Article with an interview with Holger Berg from Wuppertal Institute. Main Topic in this interview are the opportunities of digitisation for a better uptake of recycled plastics material. Read More
Di-Plast—Digital Circular Economy for the Plastics Industry
The digital solutions developed within this project, enable companies to ...
... find suitable recyclate grades for specific products
... improve the quality control during production phase and establish a stable process with high recyclate ratio
... optimize value streams, to forward the plastic material to the costumer
... forecast future quantities and provide a more stable supply of recyclates
All Di-Plast tools are developed as stand-alone tools that can be used independently from the other tools but also in any combination you like or need. The following example shows one possible way of using the tools.
Do you want to know more about Di-Plast?
Meet us at the following event
_ Di-Plast Workshop "Prozessdaten - Transparenz und Relevanz für den Rezyklateinsatz" (Online)
Date: 11. May 2022 time: 13:00 - 14:30 - for registration please contact Heicke Gaedeke (SKZ - Das Kunststoff-Zentrum)
_ Di-Plast Workshop "Using Value Stream Management for the ciruclar plastic industry"
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Publication on Holistic System Change towards Circular Economy within Supply-Chains by Uni Luxembourg
Posted on 30-07-2021
Jeff Manger and Peter Plappert form the University Luxembourg, one of our project partner responsible for the VSM tool, published a paper on "An Innovative Strategy Allowing a Holi... Read more
Di-Plast Workshop "Work more sustainably with recyclate" @Zwolle
Posted on 04-04-2022
On the 29th of March 2022 the Di-Plast workshop "Work more sustainably with recyclate" took place at Zwolle. The workshop was organized by our project partner Polymer Science Park ... Read more
University of Luxembourg
6 Rue Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi
Umwelttechnik BW GmbH State Agency for environmental Technology and Resource Efficiency
Tilburg University (JADS)
Wuppertal Institute for Climate Environment Energy gGmbH
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|SKZ-KFE gGmbH||Hermann Achenbachfirstname.lastname@example.org||Germany|
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|Umwelttechnik BW GmbH State Agency for environmental Technology and Resource Efficiency||Jonas Umgelterfirstname.lastname@example.org||Germany|
|Tilburg University (JADS)||Martin Atzmulleremail@example.com||Netherlands|
Open Call to co-create digital tools
If you are looking for solutions to analyse, improve, evaluate and use data for process optimisation, we offer you to join our co-creation process (Pilots). You can participate in either one or more pilots with the topics:
Process Analytics and
Value Stream Management.
For more information, please dowload the open call document below or contact our pilot coordinator Heicke Gaedeke.
To apply, please get in contact with Mrs. Gaedeke via e-mail. The application period ends on the 21st of June 2021.
Phone: +49 931 4104-265
Previous calls to participate in the Di-Plast Project
The first Uptake Accelerator workshop took place at the 30th of March 2021. The companies have been informed on the goals of Di-Plast and learned in three different breack-out session more about our digital solutions.
More workshops are planned in the upcoming future.
The Webinar was hosted on the 12th of December 2019 from 15:00 - 17:00 pm (CET) by our Dutch project partners Jurgen van den Hoogen & Stefan Bloemheuvel, who are affiliated with the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science. Please click here to watch the video. The video contains the following agenda:
00:00 - 08:15 General Information on the Project
08:15 - 37:51 Information on the tools
37:51 - 54:05 Question and Answers
Companies, which would like to increase the amount of recycled materials in their processes and improve the quality in process and product by using digital tools were invited to apply until the 15th December 2019 to participate in the Di-Plast pilot. Within the pilots, companies can directly influence the development of the tools and ensure that the functions of the tools are tailored to their needs.
With our survey we got first insights into the challenges when using recyclate.
The next step are expert interviews in order to get a deeper understanding of the challenges when using recyclate. If you have specific challenges in your value chain while using recyclate, you might be an interesting partner for such an interview. Don't hesitate to contact one of the partners on the landing page that fits best for your convenience. Tell us which tools would help you to improve the uptake of recyclate.
Di-Plast needs participation of related partners from the plastics value chain. Stakeholders from along the value chain are important for the results (and success) of the project. In each phase of the Project inputs from stakeholders influence the progress of Di-Plast and also results from the project can be used by stakeholders in order to improve their use of recycled plastics material.
The next opportunity to be part of it will be our survey regarding the requirements of enterprises that handle plastics material.
The Survey will start in March 2019, so stay in contact or better: if you are interested send an E-Mail to one of the Partners on the startpage.
And there will come many more opportunities to participate for Partner from the NorthWestEurope Area. Feel free to ask.
The K-Zeitung, a special Journal for plastics manufacturers reports about Di-Plast. It is important to reach this target group as we are looking for operators from the plastics value chain for the project. Read More
Plas.tv, a multimedia platform for the plastics industry reports about Di-Plast. Recycling of plastics material still is a topic of rising interest there. Read More
The German Journal Plasteverarbeiter features Di-Plast in an article. As the Journal is especially for practitioners from the plastics Industry the article underlines the benefit for enterprises that use recycled plastics material. Read More
The plasticker, a special interest platform for the plastics industry publishes the news about the start of Di-Plast. Many users from the plastics industry use this platform for information. Read More
For a short description of Di-Plast in German you find a text to be read through within one minute on the Wuppertal Institute Homepage. Read More
The Dutch newspaper "De Stentor" reports about Di-Plast and emphasises that the Quality of the recyclate plays an important role for the use of recycled plastics material. The article is in Dutch. Read More
The Duurzaambedrijfsleven reports from Di-Plast. An important Approach from their point of view is the collaboration across borders which is helpful for a better circular economy. Read More
The Special Journal for Plastics and rubber, the kunststofenrubber published an article about Di-Plast. Read More
Even the Algemeen Dagblad, one of the big newspapers in the Netherlands reported about Di-Plast. This reflects the high importance of the adressed topics which are of high relevance even for the wider public. Read More
Umwelttechnik BW is an exhibitor at Hannover Messe 2019. We will present all services and projects. If you are interested in Di-Plast you can meet Joa Bauer from UTBW there in Hall 2, Stand A18. If you want to make a meeting please contact Mr. Bauer in advance. You find the contact data on the startpage.
