Request for Proposal
Status: RFP is Closed

Cutting-Edge Inspection Technologies

Request Number
Due Date
Jul 7
Program Manager


Joint Development, Technology Licensing, Supply Agreement, To Be Negotiated

Opportunity to partner with a multi-billion dollar North American company


Phase 1 – Proof of concept within 6 months
Phase 2 – Industrial scale trial within 12 months of Phase 1 completion
Phase 3 – Full-scale deployment within 12 months of Phase 2 completion


All funding to be determined by client based on technical performance and maturity


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RFP was closed on
Jul 2019

RFP Title


Cutting-Edge Inspection Technologies
RFP Description

NineSigma, on behalf of a North American fast-moving consumer goods producer, invites proposals for the development of a high throughput, highly sensitive industrial scanning system which will provide a final safety inspection of consumer goods prior to shipment to retail centers.


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.

Key Success Criteria

Detection Capabilities:

  • Be capable of locating irregularly shaped contaminants:
    • Desired detection threshold: 1mm
    • Detection of smaller sizes highly desirable
  • Be capable of locating:
    • Metals
      • Stainless steel
      • Aluminum
      • Brass
      • Tin
    • Clear Glass
  • Discriminate between tin container lids and possible tin contaminants

Operational Capabilities:

  • Be capable of evaluating cases in either:
    • Continuous OR
    • Batch fashion
  • Able to scan 10 cases per minute without impact on production line speed
  • Be safe for use in an industrial manufacturing environment
  • Operate in an autonomous manner
  • Store digital records of suspect cases for review
    • Images preferred
Possible Approaches

Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:

  • Micro CT scanning technology adapted from other industries
  • Other scanning technology with comparable performance to CT scanning
  • Advanced software systems capable of identifying suspect cases
Approaches not of Interest

The following approaches are not of interest:

  • Hyperspectral imaging technologies
  • Irradiative scanning
Items to be Submitted

Your response should address the following:

  • Non-confidential description of proposed technology and working principle
  • Availability of technical data including
    • Scanning speed
    • Materials detected
    • Image processing speed
  • Technical maturity of the approach (concept, prototype, ready to commercialize, commercialized)
  • Pathway to commercial scale including timing, estimated budget, and capacity for manufacture
  • Estimated unit cost of technology
  • Position on intellectual property including patent references
  • Desired relationship with sponsor
  • Team description and related experience
Preferred Collaboration Types
Area of Interest