PROGRAM MANAGER: Nick Kacsandi
OPPORTUNITY: Depending on the nature of the proposed solution this RFP could result in one or more of the following: technology licensing, technology acquisition, machinery purchase, joint development, proof of concept leading to scale-up to manufacturing.
Phase 1 – Proof of technical concept (3-6 months)
Phase 2 – Technology acquisition and commercial scale-up (6-12 months)
Client targets implementation by Q3 2015 to allow purchase orders with delivery in Q1 2016. Exact timeline will vary based on nature and maturity of the proposed solution.
Initial investments up to US$2,000,000 are available for systems and equipment meeting client’s stated needs. Funding for proof of concept or sample acquisition may be available based on the nature and maturity of the proposed solution.
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK:
NineSigma, representing an International Supplier of Packaging Components, invites proposals for systems and equipment to create high quality, multi-hued designs and decorations on complex, 3D packaging components comprised of glass or metal.
Vivid, complex packaging decorations can set products apart in the competitive global marketplace, but overall quality of many designs is limited by package shape and substrate material. NineSigma’s client employs packaging that ranges from simple cylinders to complex three-dimensional structures, comprised of plastic, glass or metal. Inherent geometrical limitations prevent printing around surface edges or transition areas. Furthermore, anodized aluminum and glass are not readily receptive to inks and coatings and can be problematic at high volume.
Many systems that have overcome these limitations still cannot print across a diverse color spectrum, often being limited to a single- or dual-color system. Standard decorating techniques such as screen-printing and pad printing are not sufficient. Novel automated solutions are required to meet near term production opportunities.
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
Phase 1 – Proof of concept
Phase 2 – Technology acquisition and commercial supply
Criteria for Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2
The successful technology will:
Additionally, proposals should address one or more of the following:
Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:
Ideal respondents will have the in-house capabilities or existing partnerships to propose and support a full systemic solution, including any under-/overcoating materials, inks and pigment, means of application and relevant equipment.
The following approaches are not of interest:
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Appropriate responses will use the Response Form and address the following:
APPROPRIATE RESPONSES TO THIS REQUEST
Respondents from companies (small to large), academic researchers, other research institutes, consultants, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, or inventors are welcome. For example:
You represent a manufacturer of digital printing or coating systems that should provide a solution for testing in the intended application
You represent an organization with expertise in ink or coating chemistry with capabilities to develop a system for decorating on glass and/or aluminum at high volume.
You represent an organization with technology that should provide a solution but that requires optimization to ready it for transfer to commercial use.