Call for Technology: Industry Partners Needed

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The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) is partnering with a Federal Government Agency (FGA) who is seeking industry partners with solutions to mitigate threats to vehicles that could result from a magnetically attached device (MAD) with emphasis on the detachment of the MAD from the vehicle.

Background:
Magnetically attached devices present a variety of threats and hazards to U.S. persons operating around the world. The FGA is looking for technological solutions that prevent and/or deter the overt and covert attachment of MADs to commercial and utility vehicles.

FGA is now looking for new novel technologies/ideas that have a strong potential to solve the problem for detachment of a magnetic device once attached.  Approaches may include the loss of magnetic properties (adherence) to either the MAD and/or the vehicle through processes based in, but are not limited to, Electromagnetic, Nano/Microtechnology, Vibration, Thermal, etc.  New innovative technologies are encouraged.

Needs & Challenges:

    • The solution will be required to inhibit the attachment of MADs and/or act to detach MADs which have been attached to vehicles.
    • The vehicle has to continue to function as it was designed (e.g., carry passengers, cargo).
    • Although the long-term solution might involve vehicle design changes, the immediate need and subject of this Call for Technologies is for a post-production solution.
    • If a power source is required for the solution it would ideally be limited to what is commonly available in a production vehicle. If the power demands of the solution exceed that which is currently available, the solution should consider the ease of integration and should maintain the vehicle profile/envelope as close as possible to the production vehicle.
    • Any solution cannot involve flammable materials or compromise safety in any way.
    • It is assumed the MAD can range between 1 to 10 pounds and can be attached to any ferromagnetic material on a vehicle.
    • In most cases, a solution that maintains the appearance of the vehicle is preferable. On the other hand, a change in a vehicle’s outward appearance may be preferred since it could act as a deterrent. As a result, proposals that maintain and/or alter the appearance of the production vehicle will be considered.
    • There is a limited amount of time for the detachment of the MAD once it has been attached.

Connect:
Please indicate your interest, proposed solution and background of your company to Debbie Lilu at debral@ncms.org. Arrangements will be made to talk directly to FGA personnel to obtain further clarification on their needs. Following this, you will have the opportunity to provide a more formal reply with a technology solution that may satisfy FGA’s needs. Please provide your response no later than 3 August 2015.