Compact Lightweight Containers for Hot Food Delivery

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-04-C-0002
Agency Tracking Number: A022-1991
Amount: $577,885.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Acorn Park, Cambridge, MA, 02140
DUNS: 111046152
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Dieckmann
 Principal Investigator
 (617) 498-5818
Business Contact
 Renee Wong
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (617) 498-5655
Research Institution
TIAX LLC proposes to develop a compact, lightweight container for hot food delivery. THe goals for light weight, with maximum deployed volume of 2200 cubic inches and maximum stored volume of 1100 cubic inches will be met by an innovative combination ofadvanced thermal insulation, materials, and nestable geometries. In the proposed Phase I program, we have converged on a basic design approach of a container having identical top and bottom halves. Dimensions ahve been optimized around efficient handlingof polymeric tray packs, adjusted to accommodate a close in size steam table insert pan to handle cook-prepared foods. In Pahse II we will make final choices of the insert pan/cover materials and geometry and of the insulation system, essentially acost-volume trade-off. Then we will prototype, validation test, field test and tool for production.The proposed project will benefit the military and civilian sectors by providing a high level of insulated container performance and volume efficiency.Potential new products for the military include hot food containers (per this project), large refrigerated/frozen food transport containers and improved blood shipment containers. Potential civilian applications include improved-more compact, betterinsulated-food transport containers for the catering industry and for restaurants with food delivery. These designs will also be the basis for high performance consumer coolers with extended cold storage time.

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