Request for Proposal
Status: RFP is Closed

Over-Inflation Compensation Technology

Request Number
Due Date
Dec 7, 2015
Program Manager

RFP Custom Information

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Nick Kacsandi, M.S.


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 seeks external partners for a range of opportunities, including contract research, custom design, joint development, technology licensing or acquisition, and supply of commercial technologies.



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.




Phone: +1-216-283-3901


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RFP Title


Over-Inflation Compensation Technology
RFP Description
NineSigma, on behalf of a North American Industrial Products Supplier, invites proposals for innovative technologies to compensate for the over-inflation of pneumatic products without compromising the integrity of the overall product functionality and performance.

Pneumatic products require strict safeguards to control against variations in operating pressures. Over-pressurized systems can result in explosions or blowouts, while under-pressurization or loss of pressure runs the risk of catastrophic failure at the point of use.


NineSigma’s client manufactures a range of products that require strict adherence to an operating pressure profile. Failure at any point can pose severe risk to the operator, so the safety device must necessarily operate at ~18psi with less than 5% tolerance. At present, the products employ a single use relief system that guarantees over-pressurization avoidance. However, as a single use solution it becomes necessary to replace these devices in the field upon activation. Furthermore, these single use systems have size limitations to where they can be reasonably implemented. Standard pressure relief valves have been tested, however they have a tendency to result in slow, continuous leaks making them too potentially hazardous.


The goal of this technology search is to identify novel pressure compensation or pressure control technologies to improve upon these current standards. The desired solution would incorporate into the client’s product after proof of concept has been established. However, a viable solution or device capable of achieving the stated end goal at any point downstream of the air compressor would be of significant interest. The client invites potential solutions from across industry and is open to collaborating jointly in the development of the most promising technologies.


Key Success Criteria

The successful technology will:

• Be compatible with or adaptable to airflow from standard industrial air compressors

○ Should relieve at a rate equal to or faster than the compressor supply to prevent blow out

○ Should not restrict airflow during inflation / deflation

• Incorporate into a pneumatically inflatable system

○ Either at the point of inflation; (desired)


○ Prior to the point of inflation, but downstream from the compressor

• Not be damaged or destroyed as a result of compensating for over-inflation

○ Ideally, should be completely reusable once the pneumatic pressure is removed

• Maintain integrity of the inflation and remain leak-free over an extended period of time

○ Up to 4 weeks inflated at the point of use

• Work at low pressure with under 5% tolerance


Additionally, top-rated proposals will address the following items:

• Have a cost-effective price-per-unit less than USD$20

• Compatibility with extreme environments, such as:

○ Underwater

○ High pressure

○ In vacuum

○ In the presence of waste or sewage

• Compatibility with different operating pressures ranging from 12 to 200 psi.

• Operating life >2 years without any performance deterioration 

• Should be field replaceable in the event of failure


Possible Approaches

Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:

• Electronic devices that shut an inflation port upon sensing desired inflation pressure

• Leak-free relief valves that meet the above success criteria

• In-line pressure regulators

• Smart or continuous sensing/monitoring technologies that adjust for inflation variability in real-time

• Technologies that can be adapted from adjacent pressure relief applications


The following approaches are not desirable, but may be acceptable depending on the nature, maturity and cost of the proposed solution:

• One-time use devices

• Rupture-type devices


Approaches not of Interest

The following approaches are not of interest:

• Technologies that cannot be reasonably adapted to the pressure profile define above

• Approaches that cannot be reset, redeployed or replaced at the point of use, in the event of activation

• Technologies that are not compatible with standard industrial air compressors

• Solutions exceeding US$20 per unit

• Technologies that cannot establish proof of concept within 6 months


Items to be Submitted

To respond, please make sure you are registered in NineSights, as it will prompt you to log in. Then, use the Response options at the top or bottom of the page. You may submit supplemental files in addition to your completed response form.


Appropriate responses will use the response form and address the following:

• Non-confidential description of proposed technology

○ Technical maturity of the approach (concept, prototype, ready to commercialize, commercialized)

○ Position on intellectual property

○ Supporting documentation (product literature, publications, patents, etc.)

• Discussion of ability to address the items outlined in “Key Success Criteria” above

• Overview of team experience and professional / technical expertise

• Desired relationship with the sponsor

• Proposed financials

○ Cost/price per unit

○ Development, optimization or testing budget

○ Commercial fees for licensing, supply, etc. (if applicable)

• Proposed timeline achieve Proof of Concept OR Pathway to Commercialization (if applicable)



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