Research & Development
The Research and Development Division is at the heart of our activities, where a dedicated team of scientists, researchers, and experts is engaged in the constant advancement of knowledge and innovation in the field of polymer materials.
Based on the results of research and prototyping on a laboratory scale, we work to design new formulations. We then move on to scale-up and industrialization, paying particular attention to the concepts of circular economy and sustainability.
Re-search for your ideas
LMPE “Re-search for your ideas” is oriented to the proposal, management, and development of innovative projects in the field of Eco-friendly Polymer Materials that fall into activities such as:
- Design and manufacture of continuous matrix composite materials made of biodegradable polymers containing organic and inorganic micro or nano-structured fillers suitable for use in the eco-packaging eco-friendly and manufactured products for agricultural/horticultural use and applications in the oil & gas sector.
- Design and manufacture of water-soluble biodegradable polymer formulations for biomedical applications and packaging of single-dose components suitable for cleaning and agro-industry aimed at optimizing the active ingredients used in applications described above and in the production of filaments for 3D printers used as temporary media.
- Design and production of eco-friendly materials from the separate collection and waste from industrial activities, following the criteria dictated by the economic circular.
- Design and development of new biocompatible polymer matrix formulations that can be used in biomedical and pharmaceutical techniques specifically related to tissue engineering and controlled release aimed at conventional and innovative drugs.
LMPE’s Clients are companies in the Textile/Fashion/Sportswear, Packaging, Detergence, Agriculture, Food/Nutraceutical, Retail sectors, but also companies in the Pharma/Biomedical, Automotive, Construction sectors, Paints, and Design, as well as Converters of Polymers or Manufacturers of packaging machines.
In fact, we are a versatile team ready to help customers explore new perspectives and develop ideas in an innovative way. The aim is to overcome conventional patterns, tackle complex challenges, and work together to find the perfect solution that meets needs.
What makes our R&D division unique:
- Proactive support: We are open to listening carefully to ideas, helping turn them into reality, and overcoming obstacles along the way.
- Creativity without limits: No idea is too bold or unrealizable. We are ready to explore endless possibilities and find out-of-the-box solutions.
- Collaborative approach: The Client’s vision is fundamental for us. We actively collaborate and involve them in the creative process.
- Focus on needs: Satisfaction is our priority. We tailor solutions to fit your specific needs perfectly.
- Experience and expertise: Our team is made up of experienced professionals, able to face the most complex challenges and propose innovative solutions.
- Tailor-made solutions: Every customer is unique and deserves special treatment. We therefore design tailor-made products and solutions.
- Positive impact: Our passion for innovation and sustainability drives our work. We try to have a positive impact on the environment and society.
Our laboratories have developed biodegradable and compostable formulations obtained by adding organic or inorganic fillers or agro-processing industrial wastes, providing a specific valorization of waste in a circular economy and sustainability perspective.
The main steps include:
- Lab Scales (Mixing) Extrusion
- Bi-screw Pilot-Scale Extrusion
- Bubble extrusion
- 3D printing
We are proud to have many successes in the field of Research and Development. We have developed innovative polymer materials with equal performance and/or in terms of strength, flexibility, durability, and other key properties compared to traditional ones. These materials find application in a wide range of industries, including ballistics, automotive, electronics, packaging, medicine, and more.
Way We Work
Our approach typically involves dealing with projects through different stages in order to ensure accurate analysis and greater confidence.
For customers who come to us, we often initially propose a pre-feasibility study in which we carefully examine the initial idea and evaluate possible developments. At this stage, we collect information and conduct literature, commercial, or market research to determine whether the idea and goal are achievable. Together with the customer we evaluate and value the design choices.
Once we have passed the pre-feasibility phase, we move on to the next phase: the project feasibility on a laboratory scale. At this stage, we perform tests and small-scale tests to verify the effectiveness and practicality of the idea. We use laboratory facilities and resources to simulate real conditions and obtain useful data and feedback to improve and refine the project.
Once we have confirmed the feasibility on a laboratory scale, we enter the phase of industrialization. During this phase, we adapt the idea to be implemented on a large scale. We consider factors such as production efficiency, resource management, product quality, and cost control. Finally, we develop and optimize production processes, creating a solid foundation for large-scale production.
Alongside these steps, we recognize the importance of patenting if it is required. During the project development process, we work closely with patent experts to identify and protect innovations (both product and process) through the coverage of patent rights. We ensure that new ideas are properly protected legally to preserve value and prevent unfair competition.
Focus On Hydrosoluble Polymers
The experience of the entire Research and Development division also extends to in-depth knowledge of PVOH (polyvinylalcohol), a synthetic water-soluble polymer known for its unique and versatile properties.
PVOH is a water-soluble material and forms a viscous solution when dispersed in water. Renowned for its excellent chemical resistance, thermal stability, and film-forming properties, it makes it suitable for use in various industries, such as food, pharmaceutical, textile, packaging, and much more.
PVOH is used in a wide range of products and processes. It is commonly used as an additive in the formulations of detergents, suspension agents, paints, adhesives, and coatings, helping to improve the viscosity, stability, and performance of end products.
In addition, PVOH is widely used as a material for films in different industries. Thanks to its ability to form transparent, durable, and flexible films, it is used in the packaging industry for the production of protective films, food bags, water-soluble films, and other products with barrier and protection requirements.
We are aware of the importance of sustainability in the polymer industry. Therefore, we are committed to providing high-quality PVOH that meets environmental and safety standards. We also promote the responsible use of PVOH and cooperate with our customers to develop sustainable solutions and environmentally friendly alternatives.
More than thirty years of experience in formulations and production technologies of water-soluble films dates to 1981 when Landini purchased the first patent on water-soluble films (1,140,254). Thanks to his wit and curiosity, he has consequently developed the production process with blowing-film technology. It has in fact engineered a 5-stage line (turbo mixing, granulation, film-making, converting, and regeneration) that starts from raw materials (powders and liquids) and arrives at the finished product (granule, film, coils, bags, glue). Thanks to the experience gained over the years, with our essential contribution, the italian and foreign industries that today produce water-soluble films with blowing-film technology have been realized.
We are thrilled to share with you our knowledge of PVOH and its multiple applications. If you would like more information about our products, technical specifications, or customized solutions, please contact us. We will be happy to discuss your specific needs and provide expert advice for your technological challenges.
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