Mechanical Design of Vacuum Cleaner Handle

Cre8tek has done the mechanical design of the remote controlled vacuum cleaner handle for Nilfisk Advance. A collaboration between Cre8tek, Nilfisk’s R&D department in Denmark and their manufacturing sites in Sozhou, China. The result was 3 handles to be used in different variants of the highend consumer series “Elite”.

Mechanical design and product development
Designworks USA provided the Industrial Design concept, Nilfisk’s R&D department developed the electronics, while Cre8tek did the mechanical design and integration between the ID and electronics. DFM and preparations for manufacturing have been carried out by Cre8tek in close cooperation with Nilfisk’s manufacturing department in Suzhou, China.

NilfiskEliteSimulations and analysis
As a part of the design verification, Cre8tek performed light simulations on light guides, tolerance chain analysis on critical stack-ups. An example of this is the keyboard stack-up, where reliable functions and good tactility was ensured.

Functional prototypes and validation

For test and design evaluation, Cre8tek delivered functional and TRUE appearance prototypes of all mechanical component, including plastic components, 2K components, NCVM (metalized) components, sheet metal components for battery connectors. Furthermore Cre8tek carried out the validation plan on component- and assembly level and was responsible for various environmental- and IP testing.

During the early development phase of the mechanical design, Cre8tek’s engineers have provided valuable DFM-inputs on component level. This resulted in a higher degree of maturity earlier in the project than typically expected in the first prototypes.

Cre8tek deliveries in the Nilfisk Elite project includes:

  • Concept and ID integration
  • Mechanical Design
  • Tolerance Analysis
  • Light guide design og simulations
  • Keypad design
  • Prototype manufacturing
  • Environmental- and IP-tests
  • DFM and preparations for Manufacturing
  • Technical documentation, 2D/3D drawing

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References

  • Ergonomic Solutions - Per Bjerring

    Ergonomic Solutions - Per Bjerring

    “Our partnership with Cre8tek in Hjørring has been excellent, both in terms of communication and the work itself, and it gives us a good inroad to the benefits that come with manufacturing in China,”

  • Peter Løber, Senior Project Manager, Nilfisk A/S

    Peter Løber, Senior Project Manager, Nilfisk A/S

    Cre8tek understands quality better than other Chinese suppliers. It's not just about getting products in a container and shipped to the customer.

  • Polaris Electronics A/S - Ib Nielsen

    Polaris Electronics A/S - Ib Nielsen

    ...From the first meeting with Cre8tek we have had a constructive dialogue from idea to production. With 3D drawings we have been able to rotate and turn the product to inspect that the mechanical parts fit with our electronics...

  • Scenar - Ulrich Burr

    Scenar - Ulrich Burr

    ”…Of course I was curious to see if the promised quality fulfilled my expectations. When the first parts arrived I was sure to have taken the right decision……Also for new projects I will choose Cre8tek…"
  • Roblon - Søren Tjønneland

    Roblon - Søren Tjønneland

    "We get prototypes delivered from Cre8tek - assembled and including electronics, mechanics and manufactured in the right materials and surfaces finish. It saves Roblon of time and resources, since the prototypes can be used directly in our acceptance tests and in our early marketing."

  • Nilfisk Advance - Palle Sørensen

    Nilfisk Advance - Palle Sørensen

    As project manager at Nilfisk Advance A/S, I use Cre8tek for the supply of mechanical prototype items.

    The prototypes from Cre8tek are manufactured by CNC machining or vacuum molding from the correct raw materials and is delivered with surface treatment according to our wishes. Before manufacturing, we always get good advices about our possibilities.
  • Nilfisk Advance - Christian Thorup Kjærgaard

    Nilfisk Advance - Christian Thorup Kjærgaard

    As a technical project manager at Nilfisk Advance, I have used Cre8tek's services in mechanical engineering, development and prototyping. An example is our VU500 project, a global multi-site project ...

  • Ergonomic Solutions - Benny Burmeister

    Ergonomic Solutions - Benny Burmeister

    We are experiencing a high degree of safety and efficiency in tooling deliveries from Cre8tek...

  • Nilfisk Advance - Henrik Thomsen

    Nilfisk Advance - Henrik Thomsen

    During the development of our VL500 product line, I had two of Cre8tek's Chinese mechanical engineers on my team. Cre8tek's work on the project was impeccable - and their engineers were part of the project team equally with our own two mechanical engineers, and they had a very good knowledge of the Western "mindset" about product development...

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