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January 2024

25 Years of Oil-Expert

The past year has undoubtedly been a challenge for all of us. The impact of the global pandemic, the war in Ukraine, the war in the Middle East, etc. have greatly affected our daily lives. But we have adapted to the circumstances.

Despite everything, great progress has been made worldwide. For example, in the technology industry there have been advances in artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous driving. Significant breakthroughs in medicine were also made. In the renewable energy sector, progress has been made in the development and implementation of clean energy sources such as solar energy and wind power, to name a few examples.

As the new year begins, we would like to give you hope and confidence for the coming months. We are confident that together we can overcome the challenges and bring about positive changes.

We would therefore like to give you an overview of our plans and goals for the year. We will continue to focus on offering you high-quality software and services that meet your needs. A comprehensive program expansion to optimize the price of any number of fat blends is planned for the first quarter, which we have been working on intensively for several months. Reallocations in the raw material and contract portfolio are also taken into account. This is followed by the expansion of the article and recipe management.

We also want to hear your opinion! We are constantly striving to improve and your suggestions and feedback are very important to us. Don't hesitate to share your thoughts with us.

We would like to thank you for your loyalty and look forward to being able to accompany you again this year. Together we will make the best of the new year!

By the way, how you can use Oil-Expert.net immediately - even without an existing budget - can be found in newsletter No. 14 on page 3. The anniversary discount of 25% on software and all services is valid until June 30, 2024.

Yours, Hans Cullmann


Any questions ?
Just write us an email or call us.
E-Mail: info@oil-expert.net Phone.: +49(0) 40 703 8569 0

November 2023

Time is Money

Time is undoubtedly a valuable resource, especially in today's fast-paced world. However, increasing digitalization and the development of software have helped us to use our time more efficiently.

Thanks to digitalization, we can now automate many tasks that previously took a lot of time. Software-solutions enable us to optimize repetitive and time-consuming tasks. Through this have we have more time for creative and strategic activities that offer greater added value.

Digitalization has also changed the way we receive and share information. By accessing online resources, we can access relevant information quickly and easily, helping us make informed decisions and saving time that we would otherwise have spent searching for information.

In addition, digitalization allows us to collaborate in real time, regardless of geographical boundaries. By using it Software tools allow teams to communicate more efficiently and work together on projects without the need for physical meetings. This not only saves time but also travel costs.

However, it is important to note that digitalization and the use of software also bring new challenges. Constant availability and the flood of information can lead to overload, which can have a negative impact on our productivity and well-being. It is therefore important to find balance and consciously plan time for rest and relaxation.

Overall, it can be said that time is still a valuable resource in today's digital world. However, the right use of software and digitalization can help us use our time more efficiently and therefore increase the value of our work.

For the fat chemist, this software solution is called Oil-Expert.net - the virtual fat laboratory. Oil-Expert.net not only saves time and money, but also leads to solutions that are very time-consuming or impossible to find in the laboratory.

How you can use Oil-Expert.net today - even without an existing budget - can be found in Newsletter No. 14 on page 3.

We wish you a lot of success working with Oil-Expert.net

Yours, Hans Cullmann

Download - Newsletter 14

January 2023

25 Years of Oil-Expert

I hope that you all had a good start into the new year 2023 and first of all I would like to wish you all the best, good health and every success in your professional activities.

In July 2023, Oil-Expert.net will be 25 years old. In July 1998 the first version of Oil-Expert appeared. Initially, development was relatively slow and sales were sluggish. The time just wasn't right then. From 2010, however, there was a leap upwards, from then on the development was continuous up to the current level of development.

Today, Oil-Expert.net stands for flexibility, customer orientation, experience and trust. Oil-Expert.net is continuously being developed and is now more modern and established than ever. Internationally, Oil-Expert.net has a unique selling point, as far as we know there is no other software worldwide for the fat chemist with a range of functions and services that is only approximately as large. This is also confirmed to us by potential customers who are looking for a comparable tool. The search always leads to Oil-Expert.net.

How could such a comprehensive tool be realized at all? Well, 25 years is a long time, especially for software. During this time, Oil-Expert.net has been continuously developed, ie. existing functions have been improved, new functions have been added. We would also like to thank our users, who have contributed to this with suggestions for improvement and expansion.

The continuity is also shown by the fact that our users can continue to use their data completely and without great effort with newer versions of the software right from the start. This also includes changing the operating systems - Windows 98 / 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 / 11 - and the corresponding versions of the MS Access database.

