Nick Kacsandi, M.S.
Please refer to the “Items To Be Submitted” section in the document below for the full list of non-confidential information requested by the client. The client seeks external partners for a range of opportunities, including contract research, custom design, joint development, technology licensing, and supply of commercial technologies.
The client plans to conduct preliminary discussions with top-rated partners by March 2016.
Phase 1: Proof of technical concept (6 months)
Phase 2: Further timelines or milestones will vary depending on the nature of the proposed engagement.
Funding exists for a range of opportunities including consulting, testing, proof of concept, and/or technology development / acquisition / licensing. Financial terms may vary depending on the nature and scope of the proposed business arrangement. All final terms and conditions are subject to direct negotiation with the client.
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK:
NineSigma, on behalf of a North American Industrial Products Supplier, invites proposals for innovative pressure management technologies that can rapidly respond to both positive and negative variations in air pressure at a micro scale.
NineSigma’s client manufactures a range of products that are designed to allow tightly controlled throughput of fluids within an enclosed system. In the dynamic stage, the force of gravity is sufficient to induce fluid flow. However, when fluids are static (i.e. not moving through the system) a neutral air pressure relative to the surrounding environment must be maintained. Otherwise, undesirable effects such as backflow, unwanted discharge, line drying and contamination may occur.
A robust pressure control system is required to adjust for micro-scale variations in air pressure both upstream and downstream to maintain this balance during the static stage and to prevent backflow. The primary forces which must be controlled for include: 1) air compression pushing back on fluids in the downstream environment (requiring pressure relief); and 2) negative pressure build-up causing suction upstream (requiring ventilation). Furthermore, the rapid influx of fluids and associated flow-through occurs frequently within the system causing significant variations in pressure levels throughout.
NineSigma’s client has conducted significant research and development in this area; however, an optimal solution is still needed. Current solutions meet many of the desired functional criteria, yet lack the precision and reliability necessary to meet evolving and stricter end-user demands. In particular, there is a need for enhanced performance in response to a wider range of micro-pressure variations needed to maintain systemic equilibrium. It is believed that solutions may exist within adjacent industries that can be adapted to meet the client’s performance requirements. Novel solutions are sought from interested collaborative partners from across the landscape of industry, research and academia.
The successful technology will:
Additionally, the ideal solution will:
In the client’s application, the system can experience build-up of odorous gases (primarily H2S). Technologies that are capable of controlling or neutralizing these undesirable compounds in addition to pressure management are of significant interest.
Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:
Please note that integrated technologies which can be connected to or adapted for operation with smart-home systems are of significant interest.
The following approaches are not of interest:
Your response should address the following: