Dyson Revolutionises the Technology of Vacuum Cleaners and Fans
Dyson was founded in Great Britain in 1993 and has revolutionised vacuum cleaners. With technology that had been at a standstill since 1901, common vacuums often experienced blockages resulting in suction loss. James Dyson developed the Dyson vacuum cleaner in the late 1970s, solving the problem and starting a revolution that would change everything from everyday carpet cleaning to fans and air purifiers!
Dyson now has over 2,000 employees and is represented in 47 countries. About 300 engineers work in the Dyson research and development center in the UK. This is where they present new technology such as the Dyson Animal Turbine, bagless models and air purifying fans. The Air Multiplier – the fan without a rotor wing – was also made there.
Bagless Vacuum Cleaners with Improved Suction Power
The Dyson Dual Cyclone™ Technology was the first breakthrough since the invention of the vacuum cleaner in 1901. The traditional bag was replaced by two cyclone compartments that prevent blockages. The exterior cyclone whirls thick dust out of the air and the interior cyclone accelerates the air even more, so that even the finest dust particles are removed from the air. Because of the exceptional, unique technology, Dyson soon became the market leader in the UK.
The Dyson researchers and engineers set themselves the task of creating a vacuum cleaner with a higher constant suction force, and use this principle for the development of a completely new cyclone system: thereby the air is led through a large cyclone and then divided on several smaller cyclones at the same time – therefore the name Root Cyclone™. The result of this groundbreaking technology is a significantly higher constant suction power and with it improved dust collection. With this system, Dyson even developed special models for allergy-sufferers, suitable to be used by allergy and asthma sufferers.
Functionality and comfort were important to Dyson while developing the products. This is how the battery hoover became more and more popular – the floor and handheld models are wireless. Each model is better than the last. Some practical accessory sets convert a hand-hoover into a flexible floor hoover – one example is the Animalpro.
Dyson also works with washing machines, ventilators, hand-dryers and heaters
Dyson’s engineers are permanently occupied with the most different products. One of these products was a washing machine. Thereby the engineers made a surprising discovery: by the washing by hand, there were better washing results than by washing machines. The washing pieces are continuously moved and the dirt can therefore be removed fast and effectively. With the movements when washing by hand as an exemplar, the Dyson engineers developed the washing machine with two washing drums that rotate in two opposite directions at the same time. The Dyson Contrarotator was entered into the British market in 2000: The first washing machine with two opposite running drums. Since the Contrarotator removed dust more effectively, it can wash clothes more thoruoughly, faster and in larger amounts.
Hand-driers and heaters also belong to the Dyson assortment, since Dyson dared to develop a fan, which is a heater at the same time. The innovative Air Multiplier technology was internationally successful. Common ventilators spread air in irregular impulses, because they cut the air with their blades. The Air Multiplier technology reinforces the original air beam and enables fast and regular cool or hot air.
A long way until the company was as recognized as it is today
Because of the high patent and law costs, the Dyson Dual Cyclone™ had almost been discarded. Contrasting a new songwriter, that owns a song that he wrote, an inventor has to pay huge fees for his patents. During the development years, James Dyson hadn’t other incomes, so that the fees would have ruined him financially. He went in a high risk with it, but it was worth it. In 1999 Hoover tried to copy the Dyson vacuum cleaner and James Dyson was obliged to protect his invention by law. After 18 months Dyson finally won the process because of patent misuse against Hoover.
If one keeps in mind that it took James Dyson 14 years until his vacuum cleaner could be sold under his name, it is really delighting that he is meanwhile represented in 47 countries all around the world. Unusual “stocks” are many museums where the Dyson vacuum cleaner is exposed. Among others there are exhibits in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum for Applied Arts, Cologne, Zurich Design Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Design Museum in Lisbon and in the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.
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