Unilever have invested in a state of the art Advanced Manufacturing Centre at their Port Sunlight base on the Wirral. The centre houses a pilot plant for the testing of new product and packaging developments and the consumer giant is now appealing to the sensor community for novel approaches to optimise their use of the facility.
Sensor City are calling for interested companies, entrepreneurs and academics to participate in a two day Hack and Pitch event facilitated by InnovateUK, to propose potential solutions to three key challenges raised by Unilever.
The event will run over two days and participants will hear from members of the Unilever Personal Care team about the following challenges, before spending time creating a solution pitch to be delivered to a Unilever panel on the second day.
THE THREE CHALLENGES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
- Measuring packaging resilience throughout the supply chain
As new packs are created and tested, new ways are sought to quantify how well optimised the pack is, how smoothly it runs in the supply chain, the forces it is exposed to and opportunities to enhance and improve it further. Unilever want to work with partners who can help develop a way of measuring the impact on packaging as it is transported, sorted, labelled, filled and capped.
- Development of robust in-line measurement techniques to track microstructure evolution during processing of personal care liquids (shampoo, bodywash, conditioners)
Due to the speed of innovation projects, there is usually little time to fully assess the effect of process tolerances to raw materials quality, dose accuracy, to name a few factors. Consequently, it can take several production batches to fully qualify a new product. Unilever has an interest in sensing innovations capable of measuring physical properties of materials in-line, so that corrective actions can be taken during production and with minimum wastage.
- Packaging life-cycle tracking and instant re-order
Recent trends have indicated that consumers are becoming increasingly more interested in the where and how their products are being made. Technology approaches to monitoring and tracking the entire life cycle of pack, from purchase through to disposal, and mechanisms for instant re-order, are sought.
You are invited to respond to one, two or all three challenges.
To find out more or register for this event please click here.