-> All informations about Hellmanex!
2015-08-31 Webinar: LIVE | September 24, 2015 | Efficient processes by means of online analysis
How to improve process control and reduce expenses
This webinar will present online spectroscopy with optical immersion probes – options for process optimization and identifying possible savings.
In our webinar on September 24, 2015 at 10 o’clock CET, you will learn how to optimize your manufacturing processes by means of optical immersion probes. After a short introduction to online spectroscopy, you will get an overview of the usual technologies and measuring procedures. Practical applications will highlight advantages over conventional methods of analysis.
How can you integrate online UV/Vis/NIR spectroscopy to manufacturing processes?
- Overview of various technologies and measuring procedures
- Conditions of installation, simulation of product flow
What are the advantages?
- Higher process efficiency and process performance
- Easy and fast process monitoring
- Ideal control of demanding reaction processes
- Proactive process and quality management
This webinar is addressed to production managers, quality assurance managers, methods engineers and process engineers.
Please note that this webinar will be held in German.
2015-08-26 GOOD to KNOW: How to maximize the availability of measuring systems by suitable cleaning methods...
Find out how you can prevent deposits in the measurement range and thus avoid false measurement results.
-> Download: How to maximize the availability of measuring systems by suitable cleaning methods of immersion probes!
2015-08-10 Webinar: Squeaky Clean: Direct Spectroscopic Measurement For Cleaning Validation
Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Time: 01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
We have all heard the phrase “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.” But in this webcast, the “baby” is the bath water. We often think of using optical spectroscopy to measure chemical composition and identification, but you can also use it to monitor chemical removal. In this webcast, we’ll be discussing how to use UV for optimized cleaning validation. Key points discussed will include:
- Worldwide droughts have increased scrutiny and even fines on water usage during manufacturing
- Current measurement methods are either indirect or time consuming and suffer from undersampling
- Process analytical technologies (PAT) and rugged instrumentation allow for automated monitoring with spectroscopy saving considerable time and consumable expense
2015-07-09 GOOD to KNOW: Why certified hygienic probes
make the difference!
Get to know more about why certified hygienic probes make the difference in our series "GOOD to KNOW".
-> Download: Why certified hygienic probes make the difference!
2015-06-24 ACHEMA 2015 – Exhibition review in 156 seconds
2015-06-13 NEW! World´s first 3-A-certified immersion probe
Live at Achema 2015 – the PAT world novelty: The first optical immersion probe for UV/Vis and NIR process analysis certified in accordance with 3-A!
Hygiene requirements are becoming increasingly strict for production processes, especially in the food and pharmaceutical industries.
3-A certification is an established hygiene standard in the USA that defines hygiene criteria for technical equipment. Hellma Analytics' UV/Vis/NIR optical immersion probe has been specially designed to meet the requirements for this standard and has now been officially certified. This certification guarantees that all surfaces that come into contact with products are very easy to clean (CIP) and sterilize (SIP) according to 3-A standards.
This makes it much easier for planners, production managers and process managers to integrate optical analysis components when designing or retrofitting plants. The 3-A certificate serves as proof that the plant in question meets the relevant hygiene requirements.
Optical immersion probes perform spectroscopic analyses, allowing manufacturing processes to be monitored inline and in real time.
Come and have a look at the Hellma booth
– hall 4.2, booth D 35 – and let our solutions convince you!
-> Download data sheet
2015-06-12 Dr. Oliver Falkenstörfer is the new Managing Director of Hellma Optik GmbH Jena
Since June, Dr. Oliver Falkenstörfer (51) has been the new Managing Director of Hellma Optik GmbH in Jena - the expert in manufacturing cylinder, toric and flat optics of excellent quality. As a physicist with a PhD, Dr. Falkenstörfer was responsible for different managerial and executive functions at JENOPTIK Optical Systems GmbH where he was working in particular as the Head of Development of the business unit Optics. Dr. Falkenstörfer studied at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and obtained his doctoral degree at the Department of Applied Optics in Erlangen. He started his professional career at Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH.
“We are delighted that we were able to gain such an experienced manager with Dr. Oliver Falkenstörfer. With his expert know-how, he will continue to bring forward the strategic development of Hellma Optik GmbH” says Lutz Mayer, Managing Director of the Hellma Group.
Dr. Oliver Falkenstörfer: “I am very much looking forward to this new task in particular to expanding existing and developing new business areas. Thanks to a well- versed and motivated team, Hellma Optik GmbH offers an outstanding product portfolio to its customers. I am confident that we will continue the success story of Hellma Optik GmbH.”
About Hellma Optik GmbH
Hellma Optik GmbH is a company within the globally active Hellma Group. It has 90 employees and manufactures besides cylinder, toric and flat optics also special optics. This special optics is used in the optics industry primarily in the fields of laser technology and photonics as well as in science and research. Since 1991, Hellma Optik has been the official dealer of Schott AG in Mainz for optical glasses up to 20 kg.
2015-05-29 GOOD to KNOW: Why the use of glued cuvettes
can cause problems!
Get to know more about the quality of cuvettes and learn why the use of glued cuvettes can cause problems in our new series „GOOD to KNOW“.
-> Download: Why the use of glued cuvettes can cause problems!
2015-05-13 Whitepaper: Particle monitoring of heavy fuel oil through NIR spectroscopy
NIR spectroscopy enables the constant particle monitoring of heavy fuel oil. Please click below to download the whitepaper.
2015-04-30 Survey: Choosing the right cuvette
2015-04-07 GOOD to KNOW: Why surface flatness of UV/Vis cuvettes is important
Get to know more about the quality of cuvettes and learn why surface flatness is so crucial for reliable measurement results in our new series „GOOD to KNOW“.
-> Download: Why surface flatness of UV/Vis cuvettes is important
2015-03-26 Technical Note: Liquid in situ Fluorescence Measurements
No need to sample - simply take your readings directly in place in locations such as reaction vessels
2015-02-25 Conference & Expo PITTCON, New Orleans, LA USA
March 8 - 12, 2015 Visit us!
Pittcon is the World’s Largest Annual Conference and Exposition for Laboratory Science.
Visit us! Booth: 2437
This dynamic global event offers a unique opportunity to get a hands-on look at the latest innovations and to find solutions to all your laboratory challenges. The robust technical program offers the latest research in more than 2,000 technical presentations covering a diverse selection of methodologies and applications. Pittcon also offers more than 100 short courses in a wide range of topics and the once-a-year chance to network with colleagues.
-> Further information
2015-02-15 Visit us at the fair Labsupply and hear the lecture: "Mit Sicherheit richtig messen - mit zertifizierten Referenzmaterialien"
Come and visit Hellma Analytics on February 25, 2015 at LabSupply in Frankfurt, Germany - the regional trade fair for instrumental analytics, laboratory technology, laboratory chemicals and biotechnology/life science.
Attend the presentation “Certainly accurate measurements with Certified Reference Materials” hosted by Mr. Can Basbaydar – Hellma Analytics - from 2:00 to 2:40 pm in lecture room 4.
February 25, 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany – don’t miss it!
2015-02-15 New! Additional optical path lengths - 3in1 all-quartz flow-through cuvette
More versatile, flexible and efficient measurements thanks to its two optical path lengths and the innovative internal thread cut directly in the quartz glass cuvette. Time-consuming switching of cells is no longer necessary.
