Visual Indication of Surface Impact Points

Request Number REQ3128653
Due Date August 15, 2014
Author Nick Kacsandi
Request for Proposal Details
RFP Title
Visual Indication of Surface Impact Points
RFP Description

Global Client Seeks Experts in Thermoelectric Materials and Devices


For industries that rely upon visual inspection protocols, the risk of human error represents an ever-present concern. Such systems depend on effective indicator technologies to highlight any systemic flaws, contaminants or other defects that would normally elude the human eye.

The client’s goal is to identify indicator materials or chemicals that are responsive to micro-scale impact forces or surface disruptions. The indicator will change color, texture or otherwise provide a visible indication of where the surface contact occurred. Technologies that require ocular aides, glasses or specialized lighting to see the indicator are of interest.

Ideal technologies will be capable of being re-set or reapplied, where the surface disruption is removed or neutralized without the need to reapply the permanent coating. Technologies that require the application of a secondary agent to accomplish this task (such as chemicals instilled in cleaning agents, polishes, etc.) are also of interest.


Key Success Criteria

The successful technology will:

  •  Provide clear visual indication of the impacted area
  •  Be visible under ambient or other lighting conditions (infrared, blacklight, etc.)
  •  Be safe and nontoxic for human contact
  •  If possible, specify one or more of the following:
    •  Sensitivity of the system to micro-scale forces and pressures
    •  Method of application
    •  Compatibility with permanent or semi-permanent surface coatings
    •  Compatibility with cleaning chemicals and technologies


Possible Approaches

Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:

  • Permanent or semi-permanent surface treatments
  • Dyes, inks or other indicators
  • Material solutions including:
    • Smart materials
    • Stimulus-responsive materials
    • Electroactive materials
    • Color change materials
    • Self-healing technologies
    • Encapsulations
    • Nanotechnology
  • Technologies that detect biologicals on a surface in addition to identifying impact points.


Approaches not of interest

The following approaches are not of interest:

  • Approaches that are incompatible with coatings or surface treatments.
  • Technologies that irreversibly alter the surface color
  • Technologies that permanently alter the surface functionality.
  • Technologies not compatible with components used in cleaners and disinfectants (e.g. quaternary ammonium compounds, peroxides, etc.)


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Appropriate responses will address the following:

  • Non-confidential overview of the proposed technical approach
  • Maturity of the technology
  • Team experience and expertise with the proposed technology
  • Evidence that the proposed soltuion can met the stated requirements (if any)
  • Estimate of cost (if known)
  • Relevant authored patents, patent applications or publications
  • IP status
  • Budget/Timeline
  • Plan for achieveing unmet requirements


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Phase 1 – Proof of concept

  • Develop concepts/prototypes
  • Compatibility with existing surface types, coatings, and cleaners.
  • Assess commercialization opportunities

Phase 2 – Commercial development and scaling


Criteria for Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2

  • Validation and testing of sample materials and performance against intended application.



Responses from companies (small to large), academic researchers, other research institutes, consultants, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, or inventors are welcome. For example:

  • You represent an organization that specializes in indicator matierls used in surface treatments, paints or coatings.
  • You represent an organization with technology which should provide a solution ready for testing an transfer to commercial use.
  • You represent an organization with technology which should provide a solution but that requires further research and development to ready it for transfer to commercial use.


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