Cadel has developed a software tool called QUANTUM to promote a graphic interpretation and economize data processing so that the quality of the material can be ensured efficiently, and the best material application can be selected quickly.


European regulations are taxing the generation of non-recycled plastic packaging waste as well as the use of virgin plastic material. Thus, there is a great need to use recycled plastic material in the packaging composition to comply with the criteria and standards established by the relevant global organizations.

On the other hand, high-value applications such as hygiene, cosmetics, and food contact packaging require best quality plastics. To reach these standards, it is mandatory to carry out an effective risk assessment of the recycled product to ensure that it is not harmful either to the product to be packaged or to the final consumer.

At present, finding out what substances of concern are existing in recycled plastics and establishing an appropriate safety evaluation is an arduous and time-consuming task.

There is a dispersed knowledge about the criteria to be followed.

Public agencies have implemented measures to accelerate the transition to a circular economy by promoting the use of recycled material in sectors such as packaging.

One of the major challenges facing the recycling sector is the use of recycled materials in the packaging sector.

Lack of homogeneity of incoming recycled material.

Poor sorting by material

Problems in the supply of quality recycled material.

This leads us to ask ourselves the following questions:

How can we know the quality of the material we receive every day?

In which applications can we use it?

How to get the maximum benefit according to its quality?

With QUANTUM you will:

Save time

Reduce analysis times within quality control and automate decision making. Gain time in sampling as well as accuracy and efficiency in production.


How is the quality of your material compared to your competitor or your own recycling process?

By positioning the material in relation to the market or other qualities will allow you to make informed decisions.

Increase profit

Effortlessly assess the suitability of materials for upcycling, helping you make environmentally-conscious decisions.

Automate quality control database

Collect all the information in order to have a better traceability of qualities, batches, technologies, etc. This will help you to automatically readjust process recipes.

How does QUANTUM work?

1. QUANTUM via data treatment

The software developed by CADEL allows us to ensure the quality of the plastic in terms of risk assessment and processability


Chemical Analysis

SOI Identification in recycled plastics by GC-Ms and/or LC-MS

QUANTUM Software

For Interpretation and Comparison with the regulation depending on final application


Control of Contamination/Chemical Composition of batches over time
Toxicological Information on substances present in the plastic (CMR, SVHC by ECHA…)

Regulations such as EU FCM 10/2011 are regularly amended in response to the toxicity of substances. Recent studies have prompted the reduction of migration limits for substances such as BPA or phthalates like x and y. This needs a review of the regulations, resulting in increased data processing times, decision-making processes, and possibly delays in production until determining the appropriate course of action for recycled material based on its quality.

It is imperative to remain updated on regulatory changes.

  • Comparison based on the application of the final product.
  • Control of contamination/chemical composition of batches over time.
  • Toxicological information on substances present in the plastic (CMR, SVHC by ECHA, etc.).

QUANTUM provides interpretation to understand the quality of your material for the most suitable application and maximizes the amount of recycled material to be introduced based on its quality.

QUANTUM is a new solution for the determination of the quality of recycled plastic by means of artificial intelligence and analytical data.


Check compliance of recycled material with regulations.


% of Reclycled Content


Toxicity information


Processability of the material


Due to the inhomogeneity of recycled materials, it is important to sort the real quality of recycled material as soon as they are treated or received.

In this sense, QUANTUM can classify batches of material according to specified qualities to reduce data processing and decision-making time.

QUANTUM clusters and vectorizes the samples to differentiate those batches that have similar qualities to use them in the sector that is best for it or in which percentage to be safe.

2. QUANTUM via image recognition

The addition of AI to QUANTUM not only improves its ability to process large amounts of data very quickly, but also drives advances in image recognition. In this respect, CADEL is currently developing a prototype that uses this technology for:

1. Identification of recycled content: The AI-based QUANTUM system can accurately identify recycled content in images, facilitating sorting and recycling processes.

2. Classification of material quality: Through sophisticated algorithms, QUANTUM can classify materials according to their quality and degree of contamination, assisting in the evaluation and management of recyclable materials.

Harnessing the power of AI, CADEL’s prototype promises to revolutionize waste management practices, enabling more accurate and efficient recycling efforts.

CADEL’s approach

The incorporation of image recognition in which by taking a picture of the film, it will be able to estimate:

  • The recycled content
  • The quality of recycled material
  • Contamination assessment


With our Contamination Report get detailed and clear analysis results.


Verify with a single click if the recycled plastic meets the established criteria


Determine their suitability for different applications & improve traceability control with our database.

Predict quickly and automatically the mechanical & safety behavior of recycled plastic.

Basic Version


Data Matrix processing


Image recognition for Quality Automation


Tailor-made tool for each customer according to their needs.

Premium Version