The new optical path lengths extend the application possibilities of the all-quartz flow through cuvette.
The cuvette is ideally suited for tablet dissolution tests (TDA) and flow-through spectroscopic analysis.
Special features for TDA applications:
// Second path length can be set without time consuming changing of the cuvette respectively no longer screwing and unscrewing of the tubings necessary
// Red point mark for the quick detection of the path length position
-> Further Information - download datasheet
2015-01-18 New Certification Level for UV-Vis Reference Materials
The Hellma calibration laboratory has now been accredited by DAkkS (the national accreditation body for the Federal Republic of Germany) for a further five years for its range of NIST traceable reference materials for spectrophotometer validation.
Under the previous accreditation, the company was certified to manufacture UV-Vis reference materials for wavelength accuracy and optical density up to an absorbance of 2.05A.
However, pharmaceutical applications, biotechnology and spectrophotometer manufacturers all increasingly require reference materials with a certified absorbance up to 3A . Since NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) is no longer producing the relevant SRM 2930 filter set, Hellma Analytics has manufactured an equivalent reference material, which has been officially certified by NIST, and is available as their 666-S300 filter set .
The latest renewal of its DAkkS accreditation, and the extension of its absorbance certification range, further develops Hellma Analytics CRM (Certified Reference Material) product offering. The company added that this will enhance the service they offer to all those who require validation of the performance of their spectrophotometer or other optical analysis equipment.
-> Further information filter set 666-S300
-> Certified UV/Vis Reference Materials
2014-12-03 New handling guidelines for the ideal use of the TrayCell
The TrayCell is a fiber-optic ultra-micro cell designed for the UV/Vis micro volume analysis of DNA/RNA and proteins.
Areas of application are all spectro-photometric micro-volume measurements (0.7 µl – 10 µl) in the UV/Vis range of 190 nm to 1,100 nm.
-> Download: TrayCell - handling guidelines
-> Video: TrayCell
2014-11-15 Video: Preparation of a Spectrophotometer for the calibration with Hellma glass filters
Hellma Analytics reference materials for UV/Vis spectroscopy meet internationally recognised standards and provide for highest process transparency. They ensure dependable examinations of the spectral resolution, the wavelength accuracy as well as the checking for stray light and photometric accuracy.
Hellma Analytics shows the preparation of a Spectrophotometer for the calibration with glass filters.
2014-10-16 Control Cards - certified reference materials
2014-09-27 From Containment to Immersion
A history of sample handling in optical analysis
First published in Labmate UK -
2014-09-12 Article about the validation of spectrophotometer
What you need to know to ensure your spectrophotometer
can still be trusted.
First published in Labmate UK -
2014-08-14 Visit of Armin Schuster, Member of the German Bundestag, and Albrecht Broemme, President of THW
Müllheim August 14, 2014 Armin Schuster, Member of the German Bundestag, and Albrecht Broemme, President of THW = Bundesanstalt Technisches Hilfswerk (= German Federal Agency for Technical Relief) visited Hellma Analytics.
The THW provides support and assistance during major catastrophes and emergencies within Germany and all over the world.
Bridge construction, drinking water supply, flood relief are just some of many THW rescue missions. THW is mainly supported by volunteers – at present there are about 70,000 volunteers in Germany.
Currently, Hellma Analytics has three employees who work as THW volunteers. For these missions, the employees are granted a leave of absence by Hellma Analytics. The company’s commitment has now been recognized through a visit by the THW President Albrecht Broemme and THW’s local representative Patrick Winterhalter. On this occasion, Müllheim’s Mayor Astrid Siemes-Knoblich and the Director of THW Freiburg, Brunhard Grothe, were also present.
Matthias Glatter is a Hellma Analytics employee and a committed THW volunteer. For his commitment during the 2013 flood disaster in Germany, he was now presented the service medal “Fluthilfe 2013” (flood relief 2013) by the THW President Albrecht Broemme. Lutz Mayer, Managing Director of Hellma Analytics, is very proud of his employee.
Time off during THW missions
Lutz Mayer introduced the Hellma Company and its products. Hellma Analytics is aware of its social responsibility and thus it goes without saying to grant such volunteers their respective time off during THW missions. Missions up to one working day are financed by Hellma Analytics without any compensation by the German Government.
Armin Schuster, member of the German Bundestag, appreciated this in particular and pointed out how important it is to honor entrepreneurs in Germany for their social commitment and their support of the THW.
With its precision solutions “Made only in Germany”, Hellma Analytics provides the basis for secure measurement results in optical analysis. Efficiency and expertise in customer support are highly appreciated among industry customers and end users all over the world.
2014-07-09 A strong team - Hellma Analytics plus Knick retractable devices
Save time and money – and benefit from the advantages of optical immersion probes in combination with Knick retractable devices. Calibration and maintenance is possible while the process is still running – without interruption! And the modular design of the probe enables an enormous variety regarding possible installations.
-> Click here to find out more
2014-06-13 Conformity certificate according to ISO/IEC 17050-1
As a service to our customers, Hellma Analytics will enclose a conformity certificate according to ISO/IEC 17050-1 free of charge with every order.
This certificate confirms that the products are in accordance with the specifications of the Hellma catalogue respectively Hellma drawing.
2014-05-20 Hellmanex® III Cleaning concentrate Certificates of Analysis
As a new service for our customers, Hellma Analytics offers Certificates of Analysis for Hellmanex ® III Cleaning concentrate to download.
The analysis results stated in the certificate have been determined immediately after the product's manufacturing. The certificate lists the determined pH value, density and conductivity.
2014-04-10 Spring conference of Spectaris at Hellma Analytics
Müllheim – April 10, 2014 This year’s spring conference of the Spectaris Human Resources Management Group (Spectaris = German Hightech Industry Association) was held at Hellma Analytics.
Several current subjects from the agenda were discussed with regard to practical experiences e.g. how modern recruiting is like as a result of demographic change. Another key aspect was the subject of talented employees’ development.
In the course of the conference, a tour of the premises was organized – the participants had the chance to take a closer look at Hellma Analytics’ manufacturing processes, which was met with utmost interest. The visitors were impressed especially by the high precision of the optical production.
“The conference was very interesting ensuring a lively exchange of knowledge. We were able to gather suggestions and ideas for our human resources activities at Hellma Analytics”, Mr. Heisterkamp, Hellma Analytics’ Commercial Director, says.
With its precision solutions “Made only in Germany”, Hellma Analytics provides the basis for secure measurement results in optical analysis. Efficiency and expertise in customer support are highly appreciated among industry customers and end users all over the world.
2014-04-08 Newly added to the accessories configurator – interchangeable path length tips
Supplementing the existing accessories configurator, Hellma Analytics now provides the opportunity for users to select interchangeable path length tips for the Falcata series’ optical immersion probes quickly and easily.
Depending on the application, different optical path lengths are needed for the measurement. The Falcata series’ optical path lengths can be adjusted quickly and easily by interchangeable path length tips.
Please visit www.mypatprobe.com for more details.
2014-03-06 Project group "Stadt-Land-Job" visited Hellma Analytics
Müllheim, March 6
9 members of the project group „Stadt-Land-Job“ of the Müllheim-based branch „Diakonisches Werk“ (=social welfare organization of Germany’s Protestant churches) visited Hellma Analytics. The project is to accompany permanently unemployed people back to regular working life. Its goal is to find individual ways for sustainable employment. To do so, it is important for the group members to be able to put themselves into the perspective of the employer. Besides one-on-one coaching by the „Diakonisches Werk“, the group also visits nearby companies.
Ulf Heisterkamp, Hellma Analytics’ Commercial Director, guided the group through the company and pointed out the requirements for jobs at Hellma Analytics. This was a good opportunity for the members to get in contact with the personnel manager on how to apply. Group members choose the companies and establish the initial contact. Hellma Analytics operates globally in the field of analysis technology and employs more than 210 people at the Müllheim location.
2014-01-29 EuroPACT 2014
Visit Hellma Analytics on EuroPACT 2014
May 06, 2014 - May 09, 2014, Barcelona, Spain
3rd European Conference on Process Analytics and Control Technology
EUROPACT 2014 is the third European Conference on Process Analytics and Control Technology. The conference will cover new technologies in process analytics, the implementation of these technologies in various fields and the transformation of data into knowledge. The conference will be supported by an exhibition of instrumentation, applications and data evaluation tools.
For more information:
2013-12-09 Fundraising campaign for the Philippines
Hellma Analytics and its employees have teamed up with children from the company’s day nursery, Hellma Spatzennest, to launch a fundraising campaign, which involves Hellma customers from all over the world. So far we’ve collected a donation of over €3,000 but with the campaign, we want to increase this to €10,000. Hellma employees can help by donating cash or hours from their time sheet. The company will then double the total donation.
Children of the company day nursery help with
Hellma customers and the children from the Hellma Spatzennest day nursery are also getting involved in the campaign. The Spatzennest children have painted their favorite animals for the cause. Pictures can be found online and customers have the chance to vote for their favorite one. And the great thing is, Hellma Analytics will donate one euro for every vote that is cast. The campaign will run until Christmas. One of our employees who has relatives in the disaster zone will be traveling to the Philippines between Christmas and New Year, ensuring that the donation goes straight to those who need it. In addition,the animal that receives the most votes will be chosen and integrated into the pedagogical concept of the Hellma Spatzennest day nursery. The company’s first donation has already arrived in the Philippines and the people there were delighted to receive the food we sent.
2013-11-08 World Debut: 3in1 All-quartz flow-through cuvette
More versatile, flexible and efficient measurements thanks to its two optical path lengths and the innovative internal thread cut directly in the quartz glass cuvette. Time-consuming switching of cells is no longer necessary.
Ideally suited for tablet dissolution tests (TDA)
and flow-through spectroscopic analysis.
2013-10-20 New Design! Flow-through cell for ultra-low volumes
Flow-through cell - T-Design for ultra-low volumes - measurement chamber volume 18 µl
The innovative T-design of this new flow-through cell reduces the distance that fluid must travel to reach the measurement chamber, thereby minimizing sample carryover and greatly accelerating the speed of cleaning.
2013-09-05 ILMAC 2013 - Visit us!
Competence in Process and Laboratory Technology
Tuesday, 24 to Friday, 27 September 2013, from 9.00 to 17.00 at Trade Fair Basel/Switzerland | Hall 1
Visit us: Hall 1.2 Booth E35
2013-06-17 myPatprobe.com now available in Spanish and French
The website for optical immersion probes is now available in Spanish and French.
The highlight of a visit to our website myPAtprobe.com is certainly building an optical immersion probe with our online configurator. With over half a million combinations, it is possible, within a few minutes, to configure a ready-to-order optical immersion probe.
2013-04-30 Brand-New! Accessories configurator for optical immersion probes
In addition to the existing immersion probe configurator, Hellma Analytics provides users with the possibility of selecting the required accessories for their appropriate system with the new accessories configurator.
Connector box, fiber-optical cables of customized lengths as well as the required jacket material can be chosen and combined by the user according to his specific requirements.
Thus the composition of the individually configurated probe including the required accessories couldn’t be any easier!
Visit www.myPATprobe.com to learn more!
2013-03-20 How to secure spectrophotometric measurements and document their traceability
Correct measuring results are the basis of a secure production and quality inspection in the food industry. In order to achieve constant qualitatively good measuring results, one should regularly qualify the spectrophotometer’s wavelength accuracy, photometric accuracy (absorption), spectral resolution and rate of stray light.
Certified Calibration Laboratory
The Hellma Analytics Calibration Laboratory – certified according to DIN EN ISO 17025 – offers ready-for-use and certified reference materials. The distinguishing feature is that these reference materials are easy to handle and re-usable for years. Thus users profit from a clean, simple and efficient solution. Complex in-house manufacturing or the use of one-time solutions will thus become unnecessary. Certified reference materials are available as so-called liquid filters with bottled reference solutions or solid filters with suitable glass materials.
Easy to use
The application is very easy and there is no need for any specific preparations. The certified reference materials are inserted into the cell holder and then the measurement or scan will be started. The displayed absorption values or peaks will then be compared to the values indicated on the DAkkS calibration certificate. Anyone who validates his spectrophotometer like this on a regular basis, secures and documents the traceability of his measured values to primary standards of the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology).
The Hellma Analytics’ offer includes single reference materials as well as complete sets for certain qualification tasks. The reference materials will be delivered in a high-quality storage box provided with a DAkkS calibration certificate.
2013-03-01 Higher process safety and product quality with optical immersion probes
Hidden and installed hardly visible - yet extremely effective. Optical UV/Vis/NIR immersion probes from Hellma Analytics are among the analytical core pieces of innovative process analysis systems in the food industry. With optical immersion probes especially, a very efficient process management is possible. Thus manufacturing processes or quality processes can be monitored and operated in real-time. In the long run, not only a better understanding of the process will evolve but also a decrease of production periods due to minimizing of errors and the possibility to react to changes immediately. In most applications, an increase of the output quantity and at the same time less spin-off products is possible.
Process costs will be reduced
Furthermore, the examination and documentation of quality parameters can be organized very efficiently. Life cycle calculations prove that process costs will be reduced demonstrably. The return of invest for a system is often only two years, which makes it possible to operate production facilities even more efficiently.
Hellma Analytics immersion probes fulfill the food industry’s high standards using hygienic design and materials resistant to SIP/CIP that can individually be adjusted to each process.
For more information please visit: www.myPATprobe.com
2013-02-22 New reference plate type 666.113
With reference plates from Hellma Analytics you can check the photometric and wavelength accuracy of microplate readers. They have the same dimensions as a microplate with 96 wells and a 6.6 mm diameter per window (height 14.5 x width 125 x length 85.5 mm).
Reference plate type 666.113 consists of an aluminum frame with 4 neutral density glass strips (per 16 windows), 1 holmium oxide glass stripe (16 windows) and one reference range (16 windows).
S1: Neutral Density Glass Filter NG5 (0,5 Abs),
S2: Neutral Density Glass Filter NG4 (1,0 Abs),
S3: Neutral Density Glass Filter NG3 (1,5 Abs),
S4: Neutral Density Glass Filter NG3 (2,0Abs),
S5: Holmium Oxide glass filter,
S0: Referenz (leer)
All reference plates come with a DAkkS Calibration Certificate.
2013-02-19 Brochure: „Optical Immersion Probes and Fiber Optical Flow Cells“
With its new brochure, Hellma Analytics presents a wide range of applications of optical immersion probes and fiber optical flow cells.
Besides the presentation of various measuring principles and applications, the product lines “standard”, “modular” and “custom-designed probes” are being introduced.
