Hydro tap, designed by BlueSky Creative, is a sleek design that is giving the kitchen bench-top a new millennium look. Not only does it dispense filtered boiling water at a touch of a button, it also offers chilled water, providing the ultimate in convenience and energy efficiency.
During the design and development stages of the Hydro tap, zip heaters involved Arrk from early conception stage, with BlueSky Creative supplying CAD files for rapid prototyping and CNC machining of prototype models for design evaluation.
Arrk’s involvement early in the design stages, gave insight into the products functionality. So when it came to quoting production, Arrk understood the customers need and expectation.
Although, Arrk’s roots lie in production injection moulding of plastic components, Arrk is equally strong in the manufacture of metal parts (zinc, aluminium and magnesium).
Diecasting is a fast, cost-effective manufacturing process for production of high volume, tight tolerance metal components. It has the benefit of increased quality and repeatability, often at lower costs compared to other processes.
During the production stages, Arrk worked with zip to analyse costs, finish, pad printing and assembly requirements, to offer solutions that not only offered savings on the component cost, but also contribute to overall savings with the design of multiple parts into a single component.
Today, the Hydro tap is a high selling product item, recognised by Standards Australia for its engineering perfection and granted a design award.
Millions of people world-wide use Zip products daily for tea, coffee and cooking. Hospitals in Singapore, naval bases in the United Kingdom, universities in China, the Sydney Opera House and Number Ten Downing Street all have one thing in common; they all enjoy the convenience of Zip instant boiling water in their kitchens.