Spectroscopic wine analysis

Understanding what is inside the bottle before breaking the seal


  • Design engineering
  • Ergonomic design
  • Performance testing
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Aesthetic refinement
  • 3D modelling
  • Manufacturing support
  • User experience (UX) analysis
  • Functional prototyping
  • Concept generation


  • industrial
  • consumer

Did you know that 25% of fine wine is counterfeit?

50% of olive oil is fradulent?

More than 1/3 of Scottish whiskey's are fake?

Verivin developed new screening technology that allows complex liquids to be analysed without the need to open the bottle, by using near infra-red Ramen spectroscopy.

the challenge

To make best use of the technology, it was critical that a variety of different bottle shapes and sizes could be loaded and placed precisely into a machine for analysis, and a key challenge of the brief was to improve the user experience of the sample bottle loading.

An integrated high powered internal laser also meant that safety was a core concern as the system needed to be safe during both operating and failure modes.


Working in close collaboration with the Verivin team, OPD worked across all phases of the development process. The chosen design means that a variety of bottle shapes and sizes can be loaded and precisely analysed. The user experience was paramount to make sure that any type of bottle can be loaded easily and intuitively.

The high powered laser meant that safety design was critical. Complex mechanical features were integrated around activation and shuttering to ensure the system is safe to use and will remain safe should any part of the system fail.

the results

Cost targets and ability to manufacture at volume were all achieved while continuing to prioritise the user experience and customer safety in the design.

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