Today has been named National Inventor’s Day. As a company with over 40 years of experience in research and development, this is a day that we can get behind! There are many inventors that have change the way our world operates. We regularly hear about individuals such Benjamin Franklin, Henry Ford, Nikola Tesla, and Thomas Edison, who have all contributed to evolution's in their respective fields. We recently wrote about child inventors who began creating and patenting their ideas as young as 6, such as Louis Braille, Robert W. Patch, George Nissen, and Joseph-Arman Bombardier.
Omachron group of companies is led by Chief Scientist, Wayne Conrad. He currently holds more than 600 granted and pending patents to his name. These patents vary in fields from science and technology, to the environment. He has worked with high profile clients, such as government agencies, NASA, and SharkNinja to name a few. In his latest video, Wayne describes how his experience with mentor's helped shape the type of inventor he is. "My mentors took time when I was a very young man to teach me. I had an interest and they fueled that enthusiasm...Young people need mentor ship. I challenge you to go out and take your skills and help teach the next generation."
Wayne is well known for being passionate about manufacturing locally, environmental sustainability, and has a deep seated passion for innovation. His most recent focus has been on creating sustainable technology in the field of recycling. Omachron is at the leading edge of products and services that will allow current and future generations to live healthier, more sustainable lives, without compromising the quality of life. We do so by combining imagination, advanced research, hard work, and a genuine desire to develop a better world for us all. We call it Sustainable Technologies for a Better Future®.
It is often said that necessity is the mother of invention. We have certainly found that to be true with a number of patented technologies that have come from our facilities. Wayne firmly believes in reducing our carbon output worldwide, and searches for ways to attain that goal. Many of you have been following along on our journey to create our extruders, which are capable of molding parts out of 100% post-consumer waste plastics. This project, in its inception, was inspired by an observation of the overwhelming amount of plastics that are found in ecosystems like our oceans, shorelines, and forests. We know from sources like National Geographic that only around 9% of plastic materials produced are recycled. Plastics such as PET and HDPE are easily recycled, but what about the remaining types of plastics? Wayne and our team have worked diligently for many years to create a sustainable solution to processing these materials into new, finished goods. Wayne will be speaking next month at Molding 2020 about some of his innovations in injection molding technology.
Another large area of concern that Wayne felt it necessary to tackle is carbon emissions, and has created our latest product, a new light bulb where the consumer reuses the same fixture in a shape of a light bulb and only replaces LED LightCard™. You ask, why does it matter? It matters because over 670 million light bulbs are taken to landfills each year in Canada and the United States. This results in the release of up to 4 tons of mercury and other toxic metals into the atmosphere. Our LightCard™ light bulb contains a long-life power supply that is designed to last 100,000 hours or more. Each bulb contains a replaceable LightCard™ LED which is designed to last 6,000 to 15,000 hours. LightCard™ modules are more economical to replace than entire bulbs, thereby reducing the long-term cost of lighting, and drastically reducing the amount of waste entering our landfills. To find out more about our LightCard™ light bulb, and be informed when they are available for sale, please click here.
For more video's, follow along with us on our YouTube channel by subscribing. Please consider taking Wayne's challenge and select a youth to share your skills with.