Vacuum trimmers, although highly desirable from a user’s point of view, have proven to be a challenge to develop and market because of the conflicting needs of power and size. Larger impellor fans can create more suction, but the trimmer can’t be handled properly if it’s too big and bulky. So when Remington reached out to PI to develop the 4-in-1 Vacuum Trimmer, they were leveraging PI’s extensive experience with vacuum technology and engineering capabilities, along with design, to strike a crucial balance between performance and ergonomics.
For PI, the challenge was twofold: to develop the vacuum technology that could deliver maximum suction power in the smallest space possible, and; to create an ergonomic form comfortable for use in multiple hand-held positions.
To achieve this goal, every element of the vacuum system, from the shape of the impellor to the drive train, was custom designed, tested, and verified by PI’s engineering team to optimize performance. The entire air path, from intake through the collection chamber and out the exhaust vents, was configured to minimize turbulence and cavitation, while allowing the collection chamber to be easily removed for cleaning. The exterior was sculpted with a softly faceted form for comfort and grip in a variety of positions. Translucent blue sections highlight the air path and provide a visual indication of when the collection chamber is full.
The outcome of PI’s R&D, design, and engineering effort is a vacuum trimmer with more than twice the suction power of the competition in a sleek and stylish package.
As an acknowledgement of design excellence, the Remington 4-in-1 Vacuum Trimmer received a prestigious 2014 Red Dot Award.