Nick Kacsandi, M.S.
Top rated solution providers will have the opportunity to collaborate with an industry leader which has significant powertrain componentry in 1 of every 5 vehicles sold in North America. Commercialization of the technology in the end application could lead to mature sales of over $2.5M annually.
The client wishes to conduct preliminary discussions with top-rated partners no later than Q1 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.
The successful outcome of this process will culminate in the development of technologies suitable for commercialization in large scale automotive volumes via a mutually beneficial commercial arrangement.
Funding exists for a range of opportunities including licensing, product acquisition, contract research, proof of concept leading to scale-up to manufacturing, and / or joint development.
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, representing a Global Manufacturer of Automotive Components, invites proposals for technologies to reliably separate downstream contaminants out of automotive oils at the point of use. Ideal solutions will permanently remove and isolate one or more contaminants – including but not limited to dirt, fibers, organics, metals, and air bubbles – upon system startup without altering the performance characteristics of the oil itself.
Evolving fuel economy requirements are driving increasingly stringent operational specifications for automotive systems. Of primary concern in common closed system, oil-containing hardware (such as transmissions, torque converters, axles, etc.) are issues related to external contaminants in the oil itself. Traditionally, these contaminants are byproducts from manufacturing, shipping or assembly (dust, dirt, metals, fibers, and air bubbles) the presence of which can cause myriad functional issues ranging from jammed valves to corrosion to shorting of electrical components. Furthermore, wear debris generated during the operation of these systems can have a detrimental effect on the long term durability of these elements.
NineSigma’s client currently employs a range of advanced washing and quality assurance measures to minimize the contamination profile of their components at the end use. However, it is impossible to guarantee a “totally clean” product owing to variables in the supply chain beyond their control. To circumvent the issue, novel technologies are sought that can reliably eliminate residual contamination from within the system itself during the first 10-minutes of its operating life. Solutions that provide additional benefits or contamination-control capabilities beyond this first 10 minutes are of also of significant interest.
It should be noted that to date traditional combinations of standard mechanical filtration and magnetic technologies have proven to be ineffective at the point of operation if the aforementioned components are not first rigorously cleaned. Even at optimal performance, novel separation mechanisms are still required to resolve this technical need. The client believes that novel solutions may exist from applications outside of the automotive space. As such, proposals are invited from potential partners across the spectrum of industry, academia, and research.
The successful technology must:
Additionally, top rated solutions will address one or more of the following performance characteristics:
Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:
The following approaches are not of interest:
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