The “modular” product program enables users the configuration of immersion probes completely individualized according to their demands and requirements.
Users are able to increase process efficiency and can easily and safely regulate and monitor complex reaction processes with these optical immersion probes – the ideal solution for PAT system integrators and PAT process engineers.
Get more details: www.myPATprobe.com
2012-11-29 NEW! Microsite for optical PAT immersion probes
Process Analytical Technology or (PAT), has been gaining popularity among thought leaders in manufacturing and quality management. This is due to the many advantages afforded by this up and coming monitoring technology. Those utilizing PAT technology have been able to improve the quality of their product, better optimize long term process-management and reduce operating costs. Long term studies have shown that this increase in the overall process-efficiency has led to a return on investment within two to three years! Optical immersion probes are a major component in the PAT monitoring scheme. They are used in conjunction with spectrophotometers to qualify and quantify reactants and end products which are critical to the manufacturing process.
Over 500.000 possibilities
As one of the leading manufacturers in this field, Hellma Analytics is proud to play a vital role by producing industrial grade probes designed to meet the stringent demands of PAT leaders. To make this manufacturing process more visible and more efficient, Hellma has released a microsite dedicated to this topic, www.mypatprobe.com. Here the PAT Engineer, System Integrator, or End User, can explore comprehensive information on this topic. The highlight of a visit to our microsite is certainly, building an optical immersion probe with our online configurator. With over a half a million combinations, it is possible, within a few minutes, to configure a ready-to-order optical immersion probe.
2012-10-30 Association “Spectaris” visited Müllheim
The German Hightech Industry Association „Spectaris“ accepted the invitation of Hellma Analytics and visited Müllheim on October 30. About 20 guests from companies also operating in the optical and analytical sector attended three interesting marketing lectures in the morning. In the afternoon, separate workshops were held to enhance the knowledge gained. All guests were really impressed by Hellma Analytics. The exemplary organization and the company’s entire appearance were much complimented on - also the tour within the new production line ECLIPS caused some ‘Eureka moments’. Even guests from considerably larger companies were impressed by the manufacturing organization, professionalism and precision in the micrometer range.
For more information, please visit:
2012-09-12 Brand new! All-quartz immersion probe for an extremely corrosive process environment
Optical immersion probes are used in photometric applications e.g. the determination of a reaction end point. Conventional immersion probes will often not to be able to withstand extreme process conditions for long and therefore fail at an early stage. This can lead to significant costs – in the last resort, the whole manufacturing process could come to a halt. Now Hellma Analytics offers a new and one-of-a-kind immersion probe that withstands even the roughest process conditions. Furthermore, this individually designed probe is completely made of quartz glass, flange included, and can do without susceptible O-rings for sealing. To avoid disturbing stray light, the measuring head is made of black quartz glass. It is bonded to the quartz glass probe body monolithically. Thus the probe is extremely resistant against acids and corrosion. Additionally, it is possible to use this probe in a very hot process environment of 180° C up to 300°C; and it is pressure tested up to 9 bar.
Talk to us about your specifications. We will gladly implement your individual optical immersion probe.
2012-08-01 New high performance measuring cell for fluorescence spectrometers
The Fluorescence TrayCell is a high performance measuring cell to expand fluorescence spectrometers.
Inserted into the spectrometer’s standard cell holder, it extends the spectrometer with the possibility to carry out fluorimetric measurements of samples with a volume of only 2 μl. Alterations are not required. The Fluorescence TrayCell is highly sensitive because samples can be measured undiluted. With no movable parts, this measuring cell is entirely maintenance-free. It is the ideal addition for users of molecular biological fluorescence assays and fluorescence spectrometers in the field of molecular biology.
To learn more about this cell download this information sheet.
2012-07-05 What PAT engineers have been waiting for...
Müllheim, 2nd July 2012. The numerous possibilities UV/Vis, NIR and Raman spectroscopy are offering for optimising process reliability and efficiency draws more and more attention on Process Analytical Technology – or PAT. At the same time, the demand for “easy to implement PAT solutions” is growing rapidly as in the way of transferring the process analyses from the convenient research laboratories into the rough production environment often is peppered with hurdles.
PAT-World novelty Web-Configurator
The new modular design principle by Hellma Analytics will help all the PAT engineers to take these hurdles with ease. Each production environment may look completely different, so a PAT engineer typically needs to look for the best fitting UV/Vis or NIR probe to be installed in the production plant and to be connected to his spectrometer to finally and practicably use the online process analyses to control and thus improve his production process in terms of reliability and efficiency.
Once you have chosen the right optics for your probe you can go ahead configurating that probe by various options. Pick the flange which fits to the production plant and simply define the total length of the probe required, so the measurement will be taken at the ideal position within the vessel or pipe. You should not forget to make sure that the probe withstands the potentially rough environment by selecting between different materials and several options regarding temperature and pressure conditions. You will end up with 1 individual probe fitting your production environment.
More than 500,000 possible configurations
The above probe shows just 1 out of over 500,000 possible configurations. The modular design principle is accompanied by a selection of accessories to go along with the probe. Most important are the fibre cables to connect the probe with your UV/Vis or NIR spectrometer. You also may want to pick special protective sleeves to protect the fibre cables from external influences.
The modular design principle by Hellma Analytics can be accessed online or via a brochure. With this simple to use configurator, PAT engineers will have an easy time during the processes of budgeting and planning the implementation of Process Analytical Technologies in the actual production facilities.
Find out more at www.myPATprobe.com
2012-05-22 Web Configurator for the efficient selection of optical PAT immersion probes
Müllheim, 22nd May 2012. Applications in process analytical technology (PAT) are just as numerous as they are individual. Furthermore, the monitoring and control of sophisticated production processes is frequently very complex and cost intensive. The use of optical immersion probes in UV/Vis or NIR process analysis can support processes proactively. Process monitoring using online measurements not only measurably increases process performance, but it can also measurably increase plant efficiency and process safety. Up until now, the configuration of the correct immersion probe was very time consuming and associated with the need for considerable clarification. The fact that this can be different will be demonstrated for the first time by Hellma Analytics at the Achema 2012 in Frankfurt.
World novelty: More than 500,000 possibilities
The world first Web Configurator is acclaimed to offer more than 500,000 possibilities to configure an individual optical immersion probe very simply and within just a few minutes. At the same time, a fixed price is also provided. On the basis of a number of essential parameters, such as e.g. the measuring principle, light path, material, pressure, temperature, length, diameter, to mention just a few, the user clicks through the configurator list and receives his individual immersion probe configuration at the end. “The system is unique in the market and offers for those responsible for processes the highest level of satisfaction and clear advantages,” says Markus Riegger, Sales Director at Hellma Analytics. “Not only the speed of configuration is unique – thanks to the modular system, our customers are also able to profit from significantly shorter delivery times,” added Riegger.
The Web Configurator will be presented to the public for the first time at the Achema 2012 in Frankfurt.
2012-04-24 Students of the study group „Hardware AG“ visited Hellma Analytics
16 students enthusiastic about physics experienced the connection of academic education and practical experience in the work life. The study group “Hardware AG” from Staufen under the direction of Winfried Sturm, accepted an invitation of the Hellma Analytics company. Hellma Analytics is the global market leader for optical components made of glass and quartz glass in spectrophotometry. This is an important analytical technique that is used e.g. for monitoring the quality of products in the pharmaceutical industry, food manufacturing as well as the chemical industry and the environmental sector.
