Innovative Office Products Inc., a manufacturer in Forks Township, launched what it described as the world’s first flat-panel monitor mount with built-in USB ports.
Dubbed "Busby," the product is designed for office use and geared for clearing clutter by combining four USB ports into a flat-panel monitor wall mount.
Chris Grim, North American sales manager for Innovative Office Products, told Lehigh Valley Business that the company launched the product Sept. 9 after pitching a prototype in June at Neocon, one of the biggest office furniture trade shows.
At the show, the company discovered it won the Product Innovations 2013 award from Buildings Magazine, an announcement which Grim said certainly added to the enthusiasm of the product launch.
He credited one of the company's employees with creating the idea for the product, noting that all the best ideas do not always come from upper management.
"It was one of those epiphany moments we had around here," Grim said. "One of our engineers just got tired of going under desks searching for USB ports."
The engineer prototyped the product then presented it to the company's design team. From there, an in-house machinist developed the product further, helping to turn a concept into a viable product.
Grim cited it as an example of the ability for any company's employees to create marketable solutions and the importance of bringing them forward.
"Bring it forth and you never know what will happen," Grim said. "If you have an idea for something, it could be the next product that we're launching."
The company, which has about 110 employees, manufactures the product at the Forks site near Easton.
Designed for a range of office uses, Busby is different because there is no other product that combines the function of a USB hub with the flexibility of a mounting solution, Grim said.