Open Innovation Request from PepsiCo 

Kaitlyn Anness

January 15    edited February 29   in Partnership Opportunities As a part of our new materials development for snacks packaging, we work with vendors to make blends for a designed ladder study which are then evaluated in small scale film processing equipment for screening studies. We do not currently have this equipment in-house and typically we run trials externally in shops or labs with small scale cast and blown film extruder lines for optimizing process parameters and screening blends for scale-up. We are looking for alternatives to the current facility (PolyWrx) based in Houston, TX.

 

Solution Requirements:

 

Must-Haves:

• Blown film line requiring less than 100 lbs of material

o 1 -1.5”extruder, L/D 24/1 to 36/1, die – 5-7” OD

• Cast film line requiring less than 100 lbs of material

o 1 -1.5”extruder, L/D 24/1 to 36/1, die – 5-7” OD

• Capabilities for drying materials before processing

• Varieties of screws and die setups for the extrusion applications

• Ability to run both conventional petroleum based polymer materials as well as emerging bio-based materials

• The lab operates under a fee-for-service business model

 

Nice-to-Haves:

• Roll slitting capability

• Flexographic or Digital printing capability (1-1.5m wide roll-to-roll)

• Blown film line requiring less than 25 lbs of material

• Cast film line requiring less than 25 lbs of material

• Co-extruders requiring less than 100 lbs of material

• Twin screw extruders for compounding less than 100 lbs of material with pelletizers

• Rand Castle Microtruder (or similar microextruder) for processing as little as 1 lb of material

• Expertise with running bio-based and mineral filled polymer blends

• Testing equipment like melt flow indexer, rheometer, DSC and some expertise in interpreting data etc.

• Small scale MDO (machine direction orientation equipment)

• Small scale laminator (extrusion and or adhesion) to laminate above films

• Thermoforming capabilities

• Small scale roll coater (rod and gravure coating capability)

• Lab fees of $5000/day or less

• Lab located in the continental US

Please get back to me if you have this type of facility or know of someone that does. The PepsiCo team is also willing for open innovation intermediaries to provide proposals to do a scan of the existing US laboratory structure and find some existing matches to our needs.

For more information about this request, contact R&D Director Austin Kozman at Austin.Kozman@pepsico.com.