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Competition: New Method to Identify Leaky Test Strips

Posted April 25, 2019

The competition wishes to find a new method to identify leaks in the sealing of their test strips (aluminium foil seals).

Image credit: Lewis Ronald via Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.


Test strips are used for a variety of diagnostics in many industries (e.g. healthcare, environmental, food and beverages). A critical step in their manufacture is the verification that the seals (aluminium foil seals) are functional and do not present leaks. The Seeker to this Challenge uses a vacuum system for this effect but wishes to simplify its manufacturing line by deleting this additional step and integrating sealing check with other steps. More details about the current system, the products, and the manufacturing line can be found in the Detailed Description.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on June 1, 2019

Source: InnoCentive

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