A system for analyzing one or more proton exchange membranes is disclosed. The system may include a light source, a light detector, a light source driver and a central processing unit or computer. The system may determine one or more characteristics of the one or more proton exchange membranes. The system may include a roller or belt system in communication with the central processing unit, light source, light detector and light source driver, configured for use in a manufacturing assembly line.
 The United States Government has rights in this invention under Contract No. DE-AC36-08GO28308 between the United States Department of Energy and the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, the manager and operator of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.