Light, light rays and spectroscopy
Just as versatile as the areas of application was Winfried Sturm’s lesson about light, light rays and spectroscopy. Following the lesson, the students had the opportunity to visit the modern production line of high-precision parts. The students were amazed about the extremely high precision of the products, which have to be manufactured involving a significant amount of manual work. E.g. the planeness of surfaces is less than a thousandth millimetre – i.e. 50 times less than the thickness of a human hair.
Following the tour, the practical part in the Hellma Analytics’ showroom started. Here the students were able to broaden their previously acquired knowledge by means of experiment set-ups and practical exercises. “Responsibility is an essential element of our company philosophy”, Jürgen Schuy, Head of Marketing at Hellma Analytics, says. “We also like to bear responsibility for the education and further training of young people”, Jürgen Schuy adds. The students clearly liked it very much and headed home happy and full of new impressions.
2012-03-22 New products at analytica 2012: Fluorescence TrayCell and Transflexion Laboratory Probe
Experience the advantages of spectrometric measurements with optical probes for your individual laboratory applications in the LiveLab at analytica 2012. Whether cells, optical immersion probes or calibration standards are concerned – as the world market leader, Hellma Analytics is specialized in the development of modern optical components for online analysis in laboratory applications and in process analysis technique for the industry.
We’d like to exclusively present our special new products and innovations such as the transflexion laboratory probe and the fluorescence tray cell for micro volume analysis at analytica 2012 from April 17-20, 2012 in hall A at our booth 314 or at the LiveLab Special Show.
2012-03-16 Responsibility as the key message
Since its foundation in 1922, the company has been using its knowledge, experiences, ideas and the medium light to be able to tackle important analytical tasks in industry and research with absolute reliability. Thus on a day-to-day basis, high-quality products are manufactured, which improve in their final use people’s quality of life. This is possible as quality standards and also values, commitment with heart and soul and interaction between people are being actively practised. Responsibility is the basis for this – a concept which is going to be shared more and more with customers and the public in the future.
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2011-11-22 New Head of Sales at Hellma Analytics
Müllheim, 22. November 2011. Markus Riegger has officially assumed the position of Head of Sales at Hellma Analytics with effect from November. His predecessor Karl-Ernst Kaiser retired after 45 years with the company. Markus Riegger has already more than 20 years of sales experience with well known measurement and medical technology companies. Markus Riegger, a qualified industrial engineer developed extensive industry and marketing expertise – both in Germany as well as worldwide. His key duties will include the organisation and further development of the sales structure. In addition, he is also responsible for the conception, planning and realisation of sales activities.
“With our product portfolio and services we are a reliable and skilled partner for all spectrophotometer manufacturers. In addition to this, we will become even more productive in the future due to the current expansion of production and innovative products,” commented Markus Riegger.
In his position as Head of Sales, Markus Riegger is responsible for positioning the company, as well as its 11 subsidiaries and five product ranges, with manufacturers, laboratory dealers and end users. The company’s market lead should also be developed further and international market penetration increased. To help realise this, Markus Riegger has a team of 23 marketing, sales and logistics specialists.
2011-09-19 Hellma Group reaches finals of "Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011"
Müllheim, 19. September 2011 – Impressive growth figures, a high degree of innovative strength and social commitment. For the fifteenth time, auditors and consultants Ernst & Young have voted the best mid-sized companies in Germany. After a strict selection procedure of several rounds, 65 companies out of 300 nominees have managed to get into the final of the contest “Entrepreneur of 2011” including also the Hellma Group from Müllheim. “I’m very pleased about this success to which each individual Hellma employee has actively contributed,“ said Lutz Mayer, Managing Director of the Hellma Group, about the company reaching the final.
With its challenging criteria and high-ranking jury, the entrepreneur prize has achieved considerable standing for already many years. The 65 finalists are characterised by their exceptional innovative strength which is thanks to the great dedication of their qualified and highly motivated employees. Furthermore, they also have effective organisational structures with short decision-making paths which enable them to respond flexibly to changing market conditions. On 23. September a winner will be chosen from each of the five categories – Industry, Trade, Services, Information and Communication Technology / Media and Start-up – and announced and honoured at the Alte Oper Frankfurt in front of illustrious guests.
Innovation as the key to success
The companies in the final also have considerable growth figures and represent all important sectors. They achieve an average turnover of 86 million euros a year and employ an average of 500 employees. In 2010 they recruited 2,600 new staff. In 2010 the Hellma Group acquired the calcium fluoride production from Schott Lithotec in Jena. According to own company information, the Hellma Group increased its turnover in 2010 by 56 per cent as well as employee number by 19 per cent to 360 employees.
An important success factor of this year’s finalists is also their ability to quickly respond to changing market conditions with innovative products and services. They invest above average sums in innovations which enables them to quickly bring new developments onto the market and challenge growing consolidation in many sectors. According to the entrepreneurs, this successful realisation of innovations is thanks to their qualified and committed employees. Hereby the training and further training of employees plays a decisive role. The full list of the 65 finalists can be seen on www.entrepreneur-des-jahres.de
2011-09-12 Hellma Optics – on a steady course of expansion for 20 years
The success story began 20 years ago as a spin-off of Jenoptik Carl Zeiss GmbH. The emerging company Hellma Optik GmbH started with 20 employees and supplied its first customers with precision optics and cells. Since then, several things have changed. In 1997, the relocation into the specially constructed building in Jena took place. The number of employees had meanwhile risen to 24, as well as the number of customers. The production area was approx. 1,000 m2. Hellma Optics responded to the dynamic requirements of the most important target sectors laser technology and photonics with constant capacity expansions and continuous growth. Today, 75 people are employed – they ensure Hellma Optics’s success with their high degree of experience. As a specialized manufacturer of cylinder, toric and flat optics of highest quality, Hellma Optics produces according to individual requests. “Business is getting more and more international. By now, renowned customers all over the world appreciate the high level of specialisation and quality and have confidence in the high-precision optics from our company” Ulf Hallmeyer, Managing Director of Hellma Optics, says. In 1998, he took over from his father and will now strategically develop the company further. Well-directed process optimisation, modern technology standards and continuous education and advanced training guarantee high product quality. Consistent innovation and substantial investments create new jobs and ensure economic success.
In 2010, the company generated a turnover of € 8.2m. For 2011 and 2012, a turnover of € 10m will be estimated. Hellma Optics is also supported by the competence of the Hellma Group regarding highest precision in glass, quartz glass and calcium fluoride. Hellma Materials in Jena and Hellma Analytics in Müllheim also belong to the Hellma Group. Altogether, more than 350 employees work for the Hellma Group. In 2011, the Hellma Group will generate an overall turnover of more than € 40 million. It has its own subsidiaries in 13 countries and representations in over 50 other countries.
2011-09-02 Process Analysis in the Chemical Industry
FT-NIR Spectroscopy as PAT
PAT has already been used in practice in the automobile industry for many years: A 100 % process validation and control system as the basis for process quality control and cost effectiveness. In the meantime, it is no different in the chemical industry. It is just that here the processes are not large open production lines, but are often sited within difficult to access processing tanks, sometimes under extremely high pressure and temperature conditions and often using aggressive media. Classical testing methods, operating procedures, or general tools for process control cannot always be used.
