The sleepy town of Malmesbury doesn’t seem like a hiding place for the subsequent batch of hi-tech innovations but this leafy a part of Wiltshire is stuffed with a few of the brightest brains in Britain. Dyson arrange shop on this area of the UK all the best way back in 1993 with its campus now covering a whopping 75 acres and employing 3,500 people. The famous vacuum firm is generally pretty secretive about what’s behind the iron gates of its British headquarters but Express.co.uk recently gained an access-all-areas pass to have a look behind the scenes and discover just how its recent products are created.
If Willy Wonka made vacuums he’d definitely feel right at home at Dyson with the place filled with strange rooms where the subsequent batch of dust-busting products are born. In actual fact, there are 129 state-of-the-art laboratories filled with employees in white coats testing the whole lot from the noise these machines make to how well they pick up different versions of Cheerios.
Yes, in a single room the firm spends hours every day vacuuming carpets with on a regular basis objects equivalent to rice and LEGO scattered across them. There’s even a cabinet filled with different household products equivalent to cereals and pet food with Dyson revealing that it is important to check objects from the world over to make certain all of their vacuums work regardless of where they launch. You would possibly not realise it but a UK Cheerio, for instance, is a special size from its US cousin and this extra weight can wreak havoc with suction if Dyson doesn’t get things right.
Hair can also be something that drives the firm to distraction with the corporate spending countless hours trying out recent accessories that do not get clogged up – something that is way harder than you may think.
It is not nearly sucking things up as Dyson has also built an anechoic chamber at its HQ so it will probably test out the sound that its upcoming products belt out.
The concept behind this foam-filled area is that it’s completely isolated from the surface world meaning no sound contamination ever affects the audio tests.
This silent room lets the firm test out the noise levels of its recent products because as things get more powerful they often get louder.
Every time an engineer comes up with a fantastic idea it’s sent straight to this room to see if will pass the audio test – if not… it’s back to the drafting board as consumers simply don’t desire a cleaner that rattles the partitions every time the home gets cleaned.
After all, to check recent products you have to construct them first and Dyson has vast areas of its campus which run for 24-hours a day creating unique one-off parts to be put through their paces.
It’s an important process for any recent product and never the whole lot makes it to market with many prototypes never seeing the sunshine of day.
One area that is still out of bounds to visitors is the key block named “D9”. This constructing is surrounded by mirrored glass so no person can see in. Only those that work in the ability have access and here’s where recent devices are born and shown to James Dyson himself to be given the green light.
It’s here the brand new Zone headphones were developed with these air-cleaning cans expected to launch soon – you possibly can see how we got on once we tested the Zones here.
Perhaps one of the vital terrifying rooms that we were allowed to step into is where the firm keeps its small army of dust mites.
These little critters feed off our dead skin and seeing them under a microscope could have you itching from head to toe.
Dyson spends an enormous period of time and money analysing dust particles and the microscopic creatures that live in our homes – it is important research as many allergies come from the air all of us breathe in.
Interestingly, it isn’t the bugs themselves that cause problems for humans however the faeces these tiny mites discard from all that munching. Yuck!
Ensuring your property is free from dust is hugely necessary if you need to keep mites to a minimum and Dyson says you could not wait until you see dust before you clean it up.
“It’s a cause for concern if people only clean once they spot visible dust on the floors as many dust particles are microscopic in size,” said Monika Stuczen, Research Scientist in Microbiology at Dyson. “In actual fact, by the point people spot visible dust in the house, it is very likely that there are dust mites in your property.”
Wandering around this sprawling site reveals just how much time, effort and innovation goes into keeping homes clean and we will not wait to see what Dyson has next.