PROGRAM MANAGER: Steve Groves
Joint development, technology acquisition, technology licensing, supplier agreement
Phase 1 – Shortlist of solution providers in Q1 2017
Phase 2 – Evaluate one or more prototype heaters within the next 6-12 months
Phase 3 – Potential joint development of a commercial product
All financial terms are to be negotiated
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK:
NineSigma, representing a leading international tobacco product manufacturer, invites proposals for a miniature heating unit suitable for heating tobacco in a battery-powered vaporizer. The unit must rapidly heat in a controllable fashion to a pre-set temperature without the risk of over-heating.
Tobacco-based vaporizers use a battery powered heating element to heat tobacco to a high temperature in order to release vapors that are inhaled by the user. A disadvantage of many existing heating units is that the temperature cannot be accurately controlled and there is a risk of overheating the tobacco, which then gives a poor or unpleasant flavor/taste sensation for the user.
This project aims to find a supplier for a superior heating unit that will rapidly heat the tobacco to a pre-set temperature without the risk of overheating and burning the tobacco. The heating needs to be uniform to ensure all tobacco is heated to the desired temperature.
Our client is seeking a supplier for a heating unit, comprising:
The heating unit should have the following properties:
Our client is seeking a supplier who can design and prototype a heating unit.
Any heating technology and approach that is able to match the success criteria will be considered. The temperature might be controlled via a sensor incorporated within the heating element itself or via a discrete sensor located close to the area of heating, but alternative control mechanisms will also be considered.
Our client is open to suggestions regarding the exact method by which the tobacco may be heated and innovative approaches are welcomed.
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