A common problem for householders is actually
recognising the shut off valve in an emergency, so IDC’s industrial designers
ensured that the appearance of the new device made it immediately obvious.
The design also included clear visual
features so the user could see when the valve was open or closed with a clear
‘Water On’ or ‘Water Off’ indicator on the front of the device. If the valve closes automatically to
protect the pipes, the valve can be opened again by simply turning a dial. The engineering of this design also means
there is no risk of the valve seizing up as can be the case with older mains
water shut off taps.
IDC Models produced prototypes of the product throughout the development. These included early models right through to
final prototypes for testing; working alongside the engineering team to develop
the best solution.