About Us

Beginnings

The Breathing Mobile Washer Co. was started by Nampa, ID entrepreneur, Jonathon Ball, and his wife Barbara. It was established to develop a range of services and products, starting with a hand-operated clothes washing machine. For several years Jonathon had been investigating the idea of developing a “portable clothes washer” which could outperform existing clothes washing products that had been on the market for many years. The Breathing Mobile Washer was designed so that manually plunging, the washer forces water through clothing. It has huge potential in remote areas and Third World Countries, where friction washing with hands, washboards and rocks is the common practice. The mobile washer is much less abrasive, reduces wear on clothes, and provides a superior clean. In the domestic market, uses include Camping/RV’s/boats, micro or apartment living, disaster relief and emergency preparedness, cloth diapering, is perfect for environmentally/eco conscious, living off-grid and much more!

The Breathing Mobile Washer Co. had developed concept sketches of the manual clothes washer, which unlike its competition, had a non-rusting plastic base and a more effective internal water flow structure that pushed – and pulled – water through clothing. The plastic meant less labor-intensive production and the possibility of production rates 75 times greater than the competing model. The company now needed a product development process to take the product to market.

Solution

A company called TechHelp was brought in to take the product through a staged process of design iterations, prototyping, and testing. The process began with a preliminary investigation, which involved creating a solid model and rapid prototype of the product. A more detailed investigation of the product was then possible. The early prototype was assessed, tested, and discussed, and improvements were incorporated into a revised solid model and a second prototype. The new prototype was tested, and the company, satisfied with the result, decided to proceed with production. It then sought Design for Manufacturing help, which included creating final solid model revisions, incorporating the draft angle into the component parts, and finally, generating engineering drawings.

Impact

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  • Staged product design process resulted in a product, technically superior to the original concept.
  • Tooling investment made at local plastic injection molding company.
  • Product was ready for first production run of 1500 units.
  • Product is sold in all 50 states with a growing global presence.

Current

After Jon’s passing in 2011, Breathing Mobile Washer was left in the care of one of Jon’s sons, Robert. With an MBA and years of corporate supply chain experience, Robert has led the expansion of the business in both wholesale and retail. Through his efforts, the portable washing machine can be found globally, and continues to generate a larger presence year after year. Global expansion came with its own set of unique challenges – one of the largest being the Breathing Mobile Washer’s name itself. Internationally, the word “Mobile” is associated with cell phones. The word “Breathing” was used because of the unique “breathing” sound the washer makes as it washes clothes, as opposed to being a word most people would associated with a manual clothes washing machine. Which led us to transition away from the name “Breathing Mobile Washer” to “Ball Clothes Washing Machine” or “Ball Clothes Washer.” Not only does this aid us in our goal of making sure the product is easily found and accessible to those internationally, but a name more easily recognizable to domestic users as well.