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Challenge New Method to Identify Leaky Test Strips

New Method to Identify Leaky Test Strips

STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 297
Posted: Apr 18 2019
Challenge ID: 9934223
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The Seeker wishes to find a new method to identify leaks in the sealing of their test strips (aluminium foil seals).

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.


Test strips are used for a variety of diagnostics in many industries (e.g. healthcare, environmental, food and beverages). A critical step in their manufacture is the verification that the seals (aluminium foil seals) are functional and do not present leaks. The Seeker to this Challenge uses a vacuum system for this effect but wishes to simplify its manufacturing line by deleting this additional step and integrating sealing check with other steps. More details about the current system, the products, and the manufacturing line can be found in the Detailed Description.

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solvers will grant to the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on June 1, 2019 

Late submissions will not be considered.

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