Nominated for OUT OF THE BOX.NRW

cellEQ GmbH

Aachen

Nominated by:
Marius Rosenberg

Internet address:

www.celleq.de

Your business model in three sentences

We develop equipment and offer the material analyses for the next step into a digital and efficient future in the processing and development of plastics. We realistically depict processing conditions of materials down to the last detail in our lab.

What problem do you solve?

The plastics industry creates one of the most controversially discussed products of today’s time, yet its contribution is of utmost importance for society and technology, since plastic materials are integral parts of our day-to-day life. Unfortunately, especially when looking at certain plastics, that are created using chemical reactions in the production process, the understanding of the interactions of the materials and the process is still based mostly on operator experiences or theoretical chemistry knowledge. When developing new materials or implementing new processes, a lot of trial and error is needed, and tons and tons of waste is produced to achieve acceptable qualities. There is simply not enough realistic data describing what is going on inside the tools during part production. This is where cellEQ comes into play. We are taking the next step into a more digital, sustainable, and efficient way, plastics are produced and developed. Replacing experience and rule of thumb with realistic material data from new and innovative analyses and laying the groundwork for process simulations and optimizations.

What's your digital solution?

We developed analysis equipment that for the first time takes the complete processing and manufacturing of plastic materials into account and thus being able to measure and analyse any plastic material that undergoes a chemical reaction during production. Our equipment is capable to generate material data in an extent and quality that was not possible before. This data can be directly used for process optimizations or ongoing developments of materials. With individual measurement modules for individual customer requests, we can recreate almost any process and process step, from the material itself over the chemical reaction to the demoulding of parts and translate everything into material or process data. In addition, the capability of our equipment allows for a producer-independent big data collection regarding the behaviour of these plastic materials and thus the doorway to a complete digitalization of the plastic value chain.

Why should we award you for your digital business model?

In a traditionally shaped industry like the plastics industry, an implementation of new digitalized ways of planning, developing and producing is a long and complicated journey, which is currently just at a starting point and there is so much more to come. We are creating an important tool for future efficiency and sustainability, which needs further developments, further growth, and more exposure to kick in and affect the complete industry.