International Congress for the NWE Region in English language
Matchmaking, knowledge sharing and inspiration event for organisations active in recycling and circularity in the plastic, building and waste (organic, batteries, separation) sectors.
Many attendees from the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium for international exchange. Di-Plast will be presented in the programme.
The Pilots - Companies co-create the toolkit together with the Di-Plast experts
Di-Plast develops and implements digital tools to increase information transparency in the value chain and to support converters in purchasing and processing rPM. These tools will be implemented, demonstrated and tested in four pilots supporting companies from the plastics value chain. These companies are directly involved in conducting the pilots forming a co-creation process to make the tools fit for their applications.
Pilot 1 - Matrix
Correlation between relevant raw material and properties and product / process requirements
One of the hindrances of using recyclate, according to the results of the Di-Plast survey and expert interviews, is the challenge in finding suitable recyclate grades for specific products. The correlation between product/process requirements is difficult to make, and in most cases field studies need to be carried out in order to validate the material selection. If converters would have a database where this aforementioned correlation is illustrated, it would be less complicated to find suitable recyclate grades. Furthermore, recompounders and material traders could use this tool in order to sell their material more efficiently.
Responsible expert: Femke de Loos, Polyer Science Park (send an e-mail) - The Netherlands
Pilot 2 – Process Analytics
This pilot focuses on the validation and analysis of process data with an easy-to-use dashboard, which you can tailor to your needs. It is equipped with different applications for data analysis, data visualisation and forecasting (e.g. waste quantities). Co-create this dashboard to make use of the digitalisation to improve your processes.
Responsible expert: Jurgen van den Hoogen and Stefan Bloemheuvel, Jheronimus Academy for Data Science - The Netherlands
Pilot 3 – Value Stream Management
Collection, evaluation and continuous improvement of product and information flow
This pilot focuses on the visualization and analysis of product and information to reduce operating cost by eliminating all non-value adding entities. The aim is to deliver value from your customer’s perspective and continuously improve your processes on a micro level (one company) or on macro level (complete supply chain). Within this pilot, you will evaluate your company or your value chain (if you can get your partners on board) together with our expert and receive information on how to improve your value streams in a holistic manner.
Responsible expert: Jeff Manger, University of Luxembourg (send an e-mail)- Luxembourg
Pilot 4 – Process Quality
Sensor data and machine data acquisition are the basic requirements for the data analytics tools. This pilot focuses on matching your skill and budget level with a suitable supplier to find the right software infrastructure for data acquisition or the right sensor to eliminate problems caused by recycling material.
Responsible expert: Christoph Kugler, SKZ-KFE gGmbH (send an e-mail)- Germany
All Di-Plast tools are developed as stand-alone tools that can be used independently from the other tools but also in combination. The following example shows one possible way of using the tools.
Start by getting an overview on your internal processes and information flows so that you can optimize them and make more out of your processes which include rPM or prepare your processes for rPM integration (VSM). The VSM tool helps to analyse, display and later optimize your cross-company product and information flows. It supports you in getting better knowledge about resource flows and localise bottlenecks either internally or withing your overall supply-chain.
Learn which sensors could help to get more information from your production (Sensoring) and learn how to get access to machine data that most likely is already there but not yet used (Machine Data Acquisition).
Now more in-depth work with your process data can start. Ideally you first use the Data Validation tool to assess data quality, gain insights in the variables and receive tricks how to increase your over all data quality. This might mean, that you go back to the Data Acquisition and the Sensoring tool but can also imply other steps.
Once your data quality is sufficient, we recommend using the Process Analytics Tool. It provides insights consisting of reports, visualizations and other analyses methods that describe the state of your processes and/or machinery. Errors in data found during the processing of specific materials can be automatically detected and made visible through reports and visualizations. This allows you to improve processes and their results. One module of this tool provides the opportunity to forecast future rPM quantities.
Our Matrix Tool can help you to find matching process and product requirements with material properties. Plastics users can find suitable recyclates for their applications here. The recycler, in turn, can offer its products (recyclates with specific material specification) or identify material specifications required by the market - and modify its recycling process to produce these materials. You will, therefore, gain a better understanding of the plastics recyclate market and opportunities, both as a user or supplier of rPM.
Do you see opportunities to increase the usage of plastic recyclates and do you want
financial support for this project?
The application will be evaluated by review criteria which you can find at the bottom of this page.
If you have been granted, we will provide you with all necessary documents for the documentation. Applicants will be notified within 6 weeks if the voucher can be granted.
Relevant documents after the approval:
If you having doubts or question regarding
a suitable voucher or the application
process, please contact us!
Three types of vouchers
Matching Voucher up to 1,000 €
Supports you with finding the right match for cooperation to introduce or increase recycled plastics in your production process. The following activities can be supported:
• Partner matching
• Testing costs
Expertise Voucher up to 4,500 €
Utilise external and specialist expertise to relise your project ideas for the (increased) use of recycled plastics.
The following activities can be supported:
• Technical engineering
• Innovation consultancy
Chain Voucher up to 7,500 €
Finance specific purchases to concretize projects to increase the usage of recycled plastics in your production process. Please note that you will be requested to send three tender offers with your application.
The following activities can be supported:
•External costs for (product/quality) testing
•Process consulting services