PROGRAM MANAGER: Nick Kacsandi
OPPORTUNITY: Depending on the nature of the proposed solution, this RFP could result in one or more of the following: licensing, contract research, proof of concept leading to scale-up to manufacturing, joint development, supplier agreement.
Phase 1 – Proof of concept by Q2 2015
Phase 2 – Commercialization of viable solutions within 12 to 18 months
Client’s exact timeline may vary based on nature and maturity of the proposed solution.
Funding for proof of concept, developmental, or scale-up would be made available commensurate with the nature and scope of the proposed activity. All engagements are subject to negotiation with the sponsor.
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK:
NineSigma, representing a Global Manufacturing Client, invites proposals for cross-industrial technologies capable of delivering a controlled force to move a payload in a variety of machine operations.
Linear actuators drive a wide range of essential functions in the industrial and manufacturing fields. Discrete forces delivered along a defined linear axis can be applied to many areas within a single piece of machinery. Variations in the force, stroke, precision, and duty cycle of the actuated system are optimized to drive a single function, and these elements can vary greatly between different pieces of equipment.
A range of five (5) representative applications are shown below as reference:
Traditional actuator technologies, such as hydromechanical, electromechanical, and pneumatic, all face limitations in functionality. These include one or more of the following: efficiency, accuracy, repeatability, contamination from the working fluid, high operating and maintenance costs, and high capital costs. Most often, one limitation is eliminated at the expense of another. This is especially true in high force and/or speed applications.
The client seeks partners with novel concepts to supplement systems in their existing infrastructure for delivering a payload. Technologies that improve upon the current state of the art, that make use of non-contact solutions, or that have cross-industry applicability are all of significant 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
The successful technology will be able to:
Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:
The following approaches are not of interest:
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Responses from companies (small to large), consultants, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, or inventors are welcome.