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InnovaLab offer focuses on creating and providing new technological solutions to secure materials based on plastics or ready-made products. These solutions are used to identify such products and protect them from unfair business practices. InnovaLab also implements new methods of the optimization of the polymerization processes employed in industry.

The company offers an innovative technology of chemical marking of materials based on plastics. It is adapted to our clients’ needs. It provides unique markers for securing materials of specific quality as well as the methods of verification together with a proper detection system. The solutions are the
answer to the requirements of the market and are based on long-term research.

Client specificity requires individual approach. We believe our mission is solving problems our customers report. Therefore, in-depth analysis of the process of adaptation of technology is our first step. The next stage involves drawing up recommendations and, finally, implementation the best and optimal system of product identification.

Apart from the above, InnovaLab provides counseling services in the field of polymer processing, the correction of industrial polymer cross-linking, carrying out R&D projects as well as production and business management.

InnovaLab Company has been founded as a result of financing provided by the Wroclaw Research Centre as a part of Operational Programme “Innovative Economy” 3.1 (POIG 3.1).

InnovaLab technologies are based on the choice of proper, individually designed markers. Applied in very low concentration, these may be identified only with the use of specialist tools.

Complex systems, consisting of unique markers used for securing materials of certain quality and the methods if their validation, are completed with portable device for their detection.

The marker, dispersed on molecular level in whole the volume of the marked material, becomes a kind of producer’s DNA. The marker does not change the appearance and physicochemical characteristics of the marked material. It is also not visible by the naked eye. Chemical marking can be applied during production or processing of the marked material (during mixing, pressing or injecting phases). The structure of the markers and their uniqueness make an attempt of their counterfeiting practically impossible.

InnovaLab technology allows fast verification of the originality of the material used, its content as well as the possible legitimacy of a claim. It is a priceless investment for the companies caring for the quality of original products.

The selected luminophore applied to the material works as producer’s marker guaranting certain parameters (producer’s “DNA”) to distinguish genuine product from it’s counterfeits not conforming to the quality requirements. Taking into consideration possible financial losses the producer could bear from a complaint resulting from an employee mistake or unfair actions of other producers, marking own products with invisible markers can secure company from losses and become invaluable investment.

Well choosen markers and suitable method of their detection allow non-invasive measurement of hte thickness of layers of glues, lacquers or dyes. The technology can be applied primarily in the areas where it is imposible to use traditional thickness measuring devices or where the measurement of the layer thickness is arduous, time consuming or requires expensive and sophisticated devices. The markers developed by Innovalab allow measuring of thickness of transparent or semi-transparent layers applied on any basis (metal basis is not needed). The measurement is not destructive and takes few minutes only.

InnovaLab technology delivers information on accurate preparation of components of a mixture or quality of the product. It is possible to verify the contents of the compositions made of two or more ingredients. For example, the technology can answer the question whether the material/product prepared by mixing two ingredients does not contain too much cheaper filler or whether the mixture is prepared in the right proportion – it is not visible with the naked eye, but it can affect physicochemical properties of the product or material.

Using the markers as molecular sensors allows monitoring of processes of polymerization as relates to hardening kinetics (for example of time after which the plastic becomes mechanically endure) and impact of the hardening processes (f.e. temperature or proportion of reagents) on the degree of cross-liniking of the polymer composition and the same usage chartacteristics of the finished material.

The markers can be used to control contents and polymerisation degree of polymer composition and can be used to measure changes in cross-linked products (for example epoxy floors, glues, putties, laminates, fillers, lacquers etc.) in the real usage conditions (for example further pomylerisation processes taking place during usage or other ageing processes).

Apart from the above, InnovaLab provides counseling services in the field of polymer processing, the correction of industrial polymer cross-linking, carrying out R&D projects as well as production and business management.

1. Spectrophotometric measurements within UV-VIS range (absorption, fluorescence)

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  • Spectrophotometer StellarNet BLACK-Comet (measurement wave-lenghts 280 – 900 nm)
  • Spectrophotometer StellarNet BLUE-Wave (measurement wave-lenghts 315 – 730 nm)
  • Absorbance measurements of solutions within UV-VIS range (halogen lamp and deuterium lamp)
  • Fluorsecence measurement of solids and solutions within UV-VIS range (activation source – LED diode 305 - 460 nm)
2. Optical and fluorescent microscopy

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  • Optical microscope Delta Optical Evolution 100 (magnifications: 40x, 100x, 400x, 1000x) with epifluorescence adapter (Mercury-vapor lamp + set of filters: UV, V, B, G), equipped with CCD camera and objects counting software
3. Melting point measurement

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  • Melting point measurement of powders within range 25 - 400°C (cappilar device Stuart SMP 30)
4. Accelerated weathering tests

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  • Measurements in accelerated weathering tester SOLARBOX 1500e equiped with Xenon Lamp with set of outdoor-indoor filters and B.S.T. sensor control system for constant irradiance
  • Testing sunlight exposure of materials in dry and wet conditions according to current methodologies.
5. Applying additives to thermoplastics, softening, mixing plastics

