Consumers are beginning to regard their vacuum cleaner as an important tool in their healthcare arsenal.
It is probably safe to say that vacuuming does not rank terribly high on consumers’ lists of favorite things to do.
Yet, short of inventing a robotic vacuum that, at the flick of a switch, cleans without the need for human guidance, manufacturers are employing a variety of technological advances to create new vacuum cleaner products that make the job as efficient and effortless as possible.
In many cases, those new technologies are being applied to products toward the upper end of the price scale, which is contributing heavily to the increased sales activity the industry is enjoying in higher-priced vacuum models.
And while each manufacturer is putting its own spin on what features are deemed most important, there are a number of key directions the industry as a whole is pursuing.
The NLX220 smart analog controller of San Jose, CA-based Adaptive Logic provides a simple and cost-effective solution for integrating adaptive logic functions into home appliances.
The chip, which can enable an appliance to operate in an auto or manual mode, consists of a fuzzifier, a defuzzifier and a controller.
When embedded into a vacuum cleaner, the chip’s fuzzy logic system adjusts itself according to environmental conditions.
Fuzzy logic system allows vacuum to adapt to changing conditions.
Complex digital microcontrollers aren’t the only, or even best, way to control many appliances. Instead, “smart” analog adaptive controllers using fuzzy logic methodology can provide a simpler, cheaper and better solution
Pro/ENGINEER Used To Design Successful Vacuum Cleaner Product Line
The Royal Appliance Mfg. Co. is one of the oldest vacuum cleaner manufacturers in the U.S. The company designs, assembles, and markets a comprehensive line of vacuum cleaners under the Royal and Dirt Devil brand names.
The increasing consumer demand for these products, and the need to decrease the product design cycle, resulted in a decision by the company to acquire the latest technology for product engineering.
Up to this time, product designs were hand drawn at drafting tables. The decision was made to automate this process.
Going from 2D drafting tables to advanced 3D solid modeling techniques on powerful Sun workstations was a major jump but John Sovis, engineering director, felt it was imperative for Royal to make a commitment to next-generation technology.
Vacuum cleaner manufacturing executives were questioned about using the ‘clean air’ and ‘dirty air’ terminology to describe the machines that they sell in the marketplace.
Most vacuum cleaner companies do not use this terminology in their advertising because both systems can work equally well and the terminology may be misinterpreted by the consumer.
Manufacturers may inform retailers that want to know about the differences in each type of vacuum cleaner.
As consumers have become increasingly health conscious, vacuum cleaner manufacturers and retailers have promoted the role vacs can play in keeping homes cleaner and by extension healthier.
In marketing to promote vacuum cleaners’ abilities to remove dirt and allergens from the home, the terms “clean air” and “dirty air,” which historically were used by engineers to describe the path of air within a vacuum cleaner, have reemerged to describe two different types of vacuum cleaner systems.