PROGRAM MANAGER: Jonathan Jakischa
OPPORTUNITY: Joint Development, Technology Licensing, Supply Agreement, To Be Negotiated
Phase 1 – Proof of concept in 1-6 months
Phase 2 – Industrial implementation in 6-12 months
Project timeline dependent on maturity of technology proposed.
All financials to be negotiated
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK:
NineSigma, representing a global consumer product manufacturer, invites proposals for technologies that permit rapid, non-destructive inspection of plant-based product containers prior to shipment.
NineSigma’s client markets a variety of products that contain a non-liquid, fermented, plant-based product. The material is packaged into small plastic containers and sealed with either a thin plastic or tin lid (roughly 0.01” thick). The individual containers (2.55” diameter x 0.9” high) are placed end to end & shrink wrapped into stacks of five (2.55” diameter x 4.72” high). A case (8.5” W x 16” L x 5” H) is comprised of 18 stacks in a 3 x 6 array. Cases are packed at a rate of 6 – 8 per minute.
As part of an existing quality control program, individual cans are scanned by x-ray for contaminants prior to stacking. Potential contaminants include small, irregularly shaped pieces of clear glass or metal, such as brass or aluminum.
NineSigma’s client seeks technology to quickly scan cases of product to determine if contaminants are present. While evaluation of cases is preferred, scanning at the stack level is also of interest.
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
Phase 1 – Proof of concept
Phase 2 – Commercial development
Criteria for Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2
Client will consider for advancement an approach that meets performance criteria with acceptable economics and pathway to commercialization.
Additionally, depending on the technology proposed, additional evaluation may be necessary to ensure that the scanning process is not detrimental to the product.
While mature technologies, ready for implementation in an industrial setting, are generally preferred, NineSigma’s client is also interested in newer approaches, provided there is a clear path to commercialization.
The successful technology will:
While the client currently utilizes x-ray technology for its internal quality control scanning, all approaches capable of locating contaminants with a stack or case are of interest.
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APPROPRIATE RESPONSES TO THIS REQUEST
Responses from companies (small to large), academic researchers, other research institutes, consultants, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, or inventors are welcome. For example:
You represent a company or university that has demonstrated a proof of concept.
You represent a company or university that has reduced method to practice at lab scale.
You represent a company or university that has developed a method for use at pilot scale.
You represent a company or university that has demonstrated a method ready for implementation at industrial scale.
You represent a university research department that has a bench-scale demonstration ready to adapt.
You represent a university research department that has an undeveloped pathway with a high probability of success.