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MAGNET supports manufacturers and champions manufacturing in Northern Ohio. www.magnetwork.org From the President & CEO Mission: The Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network supports and champions manufacturing in Northern Ohio.
David M. FoutsMAGNET President & CEO
MAGNET services are available to around 16,000 manufacturers in 33 Northern Ohio counties
MAGNET currently has active projects with these 20 companies in the Hudson area:
Nelson Pitlor, PresidentAccessMount
The Competitiveness Challenge
The Northeast Ohio Incubator Collaborative
Jim Zedella, PresidentInnovative Process Administration
Cuyahoga County New Product Development Loan Fund
Available to entrepreneurs and small manufacturers.
$3.25 million for new product development since 2005.
Chris Azedourian, PresidentCutting Systems, Inc.
Building a 21st Century Workforce
Connecting Northern Ohio manufacturers to world markets
2009 Global Events:
Keep Your Business Growing with increased Global Export Sales, March 19
Going Global Today, May 12
2009 Update on High-Tech & Environmental Regulations, June 4
The Voice of Manufacturing for Northeast Ohio
“We had a serious issue with the Dept. of Commerce. [MAGNET’s Director of Public Policy] Michael Kobylka quickly made calls to Sen. Voinovich’s office to arrange a meeting in Washington.
It is good to experience first-hand the willingness of people to help when there is an emergency.”
--Matthew C. Litzler
President, C.A. Litzler Co.
New Product Development
An idea is born…
Ohio businessman Walter Beery received a $500 water bill for his unoccupied Arizona vacation home.
The culprit: a degraded flapper on the toilet had let thousands of gallons escape without a sound.
Beery came to MAGNET with the germ of an idea for creating a fool-proof system to stop toilet leaks.
MAGNET engineers began with research.
MAGNET research showed government agencies estimate that 6 trillion gallons of water is leaking out of toilets every day—equivalent to the volume of water going over Niagara Falls every 2.2 hours.
The Culprit: The rubber flapper
“I knew we had to look for the absolute root cause.
In the end—the key was to pull the flapper out of the model and force ourselves to think outside the box.”
—Walter G. Berry, CEOAmerican Innovative Products
Concept Break Through: The Reverse Trap
Kitchen Trap: Water prevents sewer fumes from escaping back up the plumbing into the house
Reverse Trap: Air bubble prevents water from escaping from the toilet
Concept Evolution: The Siphon Flush
Siphon: A continuous tube that allows liquid to drain from a reservoir through an intermediate point that is higher, or lower, than the reservoir.
The flow is driven only by the difference in hydrostatic pressure without any need for pumping.
The final end of the tube must be lower than the liquid surface in the reservoir.
March 2009: Named to the prestigious “PM100” 2009 Progressive Manufacturing Awards sponsored by Manufacturing Automation magazine
April 2009: Production begins
Walter G. Beery, CEOAmerican Innovative Products
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