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朗盛采用人工智能开发新产品
 
  提升高性能塑料的开发速度
 
  与材料人工智能领导者Citrine Informatics开展合作
 
  上海,2019年5月14日——在定制化高性能塑料开发领域,朗盛将开辟新天地。通过采用人工智能(AI),这家特殊化学品公司正在寻求大幅减少新材料的开发时间。为此,朗盛与Citrine Informatics开展了密切合作。Citrine Informatics是一家总部位于美国的人工智能公司,专门从事数据驱动的材料开发。
 
  两家公司已启动了一个试点项目,旨在衡量人工智能在塑料生产中的潜力,目标是帮助朗盛进一步优化在其众多高性能塑料中起到加强作用的玻璃纤维,最终提高材料性能。
 
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  朗盛在比利时安特卫普附近的Kallo工厂生产玻璃纤维
 
  玻璃纤维胶料在这一过程中起着关键作用。玻璃纤维与塑料混合有助于增加机械性能。胶料包覆玻璃纤维,可使玻璃纤维与塑料基质的结合更加牢固,最终确保获得高性能塑料所需的性能。玻璃纤维胶料的优化过程比较复杂,而且费时费力。“我们希望人工智能可以将优化配方的开发时间缩短一半以上,”朗盛高性能材料业务部全球产品和应用开发负责人Axel Tuchlenski博士说道。“这样,我们不仅能够为客户提供更好的定制产品,还能缩短产品上市时间。”
 
  利用人工智能推荐配方
 
  在传统产品开发中,玻璃纤维胶料的复杂组成以及高性能塑料制造过程中的众多变量都要求进行大量测试,而且测试结果很难预测。在这种情况下,人工智能可以充分利用可用数据,发挥重要作用。利用原有配方的数千个测量结果、原料信息和大量附加数据,人工智能算法可以计算出改进的测试配置和参数的预测模型,根据每个单独测试的测量结果增强这些模型,最后给出最佳配方。这一过程使产品开发速度远超传统方法。
 
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  朗盛在比利时安特卫普附近的Kallo工厂生产玻璃纤维
 
  对朗盛数字化计划负责人Jörg Hellwig来说,高性能塑料开发试点项目仅仅是朗盛人工智能的开端。“人工智能是利用集团内部海量数据研发创新产品的一项重要技术。
 
  朗盛于2017年推出数字化计划,并组建了一个专门的团队。首席数字官Hellwig负责该团队,并直接向朗盛集团管理董事会主席常牧天汇报工作。数字化计划的核心领域包括开发数字化业务模型,在整个价值链中引入新技术,开发利用大数据,并培养员工的数字专业知识。
 
  Citrine Informatics是将数据驱动开发方法应用于材料科学(称为材料信息学)领域的行业领导者。Citrine平台利用材料数据和人工智能的力量加快材料和化学品的开发速度。凭借技术创新,CitrineInformatics被世界经济论坛评为2017年度“技术先锋”;2018年,Citrine Informatics荣获年度最佳创业企业奖。Citrine Informatics与世界上一些最好的大学开展合作,其中包括宾夕法尼亚州匹兹堡的卡内基梅隆大学以及加州大学伯克利分校。
 
 
  关于朗盛
  朗盛是全球领先的特殊化学品供应商,2018年销售总额为72亿欧元,在全球拥有约15,400名员工,分布在33个国家的60个生产基地。朗盛的核心业务包括开发、生产及销售化学中间体产品、添加剂、特殊化学品与塑料。朗盛已被纳入领先的道琼斯可持续发展指数(DJSI全球及欧洲)和富时社会责任指数(FTSE4Good)中。
 
  朗盛中国
  2005年1月31日,朗盛股票首次在法兰克福证券交易所挂牌上市,朗盛化学(中国)有限公司正式运营。如今朗盛在大中华区拥有约1,500名员工,15家下属企业,7个研发中心以及7处生产基地。朗盛与当地的合作伙伴密切合作,开发以市场为导向的解决方案以满足当地市场需求。
 
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  LANXESS to deploy artificial intelligence in product development
 
  Much faster development of high-performance plastics
 
  Partnership with materials AI leader Citrine Informatics
 
  Shanghai – May  14, 2019 – LANXESS is set to break new ground when it comes to the development of customer-specific high-performance plastics. By deploying artificial intelligence (AI), the specialty chemicals company is looking to drastically cut the amount of time it takes to develop new materials. For this, LANXESS has entered into close collaboration with Citrine Informatics, a U.S.-based AI company specializing in data-driven materials development.
 
  The two companies have launched a pilot project aimed at gauging the potential of AI for the plastics production. The aim is to further optimize the glass fibers that LANXESS uses for reinforcing many of its high-performance plastics and ultimately to enhance the performance of the materials.
 
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  LANXESS glass fiber production at its Kallo site near Antwerp, Belgium.
 
  Glass fiber sizing plays a key role here. Glass fibers that are mixed with the plastics to increase their mechanical performance are surrounded with a sizing. This helps the glass fibers to bond more strongly with the plastic matrix, ultimately ensuring the properties required of high-performance plastics. The process of optimizing glass fiber sizing is complex, laborious and time-consuming. “We expect AI to cut the development time for optimized formulations by more than half,” says Dr. Axel Tuchlenski, Head of Global Product and Application Development in the LANXESS High Performance Materials business unit. “This will enable us to not only offer our customers even better tailor-made products, but also reduce time to market.”
 
  AI to recommend formulations
 
  In traditional product development, the complex composition of glass fiber sizings and the numerous variables when manufacturing high-performance plastics require extensive testing, the results of which can be hard to predict. AI can make an important contribution in this case by getting the most out of the available data. Supplied from thousands of measurement results from previous formulations, raw material information and a host of additional data, AI algorithms calculate forecast models for improved test configurations and parameters, enhance these models on the basis of the measurement results from each individual test, and finally propose an optimum formulation. This procedure makes product development much faster than traditional methods.
 
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  LANXESS glass fiber production at its Kallo site near Antwerp, Belgium.
 
  For Jörg Hellwig, who heads the LANXESS Digitalization Initiative, 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.”
 
  LANXESS launched its digitalization initiative in 2017, establishing a dedicated team. It is headed by Hellwig in his capacity as Chief Digital Officer who reports directly to Matthias Zachert, Chairman of the Board of Management of LANXESS AG. The initiative’s core action areas are to develop digital business models, introduce new technologies throughout the value chain, develop and utilize big data, and foster digital expertise among employees.
 
  Citrine Informatics is the industry leader in the application of data-driven development methods to materials science known as materials informatics. The Citrine Platform accelerates the development of materials and chemicals using the power of materials data and AI. Citrine has been recognized for technology innovation by the World Economic Forum as a Tech Pioneer 2017, and won the Best-in-Biz Start-up of the Year Award in 2018. Citrine Informatics collaborates with some of the best universities in the world, including Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the University of California, Berkeley.
 
  About LANXESS
  LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.2 billion in 2018. The company currently has about 15,400 employees in 33 countries and is represented at 60 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and Europe) and FTSE4Good.
 
  LANXESS China
  On January 31, 2005, the company was initially listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and LANXESS Chemical (China) Co., Ltd. officially started operations. LANXESS has 15 subsidiaries, 7 R&D centers and 7 production sites with around 1,500 employees in Greater China. LANXESS works closely with its local partners to develop market-oriented solutions that meet local market needs.
 
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