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Start-ups sought: Solutions for a measuring system to determine angles in lashing and lifting devices

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Iron and Steel, Steelworks
Measurement devices
Mining Technologies
Mechanical Technology related to measurements
Industrial measurement and sensing equipment
Mining machinery
Other industrial equipment and machinery
Support activities for other mining and quarrying
Manufacture of wire products, chain and springs
Manufacture of other machine tools


A world leading German manufacturer of chain systems and supplies for mining and industry is looking for a measuring system solution to determine angles in lashing and lifting devices. As this technology request refers to an innovation challenge for start-ups published on an open innovation platform only start-up companies are sought to collaborate within technical cooperation agreements..



The German enterprise is a leading global manufacturer of complete chain systems and accessories for mining and industry as well as of welded chain slings for use with offshore containers. They are furthermore system integrator of robots in the field of industrial automation. The high-quality products have been manufactured in Germany for 200 years.

The company is looking for start-up companies that can develop a measuring system for determining angles in lashing and lifting devices. This is a prerequisite to choose the right equipment for a given task. The angles should then be transferred to mobile devices.

The collaboration will be based on a technical cooperation agreement where the partners work jointly on the development.

This partnering opportunity relates to a technology challenge where the established German company is to cooperate with an international start-up, that offers innovative technology solutions and that is looking for first projects in Germany.

IMPORTANT: This technology request refers to an innovation challenge published on an open internet platformin that was issued by a city in North Rhine-Westphalia. If a start-up expresses interest before the closing date of 15 August, it will be guided towards this open innovation platform. The start-up company takes part in the challenge with their application. If it is selected, it will be invited to spend 5 working days in workshops with the German company regarding a solution concept as well as workshops with information on the German market and regional market entry strategies.. Due to COVID-19, the workshops and meetings will take place virtually.
All submissions will get feedback by the company on this open platform. The challenge closes on August 15, 2020. Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential. Beside open discussions on the platform, sharing of confidential information will be made possible on demand. After that, the firm will select the start-ups with whom they would like to cooperate in the development of a solution.

Technical Specification or Expertise Sought

Cooperation sought: 
The partner should be a start-up company with expertise in the development of measuring technology. Aim of the challenge development of a measuring system for the determination of angels in lashing and lifting devices with wireless transmission to mobile devices. Challenge Details When using lifting and lashing equipment, it is always a matter of selecting suitable components. This selection is based on the determination of lifting or lashing angles, the number of load strands, the weight of the load to be lifted or lashed and other boundary conditions such as the type of lashing or the temperature. The challenge lies in the simple and reliable determination of the required data by sensors, the development of a compact electronic component for data processing / recording of the sensors and the transfer to a mobile system (computer / smartphone / tablet) for the selection of suitable attachment and lashing equipment. A measuring device that can be hooked into the corresponding hanger for quick, simple and reliable determination of the required data is contemplated for this purpose. Thereby the system must be usable for various chains with different diameters and pitches and must work reliably in rough and tough industrial environments. Appropriate software or an app on the end device then supports the user in the selection of applicable products and gives additional information on the corresponding application. There is a great expertise in the field of design and production of physical prototypes in our company. In the context of the challenge, there is the aim to produce a working prototype for testing. What we are looking for is a partner with the expertise in the field of sensor technology and software development, which must be integrated into the corresponding solution. In other words, the German company brings the knowledge in design and wants the other party to bring knowledge for the software and sensor technology of the solution.

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The German company is looking for a technical cooperation agreement with a start-up company with expertise in measuring technology. The technical solution for the measuring process will be developed jointly with the start-up and then be brought to market maturity.

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SME <10