PROGRAM MANAGER: Nick Kacsandi
Depending on the nature of the proposed solution this RFP could result in one or more of the following: licensing, proof of concept leading to scale-up to manufacturing, joint development.
Phase 1 – Proof of concept and testing to be completed by March 2015
Phase 2 – Commercial Feasibility Analysis and plan for scale-up by July 2015
Phase 1 – Support for sample preparation, test if required
Phase 2 – Terms are subject to negotiation at the client’s discretion pending the outcomes of Phase 1
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK:
NineSigma, representing a leading supplier of consumer and industrial fixtures invites proposals for technologies to generate a durable surface coating that can prevent contact burns to exposed human skin from low-grade heat.
Exposure of human skin to 130⁰F (54 C) results in burns. A wide variety of household and industrial surfaces have the potential to expose people to such temperatures through unintentional or unavoidable contact. Local heat from heating elements, hot water in plumbing, and mechanical wear are just some of the areas where the threat of burns is present. Conventional solutions include shrouding or other protective coverings installed over the surface. However, these are typically applied as a retrofit to the existing infrastructure and often may contain sharp edges or rough, abrasive surface finishes.
A preferred alternative would involve wholesale incorporation of a thermal insulator onto the contact surface (plastic and/or metal) during manufacture. NineSigma’s client has investigated a variety of options in this area, but have encountered limitations due to brittleness, inconsistencies in surface regularity, and overall limits to the thermal isolation threshold. Collaborative partners are sought from around the globe to overcome these limitations. Ideal solutions will also be compatible with automated coating systems.
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
Phase 1 – Application of coating to test pieces provided by client. Evaluation for suitability against thermal barrier properties and other performance requirements specific to environment of the fixture being tested.
Phase 2 – Commercial Feasibility, Demonstration of ability to scale production.
Criteria for Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2
Coating technologies must show outstanding thermal barrier properties and demonstrate appropriate other characteristics.
The successful coating technology must:
Furthermore, proposals should also address one of more of the following:
Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:
The following approaches are not of interest:
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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 thermal barrier coatings or materials for extreme service applications who can adapt their technologies and cost points to a lower intensity application.
You represent an organization specializing in coating systems with a durable solution that provides the necessary insulating properties and has appropriate aesthetic qualities.