Request for Proposal
Status: RFP is Closed

Moving Force Across a Defined Space with Precision and Reliability

Request Number
Due Date
Feb 20, 2015
Program Manager


Nick Kacsandi


Depending on the nature of the proposed solution, this RFP could result in one or more of the following: licensing, contract research, proof of concept leading to scale-up to manufacturing, joint development, supplier agreement.



Phase 1 – Proof of concept by Q2 2015

Phase 2 – Commercialization of viable solutions within 12 to 18 months


Client’s exact timeline may vary based on nature and maturity of the proposed solution.



Funding for proof of concept, developmental, or scale-up would be made available commensurate with the nature and scope of the proposed activity. All engagements are subject to negotiation with the sponsor.




Phone: +1-216-283-3901


RFP was closed on

RFP Title


Moving Force Across a Defined Space with Precision and Reliability
RFP Description
NineSigma, representing a Global Manufacturing Client, invites proposals for cross-industrial technologies capable of delivering a controlled force to move a payload in a variety of machine operations.

Linear actuators drive a wide range of essential functions in the industrial and manufacturing fields. Discrete forces delivered along a defined linear axis can be applied to many areas within a single piece of machinery. Variations in the force, stroke, precision, and duty cycle of the actuated system are optimized to drive a single function, and these elements can vary greatly between different pieces of equipment.




A range of five (5) representative applications are shown below as reference:


  A B C D E Moving mass (kg)   5500   6400   7900  10400 22100 Target Time to Stroke (msec) 640 730 900 950 1100 One-Way Stroke (mm) 645 730 975 975 1085


Traditional actuator technologies, such as hydromechanical, electromechanical, and pneumatic, all face limitations in functionality. These include one or more of the following: efficiency, accuracy, repeatability, contamination from the working fluid, high operating and maintenance costs, and high capital costs. Most often, one limitation is eliminated at the expense of another. This is especially true in high force and/or speed applications.


The client seeks partners with novel concepts to supplement systems in their existing infrastructure for delivering a payload. Technologies that improve upon the current state of the art, that make use of non-contact solutions, or that have cross-industry applicability are all of significant interest.


Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan

Phase 1 – Proof of concept

  • In this phase, the proposed technology will be examined for compatibility with the client’s application and will include testing.


Phase 2 – Commercial development

  • In this phase, the proposed technology will be integrated with the client’s equipment in preparation for sale.


Criteria for Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2

  • To continue from Phase 1 to Phase 2, it must be evident that the proposed technology is capable of meeting the performance requirements and brings value to the client’s customers in an economical way.



Key Success Criteria

The successful technology will be able to:

  • Move a payload horizontally and stop it repeatably within 0.005 of an inch.
  • Reduce energy consumption by 20% over existing technologies
    • Note that this could mean the use of low friction sliding technologies
  • Be capable of, or adaptable to, a high volume of cycles in excess of 2 years of continuous movement in the 10 to 30 second cycle range with little to no maintenance.
  • Be capable of exerting a holding force at the terminal stroke position.
  • The times and strokes listed above are for a specific configuration, but the actual stroke/time is customer settable.



Possible Approaches

Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:

  • Improvements upon linear actuators (electromagnetic, piezoelectric, etc.)
  • Novel pneumatic technologies
  • Breakthrough mechanical solutions
  • Non-contact solutions
  • Cross-industrial solutions from outside the manufacturing industry



Approaches not of Interest

The following approaches are not of interest:

  • Systems based upon hydraulic technologies (due to both functional and environmental concerns)
  • Traditional ball or roller screw technologies



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:

  • High level, non-confidential, description of proposed technology including:
    • Working principle or knowledge base to support your approach
    • Availability of technical data
      • Force, stroke, precision, reliability, duty cycle (if available)
      • Limitations to be overcome in the current system (if available)
    • Technology maturity
      • Concept, prototype, ready to commercialize, commercialized
  • Pathway to industrial scale including timing, estimated budget, and capacity for manufacture
  • Estimated cost of technology (if available)
  • Position on intellectual property including patent references
  • Desired relationship with sponsor
  • Team description and related experience


Other Request information includes:



Responses from companies (small to large), consultants, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, or inventors are welcome.



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