Case Study – Dyson
The British technology company that designs and manufactures vacuum cleaners, hand dryers, bladeless fans and heaters, selling machines in over seventy countries.
To design, build and supply test equipment capable of testing and calibrating the latest Dyson 360 Eye Robotic vacuum cleaner which constantly observes and interprets its surroundings with a unique 360 degree vision system and sensors using complex mathematics, theory, geometry and trigonometry to map and navigate a room.
Working with Dyson engineers from an early stage, Sorion’s experience and expertise meant we were able to ask the right questions to work out the best solutions to test and calibrate the mechanical, optical and electrical features of the robot.
Utilising our 3D CAD expertise we provided designs of the proposed test fixture mated with Dyson provided models of the 360 Eye to ensure correct alignments between the robot sensors and the fixtures many calibration features.
Our in house 3D printer was utilised to quickly produce development parts before taking the finalised component designs to machined parts.
The final design incorporated as many Sorion off the shelf parts as possible to keep costs and lead times to a minimum.
The customer’s requirements changed during the project, but we had the flexibility and the expertise to be able to quickly and efficiently adapt.
The test equipment is designed to test thousands of units per day and be rugged enough to outlast the unit’s estimated production lifecycle.
Sorion has supplied equipment used during manufacture at the end-of-line and equipment for use in the customer world-wide service centres.
Sorion’ Sextans test software manages the test and calibration process which takes about two minutes and the results of each test cycle are communicated back to our Orion database which, via a web browser, allows for bespoke quality assurance and performance reports to be produced.
For traceability purposes, the Orion database is connected with Dyson’s service software and is able to transmit build information, such as serial numbers, along with the test results of each component of the 360 Eye.