Power HeaterThe Holmes Group
The Holmes HFH-298 Power Heater combines improved functionality with innovative aesthetics to address user needs, marketing goals and manufacturing requirements.
A large elliptical front grill opening combined with a spiral grill pattern increases the perceived heat output of the unit. Unique rear side recesses create carrying handle details while forming a large open grill area surrounding the heating element, maximizing airflow through the system for efficient performance. User-control knobs located on the top surface improve access and visibility to heater settings. The control panel is designed as a separate part allowing Holmes to change control features for other models and providing opportunities for OEM customers to customize the product to their specific marketing needs.
The use of 3D CAD solid modeling and rapid prototyping techniques helped the team complete the project from industrial design to engineering and prototyping in ten weeks. Sales of this product attest to the strong visual appeal of its design. After its introduction at the International Housewares Show, sales orders for the HFH-298 exceeded projections. Within three months of production release it became the number one selling Holmes heater in its category.