Seeking Z-Fold with Product Processing for Manufacturing Line

  • The Procter & Gamble Company
  • From United States
  • Responsive
  • Project Size Range : 50,000 - 250,000 €
  • Deadline completed
    The submission process for new proposals is closed. Proposals submitted before the deadline will follow the standard evaluation process.

Desired outcome

Many industrial products use a continuous Z-folded web. We are interested in a process that can create the Z-folded web AND insert products into one side of this web.

Product images:
1) The product form will be placed into a wrapper, a sleeve, or a box (TBD)
2) Final product form. Number of "Happy" squares could range between 5 and 30 pieces
3) Final product shown with Z-folded web expanded for clarity

The Procter & Gamble Company
The Procter & Gamble Company
The Procter & Gamble Company

Details of the Innovation Need

Description of the Need:

Identify methods, industry examples, or companies that are capable of producing a Z-folded web with products sandwiched into one side.

We are looking for:

Partner(s) with proven solution or willingness to develop a solution for the need. The following are specific design details/requirements:

  • Continuous web to be folded into “Z” shape
  • Square product
  • Product inserted into only one side of the Z-fold

The table below contains parameter ranges. Concepts that can not achieve full range of all criteria will also be considered.

Web Width25 mm75 mm
Web Thickness0.05 mm0.15 mm
Product Dimensions20 mm x 20 mm50 mm x 50 mm
Product Thickness3 mm8 mm
Speed100 ppm350 ppm

Other Key Parameters:

  • Web Material: TBD.
    • It will be flexible like paper or thin plastic film
  • Product is somewhat delicate.
    • It must not be subjected to high compression loads.

We are NOT interested in:

  • Concepts that will take more than six months to prototype
  • Concepts that do not have the ability to scale up
  • Concepts that cannot be practiced in all regions of the globe
  • Materials or designs that are not able to operate in high speed manufacturing environments

Related Keywords

  • Industrial manufacturing, Material and Transport Technologies
  • Design and Modelling / Prototypes
  • Industrial Manufacture
  • Process control and logistics
  • Process automation
  • Prototypes, trials and pilot schemes
  • Supply chain
  • Logistics
  • Industrial Technologies
  • Process Plant Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing/industrial
  • Industrial Products

About The Procter & Gamble Company

An American multinational consumer goods corporation headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. P&G was founded over 180 years ago as a simple soap and candle company. Today, we’re the world’s largest consumer goods company and home to iconic, trusted brands that make life a little bit easier in small but meaningful ways. We’ve spanned three centuries thanks to three simple ideas: leadership, innovation and citizenship.

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