Three local inventors recently received financial assistance from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through its Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI), under the Invention-Based Enterprise Development (IBED) program of TAPI’s invention development division.
A Memorandum of Agreement orientation and signing, spearheaded by Atty. Marion Ivy Decena, TAPI’s invention development division manager, was held last December 3, 2015 at the TAPI Conference Room, DOST Complex, Bicutan, Taguig.
Pilot Production cum Market Testing of Leak Sealing Valve for Brake System of Motor Vehicle
Developed in 2010 by Melchor L. Heñosa, the Leak Sealing Valve for Brake System of Motor Vehicle received P41, 440.00 from TAPI for the fabrication of the product.
The invention is an anti-loose device attached along the brake fluid pipes of each brake assembly of the wheels of vehicles. It aims to avoid loss of brake in case of brake fluid leak. Each set of the valve is sold for P12, 000.00.
The design of the valve was conceptualized by the DOST’s Metals Industry Research and Development Center and was patented in 2013. Before availing TAPI’s IBED assistance program, the invention was also a beneficiary of the Industry-Based Invention Development assistance program of the same institute.
It was hailed as Outstanding Invention at the 2015 CALABARZON Regional Invention Contest and Exhibit (RICE).
Commercialization of Fuel Saving System for Internal Combustion Engine
To help save fuel usage the environment-friendly way, Junior de Jesus, chairman of Topheight, Inc. developed the Highmax Turbo Power Simulator.
The invention received P604, 000.00 from TAPI under the IBED Component 2 for the fabrication and commercialization of the product.
Developed in 2010, the Highmax Turbo Power Simulator is installed between the air filter and intake manifold of vehicles with internal combustion engine. With the device, the air entering the manifold will be filtered and will mix with the fuel at a balance scale, thus making the engine more powerful, saving fuel, and producing cleaner emission. Each 12-volt unit is sold for P7, 500.00, while the 24-volt units are sold for P9, 500.00, with an additional P1, 000 for the installation.
Commercialization of Mosquito Trap
Unlike other mosquito repellers or killers, the mosquito trap developed by Benjamin F. Mendoza, director and president of Filipino Inventors Research System Technologies, Inc., uses no chemical but only water and plastic.
The inventor was granted P480, 000.00 under the IBED Component 2 for the fabrication and commercialization of the product.
Mendoza’s mosquito trap is a plastic container designed to attract adult mosquitoes to lay eggs on the water on the first chamber of the trap. The eggs will eventually fall into the second chamber, and then the grown ones will be trapped and will later die due to starvation and lack of air. Each unit is sold for only P15.00. The invention placed 1st runner up in the Outstanding Utility Model category of the 2013 NCR RICE.
IBED assistance program is a follow-through action to push and transform inventions into a technology enterprise. Its services include pilot production, field/market testing and formulation of systems and procedures in preparation for a larger production scale.
INVENTORS GET DOST SUPPORT From left: Benjamin F. Mendoza (Commercialization of Mosquito Trap); Junior A. De Jesus (Commercialization of Fuel Saving System); Atty. Marion Ivy Decena , invention development division manager of TAPI; Janeth N. Cruzada, IBED program manager; and Melchor L. Heñosa (Pilot Production cum Market Testing of Leak Sealing Valve) during the Memorandum of Agreement Orientation and Signing last December 3, 2015 at the TAPI office, DOST Complex, Bicutan, Taguig. (Photo by Gerardo De Jesus, DOST-STII)