Leveraging emerging IoT technology to overhaul an industry.

Reinventing an Industry

An industry shortage of experienced HVAC technicians drove Imperial Tools to seek to reinvent how HVAC technicians executed their work and permit less technical people to do more out in the field. 

Leveraging emerging IoT technology, SmartShape developed a first-of-its-kind smart manifold and companion mobile application that not only made technicians more productive, accurate, and able to diagnose issues with less technical training, but it introduced new opportunities for revenue-generating business models for HVAC contractors. 

SmartShape’s team was involved from initial ideation through ethnographic research, competitive benchmarking, concept exploration, user experience design, prototyping, design for manufacturing and tooling delivery.

The iManifold product has paved the way for transformation of the HVAC repair and maintenance industry.