Annual Report 2013

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Düsseldorf, Germany


Powerful innovations such as Somat Gel Tabs drive outperformance in competitive markets. The capsules were successfully launched in Italy in July 2013 under the Pril brand and will be introduced under the Somat brand in all relevant markets in Western and Eastern Europe within the first quarter of 2014.

 

Photo: Dr. Volker Blank (left), and Dr. Noëlle Wrubbel, Global R&D, check the brilliant shine of glasses at the dishwashing test laboratory in Düsseldorf.

 

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Düsseldorf, Germany


Dr. Noëlle Wrubbel worked extensively on the development of the Somat Gel Tabs formula. The tabs combine powerful dishwashing agents for the first time into a highly concentrated gel wrapped in a water-soluble film. Thus, pre-portioned Somat Gel Tabs combine a very powerful automatic dishwashing detergent with a practical and attractive product design.

 

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Düsseldorf, Germany


To manufacture the new gel formula, Henkel developed a new mixing process in its own specially-built pilot facility in order to define the optimal blend of liquid and solid components.

 

Photo: Dr. Volker Blank, who works in international technology development, tested the formula for Somat Gel Tabs developed in the laboratory at the pilot facility in Düsseldorf to ensure it could be produced in a manufacturing environment in the future. With capacity that is a 100 times larger than in the laboratory, the pilot facility serves as the model for large-scale production.

 

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Düsseldorf, Germany


After test production in the pilot facility, the performance and stability of Somat Gel Tabs were tested. For this, the gel was poured into a mold containing a water-soluble film. A second water-soluble film sealed the gel like a lid. Finally, the Gel Tabs were cut out from the mold.

 

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Düsseldorf, Germany


An automated dispensing test facility that runs continuously enables the glass and finish protection of the Somat Gel Tabs to be checked after, for example, 100 cleaning cycles. This allows us to evaluate and optimize the long-term effects of Gel Tabs after multiple uses, in addition to their cleaning performance.

 

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Düsseldorf, Germany


The film of the single Gel Tabs dissolves completely upon contact with water, even in shorter dishwashing cycles, which means that the convenient Gel Tabs provide perfect cleaning results and exceptional shine for glasses and dishes in the short cycles and low temperatures used in energy-saving mode.