PROGRAM MANAGER: Nick Kacsandi, M.S.
OPPORTUNITY: The client seeks external partners for a range of opportunities, including contract research, custom design, joint development, technology licensing or acquisition, and supply of commercial technologies. Please refer to the “Items To Be Submitted” section in the document below for the full list of non-confidential information requested by the client.
The client wishes to conduct preliminary discussions with top-rated partners no later than January 2016.
Phase 1 - Proof of technical concept (6 months)
Phase 2 - Further timelines or milestones will vary depending on the nature of the proposed engagement.
Funding exists for a range of opportunities including consulting, testing, proof of concept, and/or technology development / acquisition / licensing. Financial terms may vary depending on the nature and scope of the proposed business arrangement. All final terms and conditions are subject to direct negotiation with the client.
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK:
NineSigma, representing A Global Apparel Manufacturer, invites proposals for technologies capable of creating a high-integrity bond that equals or exceeds “hook-and-loop” or “hook-and-pile” fastener performance under environmental extremes. Respondents from across the landscape of industry, academia and research are invited to respond.
Touch fastener technologies – also known as “hook-and-loop” or “hook-and-pile” fasteners – have widespread global applications from apparel to aerospace. Traditionally comprised of fabrics that are sewn or bonded to opposing surfaces to be joined, these fasteners are prone to wear, napping, agglomeration of dirt and debris, and generally diminished efficacy over long-term use. Furthermore, the material make-up of many current hook-and-loop products is such that environmental factors like high temperatures and required routine cleaning can result in accelerated degradation or debonding. Although some flame-resistant versions of the technology do exist, they can often degrade some critical performance characteristics and are therefore not universally viable.
NineSigma’s client seeks to identify technologies to replace hook-and-loop fasteners as a mechanism for creating secure closures on protective gear and apparel. Ideal solutions will incorporate onto a flexible textile matrix and form a demonstrable seal, closure, or fastening such that the end item’s edges are not readily separated without manual manipulation. The proposed approach should remain incorporated onto the based textile substrate in the presence of high or low temperatures, humidity, and airborne debris, as well as during repeated flexion and abrasion. The successful technology must also withstand repeated cleaning or laundering cycles without loss of efficacy. The client is interested in any proposals describing novel materials, designs, methods or mechanisms by which to achieve this goal at a cost competitive to that of commercial hook-and-loop. Developmental solutions are of interest, however any such proposals must include a reasonable description of solution provider’s ability to support efforts through proof of concept and commercialization.
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
Phase 1 – Proof of Technical Concept
Phase 2 – To be determined in accordance with the proposed scope of work.
Criteria for Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2
The successful technology will:
Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:
The following approaches are not of interest:
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Non-confidential description of proposed technology