How to Eliminate Delamination of Carton Board During Printing Processes?

AWARD:  $20,000 USD
DEADLINE: Apr 17 2017 23:59 EDT
ACTIVE SOLVERS: 181
POSTED: Mar 03 2017
SOURCE: InnoCentive

Delamination occurs when there is a detachment of the top layer or coating layer of carton board and can be seen after the printing step in the form of bubbles on the carton board surface or a large scale detachment of the carton board cover layer – when this happens, the product is downgraded to waste.

The Seeker is looking for strongly effective methods to eliminate the risk of delamination of the cartonboard during printing processes.

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires submission of written documentation. The Seeker will perform experimental validation of proposed solutions in order to determine the award. 

Challenge ID: 9933974
 
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Challenge Overview

Due to high printing speeds and accordingly high dynamic forces created in the board and/or in printing dye during the printing process, the board tends to locally delaminate. When this happens, the product is downgraded to waste.

The Seeker is looking for strongly effective methods to eliminate the risk of delamination of the carton board during printing processes. There are many parameters known to have a strong influence on delamination, such as temperature, ink tack, internal bonding strength of the board etc, that are discussed in more detail in the Challenge Description. Hence, the field of investigation by the Solvers shall not be limited to a particular area, as the Seeker is interested in receiving solutions from a broad range of potential approaches to a solution.

Important notices:

  • This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires submission of written documentation by the Solver. The Challenge award is contingent upon theoretical evaluation and experimental validation by the Seeker on a test production line. Due to this requirement, experimental validation of results could take up to 9 months.
  • To receive an award, Solvers will not be required to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, as further described in the Challenge-Specific Agreement, Solvers will grant to the Seeker a two hundred and seventy (270)-day Exclusivity Period from the deadline [11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on April 17, 2017] for a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions for review, analysis and testing of the Proposed Solutions, an option for the grant of a further non-exclusive license, and an exclusive option to negotiate in good faith the terms of an exclusive license.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on April 17, 2017. Late submissions will not be considered.

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