The Oil-Expert.net roadmap is clearly future-oriented. What is planned for 2023/2024?
- Administration and processing of article data with release management
      Specifications: Phys. and chem. parameters, nutrition data, allergen status, GMO, Kosher,
      declarations, ingredients, packaging
      Automatic generation of declarations from article specifications
- Improvment and extension of the recipe management - Assemblies, Gozintograph
- Imporvment and extension of the import and export functions with JSON
      Optimum possibility of integration into existing IT solutions eg ERP system

How you can use Oil-Expert.net today - even without an existing budget - is explained further below in the September newsletter.

Thank you for your 25 years of loyalty.

Yours, Hans Cullmann

September 2022

Advantages of Oil-Expert.net in Times of Crisis

Today we want to show you the areas in which working with Oil-Expert.net brings advantages, especially in times of crisis. It is not only the pandemic that is having a serious impact on the fat-processing industry, but also the war in Ukraine and the resulting political decisions. In addition, there are constantly increasing specifications and legal requirements, supply bottlenecks, interruptions in supply chains, high raw material prices and the effects of Deglobalization, Demographics and Decarbonization.

All these effects require an increased deployment of personnel, but skilled workers are now in short supply. So what to do? The solution is the use of software. The Oil-Expert.net software has proven itself in the fat-processing industry for almost 25 years. Oil-Expert.net is much more than management software for specifications, recipes and raw materials, but an active product development system, a system that helps you to manage the crisis quickly and inexpensively.

How can you use Oil-Expert.net right now? Very easily!

In four steps to success:
1.Request a non-binding offer (E-Mail: info@oil-expert.net). By the way, next year Oil-Expert.net will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. From January 1st, 2023 we are offering you Oil-Expert.net at a particularly low all-inclusive price, including setup and entering your data. So you can start working with Oil-Expert.net immediately. und Eingabe Ihrer Daten. Sie können also sofort anfangen mit Oil-Expert.net zu arbeiten.
2.Download, install and test the demo version until the budget is approved.
3.Purchase Oil-Expert.net licences.
4.Switch from the demo version to the full version and continue working with the data already generated.

We wish you a lot of success working with Oil-Expert.net

Yours, Hans Cullmann

Download - Newsletter 13

March 2022

Oil-Expert - Interesterifications Part II

A quarter of a year has passed since the last newsletter and world conditions have changed catastrophically since then, one has to say - worsened. The war in Ukraine is causing geopolitical upheavals, supply chain failures and a massive global increase in prices on the commodity markets. Many things are becoming more expensive because of the position that Ukraine and Russia have in certain markets, e.g. oilseeds.

You have to take quick action to counteract that. An excellent tool for this is Oil-Expert. Oil-Expert allows you to quickly replace expensive raw materials or those that are no longer available with others. To that end, we have improved and significantly simplified the calculation of interesterification. With the new version, it is much easier to find suitable interesterifications for specified SFC values - keywords: target values and component mixer.

This year we will continue to develop Oil-Expert. Next are planned: The improvement and expansion of the recipe management, keyword: assemblies. Then the calculation of nutritional values and lists of ingredients according to the legal requirements (initially only for Germany). This makes it possible to develop products that contain little or no fat, e.g. sauces, dressings, baked goods and confectionery, delicatessen, etc.

To get to know the advantages of Oil-Expert, we offer you a free demo version with all functionalities. You can request the download link by sending an email to E-Mail: info@oil-expert.net You will quickly experience the positive effects of Oil-Expert. We look forward to being your reliable partner today and in the future.

Yours, Hans Cullmann

Download - Newsletter 12

December 2021

Oil-Expert - Interesterifications

The last newsletter was almost a year ago. But there was a reason for this - we have significantly revised the prediction of the SFC values for interesterifications, both in terms of the software and the data. There is now a whole series of data sets of measured interesterifications that we have compiled from information available in the literature and on the Internet. In addition, we have done a lot of research and invested time in the algorithms and in the expansion of the processing and prediction of the SFC values for interesterifications. You can find out more about these extensions and changes in newsletter no.11.

In the future we will continue to develop Oil-Expert.net - expand and improve. If you have any suggestions for changes, please let us know. If there is general interest, we will implement your suggestions.

The year 2021 is now coming to an end. An eventful year, especially because of the corona pandemic. We wish all our customers and business partners as well as their families a successful New Year 2022, and above all, good health.

Yours, Hans Cullmann

Download - Newsletter 11

January 2021

Oil-Expert Project Management - Rebuilt

I would like to use the beginning of 2021 to thank all users and customers for the trustful cooperation. Thanks to you, Oil-Expert.net has now become a comprehensive program package for the fat chemist. 2020 was a particularly stressful year for all of us and 2021 will also face great challenges. Nonetheless, I'd like to take a look at 2021 with you.