The control of processes has to take place at a molecular level; therefore use of modern Process Analytical Technology (PAT), e.g. using FT-NIR spectroscopy, is necessary. This allows for much greater production efficiency within many industries and production with a more constant quality.
FT-NIR spectroscopy is ideally suited for the direct monitoring of chemical reactions, as well as the quality assurance of intermediate and final products in chemical production plants. Modern analytical techniques can be used in all phases of production. Thus, it is possible to transmit information about single processes over long distances directly from a process tank or bypass using quartz fibre optics. The information can be evaluated at a distance from the process, away from extreme ambient conditions, such as high pressures or temperatures.
So that the information can be constantly evaluated in real time, immersion probes or measuring cells are used, which are designed to work reliably under extreme conditions. Different materials can be used for the immersion probes, depending on the chemical composition of the process. Many different materials are available, including various grades of stainless steel, robust Hastelloy alloys, or even extremely resistant tantalum.
The optical materials used in immersion probes and measuring cells can also be adapted to match the process. Quartz and sapphire excel by their ultra-high degree of precision. Sapphire, in particular, is frequently selected by customers because of its chemical resistance. The required immersion probe or measuring cell can be selected via a modular design principle and simply adapted to the individual process conditions prevailing on site.
Frequently used application areas for FT-NIR spectroscopy with immersion probes and measuring cells:
▪ Quality assurance: intermediates or final products are checked for purity, e.g. water content etc.
▪ Process monitoring: the material composition of intermediates and final products can be determined quantitatively
▪ Understanding of reactions: new processes can be monitored analytically in real time during the development phase
▪ Goods received inspections: delivered goods or products, for example, can be identified by their NIR spectra (fingerprint), in order to avoid faulty filling of storage tanks or material mix-ups
In addition to chemical production, these areas of application can also be found in the plastics and polymer industry, the food industry and many other industries.
A very frequent application in the pharmaceutical industry is the determination of the cloud point in the development of active substances for pharmaceuticals. In order to achieve the next phase of approval, active substances have to undergo various tests. An important test is the determination of the cloud point according to temperature. Normally, conventional turbidity measurements are used. As soon as a certain temperature is reached, the active substance begins to crystallise and the turbidity increases.
This is a constant process, in which the turbidity increases only gradually. It is very difficult to determine exactly at which temperature the cloud point is reached. By using an immersion probe coupled to a spectrophotometer it is possible to determine very exactly the temperature of the turbidity point in a simple and accurate way. At the very start of crystallisation, the absorption spectrum of the solution changes significantly. This abrupt and easily visible change in the optical spectrum allows very accurate monitoring of this process to be made.
Hannes Ebding, Dipl.-Ing. (FH), Product Manager
Fibre optic systems at Hellma Analytics
2011-06-21 PTFE probe measures the concentration of etching bath fluids in real time
Müllheim, June 2011. During manufacturing, wafers run through a number of chemical processes. Here, substances are used that are partially corrosive and hazardous for humans, e.g. hydrofluoric acid, nitric acid, hydrochloric acid, hydrogen peroxide and many more. These substances are needed amongst others for specific cleaning processes in baths.
To be able to fulfil necessary high quality requirements when manufacturing solar panels, the particular baths have to be kept as stable as possible. Continuous monitoring of the bath composition is required for this and if necessary an adjustment to the composition. So far, this inspection has been carried out by manual sampling followed by a spectroscopic analysis.
Now a new option has emerged, measuring the composition of the ingredients with a fibre-optic probe. The significant advantage is fast online measurement of the parameters. This solution realized by Hellma Analytics makes complex sampling redundant. Besides the gain in speed, the process security is increased considerably because users are no longer endangered by exposure to corrosive liquids and the manufacturing process runs with a consistent high quality. Another advantage is the exact light path which guarantees measurement results that are optimally reproducible. Thus, frequent recalibration is no longer required. The probe is connected to the spectrophotometer via fibre optic cables so the concentration of the fluids can be tested in real time and adjusted quickly when necessary.
The special operating conditions in aggressive fluids present a major challenge to a standard probe’s material. In Hellma’s PTFE probe, the use of Teflon® (PTFE) as probe barrel material and the use of sapphire for optical components will guarantee consistency at any time. This is particularly interesting for manufacturers or users of etching baths as well as other producers using process analysis techniques.
2011-06-06 Extension to the existing building at Hellma Analytics
On June 6th, after one year of planning, construction work for the annexe at Hellma Analytics has started. In recent years, the company has grown continuously and is in need of more space urgently. General planner for the additional building is Zeller | Eisenberg architects, who also realised the new entrance area in 2007. The new building will have a gross floor space of approx. 1,600 m2 and will house besides a new production line, our dispatch department. The amount invested will be € 4.8m and also includes the latest machinery, up-to-date environmental techniques as well as a special clean room area. “This annexe allows us to considerably improve the workflow in our manufacturing and logistics processes. Hence we will make ourselves fit to face the future and effectively invest in our global competitive capacity,“ says Lutz Mayer, Managing Director of Hellma Analytics. The architectural peculiarity is the utilities management centre which will be located above the middle of the building, a structure shaped like a trough. This will guarantee maximum flexibility with regard to the running of cables now and in years to come.
A simple use of shape combined with pure lines represents the building’s design concept. Few but high quality materials have been used. Thus the new structure blends in harmonically with the existing building. “Hellma products stand for precision and high tech; this is to be reflected in the building’s style,“ announced Holm Kändler, Hellma Analytics’ Technical Director and responsible project manager. The move into the newly built plant is scheduled in one year’s time. In 2012, Hellma Analytics will solemnise its 90th anniversary. This will be celebrated with an open day, where it will be possible to visit the premises.
2011-04-08 The Hellma group is donating for children in Japan
Picture: Jensen Walker/Getty Images for Save the Children
Müllheim: The situation in Japan still remains serious. As recently as last Thursday, a new earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale hit the prefecture Miyagi badly. Thus the Hellma group with its headquarters in Müllheim Germany, donated 10,000 € to help the children there. “We are very shocked by the news from Japan” Lutz Mayer, President of the Hellma group says. “It is now particularly important to offer these children the necessary protection as well as a place of refuge.” The dimension of this disaster is devastating. According to the aid organisation “Save the Children” more than 11,000 people lost their lives. Since then, 240,000 Japanese have been living in emergency accommodations and evacuation centres – nearly half of them are children. Far more than 14,000 houses and more than 5,500 school buildings are completely destroyed or heavily damaged. The money from Hellma will support 19 child protection centres there directly. In special pup and play tents the children are being looked after by psychologists and teachers. Their aim is to give them back as much normality as possible. These child protection centres are operated by the internationally recognised aidorganisation “Save the Children”.
2011-04-08 Online monitoring of the cloud point in the development of pharmaceutical ingredients
Müllheim, May 2011 The development of pharmaceutical ingredients requires extensive testing and evaluation. One crucial parameter is the exact determination of the cloud point, the temperature at which the ingredient starts to crystallize. In most cases, the cloud point occurs very abruptly, making this determination difficult. The downside of conventional measurement procedures is that an exact process monitoring cannot be performed in real time. This however can be solved through the use of a special mini process probe from Hellma Analytics that monitors the process online in combination with a spectrophotometer. Even as the first crystal forms there is a significant change of the absorption spectra making an exact determination of the cloud point guaranteed.
