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Please check technical needs from major companies around the world.


Please check technical needs from major companies around the world.

Update on 16-Oct-18

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Innovation Gallery 12/31/2018 2017_0001_N_024 Groundbreaking Powder Application Technologies PepsiCo seeks novel technologies for seasoning application on fabricated potato chips.
Innovation Gallery 12/31/2018 2017_0001_N_023 Powder Sterilization Technologies PepsiCo seeks efficient and effective technologies to sterilize powdered seasonings without impacting performance characteristics.
Innovation Gallery 12/31/2019 2017_0004_N_002 Translucent Leather or Translucent Artificial Leather-like Foils Yanfeng Automotive seeks a decorative cover stock for automotive interiors that looks and feels like leather but at the same time is translucent to transmission of a specific luminance of a specific wavelength of light.
Innovation Gallery 12/31/2019 2017_0004_N_001 Reconfigurable Nest to Hold an Assembly at Each Manufacturing Stage Yanfeng Automotive seeks a universal nest that can hold an automotive interior component during assembly that can reconfigure on demand to hold a different-shaped component.
Innovation Gallery 12/31/2019 2017_0004_N_032 Transparent Glass-like Plastic Yanfeng Automotive Seeks Films/Coatings which could be combined with a transparent plastic (such as acrylic or polycarbonate) to create a glass like part which provides glass like features such as cold touch, chemical and scratch resistance.
Innovation Gallery 12/31/2019 2017_0004_N_018 Stays Looking Clean Plastic Interior Surfaces Yanfeng Automotive seeks interiors that have the ability to resist dirt/dust/oil accumulation. The Interior surface must always appear to be clean and must appear to be easy to clean.
Innovation Gallery 12/31/2019 2017_0004_N_024 A Formable Color Changing Light Technology A thin, formable, and tunable light source that can be formed under a decorative surface material to illuminate the printed graphic image on the decorative surface
Innovation Gallery 12/31/2019 2017_0004_N_020 Surface Crosslinking of Polypropylene Copolymers using E-beam Technology Yanfeng Automotive seeks methods to crosslink the surface of polypropylene copolymer, at a controlled depth, using electron beam technology
Innovation Gallery 10/26/2018 2017_0015_N_042 New Concepts for Sustainable / Recyclable Soft Drink Packaging Lucozade Ribena Suntory are seeking radical, novel solutions that will significantly reduce the amount of packaging or improve the recyclability and sustainability of packaging for soft drinks. We are open to early stage ideas and more mature solutions.
Innovation Gallery 10/26/2018 2017_0015_N_043 Solutions to Increase the Recyclability of Coloured PET Bottles Lucozade Ribena Suntory is seeking solutions to increase the recyclability of coloured PET bottles. These could be methods of separating the opaque PET bottles from recycling streams, alternative methods of colouring the plastic to improve recycling, alternative recyclable materials for coloured bottles, or other solutions that we haven’t considered. Lucozade Ribena Suntory are open to early stage ideas and solutions that are more mature.
Innovation Gallery 10/26/2018 2017_0015_N_044 Alternative Materials or Technologies for Printed Shrink Wrap Packaging Lucazade Ribena Suntory is seeking alternative materials, technologies, processes to eliminate, reduce or replace printed low density polyethylene shrink wrap ways to improve the sustainability and recycling of secondary packaging (case outers).
Innovation Gallery 12/31/2018 2017_0001_N_032 Novel Protein Sources PepsiCo seeks new and novel protein sources for usage in their snacks and beverages. PepsiCo would like to achieve a protein level that provides a measurable positive impact for consumers while enabling a comparable consumer experience.
Innovation Gallery 12/31/2018 2017_0001_N_037 Multiphase Gas Separation Technology PepsiCo seeks novel technologies for multiphase gas separation to enhance waste heat recovery during dehydration processes.
Innovation Gallery 12/31/2018 2017_0001_N_051 For all Packaging-related Technologies PepsiCo seeks to identify new packaging-related technologies to improve their global operations.
Innovation Gallery 12/31/2019 2017_0004_N_041 Flexible, Cost-effective Heating Textiles or Foils Yanfeng Automotive seeks flexible, cost-effective resilient heating system that can be formed and integrated into slightly curved or substantially non-planar interior surfaces.
RFP 10/26/2018 2018_3801 Development Partner for Part of Next-generation Medical Balloon Catheters NineSigma, representing a multi-billion-dollar medical instruments manufacturer, is looking for development partners to realize next-generation balloon catheters. The main development object involves balloon parts that act as components for balloon catheters. The client seeks technology that resolves the challenges of pressure resistance, flexibility, etc., and that is applicable to the field of medical instruments. The client also widely welcomes materials, structural designs, manufacturing methods, etc., that are used in other fields
RFP 10/3/2018 2018_3810 Real-Time Molten Steel Analysis NineSigma, representing a global metal engineering company, invites proposals for a novel, top-down real-time analysis of molten steel in a metallurgical reactor.
