Jos Cenens, PhD
Supplier agreement, licensing, proof of concept
leading to scale-up to manufacturing, joint development,
Phase 1 – Testing of prototype sensors (Q3 2017)
Phase 2 – Demonstrator of Mass Air Flow Sensor
with discrete electronics ready by Q2 2018
All financials are to be negotiated
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK:
NineSigma, representing a multinational company, is looking for a micro-machined ultrasonic mass flow air sensor that can be used at a temperature range from -40°C to 150°C and above. Key features for the intended high volume applications are small size, high robustness against temperature conditions, robustness against contamination and low cost.
Many applications of ultrasound for sensing, actuation and imaging require miniaturized and low power transducers and transducer arrays integrated with electronic systems. In recent years, various micro-machined ultrasonic transducers have come on the market for a variety of uses, especially in the medical sector where they are used for fluid flow applications. Due to limits in robustness against high temperature and contamination, no micro air flow sensing device has been on the industrial market.
NineSigma’s client has a range of potential high volume applications. In order to accelerate time to market, the client has issued this open request looking for suitable micro-machined devices that can be adapted for industrial use.
The successful technology will:
Note: having basic knowledge of ultrasonic transducers, signal acquisition and electronic operation is an important requirement from the participants to this call.
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
Phase 1 – Testing of prototype sensors
Phase 2 – Demonstrator of mass air flow sensor with discrete electronics
Criteria for Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2
Positive testing and validation results. Be a clear concept for further development steps toward commercial use.
Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:
The following approaches are not of interest:
Your response should address the following:
Appropriate responses to this Request Responses from companies (small to large), consultants, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, or inventors are welcome. For example:
You represent a company that has demonstrated a proof of concept for a micro-machined transducer which is able to measure distance or flow in air
You represent a company that has a bench-scale demonstration of a micro machined setup that can measure gas flows in a wide range of pressure and temperatures