Introducing: the Q Drum Manufacturing Campaign

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Our first manufacturing campaign, in collaboration with Q Drum, seeks to establish a licensing agreement for the manufacture of Q Drum technology in Mexico and the Philippines.

This is a sneak peek into the inner-workings and progress of our first manufacturing campaign.

The Appropriate Technology

Clean water is one of the simple necessities of life yet its access remains an undue burden in many parts of the world. Millions of people all over the world live many kilometers from a reliable source of clean water, leaving them vulnerable to cholera, dysentery and other waterborne diseases.

Image Courtesy of Q Drum

The Q Drum was created in response to the needs of rural people for clean and potable water as well as a means of transport.

How does it work? The Q Drum is a durable , donut-shaped which holds up to 50 liters of water. The unique longitudinal shaft, or doughnut hole, permits the drum to be pulled along using a rope run through the hole. There are no removable or breakable handles or axles, and the rope can be replaced by means available everywhere. It is a seamless container made of linear low density polyethylene through the process of rotational molding.

The Manufacturing Campaign

Invent for Humanity, along with Q Drum designer Piet Hendrikse, has begun efforts to bring this successful technology from South Africa, where it is currently manufactured, to Mexico and the Philippines. A structured licensing agreement will be created by the Invent for Humanity Campaign Action Team (CAT) which consists of members from LES Mexico, LES Philippines and LES South Africa, as well as Center for Applied Innovation Fellows. The CAT will work with the manufacturer in Johannesburg to create molds in order to ensure consistent manufacturing standards, and document the appropriate manufacturing “know how”.

Progress to Date

Invent for Humanity is currently working to find potential needs organizations focused on water technology to invest in the manufacture of Q Drums. Talks with distributors in Mexico have also begun. These entities are essential because of their ability to distribute Q Drums where there are no roads, very little infrastructure, and inadequate product distribution channels.

What is considered a successful campaign?

The core idea of this campaign is to establish a micro-business model for people living in communities of need. While the Q Drum in itself can help to relieve the burden of water transport and storage, it can also serve as a tool for sustainable economic development to reach beyond the individual to benefit families and communities at large.

A Learning Process

This first campaign is just the beginning for multi-party collaboration on appropriate technology transfer in an effort to share innovations to benefit individuals on-the-ground, and to encourage sustainable enterprise. We will present our experiences with the Q Drum campaign as a case study at the inaugural event in Geneva, detailing the techniques and best practices found to create this self-sustaining infrastructure.

We will be sure to post updates to the blog as the campaign progresses!

  • Rakesh J Pednekar

    I like this new filling & refilling technology ‘Q’ Drum which will help to relieve burdens of locals.

    very interesting………i am impress & interested