Cost-effective Nondestructive Examination for Every Part

Request Number REQ0351791
Due Date October 13, 2017
Author Kevin Andrews
Request for Proposal Details
RFP Title
Cost-effective Nondestructive Examination for Every Part
RFP Description

NineSigma, representing a global metal component manufacturer, invites proposals for cost-effective nondestructive evaluation technology to enable inspection of every part it manufactures.


NineSigma’s client manufactures products from alloy steels.  Its products perform critical functions within complex mechanical systems.  It is required to inspect every component to assure products meet material specifications.


Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan

Phase 1 – Proof of concept

  • Technology demonstration on client-supplied parts

Phase 2 – Engineering development

  • Process optimization for manufacturing environment
  • Pilot system implementation and testing at sponsor site

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.


Key Success Criteria

The successful technology will:

  • Be suitable for inspecting ferrous metals
  • Enable the inspection of every part
    • Ideally, include material handling mechanisms that maximize throughput
    • Ideally, offer methods for keeping track of test results to support traceability by lot
  • Identify alloy material integrity defects such as contaminant inclusions, voids, etc.
    • Client would like to identify defects at and near surface (approximate depth of 3mm)
  • Enable detection of flaws ranging in size from sub-millimeter to several millimeters
  • Enable inspection of a limited number of different geometries of parts that range in outer diameter from 100 to 400 mm with part section thickness up to 75 mm
  • Preferably, enable inspection times ranging from 20-60 seconds per part
  • Be safe for use in a manufacturing environment
  • Be cost effective at industrial scale


Possible Approaches

Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:
  • Radiography, ultrasonic measurement, or other novel approaches


Approaches not of interest

The following approaches are not of interest:
  • Visual or vision systems
  • Chemical based inspection (penetrants, etc.)


Preferred Collaboration types
  • Contract Research
  • Technology Licensing
  • Technology Acquisition
  • Supply Agreement
  • To Be Negotiated
Items to be submitted

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Appropriate responses will use the response form and address the following:

  • Non-confidential description of proposed technology and working principle
  • Availability of technical data including resolution, sensitivity, measurement rate (time/volume), part orientation requirements/restrictions, and safety requirements
  • Technical maturity of the approach (demonstrated feasibility, reduced to practice, prototype, ready to implement, commercialized)
  • Pathway to commercial scale including timing and estimated budget
  • Estimated unit cost of technology
  • Position on intellectual property including patent references
  • Desired relationship with sponsor
  • Team description and related experience



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 technology transfer agency that represents an inventor or technology holder who can demonstrate an approach to address the request.

You represent a university research department that has a bench-scale demonstration ready to adapt.



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