The mini process probe has removable light path tips with anti-twist protection, thus 100% reproducibility of the results is ensured. Handy dimensions as well as high-quality sealing components make this probe a robust and flexible solution.
This mini process probe has FSMA connections and is available with either UV or NIR optical fibres. A modular construction system enables the adaption to various customer requests, e.g. the optical measuring component can be produced from quartz or sapphire and different lengths are available.
2011-03-22 Use the online tool to find the correct centre height of your spectrophotometer
Müllheim. To perform successful measurements, where the height of the cell aperture is restricted, e.g. with certain flow-through cells or with ultra micro cells, it is important that the centre height of the cell aperture and beam height of the spectrophotometer match.
However, not every user knows the centre height of their spectrophotometer by heart. Finding the correct centre height is often time-consuming. Now Hellma Analytics offers a useful online tool on its website where it is possible to find the correct centre height of more than 450 spectrophotometers. By selecting manufacturer and type/ model from the drop-down list, the appropriate result is displayed. The Hellma centre height finder can be found directly on the Hellma Analytics website www.hellma-analytics.com/chf or by searching on Google.
2011-02-02 Hellma Analytics has emerged stronger from the crisis
The economic crisis didn’t mean losses for every company. Hellma Analytics was able to position itself better on the market and in 2010 increased its turnover by even 5% compared to the record year 2008. In the middle of this difficult time, Hellma Analytics took over Schott Lithotec’s Calcium fluoride production in Jena, which the parent company Schott sold. The name has been changed to Hellma Materials and by now it is in the black again and more employees are being hired. Worldwide expansion is being pushed ahead actively and supported by the headquarters in Müllheim.
“We’ve taken this time of crisis consequently to position ourselves more broadly and to systematically improve our processes. In every crisis there is also an opportunity” Lutz Mayer, Managing Director of Hellma Analytics, says. Motivated employees play a major role here. Every company that had to release employees during the crisis notices now how important it is to keep qualified personnel even in less favourable times. Hellma Analytics could avoid terminations due to reduced working hours and flexible personnel. For 2011, it is planned to hire more staff, especially in the technical department.
2010-09-13 Special cell cleaning solution with improved composition
Müllheim, September 2010
Clean cells are one of the most crucial requirements for correct measurements using spectrophotometers. It is therefore all the more important to remove contaminants and residues with a special cleaning solution designed for this purpose, like Hellmanex III concentrate. Its improved composition allows the ideal wetting of the surfaces, in particular when cleaning flow-through cells and cells with a complex geometry. Surfactants, adapted to the cleaning of glass, without absorption above 288 nm, and the significantly improved cleaning properties guarantee failure-free subsequent measurements. Using Hellmanex III regularly, considering the excellent suitability of materials, also increases the life cycle of cells and glass components demonstrably. The new Hellmanex III is available in 1 litre bottles at laboratory supply dealers from September.
2010-08-31 Simple extension of the concentration range of spectrophotometers
In modern analysis, DNA samples are analysed in small amounts of drops. The valuable samples remain undiluted, are measured unaltered and can be used again afterwards. The necessary dilution is carried out optically by measurements with small light paths. For handling such micro volumes in an optical measurement, there are numerous system solutions. We recommend the Hellma TrayCell for users who are looking for a more cost-effective and more flexible solution. Patented accessories, with dimensions equivalent to a standard cell, fit into almost any spectrophotometer with a standard cell holder, and thus convert it into a system for drop analysis. Samples are simply pipetted onto the measuring window of the TrayCell, the required light path is adjusted with the cap. With the common light paths of 1 and 0.2 mm, a factor of 10 respectively 50 is achieved compared to previous procedures in 10mm cells. Thus, the user is able to increase his detectable concentration range of his measurement considerably.
It is now possible to cover even bigger concentration ranges simply and quickly. With the TrayCell caps factor 5 and 100 (light path 0.1 and 2 mm), available as of September, the detectable concentration range of a photometer can be expanded additionally.
2010-07-30 Hellma Müllheim has changed to Hellma Analytics
Müllheim. From the beginning of August, Hellma in Müllheim operates in the market under the new name Hellma Analytics. Over the past few years, the Hellma Group with its companies has experienced a positive development – as recently as April this year, Hellma acquired Schott Lithotec’s Calcium Fluoride Production in Jena which continues its business as Hellma Materials. “This acquisition and the strategic orientation of our Müllheim location was the starting point for adapting our external presentation” Lutz Mayer, the Hellma Group’s Managing Director, comments. The strategic business areas are divided into the key segments Analytics, Optics and Materials. Hellma Analytics produces and markets the product lines cells, micro-volume-analysis, fibre-optical systems and UV/Vis calibration standards. Hellma Optics in Jena manufactures flat, cylindrical, toric and special optics and is the exclusive supplier for Schott’s range of optical glasses up to 20 kg, whereas Hellma Materials grows high-quality calcium fluoride crystals for applications in the laser industry.
As a combining element, the name Hellma is to continue to be a synonym for the group’s achievements and is to remain in its superior function for the Hellma Holding GmbH in Müllheim. For more information, please visit our website www.hellma.com or www.hellma-analytics.com.
Hellma, founded in 1922, is the world market leader for cells and optical components made of glass, quartz glass and calcium fluoride. It has its own subsidiaries in 13 countries and representatives in more than 50 countries. All over the world, more than 350 employees are working for Hellma.
2010-04-07 Hellma acquires Schott Lithotec´s calcium fluoride production
With the take-over of the calcium fluoride production of Schott Lithotec in Jena (the leading manufacturer of calcium fluoride crystals), Hellma strengthens its position on the market and extends its product portfolio strategically. Schott Lithotec, established in 1998, specialises in optical materials, which are utilised in facilities producing microchips. In the now acquired industry at the Jena site, more than 40 employees will keep their jobs. High-tech calcium fluoride is used as a lens material in lithography, due to its high resistance to radiation and optical quality when exposed to laser.
The new company will operate under the name of Hellma Materials and will be incorporated into the Hellma Group on April 7th. Lutz Mayer, Managing Director of the Hellma Group, announces “With this new acquisition, we will push forward Hellma´s success story of over 85 years. Again in 2010, Hellma will continue to grow.” Since 1991, Hellma Optik Jena, manufacturer of optical components for laser and lithography applications, has been part of the Hellma group.
Hellma, founded in 1922, is the world market leader in manufacturing cells and optical components made of glass and quartz glass for modern analysis. It has its own subsidiaries in 14 countries as well as representatives in over 50 countries. All over the world more than 350 employees are working for Hellma.
2010-02-17 Hellma supports Germany’s excellence clusters with innovative competence in technology
Müllheim. It’s been exciting up to the very last minute. Would it be possible for the top cluster MicroTEC Südwest to score this time and be able to make its way to a top-position in the field of microsystems technology? At Hellma GmbH & Co.KG in Müllheim everyone was crossing their fingers because Hellma supported one of the cluster projects with its competence in technology in micro processing of glass and quartz. And it’s been worth the effort. At the end of January, the cluster won the excellence cluster competition of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and thus ensured sponsorship of its technological projects through the Ministry. Even the federal state of Baden-Württemberg supports the infrastructural measures to strengthen the cluster and its management.
