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Infected with the metrology bug

OMT Solutions: specialized in optical measurements and testing

He was working as a researcher at TNO [Netherlands Orga- nisation for Applied Scientific Research] when he founded the Optical Measurements and Testing working group, in 1995. Van Nijnatten’s group grew quickly and soon employed five people. In 2008, he decided to take the leap and continue his business under the name OMT Solutions at the Dutch High Tech Campus Eindhoven. With its modern office space and high-qua- lity electrotechnical labs, the campus attracts many young high- tech companies active in R&D. And it wasn’t just its facilities that attracted OMT. It was “the whole campus climate. It’s got a great reputation and that rubs off on the companies that are housed here. The infrastructure is great, too. Suppose you need liquid nitrogen or specific gases. It’s just a phone call away. Our activities fall under the environmental permit for the whole High Tech Campus, so we never have to apply for separate permits. There are so many facilities here that companies can use. It’s a well-oiled machine, which makes it very pleasant to work here.”

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This article was published in LABinsights www.labinsights.net ©maXus media MATERIALS RESEARCH MATERIALS RESEARCH OMT Solutions: specialized in optical measurements and testing About Infected with the metrology bug OMT Solutions characterizes optical materials, measures optical properties, and develops custom equipment and measuring methods for these purposes. Peter van Nijnatten, OMT founder and Technical Director, confesses that “at heart, I’m still more a scientist than an entrepreneur, even after all these years. Accurate measurements are my passion. I caught the metrology bug a long time ago, and I’ve still got it.” TWICE Peter van Nijnatten, OMT Solutions’ founder and technical director: we supply the international technology and research sectors with the state-of-the-art measuring equipment needed to characterize their materials.” Text: Cai Vosbeek Translation: Word’s Worth | Photography: Melvin van Liebergen He was working as a researcher at TNO [Netherlands Orga- nisation for Applied Scientific Research] when he founded the Optical Measurements and Testing working group, in 1995. Van Nijnatten’s group grew quickly and soon employed five people. In 2008, he decided to take the leap and continue his business under the name OMT Solutions at the Dutch High Tech Campus Eindhoven. With its modern office space and high-qua- lity electrotechnical labs, the campus attracts many young high- tech companies active in R&D. And it wasn’t just its facilities that attracted OMT. It was “the whole campus climate. It’s got a great reputation and that rubs off on the companies that are housed here. The infrastructure is great, too. Suppose you need liquid nitrogen or specific gases. It’s just a phone call away. Our activities fall under the environmental permit for the whole High Tech Campus, so we never have to apply for separate permits. There are so many facilities here that companies can use. It’s a well-oiled machine, which makes it very pleasant to work here.” Optical properties OMT Solutions rents office space, two labs, a cleanroom and an assembling room. “We’re specialized in optical measurements and testing,” Van Nijnatten explains. “We work for the glass and glass coating industries, for solar panel manufacturers, univer- sities, research institutes and space agencies. They send us samples of their materials, so that we can analyze their optical properties.” The optical properties of materials—such as transparency, transmission, heat emission, reflection or refraction—affect the behavior of incident light. OMT Solutions mainly uses spectrop- hotometers to research these properties. “Many of our clients use spectrometers that measure perpendicular light rays for quality assurance purposes, but are unable to measure a windowpane with light hitting the surface from different angles. However, light transmission tends to be angle-dependent. Sunlight, for example, hardly ever hits a window at a 90-degree angle. We specialize in angle-dependent measuring,” says Van Nijnatten. Aside from angle-dependent measurements, clients sometimes need measurements at extremely low or high temperatures. Or, as Van Nijnatten explains, “they might have very large samples ‘Angle-dependent measurement is our specialty’ that need measuring, such as those expensive power sunroofs for cars. Clearly it would be better not to cut a piece off a sunroof window, but to measure the properties of an intact window. At OTS, we supply the international technology and research sec- tors with the state-of-the-art measuring equipment needed to characterize their materials.” Thermochromic coatings “We design measuring equipment that connects to the spectro- meter,” Van Nijnatten explains while he walks through the lab. “We make add-on hardware. And when the process gets auto- mated, we include our software. That enables us to measure a lot TWICE improves the growth and success rate of up-and-coming high tech companies. TWICE offers four different high-quality technological housing options at two high tech hotspots in the Dutch ‘Brainport’ region, on the Eindhoven University of Technology campus and on the High Tech Campus Eindhoven. The four con- cepts consist of: Twinning (ICT, embedded software and electronics), Catalyst (electrotechnical and che- mical engineering, and (bio) chemistry), ßeta (high tech R&D) and Mμ (life scien- ces and technology and new energy). TWICE is a public-private partnership linking the Brabantse Ont- wikkelings Maatschappij (BOM), Brainport Deve- lopment, the municipality of Eindhoven, Rabobank Eindhoven-Veldhoven and Eindhoven University of Technology. For more infor- mation, see www.twice.nl 28 LABinsights | Juni 2019 Juni 2019 | LABinsights 29 This article was published in LABinsights www.labinsights.net ©maXus media MATERIALFORSCHUNG more than is customary. Every year, new materials hit the market, which we test and measure. We need that experience, because if we haven’t measured it, we can’t design new equipment.” Thanks to that equipment, OMT Solutions’ clients get a better picture of their own materials’ optical properties, which allows them to improve their products. “Take thermochromic coatings for smart windows,” Van Nijnatten adds. “Such coatings control light transmission based on temperature. This makes it possible to create coatings that block the direct heat of the sun at high temperatures; or conversely, do not block it in the wintertime, when you want to take advantage of solar warmth. Scientists from all over the world are working on developing such smart materials and we’re doing our bit to make that possible.” About OMT Solutions Specialist in optical materials characterization OMT Solutions specializes in products and services for optical materials characterization using spectrophotometry. Accurate measurement of optical properties is key to developing and improving products that depend on optical materials characteristics, such as solar panels, displays, car windows and camera lenses. OMT Solutions’ modern lab is equipped with the latest optical measurement technology. The company develops equipment and techniques for measuring optical materials characteristics with unparalleled accuracy. OTS instruments are sold worldwide and are known for their quality, precision and innovative performance. For more information, see www.omtsolutions.com 30 LABinsights | Juni 2019 As part of a project for the ESA, OMT Solutions has developed a measurement setup that can measure the optical material properties under vacuum and cryogenic temperatures of up to -240 oC. These conditions apply to these materials in space travel.
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