“Everyone out in the field has had an idea that would make their job easier, or to make an existing product better, but what do you do with your ideas?” These are the words of Jeff Locher, inventor of the Stingray.
Jeff’s journey started out the way most inventors start, with just an idea. “I had a few ideas but I didn’t know how to start. I had a friend who made me a few prototypes and people loved the idea. But now what? I have a job and a family, how was I going to produce and distribute my idea?” Luckily, Jeff had a contractor friend who gave him some information about Madison’s Sparks Innovation Center, the industry’s first crowd sourced approach to new products development. “I submitted my idea on the website, had a couple of phone calls, set up a meeting and showed the team over at Madison our ideas and it has been a blast from then on!”
Last month the Madison Stingray became the ninth product brought to market through the Sparks Innovation Center. Affordable and effective, the Madison Stingray is good for anyone who has to pull cable through a drop ceiling. Inventor Jeff Locher states “The idea for the Stingray came about from years of working in the field trying to pull cables through a drop ceiling and having the cable get caught on the ceiling. This can damage not only the cable but the ceiling, and with the Stingray you no longer need to have a second person feeding the wire making sure no damage occurs.”
Using the Stingray in extremely simple; just snap the Stingray onto the ceiling grid and you are ready to go. You now have a chase that not only protects your expensive cable but also the ceiling grid, not to mention the labor savings. The Stingray pays for itself almost instantly. When you are finished, pull the Stingray’s tail and slide off. That’s it!
• Protects expensive and fragile cables
• Protects ceiling from twisting and marring
• Prevents cables from tangling with the ceiling, saving time and labor
• Smooth interior creates an almost frictionless chase
• Side slit allows for easy cable removal at any time
• Fits 1″ standard ceiling grid
• Easy to install and remove
You can check out to demonstration video here!
“Partnering with Madison has been an unbelievable experience “says Jeff.” If anyone has an idea for a product I would start with the Madison Sparks Innovation Center; the industry’s first crowd sourced approach to new product development.