The client produces a variety of non-liquid, plant-based fast-moving consumer goods. For many of the client’s products, the material is packed into plastic containers. Individual containers measure roughly 2.5 inches in diameter by 1 inch high and are capped with a thin plastic or tin lid. When packaging these containers for shipping, 90 containers are loaded into a single case with 6-8 cases loaded per minute.
The client currently utilizes an x-ray scanner as part of a quality control program. This system scans individual cans for possible contaminants such as small pieces of clear glass or metal (such as aluminum or brass).
As part of internal development activities, the client has determined that micro CT scanning technology can often provide the requisite precision and speed to ensure product quality. Consequently, the client is especially interested in hearing from manufacturers of CT scanning technology that could be deployed in an industrial production facility.
The ideal technology would be able to rapidly scan a full case of product and identify any cases that appear to contain undesirable materials.
In addition to the desired scanning hardware, the client is also interested in learning about advanced image processing and machine learning technologies that may facilitate or enhance the efforts of the scanning technology.
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
- Phase 1 – Proof of concept
- Within 6 months
- Demonstration to occur either at client’s R&D facility or at submitter’s facility
- Phase 2 – Industrial scale trial
- Within 12 months of completion of Phase 1
- Installation of test system on a production line
- Phase 3 – Full-scale deployment
- Within 12 months of completion of Phase 2
- Installation of 6-10 units in client’s production facilities
Criteria for Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2
Client will consider for advancement an approach that meets performance criteria with acceptable economics and pathway to commercialization.
While the client is primarily interested in micro CT scanning technologies, other scanning technologies may be of interest, provided that comparable performance and economics are possible.
The client is primarily interested in technologies with relatively short development or commercialization timelines but may consider less mature approaches that are able to demonstrate proof of technical viability.
The client is interested in responses from organizations that can either design and prototype the desired technology or ones that can fully scope, manufacturer and integrate the proposed technology.