A New Way to Remove Stickers Fast & Easily
DESIGN BRIEF Opportunity
Potential Users A sticker is a piece of paper or polymer with adhesive sticky on the back. It is widely used at home including decoration, and marking information of products. There is an opportunity to design a better and faster tool to remove sticker for household using.
- Topcoat : A functional surface, usually made of PVC, PET, PP, and PC -Substrate: Carrier for topcoating & adhesive, usually made of OPP and PVC -Adhesive: Attaches the label to the surface -Liner: Support and protect the adhesive, usually made of glassine, PET, PE
Current Solutions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.
Nail Polish Remover Petroleum Jelly Toothpaste Hand Lotion Hair Spray Baby Oil Vinegar Rubbing Alcohol Windex Baking Soda & Water Paste Lighter Fluid Kerosene WD-40 Paint Thinner Rubber Cement Thinner Make up remover Peanut Butter Vegetable Oil / Olive Oil
19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30.
Margarine Cooking Spray Mayonnaise Goo Gone Mr. Clean Magic Erase Furniture Polish Eucalyptus Oil Tea Tree Oil Perfume/Aftershave PVC Pipe Cleaner Hair dryer Duct Tape
People who always do online shopping
-Some household products - S t i c k e r s h o w s p e r s o n a l can be used for multiple information on mail parcel. purposes. -Mailing box can be reused -Stickers on products may for more times without old a f f e c t a p p e a r a n c e a n d labels. useage. -Returning for refund usually require to remove original label on the original mailing box.
Parents with little kids -Kids put stickers on surfaces including wall, and window. -Stickers are very hard to be cleaned by finger nails. -Surface may be damaged when parents clean the stickers.
TESTS OF REPRESENTATIVE SOLUTIONS Chemical Solutions Process of Tests
Make Up Remover
Nail Polish Remover
Pour out the liquid on napkin
Peel off the label by nails
Examine the surface condition Physical Solutions Start to peel off from a corner
Slowly peel off the whole label
Examine the surface condition
ANALYSIS OF CURRENT CHEMICAL SOLUTIONS Make Up Remover
Rubbing Alcohol Rubbing Alcohol
Make Up Remover
Nail Polish Remover
Nail Polish Remover
Make Up Remover
Nail Polish Remover
Need to rub the alcohol on the whole surface and wait until it permeated thoroughly
The label was damaged when rubbing the make up remover on the surface
The label was torn into two pieces when it was removed.
Slow (59.10 S)
Slow (71.64 S)
Not bad. Sticky material was almost perfectly removed but alcohol made the surface wet.
Totally ruined. A big hole appeared on the surface. The label was damaged. Test failed.
Not bad. The sticky material left a little scar on the surface.
Poor. May result in the color fading of the surface, not suitable for paper
Poor. Not suitable for surface with oil paint
ANALYSIS OF CURRENT PHYSICAL SOLUTIONS Nail Nail
Intensity 10 8 6
Hot Air (100℃)
Scratched several times to peel off labels at the corner of the label
Need to add a large pressure to insert the blade under labels.
The hot air made the finger feel uncomfortable. It made the finger feel burned.
Fastest (22.64 S)
Slow (74.36 S)
Fast (24.70 S)
Rough. The sticky material ruined surface.
Rough. The blade hurt the surface and sticky material remained there.
Good. The surface only had a little scar.
Medium. Only feasible for regular sticker
Poor. Hard to insert under sticker
Good. Suitable for most surface
Hypothesis After analysing all the data, the physical solutions are better but not good enough. As the hot air can be widely used to remove stickers, a lot of people choose to use hair dryer to remove stickers. However, the finger feels burning under the hair dryer. What if using the blade to take place of finger and heating it so that it can be faster to be inserted under the label and avoids to burn the finger?
TEST OF HYPOTHESIS Method Start the AOYUE hot air rework station to produce the hot air with CERTAIN TEMPERATURE to remove labels on the mail box surface
Result Combine hot air with blade 30 25
Time(S) - Hypothesis is valid.
- The time is almost the same after 150℃ .
Heat the blade
Insert the blade under the label
- The time decreased mostly from 100℃ to 150℃ .
- The situation may be caused by the adhesive. - Extremely sticky situation is needed to be tested.
Gradually remove the whole label
Temperature (℃) 100(Nail)
The sharp blade is dangerous. It is needed to design a safe way to store the blade in the tool. The blade cannot be very big nor very small. The medium size will gurantee that it can deal with most of the situation.
It is dangerous to expose the heating system outside. It may burn fingers and other stuffs. Besides, the heating system will also cause inner temperature rising of the tool. Thus, a good cooling system is needed to consider.
Angle of blade
The angle of blade is vital when peeling off the label. According to one failure experience during the test, the angle between the blade and the surface should be less than ten degree. Otherwise, even if the blade is hot, it is very hard to insert it under the label.
EXTREME TESTS FOR THE NEW SOLUTION Test Proocess and Result Using the original mailing label to simulate the extreme situation. Still using the AOYUE hot air rework station to produce the certain temperature hot air. Try to feel the different intensity under the different temperatures.
Using the hot air rework station to heat the blade and insert the blade under the label from one corner. Four corners have been marked for four different degrees.
Hard to insert the blade under labels. Adding more pressure will tear the label.
Easier to insert the blade but still hard to push the blade in order to peel off the label.
