What We Delivered
Vapourtec are a world-leading UK manufacturer of laboratory equipment for the pharmaceutical industry. They engaged DesignEdge to design and develop a revolutionary handheld disinfectant sprayer in direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic. With the use of Hypochlorous acid (HClO), a non-toxic disinfectant highly effective at killing germs, bacteria and viruses including Covid. HClO has a relatively short shelf life, however, our expert industrial design team, used its patented flow reactor easy-HC10 to continuously convert mildly salty tap water into this powerful disinfectant. Our challenge was therefore to package this ground breaking technology within an ergonomic, portable, battery-powered and aesthetically appropriate sprayer.
DesignEdge prioritised a unified form factor, and produced a range of industrial design concepts to explore potential product architecture. We continued by developing a selected design through multiple prototypes and into detailed 3D CAD suitable for production tooling. A key area was visually merging the battery, while driving the aesthetics to its homogenised appearance. Similarly the handle is a self-contained element allowing the grip to be fine tuned to maximise user comfort, while attention to detail produced a simple and easy to control interface. easy-HC10’s transformational electrochemical technology and compelling design was recently recognised with the West Suffolk Award for Innovation.
“Hypochlorous acid is a powerful disinfectant which our bodies already use to kill germs. The easy-HC10 instantly produces it from nothing more than tap water and salt, eradicating the need for costly disinfectants. The easy-HC10 means there is no need to buy, store and carry around traditional disinfectant or bleach making savings of 96% compared to NHS-grade disinfectants. The spray rapidly kills germs and viruses, safe to use on solid and fabric surfaces and around people and pets.”Duncan GuthrieFounder and Managing Director, Vapourtec
Converting salt water into powerful disinfectant
Our industrial designers generated a fluidic form and a sculptured aesthetic to produce a handheld disinfectant sprayer that is ergonomic, portable and extremely convenient - ideally suited for public transport, offices, airports, leisure venues, hotels and restaurants. The easy-HC10 uses a built-in electrochemical reactor, instantly converting tap water containing just 0.25% salt into hypochlorous acid, a potent disinfectant which the human body itself produces to fight infection. Cleaning companies and operators no longer need to buy and store traditional disinfectant, while powerful non-toxic disinfectant kills 99.9% of germs, bacteria and viruses including Covid-19.