RFP 10/5/2018 2018_3811 Optimised 3D Mold Surface Texture NineSigma, representing a global metal engineering company invites responses from experts, SMEs or organisations for technologies or materials to provide an Open 3D Surface Structure for a (coated) Copper Mold.
RFP 10/9/2018 2018_3789 Technologies linking Cardiovascular Risks and Type II Diabetes within the Patient Community NineSigma, representing a global pharmaceutical company, invites proposals for novel ways to make cardiovascular risks tangible to physicians and (diabetes Type II) patients. For example, to increase awareness of cardiovascular risks and enable diabetes patients to better grasp their elevated CV risks, as a starting point for behavioral changes and increased self-empowerment to better manage their disease.
RFP 10/10/2018 2018_3824 Sensors for Physical Parameters of Food NineSigma, on behalf of a major restaurant chain, seeks sensors and systems capable of providing objective assessment of the physical aspects of foods and beverages. The goal is to obtain quantitative appraisals of the physical properties of new recipes or existing products produced on new equipment.
RFP 10/11/2018 2018_3806 Partner for Designing and Making Prototype of Compact, Lightweight Paraglider NineSigma, representing a major manufacturer, seeks partners for designing and making prototypes of a paraglider which can carry an object weighing 10 to 25 kg with the wing area of about 12m2.
RFP 10/17/2018 2018_3823 Next Generation Composite Materials NineSigma, representing Royal Building Products, invites proposals for technologies that enable the next generation of engineered product solutions. The goal is to find new and novel materials, processes, and other technology innovations that can be adapted to the manufacture and use of external trim boards and/or siding for the construction and building industry.
RFP 10/19/2018 2018_3803 Improved Performance of Engineered Wood Panels NineSigma, representing a manufacturer of wood based composite construction panels used in North America, invites proposals for technologies to improve the performance characteristics and functionality in wood-based composites. The Client seeks novel materials, additives, and technology approaches to improve upon the performance of current composite panels, primarily water resistance and vapor permeability. Secondary properties of interest include advancements in surface properties, adhesion, texture, and weathering of the engineered composite.
Grand Challenge 12/12/2018 2018_0061 K+S Brine Challenge NineSigma, representing K+S, invites participants to submit proposals for the Brine Challenge. The goal is to find materials, coatings or any other material technology that can strongly reduce the brine production and/or protect the tailings from rainfall. The solutions ideally allow for permanent reduction/elimination of brine runoff.
RFP 11/1/2018 2018_3831 Development / Production Partner of Thermosetting Polymer with Ultra-Low Dielectric Loss NineSigma, representing a global chemical company, seeks a partner to develop and/or produce thermosetting polymer with ultra-low dielectric loss. Anticipated respondents are not only contract manufacturers of the target polymer but also any kinds of organizations capable of developing the target polymer toward mass-production.
RFP 11/2/2018 2018_3832 Thermoplastic Elastomer Highly Miscible with Nylon6 For Excellent Low Temperature Fatigue NineSigma, representing a global chemical manufacturer, is seeking Thermoplastic elastomer highly miscible with Nylon6 for excellent low temperature durability. The anticipated application of the elastomer is mixed into Nylon6 and realize film yielding excellent durability at low temperature.
RFP 10/24/2018 2018_3844 Non-invasive Stress Detectors NineSigma, on behalf of a major North American retailer, seeks proposals for technologies to obtain quantifiable data of the cognitive function and mental stress encountered during the performance of various discreet, work-related tasks.
RFP 10/25/2018 2018_3825 Nicotine Reduction NineSigma, representing a tobacco products company, invites proposals for technologies to produce very low nicotine tobacco while maintaining its sensorial attributes.
Innovation Gallery 11/9/2018 2017_0013_N_121 Redesign of a Position Indicator Dial for a Voltage Regulator Siemens is seeking the opportunities for a redesign of the current position indicator. The position indicator is used by line service workers to determine the position of the voltage regulator.
Innovation Gallery 10/26/2018 2017_0015_N_053 Blending, Manufacturing or Bottling Processes that Enhance or Preserve Carbon Dioxide Retention Lucozade Ribena Suntory is seeking blending, manufacturing or bottling processes that enhance or preserve carbon dioxide retention, or carbon dioxide solubility in sugar sweetened drinks containing at least 2% sugar.
Innovation Gallery 10/26/2018 2017_0015_N_054 Packaging Solutions that Preserve Carbon Dioxide Lucozade Ribena Suntory is seeking novel packaging solutions that will improve the retention of carbon dioxide in sugar sweetened drinks containing at least 2% sugar.
