eZtap

Gold
2013

The eZtap in an innovative solution that improves the rubber tapping process. Rubber tapping is the process of collecting latex from a rubber tree. It works by making an incision in the bark of a tree, which makes it possible for the latex to flow freely down the side of the tree and into a collection cup. The eZtap was designed to enable users to save time and energy and to increase the amount of latex collected.
 
In countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brazil, rubber tapping is an important part of the local economy. Rubber is a highly exported material used for a wealth of different everyday products. The latex collected through the process of rubber tapping is found in a wide variety of applications, including door and window profiles, hoses, belts, matting, flooring for the automotive industry, textiles, and gloves for medical, household and industrial purposes. The latex from rubber tapping is also used in toy balloons.
 
However, the rubber tapping industry is one of the few domains that hasn’t seen much change. The same methodology has been used for a long time, and there is a lack of innovation. The eZtap promises to improve the rubber tapping process and ultimately increase the profits of rubber plantation owners.

The eZtap features a knife that lends greater precision to the rubber tapping process. The unique blade shape facilitates efficient cutting that produces deeper grooves. The knife features an eco-plastic handle and a stainless-steel blade. In addition to the knife, it also comes with the eZtap bowl. The bowl, also created with eco-plastic, is easy to use and was designed with a smooth interior for easy rubber removal. With one simple turn of the embedded palate, the user can remove all the rubber in the bowl. Both the bowl and the knife feature ergonomic designs for a more comfortable, precise and efficient rubber tapping experience. Also, eZtap is lightweight and designed for easy portability.
 
The challenge of designing the eZtap was to create something that has never been done before, but at the same time keep the device simple, minimal and efficient. The eZtap is intended to be sold to rubber plantation owners throughout the world. Therefore, the design was focused on being easy to use and efficient so that the plantation owners could be more productive and profitable.

 

Designed by Justine Lotigie of DSK ISD International School of Design

Contact: Guillaume Penanguer - guillaume.penanguer@dskisd.com