40 years

Fisher & Paykel

Fisher & Paykel – DishDrawer®

Challenge:

Internationally renowned appliance manufacturer Fisher & Paykel approached EPL about their proposed DishDrawer® – a dishwasher with two independent drawers, so clean dishes can be used from one drawer while dirty dishes are stacked in the other. Compared to existing dishwashers, this required smaller parts, weight reduction and advanced waterproofing.

Solution:

EPL was able to help Fisher & Paykel with a number of innovations.

1.    A special grade of thermoplastic elastomer and a specialised cutting system to produce a high-flex, fatigue resistant TPE fill hose with very tight dimensional tolerances.

2.    A new material for the client’s exclusive use, as well as a purpose-made convoluter and cutter to produce a convoluted drain hose that is chemically inert, highly flexible and with very precise location grooves.

3.    An inflatable silicone rubber gasket to seal the doors under high water pressure. It inflates when the door closes and deflates to all but disappear when the door is opened.

Result:

Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer® exceeded all targets in domestic and export markets. Continuing development with EPL has substantially lowered production costs in subsequent models.