SCHMIDT + HAENSCH combines tradition with innovation when it comes to the high-quality optoelectronic measuring equipment it manufactures and distributes worldwide. Ever since new reference methods were introduced into the sugar industry, the company has been one of the leading providers of analysis equipment in the field. In addition to supplying laboratory analysis technology including both autonomous analysis systems and electronically controlled laboratory data acquisition systems, SCHMIDT + HAENSCH also provides "intelligent process sensors". To round off its wide-ranging product portfolio, the company also networks laboratory equipment according to customer-specific requirements and using fully automated analytical systems. As one of 13 companies participating in this year's smartLAB, SCHMIDT + HAENSCH is using LABVOLUTION 2019 as a forum to showcase its most recent innovations, including the new laboratory refractometer, VariRef, and its latest refractometric sensor, SensoRef.

VariRef combines tried-and-tested technology from SCHMIDT + HAENSCH with the modularity of the long-established Vari series. Its new double-isolated Peltier system is designed to ensure measurements can be taken quickly and accurately by reducing the influence of ambient temperature and providing reliable temperature control. In addition, the VariRef incorporates the tried-and-tested SCHMIDT + HAENSCH sample chamber, which features a flat design for easy cleaning. To ensure a long service life and perfect results, SCHMIDT + HAENSCH also offers a special version of the sample chamber for materials that are hard to clean or even hazardous. The LED light source and self-monitoring functions for cleanliness, ambient temperature effects, calibration and much more besides make the VariRef virtually maintenance-free. To ensure maximum precision throughout the product’s long service life, the VariRef can be recalibrated over its entire range via multi-point calibration.

The SensoRef refractometric sensor is said to open up a whole new field of miniaturization for process refractometers. Thanks to its new optical design, the sensor is the size of a golf ball, making it compact enough to be used as a true sensor in applications that conventional refractometers cannot accommodate. With that in mind, anyone at LABVOLUTION 2019 who deals with extremely small volumes, installations in limited space or mobile operations, should come and take a look for themselves.