Challenge for the Universal X-ray Plate Adapter Project

Challenge: One-Size-Fits-All: X-ray Plate Adapter Challenge

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Brief for One-Size-Fits-All: X-ray Plate Adapter Challenge

Subject to Official Rules

In this challenge, we are seeking solutions for creation of a universal adapter for transporting X-ray imaging plates through a scanner.

GE manufactures a digital X-ray scanner that uses specially designed imaging plates that have a ferromagnetic backing. These plates are carried through the scanner by magnetic rollers that attach to the backing. While this improves the image quality significantly (since the transport mechanism doesn’t touch the imaging surface), it also means that in order to use the scanner the user needs to buy the special plates.  Our goal is to create a system that allows imaging plates of any size or brand, including non-metallic plates, to be used in the scanner.

How X-ray Imaging Plate Scanning Works

Computed radiography (CR) is technology that records radiographic images (X-rays) on photosensitive phosphor imaging plates (IP) instead of traditional industrial film.

How X-ray Plate Scanning Works

After exposing the test object positioned between the X-Ray source and the IP, the imaging plate is then passed through the scanner that converts the image on the IP into a digital image, which can be analyzed and stored on a computer or viewed on a high-resolution monitor. The IP can then be reused.

Traditionally, scanners used foam rollers to transport the IP through the scanner. However, the rollers touched the phosphor layer and compromised the quality of the high-resolution images. GE's scanner side-stepped this problem by using magnetic rollers that attach to a ferromagnetic backing on the plates to transport them.  We are now looking for a way to transport ANY plate, with or without a magnetic backing, and indeed, even non-metallic plates, through the scanner without having to go back to a mechanism that touches the imaging surface. 

Subject to Official Rules. Contest opens on 9am EST on February 8, 2017.  Must submit at least one Entry by 11:59pm EST March 20, 2017 to be eligible.  Free FUSE account required. Employees and contractors of GE and Local Motors and any of their respective parents, affiliates or subsidiaries are ineligible.  No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited.

Go check out the requirements for additional information.

Awards

First Prize Winner 1
$3,000
$3,000 USD Cash Prize
First Prize Winner 2
$3,000
$3,000 USD Cash Prize
First Prize Winner 3
$3,000
$3,000 USD Cash Prize
First Prize Winner 4
$3,000
$3,000 USD Cash Prize
First Prize Winner 5
$3,000
$3,000 USD Cash Prize

Requirements for One-Size-Fits-All: X-ray Plate Adapter Challenge

Requirements

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Entry Requirements:   Entries should be in PDF report format of approximately 5-7 pages and contain the following information and elements (BUT SHOULD NOT DISCLOSE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION):

  • An executive summary describing your proposed solution;
  • A detailed description of your proposed solution scheme, including any supporting drawings and dimensions;
  • A description, to the best of your knowledge, of how your proposed solution might affect scan quality and speed; and
  • A brief description of you (or your Team’s) experience, background and capabilities, including relevant past projects and experiences.  If your Entry is submitted on behalf of a team, each team member should be named individually in the description.

In addition, your proposed solution must:

  • Describe a mechanism to transport the phosphor image plates through the scanner (“Proposed Mechanism”).
    • The mechanism must not touch the active surface (with the phosphor layer) during installation or use.
    • The mechanism, if attached to the phosphor image plates, should ideally be removable after use.
  • Not exceed a 600 micrometers maximum allowable thickness for any attachment to the phosphor image plates.
  • Include a Proposed Mechanism which does not affect the radiation images or the scanning mechanism in any way.
  • Include a Proposed Mechanism which supports phosphor image plates with widths between 60 to 430mm and lengths up to 1500mm.
  • If the proposed solution suggests something may be adhered to the phosphor image places, it must be reliably adhered to the phosphor image plates until explicitly removed. Loss of any material inside the scanner is unacceptable.

Guidelines

TEAMS

Multiple individuals may collaborate as a team. You may not participate on more than one team.You will need to identify your team, as well as the Team Leader, at the outset of the Entry in accordance with the requested Entry deliverable.

A single individual member must serve as an official representative for each team as the Team Leader. If more than one leader is named for a team, the team will be disqualified from the Challenge.  Team Leader is the person submitting the entry. There is no size limit to team size.

JUDGING

The entries will be judged by a panel of at least 2 experts at least one who is a GE employee and one who may be an independent contractor with expertise in Radiography, and Nondestructive testing. The criteria for judging will be compliance with the entry requirements and based on

  • Adherence of the proposed solution to constraints set forth in these Official Rules and on the Competition Website;
  • The range of phosphor image plate designs which can be supported by your proposed solution;
  • Ease of developing prototypes;
  • Technical Feasibility of your proposed solution;
  • Implementation costs; and
  • Ability to commercialize.

Timeline
  • Submissions Open: Tuesday, February 8, 2017 – 9am EST
  • Submissions Close: Monday, March 20, 2017 – 11:59pm EST
  • Validation Open: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – 12:00am EST 
  • Submission Validation Closes: Monday, April 13, 2017 – 11:59pm EST
  • Winners announced: On or about May 1, 2017

Prize

Winners (Up to 5), each receiving $3,000

Total prize pool: $15,000

Prize Sponsor and prize winners may negotiate in good faith a further business relationship or collaboration with each other that is mutually acceptable, but neither Prize Sponsor nor prize winner is under any obligation to enter into such a relationship. See Official Rules for details.

Subject to Official Rules. Contest opens on 9am EST on February 8, 2017.  Must submit at least one Entry by 11:59pm EST March 20, 2017 to be eligible.  Free FUSE account required. Employees and contractors of GE and Local Motors and any of their respective parents, affiliates or subsidiaries are ineligible.  No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited.


Challenge Terms and Conditions

Entry list for One-Size-Fits-All: X-ray Plate Adapter Challenge

25 Entries Submitted
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Please note that for this challenge, entries are private and only viewable by the creator, admins, and judging panel.

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