Innovation Gallery 10/26/2018 2017_0015_N_055 Technologies to Quantify Bubbles and Their Size Distribution Lucozade Ribena Suntory is seeking technologies to quantify bubbles and their size distribution in sugar-sweetened drinks containing at least 2% sugar. These lab-based techniques will enable LRS to determine which approaches to improving carbonation are the most effective.
Innovation Gallery 10/26/2018 2017_0015_N_051 Alternative Materials or Technologies for Shrink Wrap of Pallets Lucozade Ribena Suntory is seeking alternative materials, technologies, processes to eliminate, replace or reduce the non-recyclable plastic used to wrap pallets (tertiary packaging). We welcome early-stage ideas or mature solutions to improve the sustainability or reduce the environmental impact of pallet wrap.
Innovation Gallery 10/26/2018 2017_0015_N_052 Recyclable Single-Use Drinking Straw and Wrapper Lucozade Ribena Suntory is seeking solutions to increase the recycling of single-use drinking straw and wrapper. They are open to early-stage ideas and solutions that are more mature.
Innovation Gallery 10/26/2018 2017_0015_N_015 Improving Carbon Dioxide Retention in Carbonated Drinks Lucozade Ribena Suntory are seeking approaches that will improve the retention of carbon dioxide in sugar sweetened drinks containing at least 2% sugar.
Innovation Gallery 11/16/2018 2017_0015_N_006 Technologies, Methods or Models For Microbiological Risk Assessment in Beverages Suntory is looking for technologies, methods or models for microbiological risk assessment that can qualitatively and quantitatively detect, at an early stage in the product’s life, the various microbial signals which potentially occur and contribute to the product’s degradation.
Innovation Gallery 11/16/2018 2017_0015_N_008 Technologies to Capture Aromas During Food Production Processes (Cooking and Roasting) Suntory is looking for the technologies or methods that can capture the aroma volatiles that occur during production processes such as cooking and roasting.
Innovation Gallery 11/16/2018 2017_0015_N_009 Preventing the Discoloration of Ready to Drink (RTD) Tea Suntory is looking for the methods, materials, ingredients or technologies to develop a transparent RTD tea extract that does not discolour during the product’s life.
Innovation Gallery 9/30/2019 2018_0091_N_001 EnzoMeal ® EnzoMeal®, an improved soybean meal, removes oligosaccharides and increases crude protein. EnzoMeal® represents a breakthrough product for use in commercially derived feed in a high value, well-recognized aquaculture species such as rainbow trout. Efforts to find suitable, more sustainable replacement proteins for fish meal have intensified, and the need to increase the inclusion levels of soybean meal in aqua feed formulations has escalated as well. EnzoMeal® provides aquaculture farmers a sustainable, long-term, economically viable healthy solution.
Innovation Gallery 9/30/2019 2018_0091_N_022 Soy-PK Resin OSC seeks organizations interested in using soy-PK, a soy-based resin, in commercial applications such as adhesives, coatings, plastics, and elastomers.
Innovation Gallery 9/30/2019 2018_0091_N_011 Funding for Commercial Companies to Develop Soy-Based Products If your organization is looking into using soybeans in a new product, the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) wants to talk to you.OSC offers funding to commercial entities, from start-ups to large corporations, developing soy-based products, including both food and non-food applications. Several enterprises have gotten a leg up, thanks to OSC funding, connections, experience, and promotional support (see Background for examples). OSC seeks to broaden its collaborations to support new innovative concepts that leverage the soybean’s versatility.
Innovation Gallery 2/15/2019 2018_0091_N_021 Seeking Industrial Applications for High-Oleic Soybean Oil The Ohio Soybean Council seeks collaborators interested in co-developing industrial applications using high-oleic soybean oil.
Innovation Gallery 12/21/2018 2018_0091_N_002 Seeking Manufacturer for Soy-Based Resin The Ohio Soybean Council seeks partners who can manufacture scaled quantities of Soy-PK resin to enable supply of lab-scale and pilot scale quantities.
Innovation Contest 1/16/2019 2018_0162 Recycling in Space Challenge:
Waste Handling in a Microgravity Environment
The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) seeks proposals for technologies and systems that will, in a microgravity environment, store & transfer logistical mission waste to a thermal processing unit for decomposition. The technology will improve the environmental footprint of future human spacecraft. NASA is interested in proposals for all technologies capable of meeting the desired performance criteria and proposals from all qualified respondents, including university students.
RFP 11/7/2018 2018_3850 Objective Sensory Assessment NineSigma, on behalf of a global food producer, invites proposals for technology to evaluate the sensory characteristics of foods. The client wishes to quantify the customer’s sensory experiences when consuming the client’s products.

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