PROGRAM MANAGER: Nick Kacsandi, M.S.
OPPORTUNITY: Client seeks potential partners with the capability to support one or more of the following: Proof of concept leading to commercial scale-up, joint development, licensing, or supplier agreement
Phase 1 - Initial discussions under NDA (Q3/Q4 2015)
Phase 2 - Proof of concept (by Q1 2016)
Phase 3 - Scale up to industrial operations Q2 2016
To be determined based upon the nature and scope of the proposed solution. Funding up to US$50,000 is available for top respondents to demonstrate proof of concept.
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK:
NineSigma, representing a leading North American contract manufacturer and custom formulator for the Consumer Goods Industry, invites proposals for novel technologies to increase the speed and reliability of clean-in-place operations for industrial processing equipment involving high viscosity, high particulate material streams. Proposals describing novel improvements to processes, hardware, and/or software, as well as component solutions such as coatings or surface modifications are of significant interest.
NineSigma’s client manufactures a range of over-the-counter (OTC) and non-OTC products that are characterized by temperature sensitivity, high viscosity and high particulate content. To ensure compliance with regulatory standards, all products are rigorously monitored for bacterial contamination and chemical impurities. These products are processed within a closed system that requires cleaning at regular intervals to prevent cross-contamination and microbial build-up. Current clean-in-place protocols can require upwards of 90 minutes to complete, and often multiple cycles are required to ensure no residual contamination resides within the lines.
The client has conducted thorough optimization efforts to streamline the efficiency of these cleaning processes. However, they are acutely aware that viable technologies may exist within other industry verticals that could have significant impacts on both cleaning time and efficiency in their operations. Examples of such improvements might include – but are not limited to:
Potential partners with technology proposals from across the landscape of industry, academia, research and consulting are invited to respond.
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
Proof of concept
The successful technology will:
The ultimate target for this application is a system-wide clean time of 15 minutes or less to optimize operational efficiency. The client welcomes component solutions or combinations of solutions that enable incremental – but measurable – improvements towards achieving this target.
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
Responses from companies (small to large), academic researchers, other research institutes, consultants, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, or inventors are welcome.