A large number of companies applied for this year’s TOP 100 award. The classification developed by Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke offers equal chances to production and service companies and takes into account the differing company sizes of the candidates. Franke and his team examined around 120 parameters of three size categories.
TOP 100 company iNOEX was awarded for the first time in 2019. iNOEX has specialized in the development and production of measurement, control and process engineering technology. iNOEX GmbH holds more than 100 patents and sees itself as a pioneer in the plastics extrusion industry. For the reliable measurement of pipe walls during the ongoing production process, iNOEX, located in Lower Saxony, has developed measuring systems based on Terahertz technology. Based on this technology, iNOEX’s engineers developed the product line WARP. One of the key advantages of WARP is that measurements are taken without a coupling medium, i.e. directly on the product. This increases measuring precision to +/− 10 microns. Besides the inline measuring systems, a mobile handheld system was developed called „WARP portable“. This system offers various benefits. Besides measurement data logging it automatically records measuring positions on the pipe circumference and it logs the date and time when a measurement was taken. An interface with the dosing unit ensures efficient optimization of the production process. Thus, raw material costs may be reduced by around 5 % - a decisive edge over competitors. As such, the company rightly deserves its recognition as one of the TOP 100 innovative companies in Germany.