John Richmond, the CAMO Business Development Director for the USA attended the 2016 Pittsburgh Conference, held in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center, from March 5th to March 9th.   Pittcon is the world’s leading annual conference and exposition on laboratory science. Pittcon attracts more than 16,000 attendees from industry, academia and government from over 90 countries worldwide.  As CAMO Software is the leading provider of Multivariate Analysis software (MVA) with flagship products such as The Unscrambler® X and Process Pulse II, Pittcon is an important event for developing partner relationships and identifying new trends in the areas of both Laboratory and Process Analysis.  Many of the CAMO partners were exhibiting such as Viavi Solutions with their new MicroNIR spectrometers, MicroNIR PAT and MicroNIR OnSite.  The trend for miniaturization of spectrometer technology was evident with many other companies following in the wake of Viavi Solutions.  In the benchtop spectrometer area, amongst the new companies’ present was Galaxy Scientific (Nashua, NH) with their range of Fourier Transform Near Infrared spectrometers – the QuasIR series.

On the applications side, the conference highlights were food safety and the emerging opportunities in the legal cannabis market, which is projected to be a $10B market by 2018. Companies such as Sage Analytics are well positioned to take advantage of this with their recently released Luminary spectrometer series.  As the demand for the technology grows, stable, reliable, robust multivariate analysis methods, developed under the same regulatory requirements as the pharmaceutical industry, will be needed for the analysis of both major and minor components.

Software driven data collection and analysis along with new technology development promises a vibrant and exciting future for vendors and customers alike. With an annual data growth rate of 40% (source: IDC) the reality is that we have more data than ever to analyse and put into parctice to achieve long desired benefits to improve quality of products and efficiency of processes all together.

Take a look at http://pittcon.org/ to see more about the conference.