Development Support

Founder Wouter Konings was involved in the development of the third Dyson vacuum cleaner and the Dyson washing machine. Dyson is technology-driven and approaches and employs an integral development method wherein one team of design engineers develops a product from start to finish.

Challenge

 

In the early days, the development team was just a small group of design engineers. All internal regulations needed to be implemented and the company was growing rapidly.

Approach

 

Around every project, a core team consisting of 5 to 6 design engineers was created. Making prototypes and testing them is a key element in their product development. Changing one small item at the time and testing them one by one, allows you to find new unexpected solutions.

Result

 

Wouter was grateful to be given a lot of responsibility and be part of an exceptional team. He learned a lot from working with James. Some of his good friends are still at Dyson managing the different development departments.

DC03 Project

Dyson’s third vacuum cleaner was designed to be able to reach under beds and be stowed away by hanging in a closet. Wouter Konings was responsible for the cyclone (and valve) development, the tooling management, and support during the start of production.

DC03 Project

Dyson’s third vacuum cleaner was designed to be able to reach under beds and be stowed away by hanging in a closet. Wouter Konings was responsible for the cyclone (and valve) development, the tooling management, and support during the start of production.

Strategy + Innovation

Creation of features that bring added value.

CR01 Project

(Counter rotation washing machine)

James Dyson was determined to change the way we wash clothes. With traditional machines, folded jeans often come out still folded. To find a more thorough washing method we tested all possible techniques. The conclusion was that manipulating the fabric, similar to hand-washing, gives the best results. The counter-rotation drums mimic this action. Wouter Konings was one of a small, selected team of engineers with the task of making this happen.

CR01 Project

(Counter rotation washing machine)

James Dyson was determined to change the way we wash clothes. With traditional machines, folded jeans often come out still folded. To find a more thorough washing method we tested all possible techniques. The conclusion was that manipulating the fabric, similar to hand-washing, gives the best results. The counter-rotation drums mimic this action. Wouter Konings was one of a small, selected team of engineers with the task of making this happen.

Strategy + Innovation

The traditional wash machine has a small door opening and a big rubber gasket. Clothes are only lifted and dropped and some times they come out folded.

Dyson’s aim was to create a washing machine that could handle big loads (big drum and large opening) and wash better and quicker than traditional machines.
Dyson’s aim was to create a washing machine that could handle big loads (big drum and large opening) and wash better and quicker than traditional machines.
We incorporated a lot of other very useful features.

Production Withdraw

In the end, the bigger drum and high-cost price made that it was often used in a commercial setting. Due to this heavy use and increased complexity the maintenance costs increased and finally the machine was withdrawn. But it was a successful feat of engineering, and well-loved by those that owned it.

“Don’t be afraid to fail“   James Dyson

Production Withdraw

In the end, the bigger drum and high-cost price made that it was often used in a commercial setting. Due to this heavy use and increased complexity the maintenance costs increased and finally the machine was withdrawn. But it was a successful feat of engineering, and well-loved by those that owned it.

“Don’t be afraid to fail“   James Dyson

Movie explaining the counter-rotating technology.

Sir James Dyson
Founder | Dyson Ltd.
“They are designers of high ability, strong in concept, detail, and manufacturing design.”

Samsung

Quick Drive Action Wash

We were happily surprised that SAMSUNG introduced the Quick Drive with the same wash principle when the patents run out. We were pleased to see that our basic idea was correct, but maybe we just pushed the technological boundaries a bit too far.

      

 

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