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NanoLIBS - Handheld LIBS Analyzer for the Pharmaceutical Industry

The NanoLIBS from B&W Tek is an advanced handheld laser induced breakdown spectroscopy instrument. It uses elemental analysis to identify and investigate raw materials such as ionic salts, like KCl and NaCl, within a regulated environment.

The NanoLIBS is both compact and agile, and it can be used by non-technical users to quickly identify samples in the warehouse, lab, loading dock or field, helping eliminate quarantine areas and expidite materials through the manufacturing lifecycle. This is the only handheld LIBS system available on the market to address particular raw material ID applications with full regulatory compliance.

The NanoLIBS analyzer is fully compliant with all governing regulations, including 21 CFR Part 11 and Part 1040.10, and can play a significant role in cGMP-compliant facilities. B&W Tek offers a broad range of services, including assistance with method and/or new library development and support with IQ/OQ/PQ implementation.

Intuitive software – A user-friendly interface for both non-technical and technical users to make their job easier

Performance – Robust multivariate algorithms ensure accuracy when testing and identifying materials

Versatility – Measures a range of samples in various environments with just one unit

Data reproducibility – Advanced hardware ensures that results are reliable and consistent


The main applications of the NanoLIBS handheld analyzer are as follows:

  • At-line sampling and final inspection
  • Nondestructive counterfeit detection
  • Incoming material identification
  • Unknown substance investigation


The key features of the NanoLIBS handheld analyzer are as follows:

  • Intuitive software for non-technical and technical users
  • High-brightness touch screen display
  • Wi-Fi communication for data sync and management
  • Compatible with LIMS systems
  • Embedded 1 and 2 dimensional barcode scanner
  • Multi-language support
  • Batch scanning option for huge volume operation
  • IP-54 rated

Technical Details

State-of-the-Art Identification Software

The NanoLIBS handheld analyzer comes as standard with B&W Tek’s proprietary NanoLIBS OS software installed in the unit, enabling detection and investigation, data storage/transfer, and library and method development. The NanoLIBS ID software has a secure database and is designed for use on PCs for data and methods management, enabling customers to review data, generate reports, export data, and incorporate to their LIMS system.

The NanoLIBS OS and NanoLIBS ID software packages are 21CFR part 11 compliant with IQ/OQ documentation and services available for customers in the pharmaceutical industry.

The NanoLIBS also provides secure Wi-Fi and Ethernet synchronization capabilities with network terminals to optimize time and resources. NanoLIBS OS is capable of report and data transfers to facilitate the centralization of information, such as methods, libraries and final reports, in general servers.

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