NineSigma, on behalf of a global manufacturing company, seeks a novel dispensing system for flexible pouches that prevents or reduces the chance of accidental dispensing.
NineSigma’s client seeks a no-spill dispensing solution for consumer flexible pouches for a variety of viscous products similar to food purées and water. The product is dispensed by the consumer from ages 8 months and older. Product is currently dispensed when the consumer sucks from the flexible package, squeezes the package, or a combination of the two.
First time young consumers (8 to 36 months), without any learned behavior, tend to grasp the flexible package causing the contents to spill unintentionally. Other accidents occur when the flexible format is dropped by accident and the contents spill. NineSigma’s client seeks alternate methods to ensure controlled dispensing to avoid spills, and develop a dispensing solution that allows the pouch contents to evacuate upon sucking or by intentional and intuitive means.
Key Success Criteria
The successful technology will:
Prevent leakage from mechanical compression alone
Prevent leakage from opened pouch if sucking is discontinued
Be applicable to container volumes from approx. 3 oz to 48 oz
Not require substantial redesign of existing pouch (formed film portion)
Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:
Novel valve designs
Items to be Submitted
Your response should address the following:
Non-confidential description of proposed technology and working principle
Availability of technical data
Technical maturity of the approach (concept, reduced to practice, prototype, ready to commercialize, ready to implement, 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