A UK inventor is looking for partners to bring his castor wheel cover to market, with one of the beneficiary sectors being catering.
Nick Davis of Winchester-based Silicone Hygiene is offering an exclusive global licence agreement to manufacture, distribute, market and sell the cover.
The cover is designed to prevent contamination of castor wheels. Made of a single piece of moulded silicone rubber, it should fit over any wheel with a sealing mechanism like a clamshell, allowing full functionality of the wheel in both axis and the brake to be applied or released with the cover in place.
The top aperture has a reducing cross section to prevent it catching on the equipment when being moved and to allow end users to customise it. The exterior surface that covers the brake pedal is moulded with a pattern for grip.
Dishwasher and autoclave safe, the cover could be offered in four colours and clear: white for cleanroom applications, ISO FF7900 (orange) for safety, metallic silver to mimic stainless steel for aesthetic considerations and grey to match industry standard flooring colours. Custom colour matching and logo embossing will be offered as an option.
Davis commented: “This invention is a world first. It is such a simple idea, as the best ones often are, that solves a need for any organisation that utilises castor mounted units in hygiene and cleanroom areas.
“I was very surprised when the patent search came back confirming that I am the first person on the planet to patent this idea. I own the UK patent and have multiple patent protections in other overseas jurisdictions including the EU, USA, China, South Korea and Japan.
He added: “The cover is now a completed project designed for a cost-effective manufacturing process with a marketing programme, with a motivated sales force and a resilient client base.
“Given potential licensees’ current business profile the only capital investment would be the tooling costs and the cover is designed for a one step fully automated manufacturing process to save on those costs.
“An independent review of the markets forecast sales of 94bn+ units worldwide.”