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i'm Madhawa Ranga following BSc. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Moratuwa.

My design – Improvement to the traditional cane tea collector March 28, 2008

Filed under: design,designs,engineering,innovations,tea,tea collector — madhawa.h @ 8:54 am
This is a design I and 3 of my friends suggest for improvement of the traditional cane tea collector.

The traditional cane tea collector basket used in the tea industry is becoming increasingly unpopular among the new generation of state workers. There is a need for an improved basket that will overcome the disadvantages of the traditional basket. What are the factors you have to consider in developing a new design solution for collecting fresh tea leaves plucked by the state workers?

Main factors which should be considered

 Preserve the freshness of the leaves
 Comfortability of the collector
 Higher capacity, to collect more tea leaves at a time
 Easy and compact in transportation and storage of the baskets

Disadvantages/weaknesses of the traditional cane tea collector

 The basket is heavy, because it is made out of cane
 Because of the round shape, the basket can rotate around it when it is hanged on the back/around the head
 Low life time
 Incomfortability to the collector (can cause pains in back and/or neck)
 Difficulty in storing the baskets because the baskets are handmade and can be in various sizes

Solutions we decided

 New basket will be made by nylon strings (with spaces on the wall)
 Air can circulate through the spaces on the wall, so that the leaves will not braise
 That will reduce the weight of the basket
 Nylon has more life time than cane
 The new design can be stored in a small space, because it can be folded

 The shape of the basket is changed to a shape which will not waggle around the user
 The round shape is changed in to a shape where wore surface will touch the user’s back

 The shape of the basket changed to comfort the user
 That will reduce the pains the user will face


One Response to “My design – Improvement to the traditional cane tea collector”

  1. Kasun Chathuranga Says:

    Fantastic idea. Develop it. Keep it up.

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