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  • Measuring mixer ZAMAK MERCATOR VisoMix 30 (maximum operating temperature - 400 °C, capacity 30 cm3)
  • Testing of thermoplastic materials (PE, PP, PS, PVC, POM, PET, PMMA, PA)
6. Custom synthesis on laboratory and semi-industrial scale

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  • Synthesis under atmospheric pressure in laboratory scale, within temperature range 78 °C – 250 °C, in neutral gas atmosphere, within capacity range 20 – 2000 ml
  • Synthesis under atmospheric pressure in semi-indurstrial scale, within temperature range 25 °C – 120 °C, in neutral gas atmosphere (30 L water jacket glass reactor)
  • Vacuum dripping (15 L Nutsch filter with sinter G0)
  • Simple and vacuum distilation of organic liquids
7. Designing organic chemicals synthesis

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  • Desigining of synthesis of new organic chemicals
  • Searching for alternative ways of synthesis of known organic chemicals

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InnovaLab Company has been awarded with grant for the project named “Developement of project of Innovalab product – autonomous, portable, miniaturized device for marker detection and development of production initiation plan of the device developed under this programme.”, within the Programme “Wsparcie w ramach dużego bonu – edycja 2015”, funded by Ministry of Economy from the budget, described in § 18f and 18g of the Ordinance of the Minister of Economy dated December 2nd 2006 regarding providing funding not connected to operational programmes by Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (Dz.U.Nr 226, poz. 1651, ze zm.).

Gazeta Wyborcza published a feature article about InnovaLab and her founder, Katarzyna Sawicz. We invite you to click on the link below and find out more on the history of InnovaLab, its development as well as the explanation of why there’s a growing need for innovative forms of product protection.

You can find whole the article about Innovalab on “Gazeta Wyborcza” website.

Katarzyna Sawicz-Kryniger’s experience and involvement in the field of commercialization of research results was appreciated during the qualification procedure in the prestigious governmental programme ‘TOP 500 Innovators’. She won and was awarded the maximum number of points. She overtook 375 candidates from numerous universities, research institutes, the institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences as well as centres of technology transfer from all over the country.

‘Top 500 Innovators’ is a 9-week training and internship programme at the top universities classified in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (e.g. Stanford University in Palo Alto, the University of California in Berkeley and the University of Cambridge). The programme aims at improving qualifications of the Polish employees of the R&D sector in the field of economic cooperation, research management and the commercialization of research results.

Katarzyna Sawicz-Kryniger, the President of InnovaLab, gave an interview on TVN CNBC during the prestigious ‘23rd Economic Forum’ in Krynica. She talked about combining science and business as well as the new technology of protecting materials against copying. Click on the link below to see the whole interview.

The interview.

Becoming one of 12 finalist of the most innovative ideas together with the possibility to present the technology during ‘Global Innovator Competition’ – Palo Alto in March 2012, created an opportunity to move the initiative to the global level.

Sorry, this entry is only available in Polish.

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President of the Board, Head of R&D

A graduate of the Faculty of Engineering at Tadeusz Kościuszko Cracow University of Technology, PhD in chemistry. She completed Managerial Post Graduate for R&D sector Studies at the University of Economics and Innovation in Lublin as well as Post Graduate Studies in the field of International Quality Management System ISO 9000 at Tadeusz Kościuszko Cracow University of Technology. She specializes in the application of photochemistry in the widely understood technology of plastics. Her professional career history comprises the implementation of new technologies of production parameter optimization together with control and protection of the quality of produced goods.

A participant of 11 national as well as international conferences, the author of 25 scientific publications and the co-author of 2 patent applications. The winner of national and international competitions devoted to promoting ingenious inventions and commercialization of research results – ‘Małopolski Inkubator Przedsiębiorczości’, ‘Start-up Boot Camp’, ‘Global Innovator Competition’ – Palo Alto, Silicon Valley – ‘Global Technology Symposium 2012’. Currently the co-owner and President of InnovaLab Ltd. and Assistant Professor at Tadeusz Kościuszko Cracow University of Technology.

Leading Technologist – Organic Chemical Engineer

Organic Chemical Engineer. A graduate of the University of Silesia in Katowice (the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, 2003). He completed the PhD studies at the Institute of Physics at the University of Silesia in Katowice in 2007. Between 2003 and 2013 he worked in the Institute of Chemistry at the same University as a Chemical Engineer. Furthermore, for many years he was employed as an academic assistant. During that time he took part in many scientific projects dedicated to creating and synthesis of new biologically active substances. The co-author of 18 publications, 4 patents and 3 patent applications.

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InnovaLab Sp. z o.o.
ul. Bobrzyńskiego 14,
30–348 Cracow, Poland

phone.: +48 12 297 47 92,
mobile.: +48 506 821 251
E-mail: biuro@innovalab.com.pl

Registered at: Sąd Rejonowy dla Krakowa-Śródmieścia w Krakowie, XI Wydział Gospodarczy Krajowego Rejestru Sądowego, KRS: 0000444172, NIP: 679–308-40–34, REGON: 122595600

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