NineSigma’s client processes an average of 165 pounds of slurry daily at each of hundreds of distributed manufacturing facilities around the world in a time-consuming, labor intensive manual process. To improve speed & efficiency and reduce batch-to-batch variation, the client seeks to introduce automation to the process.
Currently, the process operator will add pre-determined amounts of powder and water to a mixing vessel. The mixture is then processed. After processing by machine, the thick slurry is then further processed manually by the operator. The slurry is rolled to the desired thickness and portioned using a manual cutter in preparation for curing.
The process is subject to variation between batches and operators, resulting in unacceptable dissimilarities in the finished product.
To reduce said variation, the client wishes to improve consistency using automation.
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
Phase 1 – Assessment
- Review of responses: Q3/Q4 2018
Phase 2 – Demonstration
- Demonstration of proposed technology at respondent’s facility: Q4 2018/Q1 2019
Phase 3 – Evaluation
- Evaluation at client facility: Q2 2019
- Client will compare existing approach to proposed solution at client R&D site
Phase 4 – Trial
- Limited deployment to client facilities to field study: Q3 2019
Phase 5 – Deployment
- Full-scale deployment of technology to all client facilities in North America: 2020
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.
Client is open to all approaches that can meet the established timeline to commercial deployment.
Client is open to partials solutions as well as complete systems.