ACHEMA: Q.ANT optimizes Process Technology with the World’s first Quantum Particle Sensor 

At this year’s ACHEMA (Hall 11.0 Booth F50), the start-up Q.ANT is exhi­bi­t­ing the worl­d’s first industrial-gra­de quantum sensor as a par­ti­cle sensor. This can simul­ta­ne­ous­ly mea­su­re three para­me­ters in real-time. An arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence (AI) ana­ly­zes the mea­su­red para­me­ters and clas­si­fies the par­ti­cles accord­ing to their shape. This allows opti­mi­zed and sus­tainab­le ope­ra­ti­on of plants in che­mi­stry and biotechnology.

Stuttgart/Frankfurt, 09.08.22 — At ACHEMA, the lea­ding inter­na­tio­nal tra­de fair for the pro­cess indus­try, the start-up Q.ANT will show­ca­se the first indus­try-rea­dy par­ti­cle sensor based on quantum technology. The sensor gene­ra­tes far more data on the mea­su­red par­ti­cles in dif­fe­rent media than cur­r­ent­ly avail­ab­le mea­su­re­ment methods. This sensor ana­ly­zes par­ti­cles in dif­fe­rent gases as well as in liquids or pow­ders. The online inte­gra­ti­on of the sensor, thus, allows pro­cess con­trol in real-time and incre­a­ses the pro­duc­ti­vi­ty of the plant as well as the qua­li­ty of the pro­ces­sed media. The resul­ting avo­id­ance of faul­ty pro­duc­tion, which goes hand in hand with redu­ced ener­gy con­sump­ti­on, also makes the par­ti­cle sensor inte­res­ting from a sus­taina­bi­li­ty point of view. With the quantum sensor, con­ti­nuous pro­ces­ses achie­ve the fle­xi­bi­li­ty of batch pro­duc­tion. Sin­ce the­re is often a risk of explo­si­on during pow­der pro­ces­sing, Q.ANT is also working on an ATEX ver­si­on (ATmo­s­phè­res EXplo­si­bles, explo­si­ve atmospheres). 

Ver­sa­ti­le Quantum Technology 

During the mea­su­re­ment, a quantum-modi­fied laser beam shi­nes through the flowing medi­um and its par­ti­cles. “As the par­ti­cle moves through the laser beam, high-fre­quen­cy scan­ning gene­ra­tes a cha­rac­te­ris­tic pat­tern that can be used to simul­ta­ne­ous­ly ana­ly­ze par­ti­cle size, posi­ti­on and velo­ci­ty. The AI then clas­si­fies the signals accord­ing to our cus­to­mers’ spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­ons, as for examp­le par­ti­cle form”, Andre­as Schürz­in­ger, Pro­duct Line Mana­ger for the par­ti­cle sensor at Q.ANT, states.
The AI must first be trai­ned for the respec­ti­ve use case. Par­al­lel to this, Q.ANT is buil­ding up a data­ba­se of use cases in order to be able to draw on infor­ma­ti­on alrea­dy gai­ned and to shor­ten the trai­ning of the AI. “Inte­res­ted com­pa­nies can also rent the par­ti­cle sensors to test them on their app­li­ca­ti­ons and adapt them to their use cases”, Andre­as Schürz­in­ger says. For this pur­po­se, Q.ANT offers an eva­lua­ti­on pro­gram with trai­ning cour­ses and trai­ning sessions. 

Adap­ta­ble Mea­su­ring Ranges 

The par­ti­cle sensor can be con­fi­gu­red for many dif­fe­rent app­li­ca­ti­ons, inclu­ding other mea­su­re­ment methods and mea­su­re­ment mecha­nisms. Simp­le web-based soft­ware inter­faces make it user-friendly.
“For lab envi­ron­ments, repeat­a­ble ana­ly­sis is pos­si­ble, whe­re data is expor­ted, stored and secu­re­ly trans­fer­red to lab systems or the cloud. A brow­ser is all that is nee­ded for ope­ra­ti­on here. The device does not requi­re a dis­play or but­tons. Ana­ly­ses can run auto­ma­ti­cal­ly in the online envi­ron­ment. In the event of chan­ges bey­ond defi­ned thres­hold values, the­re are auto­ma­ted messages, e.g. via MQTT inter­face, for pro­cess con­trol. A cloud con­nec­tion is also pos­si­ble here”, Schürz­in­ger says.
The num­ber of pos­si­ble app­li­ca­ti­ons is ver­sa­ti­le. Thanks to AI, the sensor remains con­stant­ly up-to-date and is adap­ta­ble to app­li­ca­ti­ons that no one is thin­king of today. This makes the par­ti­cle sensor a real invest­ment in the future. “Our visit to ACHEMA clear­ly shows how far quantum sensors can alrea­dy be used indus­tri­al­ly. For us at Q.ANT, this is the pre­lude to a who­le seri­es of app­li­ca­ti­ons with quantum tech­no­lo­gies, which we will bring to mar­ket matu­ri­ty in the next few years”, Q.ANT CEO and Foun­der Micha­el Foertsch emphasizes. 

About Q.ANT

Q.ANT is a high-tech start­up foun­ded in 2018 as part of the TRUMPF Group. Q.ANT’s visi­on is to revolu­tionize the qua­li­ty of how machi­nes ana­ly­ze their envi­ron­ment, peop­le noti­ce infor­ma­ti­on, and the way humans think. To this end, Q.ANT deve­lo­ps quantum sensors and quantum com­pu­ter chips based on its Pho­to­nic Quantum Framework. 

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