American Standard Engineers Share Insights from Fact-Finding Gates Foundation Mission

September, 18 2012 | by American Standard
Category: Gates Foundation, People, Responsible Living

In August 2012, American Standard had the honor of showcasing one of its latest innovations at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair, hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. No – it wasn’t one of the latest technologies that American Standard is known for demonstrating at a typical trade show…

In August 2012, American Standard had the honor of showcasing one of its latest innovations at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair, hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. No – it wasn’t one of the latest Selectronic Hands-Free Faucets or pressure-compensating showerheads that American Standard is known for demonstrating at a typical trade show. In fact, the new innovation is decidedly low-tech in comparison to some long-term solutions proposed by other organizations at the fair, yet it holds a remarkable ability to improve the lives of millions living in developing countries.

American Standard’s team of engineers developed and showcased a new flush pan system that works with a developing country’s current resources for a solution that could be implemented without additional infrastructure. As field research for this project, Jim McHale, VP of Engineering, and Daigo Ishiyama, Engineer and Industrial Designer, visited several rural villages in Bangladesh, taking notes on current sanitation methods and the sentiments of villagers. In the following video, Jim and Daigo share insights from the visit to Bangladesh and discuss the thought process behind the improved flush pan latrine.

Stay tuned with the Responsible Living Blog to learn more about how American Standard continues to raise the standard in every day life. See the gallery below for some highlights of the trip.

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