We have had two short production runs of the Cover to test them in real world situations. It’s always amazing when you hold something in your hand that has only existed in your mind.
And it was well worth it, as we identified a problem when the brake was applied as it stretched the flaps open. The castor cover has been improved to add in deflecting bellows to improve the animation of the cover flexing. With a new integral combined tongue and groove + shark fin latch, the castor cover sits snuggly and securely on the castor. Accidental removal is now unlikely.
“Back to the kitchen we went with the new samples, and they worked a treat. Now the brake can be operated without deforming the Cover. The kitchens proved that the Cover works well and came out of the dishwasher perfectly clean every time.”
“With the advent of Combi-ovens that use roll-in gastronorm trollies the Cover really comes into its own. Protecting the castor wheels to prevent any possible food contamination. The polymer of the Standard Cover is capable of taking temperatures from -20°C to +250°C. Allowing the trolley to be wheeled direct from the fridge to the oven, back to the fridge and on to the freezer – all without taking the Covers off.”
“We are talking to several equipment manufacturers, and they have shown a good deal of interest. We are now in a position to do a bespoke CAD file of the Cover designed for their most popular wheel used in hospitality equipment, for them to evaluate. We hold UK and EU patents and we’re looking to license the Cover Project to a global manufacturer to service a huge market.”
“At trade shows, every time I showed the prototypes to people their response was positive, from medical facilities, materials handling firms to cleanroom suppliers. There are many more markets out there for the Cover than just hospitality. Just imagine how many castors there are within the UK and EU, as well as countries that base their food safety regulations.”
“What we really need is an investor. As the Project is being self-funded we are working on a shoe string. We need an Investor who sees the potential profits to come in and put things on an even keel. The regulators want to mandate them, chefs want them in their kitchen, auditors want them used because it prevents a possible breach of the regulations. They will become as ubiquitous as color-coded utensils.”
About the Author:
Founder & International Patent Owner,
Silicone Hygiene Ltd.
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