LANXESS and Citrine Informatics have introduced a pilot project that is aimed at assessing the potential of AI in the plastics production
LANXESS, a leading specialty chemicals company, announced that it has entered into close association with US-based AI company Citrine Informatics to deploy artificial intelligence (AI) in the product development. By deploying AI, the company is looking to significantly reduce the amount of time it takes in developing new materials.
The two companies have introduced a pilot project that is aimed at assessing the potential of AI in the plastics production. The purpose is to further optimise the glass fibers that LANXESS utilises for reinforcing several of its high-performance plastics and eventually to enhance the performance of materials.
In conventional product development, the process of optimising glass fiber sizing is complex, time-consuming and laborious. The complex composition of glass fiber sizing and the number of variables while manufacturing high-performance plastics need wide-ranging testing. However, the output of which can be difficult to predict.
AI to make important contribution
In this case, AI can make a vital contribution by obtaining the most from the given data. From the thousands of measurement results from earlier formulations, information of raw material and additional data, AI algorithms can calculate the forecast models for enhanced test configurations and parameters. In addition, these algorithms can improve these models based on measurement results from each individual test, and finally suggest an optimum formulation. This method can make the product development process much faster than traditional methods.
Speaking about the use of AI in material production, Dr. Axel Tuchlenski, Head of Global Product and Application Development in the LANXESS High Performance Materials business unit, said, “We expect AI to cut the development time for optimised formulations by more than half. This will enable us to not only offer our customers even better tailor-made products, but also reduce time to market.”
Jörg Hellwig, Head – Digitalisation Initiative at LANXESS, said, “The pilot project for the development of high-performance plastics is just the beginning for AI at LANXESS. Artificial Intelligence is a vital technology for creating innovation from the myriad data within the Group.”