Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Choose Australia to Manufacture in China

China is a rapidly growing manufacturing powerhouse, with many companies choosing to go offshore to save on manufacturing, tooling and prototyping costs.

Whilst manufacturing in China seems cheaper, the old adage "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth" applies. What may look cheaper on paper, could ultimately end up costing companies much more in the long run.

Using an Australian prototyping bureau, such as RapidPro, takes the guesswork out of this possible mine field.

We liaise for you, using companies and connections which we have developed over time. Companies that we trust. We also act as a Quality Control Agency, making sure that your parts and prototypes meet your requirements and specifications.

We make sure that your parts are delivered on time and that your quote is inclusive (with no hidden costs after the project has commenced).

By contacting RapidPro, you get all the benefits of offshore manufacturing, with the reassurance of dealing with an Australian-based company. We act as the prototyping Division of your business, protecting your interests, your intellectual property and, subsequently, our reputation.
There is nothing wrong with manufacturing in China. It's just good business to get people who understand the industry and who have developed trusted relationships with this booming country, to navigate the road, and to handle the process for you.

Monday, 28 November 2011

An alternative to the Plastic Bottle

Plastic bottles are rapidly becoming a waste problem. Jesse Leeworthy, a talented Swinburne University Honours student, decided to do something positive about this growing problem for his final year project, and the result is Ishke.


In Brief:

Product Name: Ishke

Product Field: Water purifying dispensing system.

Product Conception:
• Every single gram of plastic ever produced still exists, taking 1,000 years to biodegrade.
• 214 million kilograms of plastic are expended in the bottling of 89 billion liters of water each year.
• Plastic water bottles have a devastating effect on the environment, marine wildlife and
on human health.
• In many cases 1 litre of bottled water costs over 1,400 times more than tap water.
Despite all this, the popularity of bottled water increases by 10% every year. Ishke aims to reduce the amount of plastic water bottles effecting our health and environment by presenting a sustainable and convenient alternative.

The Ishke Solution: The Ishke system is designed to dispense purified chilled or ambient water into reusable stainless steel bottles.

The dispenser is inbuilt with a six stage, reverse osmosis filtration system and wireless network connectivity. The stainless steel bottles are embedded with an RFID tag that facilitates cashless payment, communicates bottle specifications and user preferences.

Situated in public areas, Ishke offers the convenience, taste and trust of bottled water, but provides a brighter alternative to the current and destructive plastic container. To find out more visit: http://jesseleeworthy.weebly.com/

Or, to see this and many other final year student designs, visit The Swinburne University Product Design Engineering Exhibition in the new ATC building at the Swinburne Hawthorn campus. The Advanced Technologies Centre is located at 427-451 Burwood Road, Hawthorn.
The opening night will be Tomorrow, Tuesday the 29th of November, and will run until the 2nd of December.