PROGRAM MANAGER: Nick Kacsandi, M.S.
Client seeks to acquire, license or develop novel technologies to optimize the process of injection molding with recycled PVC materials. This is a rapid identification opportunity. Under the “Items to be Submitted” section, please follow the link for the Capabilities Form to complete your statement of interest and answer a few short, background questions regarding your expertise and technologies.
Phase 1 - Initial Discussions under NDA (Q2 2015)
Phase 2 - Proof of concept (Q3/Q4 2015)
Phase 3 -TBD. The client targets Q4 2015 to for initial scale-up to industrial operations.
All details and contractual agreements are subject to direct negotiation between the client and solution provider’s organization. Funding opportunities exist for the client’s top rated respondents. Proof of concept and/or developmental funding may be available depending on the nature of the solution.
This is a fast track project. Please complete a short Statement of Interest and Capabilities Form to notify Nick Kacsandi of your interest.
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK:
NineSigma, representing a Leading Molder of Engineered Nonmetallic Materials, has an urgent need to identify partners with process control / process management capabilities (hardware, sensors and software) to enhance the consistency and quality of injection molded thermoplastic components.
Recycled PVC materials present significant challenges to NineSigma’s injection molding client. Their source thermoplastics are comprised of blends from several unrelated product streams and industrial sources. Due to unknowns regarding the frequency with which these materials have been melted, processed or repurposed through their lifetime, the consistency and subsequent moldability of the PVC may fluctuate on a case-by-case basis.
At the present time, the client’s manufacturing processes are based on a pre-determined set of parameters around material characteristics and equipment capabilities. Examples of parameter limitations would be cycle time verses mold stress and melt temperature verses physical properties. However, due to the aforementioned unknowns, any deviation from these parameters can result in process errors, increased run time, product loss or operational downtime for cleaning and maintenance. Changes in the source material and major capital equipment expenditures are difficult to justify due to cost and timing concerns. Therefore, novel in-process modifications must be introduced to offset the technical deficiencies.
NineSigma’s client has issued this global request to identify partners with capabilities and technologies that will enhance the level of control over and improve the consistency and reliability of the recycled PVC molding process. The goal is to allow greater flexibility and adaptability within the system to respond to process and parameter fluctuations on a shot-by-shot basis. Partners with the ability to collaborate in the optimization of these technologies or with capabilities supported by customizable software, sensors and hardware are of significant interest.
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
Phase 1 – Initial Discussions under NDA
Phase 2 – Proof of Concept
Phase 3 – Scale-up to industrial operations
Criteria for Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2
The technology will:
Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:
Proposed solutions that also include an equipment and/or material component should explicitly address compatibility of the material/equipment with operations in a recycled PVC stream.
The following approaches are not of interest:
To respond to this Expert opportunity, please follow the link below to access and complete our Expert Capabilities Form. Note that you will need a copy of your CV, resume, or professional bio in order to complete the form. You may also wish to provide any other supplemental information highlighting your expertise in this field.
CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE YOUR STATEMENT OF INTEREST AND CAPABILITIES FORM
Appropriate Respondents to this Request
Respondents from companies (small to large), academic researchers, other research institutes, consultants, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, or inventors are welcome.
You represent a company, academic institution or other organization with expertise in process management and engineering that can provide a solution for optimization in the intended application
You represent an organization with novel systems and software that should provide a solution ready for testing in the intended application
You represent an organization with technologies related to injection molding and/or recycled thermoplastics that can provide a solution for development and prototyping
You represent an organization with technology that should provide a solution but that requires further research and development to ready it for transfer to commercial use.