We will continuously develop Oil-Expert.net – new features and improvments. Most of the suggestions for changes came from our users. Thank you very much for that. The new version 7.1.7, which was published in January 2021, contains the following enhancements.

   •  Deactivation of entire component groups (e.g. animal fats)
   •  The project management was significantly improved by
       •  a sorting function according to various criteria
       •  a complex serach function
       •  implementation of categories
   •  Import functions of raw material prices from EXCEL workbooks

A detailed description of the new functions and improvements can be found in this newsletter no. 10.

Download - Newsletter 10

September 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic

We have been living with the corona pandemic for more than half a year now. This has meanwhile also led to major upheavals in the daily business. Those who can work from home in the home office. The users of Oil-Expert.net have a significant advantage. Instead of measuring fat blends in the laboratory, they can in most cases calculate the analytical parameters of the fat blends from the home office. About 90% of product development can be relocated to the home office, with the exception of a few measurements to check the results.

Just try the free demo version without obligation. Simply request the download link and the activation key via email by E-Mail: info@oil-expert.net

It's that fast (max. 15 minutes)
   •  Download the software package
   •  Install Oil-Expert.net
   •  Start the software and enter the activation code
   •  Finished!

We wish all of our customers and business partners as well as their families to survive this difficult time without infection.

Download - Newsletter 09

March 2020

How the SFC calculation works in Oil-Expert.net

This newsletter describes in detail how SFC values are calculated. Due to the further development of Oil-Expert.net there are now a lot of possibilities, i.e. factors with which the calculation can be influenced. Under certain conditions, SFC values can even be calculated for blends whose components have been measured using different methods, e.g. for polymorphic and non-polymorphic fats.

The Newsletter 08 contains a summary of the current possibilities.

Please also consider the demo version. Simply request the download link and the activation key by E-Mail: info@oil-expert.net

Download - Newsletter 08

November 2019

Oil-Expert.net Release 6.7.0

With this release, the desire of many users who perform SFC measurements with different methods is realized. This is common practice, but there are problems in predicting the SFC values of fat blends whose components were measured by different methods. For example, if the fat blend contains both polymorphic and non-polymorphic fats.

With the implementation of correction factors, it is now possible with the new version of Oil-Expert.net, in many cases - in which SFC values were measured with different methods - to perform a prediction of the SFC values. Further details are in Newsletter No. 7.

As a reminder: A demo version with full functionality is available. The demo version can be easily downloaded from our website. If necessary, please contact us. You will receive a download link and a key to activate the software.

Download - Newsletter 07

March 2019

Oil-Expert.net Release 6.5.2

Among other things, the new release comes with new factors to improve the calculation of SFC values. There are now four different ways to adjust the calculation of SFC values and to increase accuracy.

Since most users work with MS ACCESS as database, there is now a feature that automatically compresses the database. That means to remove permanently already deleted data. This prevents the database from requiring more and more disk space over time.

In the newsletter 06 this time not the technical innovations are put in the foreground, but the advantages and applications of Oil-Expert.net.

Download - Newsletter 06

August 2018

Oil-Expert.net 6.5.0 released

The new release of Oil-Expert.net comes with many new improvements and enhancements and three new interesting features that make working with Oil-Expert.net much easier:

   •  Calculation of SFC values for any temperatures
   •  Estimation of the slip melting point
   •  Global settings for min/max amounts of component groups - eg interestifications - in recipes

Furthermore, the operation of Oil-Expert.net is now possible with the databases MS-SQL-Server and Oracle. Further details are described in Newsletter 05.

Download - Newsletter 05

Juli 2018

comicon GmbH discontinues business operations

Dear customers,
comicon GmbH has closed its business operations on 30.06.2018 after 23 years. On behalf of comicon, I would like to thank all our customers for their loyalty for many years. From now on, comicon products will continue to be supported by other companies. The rights to the complete automation software - SFC automation, FatLab, Peak-O-Mat and cConnect - were sold to LAIX Technologies. Please contact LAIX Technologies for questions, information and orders:

LAIX Technologies UG | Am Fasanenhang 5 | 52379 Langerwehe/Germany
Tel. +49(0)2409 48798 07 | Fax +49(0)2409 48798 08 • info@laix-tech.de

Dr. Cullmann Consulting acquired the rights to the software Oil-Expert.net and Oil-Inspector.
Dr. Cullmann Consulting will continue to develop and maintain the two software products.

Best regards from Hamburg
Hans Cullmann