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Gas safety device

Turning off the gas supply at the touch of a button

Services

  • Quality assurance
  • Design engineering
  • Ergonomic design
  • Performance testing
  • Compliance testing
  • Rapid prototyping
  • 3D modelling
  • Manufacturing support
  • Batch production and assembly
  • Optical integration
  • User experience (UX) analysis
  • Functional prototyping
  • Concept generation
  • User testing

Sector

  • industrial

Client

Oxford Gas Products

Awards

Customer focus

Oxford Gas Products produces innovative products for the gas industry, largely focused around safety and inclusivity.​
EasyAssist came out of a call for gas safety innovation from the Energy Innovation Council.



the challenge

It is estimated that several million customers in the UK would be unable to turn off their gas supply in the event of an emergency. The industry needed a solution that made turning ff the gas as simple as possible.

approach

In the process of research Oxford Gas Products discovered that over half of the UK’s gas customers don’t know how to turn off their gas supply, so this product could help these people too. OPD also identified an opportunity to include a thermal fuse in the design so if high temperatures are detected the gas would be automatically shut off.

the results
Reliable gas valve shut off

The patented mechanical design ensures gas valves are shut off reliably using a clockwork mechanism that is simple to retro-fit to existing valves and is operated at the touch of a button.

A thermal fuse was included in the design so if high temperatures are detected the gas would be automatically shut off.
OGP also set up the supply chain, supervised all the regulatory testing and the handover to manufacture.

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