This UK SME founded in 2015 has invented a patented device to assist with the movement of heavy objects. The directors of the company having worked in the retail furniture industry sought to address problems they observed and saw a gap in the market. They looked to designing a solution to enable people of all abilities to move difficult objects.
The invention is a miniature, spring loaded ball transfer unit with click action. The design of the device allows for bespoke adaptation for a specific product, e.g., washing machines, office equipment/furniture, microwaves, filing cabinet, large-scale medical equipment, this adaptation take into consideration the weight distribution of the object, size, and shape.
It is an unobtrusive unit with the following features:
• Once attached on each corner of the object, is is a simple push down movement on the object, to activate the rollerball mechanism allowing the product to be moved.
• Once the object is in position, push down on the object again to activate the pivot mechanism.
• The pivot mechanism replaces the rollerball with a more stable platform, making the product more secure on the surface.
The company's market research has identified two potential markets; the first addresses manual handling which according to data reference there are an estimated 0.5 million workers in the commercial sector who suffer musculoskeletal injuries from manual handling in the workplace, this has an estimated annual costs of £1billion to UK businesses.
The second addresses assistive living and providing a device that will help the 14.9 million people in the UK who are aged 60 and above. The proportion of the global population who are above 65 is currently 8%. This company's innovation has the potential both to save money by being retrofitted to existing furniture/ white goods, but also has the potential to improve quality of life for individuals living in their own home.
The UK Patent was granted in 2016 and Europe/USA pending.
The UK company wish to access international markets and seeks collaboration with global manufacturing partners via licensing/manufacturing agreements. The ideal partner will be a manufacturer of small components or be a furniture / white good manufacturer. In which partners will contribute manufacturing know how and market knowledge