TECH NEED

Seeking Effective Technologies for Decanting Confectionary Fluids from Road Tankers

KEY INFORMATION

TECHNOLOGY CATEGORY:
Electronics - Sensors & Instrumentation
Chemicals - Coatings & Paints
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TECHNOLOGY READINESS LEVEL (TRL):
LOCATION:
Singapore
ID NUMBER:
TN174392

Background/Description

A multinational F&B company is looking for solutions to be able to effectively decant confectionary fluids from road tankers. The company transports vast quantities of fluids throughout its global network in road tankers. These are usually either fat-based fluids, non-Newtonian fluids and/or high viscous fluids. Some of these materials are produced internally, some are procured from external sources. 

If not decanted completely, these residual fluids still left in the tanker are needlessly transported around the network and often lead to excess raw materials costs. Typically, these losses during transport range between ~0.5% to 1 wt%. This is not acceptable to the company from a sustainability and a cost point of view, and they are keen to explore an industry-wide solution that enables emptying of tankers more effectively. 

Technology Specification

The company is open to explore different approaches that can address this need, including those that are currently applied in another industry but not yet in F&B. Examples of possible approaches include, but not limited to: 

1. More effectively emptying the tanker

  • A smarter way to empty a tanker, e.g. a coating technology that creates a frictionless surface enabling confectionary liquids to flow without sticking to the stainless-steel tanker walls.
  • Examples of such technology exist, however, these are mainly tried and tested on low viscosity fluids and emulsions.

2. Monitoring sysems for confectionary fluids in the tanker

  • The company is keen to explore the adoption of a monitoring system for confectionary fluids which will enable them to be more accurate with internal accounting and with their supplier invoicing. These could be tanker mounted or installed at the plant.
  • They are open to explore the cross-application of technologies from other industries, e.g. metering systems for road tanker fluids used in the liquid fuel industry.

Key Success Criteria

1. Preference will be for high technology readiness / ready to deploy solutions
2. Food safe solutions

WHAT WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN

1. Solutions that modify the physical or sensory properties of liquids inside the tanker.
2. Solutions that do not have proof of concept.

Preferred Business Model

  • Licensing
  • Others
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