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Novel Bathroom System for Disabled Uses Thermoplastic Alloy Sheet for Strength, Chemical Resistance, Code Compliance


Novel Bathroom System for Disabled Uses Thermoplastic Alloy Sheet for Strength, Chemical Resistance, Code Compliance

Parts thermoformed of Boltaron RigiWall® thermoplastic sheet include the seat core and cover, the tank cover, and wall mounting and corner braces.

Novel Bathroom System for Disabled Uses Thermoplastic Alloy Sheet for Strength, Chemical Resistance, Code Compliance

The Wyng system combines the seating area occupied by the toilet and the shower into an innovative bench assembly comprised of nine parts thermoformed using a high strength, code compliant thermoplastic sheet from Boltaron.

Novel Bathroom System for Disabled Uses Thermoplastic Alloy Sheet for Strength, Chemical Resistance, Code Compliance

The tank lid, seat and toilet covers, and wall mounting and corner braces are molded of Boltaron RigiWall® thermoplastic sheet.

Novel Bathroom System for Disabled Uses Thermoplastic Alloy Sheet for Strength, Chemical Resistance, Code Compliance

The tank lid, seat and toilet covers, and wall mounting and corner braces are molded of Boltaron RigiWall® thermoplastic sheet.
 

Bill Culwell was operating a successful building contracting business in Millerstown, PA, called BCE Construction, when he recognized that many disabled individuals lacked adequate bathroom facilities at home due to space constraints and the high cost of converting existing bathrooms into accessible ones using conventional construction methods. The number of Americans facing these challenges is 54 million and growing due to aging baby boomers.

Frustrated that disabled individuals are denied independence and security due to a lack of affordable facilities, Culwell started Wyng Products and patented his WyngTM bathroom fixture system that combines the seating area occupied by the toilet and the shower into one assembly. The system maximizes existing bathroom space, provides accessibility for the disabled, and improves the ability of service providers to assist residents. According to Culwell, his company is the first to design and build a complete bath access system from the ground up.
 

Application requires exceptional mechanical
and chemical properties

The heart of the customizable Wyng bathing system is an innovative shower bench that combines the seating area occupied by the toilet and the shower area in the same space. In most cases it is installed in an existing bathroom, thus eliminating the need for major demolition and substantially reducing cost.

To provide the high strength, chemical resistance and code compliance required for this demanding application, Culwell turned to a high-performance thermoplastic alloy sheet from Boltaron, Newcomerstown, OH.

The shower bench is a 30 in. (762 mm) square thermoformed assembly which consists of nine parts formed of Boltaron RigiWall® 4353 thermoplastic alloy sheet which are then assembled using adhesive. The novel bench, manufactured by Say Plastics, McSherrystown, Pa., a leading thermoformer of plastic components and assemblies, serves as a cover for the top of the toilet and the front of the toilet tank. It also acts as a type of transfer seat so an individual can move from a wheelchair and sit on the bench, sit on the toilet, or use the shower.

The proprietary sheet was selected over competing plastics because of its high strength (Izod impact of 7 to 12 ft-lbs/in (371 to 635 J/m) and broad chemical resistance, enabling it to withstand repeated applications of bleach and strong cleansers. It also meets the Class 1A building code requirement for flame and smoke index, the International Building Code (IBC) ASTM E-84 standard for fire rating compliance for interior trim finishes, and UL Standard 723 for surface burning characteristics of building materials.

The sheet is also used for three shower wall panels in 4 x 5 ft (122 x 152 cm) and 5 ft square (152 cm square) sizes, and is adhered to existing walls using contact cement.

It is available in custom colors to match a variety of existing toilet, bath and wall colors, and in gauges from 30 mil to 125 mil (7.6 to 31.8 mm), widths to 60 in. (1524 mm), lengths to 120 in. (3048 mm), and a variety of surface textures. According to Culwell, it is also less costly than competitive PVC sheet products he considered.

Wyng Products' bathing system also includes a shower rail which provides a barrier-free wall for the shower head; special grab bars for added safety and security; and a versatile shower pan that allows conversion of almost any space occupied by a tub into an accessible shower space.

Culwell's line of bath products has earned him recognition from social service organizations. Most recently he was the winner of the business category in the "Living Well with a Disability Program," sponsored by the Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania.

The Wyng system is currently specified as a retrofit for the residential market, but Culwell also intends to market the design for new commercial buildings, hotels and long-term care facilities such as living-assisted residences and nursing homes, for which the product has earned code approval.
 

Say Plastics Inc.
(717)-633-6333
www.sayplastics.com

Wyng Products
(888) 438-9964
www.wyngproducts.com
 

 

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