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Idea Challenges

Challenge #1

VOC Exempt Solvents

WD-40 Company is always searching for new, innovative ways to keep our lubrication products performing at their best while meeting EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) regulations. One of the most prominent regulations currently deals with VOC (volatile organic compounds) limits. The EPA defines VOCs as "any compound of carbon, excluding carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, carbonic acid, metallic carbides or carbonates, and ammonium carbonate, which participates in atmospheric photochemical reactions." The EPA has developed rules which mandate the VOC limits for a wide range of products, including lubricants.

Solvents (a substance that dissolves a solute, resulting in a solution) are often used in numerous products and can be a key source of VOCs.

Here’s where we need your thinking. If you were developing a product where lubrication and protection needed to be maintained using an alternative solvent to the typical LVP (low vapor pressure) mineral spirits or VOC exempt solvents such as acetone, what would you use? Please provide a non-confidential answer as to why you believe this would be the most efficient way to develop the product and get it into the marketplace.

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Challenge #2

Non-Flammable Lubricants in the Workplace

WD-40 Company is committed to providing high-quality and high performing products to you that are as safe as possible. We have learned that many facilities and work places prevent the use of flammable products. Even though it is cited as a key attribute in multi-use maintenance products the majority of these lubricants are highly flammable and should not be used in close proximity to areas of heat or open flames. Our challenge, provide a break through non-flammable multi-use chemical maintenance product that is safe for any work environment.

If you have innovative ideas, we would like to hear more:

Do you currently have a need for a non-flammable multi-use lubricant? What are the circumstances that make this a requirement? What multi-use lubrication products are you currently using? What are the limitations & frustrations with these products? What would you change and/or improve?

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