A Danish SME located in the northern part of Denmark is looking for manufacturers to produce lifejackets for water sports. The life jacket should be made of a flexible fabric (swimwear material), manually inflatable and placed on the upper chest. The Danish SME is looking for a manufacturing agreement.
The Danish SME has designed an inflatable life jacket, which is meant for water sports such as surfing. The life jacket consists of an outer flexible fabric often used for swimwear, behind which is an inflatable bladder. The life jacket is inflated by pulling a tab, which punctures a CO2 cartridge. The SME is interested in the mechanism being the Halkey Roberts 840 manual inflator. Furthermore, a pressure release valve should be present for releasing air, and reusing the product. The SME is striving to be environmentally friendly in production, and seeks to apply a textile recycled from ocean waste in the production. By being placed on the upper chest and being flexible, it is suitable for water sports such as surfing, canoeing and kitesurfing, providing the possibility to lie on the stomach, or to connect a harness. The SME currently has a conceptual visual model, and needs help to produce working prototypes as well as to set up production. The working prototypes should also be used in CE-marking the product. They are estimating the first batch of production of approximately 100 units depending on unit pricing and are therefore interested in a manufacturing agreement. The Danish SME will provide the technical drawings to the manufacturer.
Type (e.g. company, R&D institution…), field of industry and Role of Partner Sought:
The company is seeking a manufacturer that has experience of working with safety equipment and in designing a product to satisfy the demands of CE-certification, and specifically ISO 12402-5. The manufacturer should be interested in a small-scale initial production run, with the capability to expand later as market conditions improve.
Technical Specification or Expertise Sought:
In order to get CE-certification, the SME needs to comply with ISO 12402-5. The SME is hoping to find a manufacturer with experience and the capability to help guide in complying with this standard. For inflating the SME have looked at the Halkey Roberts 840 manual inflator, and hope to find a manufacturer with experience in mounting these. A similar model from another company (E.G. UML Pro sensor manual inflator), would also be accepted. The SME is hoping to find guidance as to which air release valves are available. Ideally, the SME would like a solution where one is able to blow a small amount of air into the life jacket manually e.g. through a mouth-piece. Regarding textiles, the SME is hoping to get guidance on which textiles are available, and possible providers of an environmentally friendly textile made from ocean waste (ocean plastic) usable in a water context. The textile must consist of approximately 80% polyamide and 20% elastane, or similar. The textile must be certified in terms of proving it to be made of ocean waste. For the interior bag the SME would like to engage in dialogue with the relevant manufacturer about this. In addition, the SME will need some buckles and straps to adjust the size on the side of the life jacket.
Stage of Development:
Available for demonstration