The chemical tongue

A BITTERNESS TEST WITHOUT ANIMAL TESTING
Bitter compounds are important components in ensuring the characteristic taste of food and beverages, but they also pose a challenge within medicine (particularly for children) if regular intake becomes a daily struggle or leads to complete refusal to consume medicine due to its bitterness. This test allows a substantially better estimate of the perceived bitterness of a product. In addition, it allows bitterness to be determined at an early stage in pharmaceutical development and regulated using suitable countermeasures – and all these capabilities without animal testing.

The LPC bee saver

BIOLOGICAL WEAPON AGAINST BEE MORTALITY
AFB is one of the most dangerous diseases affecting bee broods. The disease causes the entire bodily structure of larvae to disintegrate. In many cases, the affected colonies have to be completely destroyed to combat the disease. In the USA, the fight against this reportable animal disease is being led using antibiotics – something which is forbidden in the EU. Thanks to LPC, it is now possible – for the first time – to make bee larvae resistant to outbreaks of the disease in a natural way. The bee populations survive and no hazardous substances enter the food chain.

Network optimiser

METHOD FOR OPTIMISING DATA COMMUNICATION IN REAL TIME WITHIN TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS
This new method provides reliable estimates for the current available transmission speed within complex, modern mobile and fixed-line data transmission networks. This solution reduces measurement time by 90%, while resources are optimised with around 95% lower data volume required. This increases network quality and customer satisfaction while also enabling significant cost savings.

Lea´s Box

NEW TOOL FOR EVALUATING AND MEASURING LEARNING SUCCESS
Lea’s Box is a software which allows learning success and evaluations to be tracked and measured by way of various analysis criteria and sources. Learning targets can be individually adjusted in response to these findings and the probability of target attainment substantially increased.

The mobile heat accumulator

MAKE THE MOST OF WASTE HEAT AND SAVE ENERGY COSTS WITH THE HIGH-PERFORMANCE AMMONIATE HEAT ACCUMULATOR
Production sites often generate unused thermal energy. This invention allows this heat to be stored and then used at any time and as required, e.g. for heating or drying processes.
The high energy density means that even small and mobile heat accumulators with rapid heating rates and high waste temperatures (320°C) are still cost-effective solutions.

Firm grip for robots

PNEUMATIC ACTUATED ELASTIC GRIPPER
The main body is built by means of additive manufacturing and therefore proofs to be applicable for multiple individual and flexible demands. Mechanical properties of the used polymer in combination with the highly stretchable moving middle part allows a high grade of formability.

The power heat battery

WASTE HEAT RECYCLING WITH HIGH STORAGE CAPACITY
Like the mobile heat accumulator, the power heat accumulator can store waste heat from production plants (up to 200 ° C) and release heat energy at a later time.
It is designed for the rapid storage and release of stored energy and also makes smaller storage units more profitable.

Ground-breaking plastic components

INNOVATIVE POLYMER TECHNOLOGY FOR PRODUCING NEW PLASTICS
This innovative process enables chemical components with completely new combinations of properties to be produced, e.g. fire-resistant, UV-resistant, inherent stability etc. In addition, all of this is possible with incredibly low energy consumption as well as water and CO2 as the only by-products.

LabSEAL – Next-generation material analysis

NEW TOOL FOR ANALYSING COMPOSITE MATERIALS
Complex, modern composite materials are growing in importance across many sectors. LabSEAL is a truly innovative tool for quality control in material analysis. It allows the thicknesses and chemical composition of material layers to be analysed in a time-saving and non-destructive way.

The intelligent bone drill

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT FOR BONE SURGERY
A problem with drilling in bones is the local risk of overheating. Beyond 47 °C there is a risk that the waste heat will lead to damage in the bone material and implants can not be stabilized in the long term. The invention decouples the drilling from cooling, thus ensuring a better healing process and stable anchoring of implants. Areas of application include, for example, dental and brain surgery or orthopedics.

Making spectroscopy accessible

LOW-COST RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY
Raman spectroscopy is an analysis method which allows molecules to be detected in very small concentrations in medicine or environmental technology. For instance, this method recognises biomarkers for some types of cancer as well as contaminations. The disadvantage of this process is its high cost, resulting in predominant utilization in basic research.
However, this invention allows the substrate required for analysing molecules to be produced more cheaply and in greater quantities, which in turn makes Raman spectroscopy considerably more affordable for routine applications in industry.

The primary matter chitin

NATURAL POLYMER AS THE PRECURSOR FOR CHEMICAL PRODUCTS
The trend in the chemicals industry is moving towards the use of sustainable and natural materials instead of synthetic or semi-synthetic polymers when it comes to creating new substances or replacing existing ones. Chitin is the second most common biopolymer on earth and is present in fungus and the shells of insects and marine animals. This new method not only allows sustainable but also affordable new materials to be produced throughout the chemicals and pharmaceuticals industry.

Lignin nano-particles

WOOD COMPONENT AS AN INGREDIENT WITHIN NEW APPLICATIONS
Thanks to a new process, sulphur-free nano-particles made of lignin can be produced in previously unattainable, uniform quality and in larger volumes – a breakthrough which taps completely new application options. Plausible applications include UV-resistant cosmetics, food with a substantially longer shelf life or use as substrate for enzymes, chemical and pharmaceutical materials etc.

Protein booster

STATE-OF-THE-ART QUALITY AND QUANTITY OPTIMISATION IN PROTEIN PRODUCTION
Thanks to this new method, the yield and quality of protein production can be stabilised at a previously unfeasible level. Substantial production gains and cost savings are therefore achievable, particularly in the chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries.