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A Dutch company is looking for smart equipment to handle heavy paper containers

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Traction/Propulsion Systems
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Motor vehicles, transportation equipment and parts
General cleaning of buildings


A Dutch cleaning company is looking for an ergonomic solution for the handling and moving of heavy paper containers up to 150 kg inside buildings. This technology request is part of an open innovation challenge. The Dutch large company seeks a collaboration with engineering or manufacturing partners and envisions a technical cooperation agreement or a manufacturing agreement.



The Dutch company is one of the largest cleaning companies in the Netherlands.
The company is always looking for solutions to ensure the best possible work environment for their employees. Every day a lot of heavy weight containers with confidential papers must be transported from offices to transportation locations. These bins only have two wheels, yet have to be moved around through large parts of the building. The weight of these containers, up to 150 kg, is often a burden for the employees. For them the physical load lies more in keeping the 2-wheeled container in balance than in moving it. To make the handling and moving of the bins easier, the company is looking for an innovative, simple and small sized solution which should not be permanently fixed to these paper containers. By solving this challenge the employees should be able to transport those heavy containers more easily. The company is dealing with an ageing workforce. It is therefore important to facilitate the employees with a long term solution which will enable them to keep carrying out their jobs.
For the solution of this challenge the company is looking for cooperation with engineering and manufacturing partners based on a technical cooperation agreement or a manufacturing agreement.

IMPORTANT: This technology request refers to an innovation challenge published on an open internet platform. If an organization expresses interest before the closing date, it will be guided towards this open innovation platform. After registration participants can browse free through other submissions and engage in discussions. All submissions will get feedback by the company on this open platform. The challenge closes on 13th April 2020. Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential. Beside open discussions on the platform, sharing of confidential information will be made possible on demand. After that, the firm will select the organizations with whom they would like to cooperate in the development of a solution. Once the challenge is closed, expressions of interest for this technology request will be treated in the traditional way.

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The company is looking for companies with a creative mind, knowledge of ergonomics and capable to engineer an innovative handling solution.

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Type: Companies experienced in engineering or the manufacturing of these types of handling equipment. Role: The potential partners are expected to do the design, engineering and manufacturing of this handling solution.

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SME 11-50,Inventor,R&D Institution,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500