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From prototype through production and assembly, helping to make the world a better place—one drop of water at a time

 

Challenge:

According to the World Health Organization, 3.4 million people, mostly children, die annually from water-related diseases, and even greater numbers are hospitalized.Current methods of water treatment include are chlorination, solar disinfection, and sand filtration. These are often costly, cumbersome, and inconvenient. B9 Plastics wanted to develop a potable water treatment device designed for use in the developing world that is affordable, sustainable, and efficient.

 

The Solution:

The Better Water Maker (BWM) is a human powered ultra violet (UV) water treatment device. The BWM can produce potable water immediately, anytime and anywhere. By physically turning a crank, 12 volt electric power can be generated to pump water through a column containing an ultraviolet light bulb. The device does not allow water to flow unless it has had the proper UV light treatment. Other electronic devices that run on 12 volt DC electricity can be connected to the power generating unit as well –lights, cell phone chargers, and radios. The lightweight durable plastic units are easily movable and can be used by numerous families.

HARBEC researched and evaluated current water treatment methods and determined water would need to go through a small annulus, exposing it to UV light for a specific period of time. We enlisted the help of local universities to develop and test our ideas. It was important to find a material that was durable, exposed to various climates, and would not have any negative reactions to water. Being experts in plastics, we were able to determine the most effective polymer for this situation. As the product was used in the field, minor adjustments were desired and modifications were made quickly and easily.

 

The Outcome:

HARBEC had demonstrated the strength of its team to develop a product from prototype to production. HARBEC has partnered with B9 Plastics to facilitate placement of these units all over the world. The Better Water Maker is being used in churches, schools, businesses, community centers, and even as microenterprises. Each unit is providing safe drinking water for anywhere between 10 and 100s of individuals.

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The Aviation Industry is highly regulated with demands and controls that ensure the safety and reliability of equipment and materials. Our aviation, space and defense customers can be confident that HARBEC retains a certified Quality Management System which is well implemented and designed to deliver increased customer satisfaction as a natural by-product of tracking key quality goals of on-time delivery and compliant product to our customers. Our processes are monitored to improve efficiency, ensure product safety and reliability while continually improving.

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The Medical Industry is highly regulated with demands and controls that ensure regulatory requirements and customer expectations are met. Our medical device customers can be confident that HARBEC retains a certified Quality Management System which is well implemented and designed to deliver increased customer satisfaction as a natural by-product of tracking key quality goals of on-time delivery and compliant product to our customers. Our ISO 13485 management system adopts a risk management approach which, while having these controls in place, eliminates hazardous situations throughout the product realization process.

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HARBEC is a registered ITAR company. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is a set of United States Government regulations on the export and import of defense related articles and services. Our Defense and Military customers can have complete confidence that HARBEC has an established and implemented ITAR compliance program and adhere to the strict guidelines set forth by ITAR and EAR statutes.

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