With microsystems technology it is possible to create new, innovative products and processes and thus be able to respond to urgent matters concerning the topics of the future: environmental protection, energy efficiency, resource conservation, sustainable development of mobility and individual transportation as well as securing healthcare. Using nature as a model, tiny pieces merge into systems that will have big effects: environmental-friendly cars, efficient machinery, accurate therapy etc. In the Germany- France- Switzerland- region, the cluster has excellent universities and research establishments, world market leaders like Hellma and other medium-sized companies. In winning the
contest, the companies involved will improve their position in the market of microsystems technology and thus be able to create qualified jobs. In 2008, Hellma has already been awarded at the Innovation Award of Baden-Württemberg for its outstanding innovation performance.
Hellma GmbH & Co. KG: www.hellma.com
The cluster MicroTEC Südwest: www.microtec-suedwest.de
Micro system technology Baden Württemberg e.V.: www.mstbw.de
2010-02-12 Greater efficiency using process analysis systems based on fibre-optical probes
It works in the background but very effectively. The fibre optical probe from Hellma is the analytical heart of Dausch Technologies’ innovative process analysis system for the beverage industry. The probe continuously measures several quality parameters including total acid, formula control, base detection, product profile and temperature.
This on-line process control allows manufacturing units to be run in an efficient way at minimum costs, gradually replacing the random and time-consuming quality control sampling in the laboratory. Moreover, controlling and documenting quality parameters has been simplified.
The technology requirements in the food industry are very high, for example, special features of the probe include a custom flange, compliant with the latest hygienic standards and materials of construction including stainless steel and sapphire optics.
To guarantee compatibility with cleaning processes, the probe meets the requirements of SIP/CIP (Sterilisation/Cleaning in Place)
Hellma is the world market leader and solution provider in cells and optical components made of glass or quartz, used for modern optical analysis. For more information please visit: www.hellma.com
2009-11-03 Calibration standards from the accredited DKD calibration laboratory of Hellma
Müllheim, 2 November 2009 - Complete traceability and excellent reliability of measurement results with calibration standards from the accredited DKD calibration laboratory of Hellma
(Head of Calibration Laboratory) are pleased about the successful accreditation according to DIN EN ISO 17025
Complete traceability and excellent reliability of measurement results with calibration standards from the accredited DKD calibration laboratory of Hellma.
With the accreditation according to DIN EN ISO 17025, Hellma is one of the leading accredited calibration laboratory that produces and certifies liquid and glass calibration filters made for testing spectrophotometers.
Increased security and quality demands among laboratories more and more require a complete traceability of measurement results to a preferably international approved standard. An accreditation according to DIN EN ISO 17025 ensures the traceability of calibrations carried out to references of the NIST, by which an international correlation of measurement results is assured. Thus procedures in laboratories gain greater transparency and improved protection of their measurement results.
Hellma offers a wide product range of liquid and glass calibration filters and has been carrying out calibrations for several years. With the DKD´s accreditation, Hellma has received formal recognition for professional and technical competence. This is based on a modern and well maintained technical infrastructure, on the experience and capability of a highly skilled workforce as well as on a high effective quality management system. Accreditation according to DIN EN ISO 17025 ties smoothly in with the already existing quality management systems DIN EN ISO 9001 and 14001.
2009-09-22 Holm Kändler is Technical Director of Hellma
Müllheim, 18 September 2009 - Hellma GmbH & Co KG, the world’s leading manufacturer of cells and optical components made of glass and quartz glass for modern analysis, has set the course for the future.
40-year-old Holm Kändler has been assigned the responsibility as Technical Director. He has also been granted single proxy.
After finishing his mechanical engineering studies at TU Berlin, Kändler started his career as a development engineer with a manufacturer for spectral photometers in Hamburg.
From 2003 to date, Holm Kändler was employed as Hellma´s Head of Development. Among other things, the TrayCell – a fibre-optic cell for spectral analysis of small sample volumes – awarded at the 2009 innovation award of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, was developed during that time. Now, his main focus is the optimization and further development of the technical department in order to continue to expand Hellma´s top position.
“With our highly skilled workforce and our innovative technologies, we will provide sound know-how in glass machining with highest precision to our customers” says Holm Kändler. “Especially as a supplier of optical components, leading technology becomes the deciding competitive factor on the market. Both our customers and ourselves will profit from this.”
Kändler´s area of responsibility includes manufacturing, quality assurance, development, product management, technology management as well as the calibration laboratory.
The business areas of Hellma GmbH & Co KG, founded in 1922, include cells, fibre-optical systems, calibration standards, solutions for the analysis of small volumes as well as flat, cylinder and toric optics. Hellma sees itself as a solution provider for optical components made of glass and quartz glass for modern analysis. 290 employees are working at this strategy worldwide. Hellma has its own subsidiaries in 13 countries as well as representatives in over 50 countries. Substantial knowledge and one-of-a-kind technologies in glass and quartz glass processing support over 1,700 of Hellma´s standard products as well as special designs.
2009-05-26 Hellma is a member of the Light Alliance Initiative
Light designs the future: the Light Alliance Initiative presents the potential of optical technologies.
Manufacturers of optical technologies would like to, by means of the Light Alliance Initiative, draw attention to their industry. Together with Spectaris, the German industry association for optical, medical and mechatronical technologies, Hellma and ten other companies demonstrate the central role the technology sector is playing in German economy.
For third parties with no expert knowledge, the Light Alliance Initiative is to inspire and to bring optical technologies to life. Furthermore, this campaign’s aim is to point out job perspectives for qualified employees.
The Light Alliance was presented for the first time at the trade fair “LASER. World of Photonics” in Munich.
Visit us: www.lightalliance.de
2009-03-24 Hellma immersion probes for fully automated tablet dissolution analysis (TDA)
The use of immersion probes in laboratories and the process industry implicates several benefits. Not only that UV/Vis measurements can be performed faster, safer and more cost- effective – but also it creates great synergies in process optimization. Hellma immersion probes are very efficient e.g. with automatic tablet dissolution tests. An immersion probe, especially designed for these tests, operates as an analysis element in cooperation with the RoboDis® system of Erweka®. A fully automated robotic arm, equipped with an immersion probe, serves several different vessels, which enables sequential UV/Vis measurements with high flexibility and throughput. This system profits by more than 15 years of experience in optimization and automation of processes in research and quality assurance laboratories. With close and successful collaboration of Erweka´s research and development department, a Hellma immersion probe with a custom-built conical measuring head minimizing the carry over effect has been designed. Modified fiber optic cables ensure quick maintenance and replacement. There are probes with five different optical path lengths available. Using immersion probes in combination with RoboDis® reduces specific disturbing sources of tablet dissolution tests, since fewer parts are required.
The system will be presented at the Achema 2009 in Frankfurt.
2008-12-05 Hellma receives recognition at the 2008 innovation award of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg
The Hellma Corporation was given credit for both design and development and the successful marketing of TrayCell at the 2008 innovation award of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. Besides criteria of technical improvement and innovational achievement, the jury also evaluated the economic success as well as the distinctiveness of a company´s performance.
In this mixture of ratings, Hellma´s innovation for bioanalytics could clearly score among all 69 candidates and was awarded with this recognition.
2008-11-21 Pre-registration and registration of substances under REACH
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2008-10-29 New immersion probe for quick-change fittings
This new Hellma transflexion probe has been designed specifically for straightforward installation in quick-change fittings. Change your
probe or sensor without interrupting the process.