Random sampling is a thing of the past: A laser spectroscope developed by Urs Schneider detects impurities on fruit and textiles in real time.
When wholesalers and retailers store goods, they take random samples which they send to a lab to be tested for contamination; textiles are tested for allergens, fruit and vegetables for pesticide residue. As an added customer service, this is costly because it impedes the flow of goods. “This is why,” Rascope founder Urs Schneider states, “I’m convinced that our portable laser spectroscope will generate a lot of interest among retailers.” The patent applications have been filed, and Schneider is now constructing a prototype; market entry is planned for mid-2016, and he knows what to do. A mechanical engineer by trade, Schneider most recently worked as a European sales director for a photonics corporation in Eastern Switzerland. Incidentally, he is not out to make a quick buck. “My goal is to create industrial jobs in the St. Gallen Rhine Valley.”