Technologies to Deposit Organic Powder onto Flexible Surfaces

Request Number REQ9364103
Due Date January 16, 2018
Request for Proposal Details
RFP Title
Technologies to Deposit Organic Powder onto Flexible Surfaces
RFP Description

NineSigma, representing a high-growth North American company, invites proposals for novel technology solution that can directly apply a non-uniform, granular material onto the surface of a flexible organic substrate.


NineSigma’s client applies a dry coating to a variety of raw organic protein of varying sizes and thicknesses. The coating material is not uniform in size, with particles ranging from extremely fine to granules a few millimeters in size.  The current process for applying the dry coating is primarily manual, which can be inconsistent, messy and time consuming. Additionally, the process also generates an unacceptable level of waste. The client seeks to identify technology solutions which can achieve deposition, application or coating of the powder onto organic protein in a faster, more efficient and more repeatable manner.


Ideal technologies will reduce or eliminate the manual aspects of the coating process, through novel equipment, systems or methods. The proposed technology must be either automated in nature or at least compatible with a single operator work crew. Furthermore, the process must ensure complete coverage of the entire protein surface and ensure that the coating material remains fixed to the substrate for a period of at least five (5) minutes after deposition.


Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan

Phase 1 – Identification of potential partners

  • End-user will evaluate proposed technologies for suitability and economic viability


Phase 2 – Proof of Concept

  • Technologies of interest will be evaluated at client’s test bed facility


Phase 3 – Implementation

  • Successful technology will be rolled out to multiple production facilities


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:

  • Bond the coating to organic substrate
    • Coating should completely cover a surface area of 24 square inches within 2 seconds
  • Be compatible with surfaces of non-uniform size
  • If proposing an equipment solution, occupy a space no larger than 24 inches high by 20 inches long by 30 inches deep
    • Existing solutions occupying a larger space may be of interest if there is potential to scale down the current form factor
  • Allow operation or handling by a single operator
  • Should require minimal maintenance and cleaning during operation
  • Should prevent migration of powder coating to areas outside application space
  • Ultimately adaptable to comply with food environments and regulations


Possible Approaches

Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:

  • Electrostatic applicators
  • Triboelectric applicators
  • Novel powder sprayers
  • Cloud application systems
  • Fluidized bed applications


Approaches not of interest

The following approaches are not of interest:

  • Inefficient technologies which result in significant disposal of coating
  • Systems requiring excessive operator involvement


Preferred Collaboration types
  • Joint Development
  • Contract Analysis and Testing
  • Technology Licensing
  • Technology Acquisition
  • Consulting
  • 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
  • Technical maturity of the approach (concept, reduced to practice, prototype, ready to commercialize, ready to implement, commercialized)
  • Pathway to commercial scale including timing, estimated budget, and capacity for manufacture
  • Estimated unit cost of technology
  • Position on intellectual property including patent references
  • Desired relationship with sponsor
  • Team description and related experience


Other Request information includes:



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.

You represent a university research department that has an undeveloped pathway with a high probability of success.



Area of Interest
  • Consumer Products
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