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Wide Waste

This innovation initially came to life when…

My innovation was hatched after fitting yet another misaligned shower tray. This time I was doing a renovation for a mate who always provided a drink after work. Bewildered by the task ahead, I knocked off and sat down to a bout of drinking and thinking. Do I pack the walls or do I jackhammer and shift the pipe? Then it came to me: Why doesn’t someone make an adjustable tray with a waste that can be fitted through the tray from above?

WHAT & HOW

The purpose of this innovation is to…

…provide a broad area of adjustment above rigid pipe work.

It solves the problem of misalignment, it solves having to connect fittings below the tray. The outcome is a substantially reduced fitting time and cost.

It does this by…

Inserting and glueing the adapter into 50mm/100mm pipe. The clear PVC pan is inserted above the adapter resting on waste collar, screw/outlet holes are drilled through the pan and adapter insitu. The pan is removed. The outlet and screw holes expanded. Silicone is applied to adapter/collar. The pan is returned and screwed. The waste cap is inserted.

PURPOSE & BENEFITS

This innovation improves on what came before because…

Previous products have fixed wastes that have no adjustment factor. They also require fittings below the tray. A Wide Waste tray can be moved to suit walls and rigid pipe work. All fitting is done from above the tray. The waste can be different designs (e.g. circular/square).

Its various benefits to the customer/end-user include…

It is easier to install; it saves on fitting time; it is compatible to all current PVC pipes/fittings. No special tools are required for fitment. Everything used during instillation is readily available (PVC glue/primer/silicone).

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

In the past, this problem was solved by…

Packing walls or shifting the pipe by jackhammering up the concrete or fitting a plumbdinger or flexible hose below the tray. Some builders even revert to boxing a small area around the pipe before pouring the slab.

Its predecessors/competitors include…

Competitors are shower tray manufacturers, although I know of no competitors who manufacture a shower tray that includes a broad area of inbuilt adjustment.

TARGET MARKET

It is made for…

The building industry and would be used in new houses, hotels, units, renovations etc. The waste system can also be used in a bath/spa. It can also be used in singular form in a tiled roman bath.

DISTRIBUTION STRATEGY

It is available for sale through…

It is not yet for sale; the purpose of my entering is to hopefully attract an Australian-owned plastics company that is prepared to get involved.

Our marketing strategy is to…

As a private innovator it is my aim to find an Australian manufacturer who can make and market the finished product after I pay for the tooling. Failing this I plan on seeking out a Chinese Company.

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