Request ID:  ITB

Request Title:  Image Transfer Belt

Submitting Organization:  P&G

Response Deadline:  December 15, 2017

For Questions about Request:  Send e-mail to Collaborations@TCC-Houston.org


BACKGROUND:
We are interested in a medium that is suitable to deposit an image of suitable resolution onto the medium and then to release from the medium and transferred to another substrate in an industrial process.  Suitable materials may need to be changed to optimize for the process.


DESCRIPTION OF NEED:

We are looking for existing or new technologies for a flexible film or belt on which we can print an image using drop on demand inkjet technologies with UV-curable inks, and then transfer the image onto a secondary substrate. Preferably, the film can be reused with minimal cleaning and/or processing. We
are also interested in the ability to store printed film and transfer the image later.  We are also looking for potential development partners for upstream development of such technologies with capabilities to: (1) Work with or produce materials that can be used in the manufacture of flexible films or belts which could allow deposition of substances onto the substrate followed by release; and/or (2) produce flexible films or belts that can be used for such processes.


WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

Any material/flexible medium with capabilities for:

  • Printing an image onto the surface of the material using inkjet technologies but will also allow the image to release from the material in a subsequent step. Compatible with UV-curable inkjet inks.
  • Flexible materials with a low modulus (e.g. 1% Secant modulus of the approximate range of 9000-27000 psi) that can be conveyed in an industrial process requiring some level of conformability.  In general, we prefer materials that can tolerate bending or stretching without undergoing an irreversible deformation.
  • Durable or semi-durable belts/blankets with the properties described above.
  • Innovations that are perceived by the broader industry as new and different in the field of materials that brings breakthroughs in quality, efficiency, manufacturing reliability, and capabilities that were not previously possible.


WHAT WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR:

  • Conventional conveyer belts or blankets with multiple layer components.


Please note that only non-confidential information describing the innovation, with current IP status, can be accepted for review.


Open Request - ITB - Image Transfer Belt