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Technology and Instrument Development

John Coates Consulting LLC has had varied involvement with instrument and sensor product development projects. These have ranged from the contribution of ideas and basic concepts to the full development (cradle-to-grave) of a product. The latter are the most fulfilling projects and involve concept development, product R&D, phased product development (breadboard to production prototypes), product manufacturing and product support. Since 2000, John Coates Consulting LLC has sponsored some of its own projects. This has been done from within the company and by the formation of partnerships, which have lead to the formation of separate spin-off companies. Currently, two spin-off companies have been formed: Sentelligence and microSpectral Sensors. At the end of 2007 a new business entity was established, DynaMetrix, a division of DynaLabs, for the development of a handheld measurement system for the validation of prescriptions (such as injectables) made at pharmacies. Two new product develop relationships are being established for 2008. One is for a medical diagnostic system featuring an NIR-based spectral engine and the other is for the development of generic miniaturized spectral engines.

Other Services Offered

  • Applications development
  • Technology transfer and implementation
  • Expert witness services for analytical and instrumentation related litigation
  • Instrumentation marketing and applications
  • Market development and definition
  • Literature writing and publication
  • Application notes and newsletters
  • Training programs
  • In-house or open seminars

Client List

Corporations and Industrial Businesses

Boeing Aerospace (QC technologies) – production analysis – analyzer development
Boston Advanced Technologies – petroleum analysis – applications/oil analysis
Buck Scientific – petroleum prospecting – software development
Chiron Corporation – Biotech/Pharma QC/QA – training/data interpretation
Colgate-Palmolive – process analytical – advisor/consultant
DynaLabs/State of Missouri – pharmacy/forensic analyzer – analyzer development
Eli Lilly Corporation (Indianapolis) – advisor/consultant for process analytical applications
Ethicon (division of Johnson & Johnson) – process analysis – applications
GSK (Glaxo-Smith-Kline) – Process NIR/IR – analyzer development
Hewlett Packard (Printer Division) – process analysis – system development
Manitoba Hydro (power generation) – training/data interpretation
Mutoh America – micro-sensor systems for color monitoring during the printing process on high-end inkjet printers – advisor/consultant
Noria – oil analysis – advisor/applications
OCLI/JDS Uniphase (micro spectral sensors) - applications
Orbital Sciences Corporation (process analytical)…now Hamilton Sundstrand – product support
Purdue Pharma (Instrumentation) – analyzer development (diabetes monitor)
Tembec (pulp and paper production) – process analyzer – advisor/consultant

Instrument Companies

Ahura Corporation (homeland defense) – handheld Raman – applications and market study
ASI Applied Systems - process analytical… now Mettler Toledo – applications development
Aspectrics (originally Advanced Photometrics) – Process/Environmental IR - applications
Designs and Prototypes – portable FTIR – applications
Top Source/Global Technovations (dedicated instruments) - product development, integrated oil analyzer…now On-Site Analysis (located Marlboro, MA)
Kaiser Optical Systems (process Raman) – applications/market development
On-Line Technologies (process analytical)/AFR (Advanced Fuels Research) – applications/market development, OLT now owned by MKS
Petrometrix – petroleum analysis – advisor/consultant, market/applications study
Polychromix – analyzer development – advisor and applications development
SensIR Technologies/Smiths Detection - FTIR accessories including FTIR/ATR – applications and product development
Specac – process analytical accessories – applications/market development

Technology and Engineering Companies

Aegis (Telecomms) – advanced filters for process IR – applications/market opportunities
Axsun Technologies (micro spectrometers) – process analytical system development
Chandler Engineering – petroleum process analysis and QC/QA - applications
Coastal Hydrogen Energy – analysis system for hydrogen co-generation – development of an in-line testing system for measuring hydrogen yield.
ENSCO (contract engineering) – Industry/Government – product development
Hawkeye Technologies – instrumentation applications – technology applications
Neptec (Telecomms.) – Technology development for low-cost spectral sensing – advisor/consultant
Sarnoff Corporation (technology) – analyzer development
Sarcon Technologies Inc. (technology)…JV Sarnoff and ORNL – advisor/consultant
TAOS (Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions) – technology development
Vivid Technologies (X-ray security technology)…now believed to be InSight Systems (security systems) – applications/market opportunities.

Government Organizations

Department of Energy (sensor technologies) – advisory board member and consultant
FBI (Infrared Technology and Data Interpretation) – forensic training

Educational/Academic Organizations

CPAC (Center for Process Analytical Chemistry) – spectral sensors – informally worked as technology advisor, and past member and contributor of/to CPAC
MCEC, University of Tennessee (technology & instrumentation) – advisor/consultant and past Director of the Center
University of Massachusetts, Medical Center – development of a medical monitoring system


John Coates Consulting LLC      14 Pine Grove Yarmouth Port, MA 02675      Ph: (774) 994-8901