Easy to insert the blade and easy to peel off the label. The speed is still under expectation because of the shape of the blade.
Smoke appears since the temperature is too high. This temperature may ruin the surface and cause fire.
CURRENT PRODUCTS & MARKET ANALYSIS
Principle: Hot blade Price: $9.99 Major drawback: The hot blade and the heating system may burn fingers or other things since they are exposed outside.
Principle: Regular blade Price: $9.89 Major drawback: According to the test before, it may be very hard to insert the blade under the label.
Wide application range
Principle: Regular blade Price: $8.56 Major drawback: The handle is hard to hold and the blade is sharp which may result in the cut of fingers.
Strengths +Huge market demand +Lower intensive during dealing with the labels +Special combined solution
Weaknesses -Price may affect the saling amount -Taking up extra spaces at home -The safety while using the blade
Opportunities +Lack of same product competition +Lack of a widely applied design +Consumers expect a new design
Threats -Multi-used household essentials -Different surface situations -Power system may bring inconvenience
Narrow application range
Principle: Liquid + blade Price: $6.93 Major drawback: It is hard to clean the liquid and the liquid may cause permanentt damage of the surface.
W-T Strategy +Try to simplify the structure of the design +Try to use battery as power suppliment +Try to design a safe way to pull out and use the blade
CASE STUDY & INSIGHTS Name: Chenghua Background: Age 20, undergraduate, sales agent of Amway
Experience: Communicating with his
customers, dealing with a lot of Amway products everyday, using mailing system a lot for over 1 year
Adaptations: Usually using A PEN TO
BLACK the old information but it has wasted him a lot of times. Sometimes the situation is even worse, he needs to CHANGE A NEW PACKAGE which costs extra money.
Everyday, Chenghua needs to deal a lot of Amway products including MAILING TO his customers. He has many customers who keep him BUSY everyday. It is common for him to accept some RETURNED PUCHASES. Then he needs to mail the returned goods back to corporation. During that process, Chenghua needs to CLEAN THE OLD MAIL LABEL and attach a new one. Sometimes, the new label is not big enough to cover the old one and the mailing label is extremely sticky. "I have wasted a lot of time. Efficiency means everything to me. If there is a fast tool to deal with labels, I would definately buy one."
CASE STUDY & INSIGHTS Name: Xinyi Background: Age 30, has a 3 years old daughter
Experience: Always buy her daughter
some baby books, need to clean a lot of stickers which are sticked by her little daughter.
Adaptations: Xinyi has tried a lot of methods to remove some baby stickers including hot water, hair dryer, and blade.
Xinyi is a very competent mother. She buys her daughter a lot of books so that her daughter can learn a lot. However, those book always contain comic stickers that help the kid to memory things. Xinyi's daughter, as a matter of fact, PUT THE STICKERS EVERYWHERE INCLUDING THE REFRIGERATOR, FURNITURE, AND WALL. "I am happy to buy those books with stickers for my daughter. They help my daughter to memorize a lot of animals but I have to clean them at the same time. I need a FAST AND EFFICIENT TOOL that can remove the sticker and avoid to damage the surfaces."
IDEATION & SKETCHES
FINAL MODEL 2"
AUFERO AUFERO is a fast sticker remover. It has an ergonomic shape so that the hand can hold it firmly. Its working principle is using heated blade and hot air blower. It can be powered by batteries and without wire, it is handy and convenient to use.
The air outlet is designed as a menshy surface. It can prevent label to go into the inside of the tool through the air outlet. It is also designed to protect the hot coil since it is very near to the air outlet. Sometimes, kids may insert their fingers into the air outlet which would be very dangerous if there is no meshy surface.
Simply push this little button, the blade will slide out. When you finish working, you can just push the blade back to the blade store. The user do not need to touch the blade since it is highly dangerous and the blade can be locked inside when the user does not use AUFERO.
Even with the ergonomic shape, people may still feel sliding when they push this tool to peel off the label. Thus, these antisliding embrossments are designed. They can help the user to hold the tool firmly. Also, their color can offer a fashion style to different users.
The air intake has two functions. It supplies fresh air for the fan and it serves as a good cooling system to the whole tool. When the users use AUFERO, their fingers should not cover the air intake. Thus, it is designed at the bottom of the tool. It has some distance from the surface so it is not needed to worry that dust or dirty things may be sucked into AUFERO.
This rotary button is easy to use and easy to select different temperature. When holding AUFERO, it is easy for user to lift the hand and adjust the temperature. Besides, this rotary button does not affect the users when they use AUFERO.
This bottom design is for the batteries. Theoretically, batteries can supply enough power for the fan and the hot coil. Besides, the cooling system can help the batteries to dissipate heat. However, using 110 Voltage outlet is also considered although the wire will bring inconvenience.
R:118 G:55 B:255 to R:34 G:245 B:254
R:255 G:39 B:138
R:37 G:255 B:189
Rotary Button -Hard Plastic -Injection Molding
Fan Protector -Hard Plastic -Compression Molding
Main Body -Hard Plastic -Injection molding
Hot Coil and Shelf -Aluminum and Nicochrome -Welding
Mesh Outlet -Aluminum -Punch forming
Fan -Hard plastic -Injection Molding
Blade -Stainless metal -Compression Molding
Published on Feb 19, 2014