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info on Interstate Engineering (Compact, Revelation,Tristar)
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Post# 1479   9/20/2006 at 02:53 (5,005 days old) by bigbubbacain ()        

I've been trying to get some concrete information about Interstate Engineering Corp., the makerss of Compact, Revelation and TriStar machines. I've always heard that they had a hand in the war time efforts of WWII building aircrafts or something related to them, but I can't get any detailed info. I've even seen some of the older Compact machines bearing a commemorative logo that shows an airplane, but that's the limit of my information. Does anyone know exactly what they built that got off the ground and saw war time activity?

Post# 1511 , Reply# 1   9/20/2006 at 20:01 (5,004 days old) by cirtcele ()        
Wartime Production

Virtually every company with any sort of factory was producing something for military use during WWII. If not planes and bombs, then helmets or canteens or boot soles.

I know nothing of Interstate Engineering's contribution, but here's Hoover's history page on their war production.

I've also seen something on "Charles~Richard" Lester's site about Electrolux's wartime production. I'll give him a chance to plug his own site.

Post# 1562 , Reply# 2   9/22/2006 at 09:25 (5,003 days old) by bigbubbacain ()        

I guess I wasn't very specific. What I meant to inquire about was the fact that Interstate was making aircraft before they were making vacuums, not that the war effort caused them to change their factory. I was curious about the aircraft related production. Charles-Richard sent me a link that explained it all.

Post# 280576 , Reply# 3   5/15/2014 at 10:27 (2,211 days old) by vpoint ()        
Interstate Eng history

In 1937, Interstate Engineering began to make airplane parts for the infant airline industry. They were known as Interstate Precision Products Corporation. One of the new metals, magnesium, was being touted as the 'wonder metal' 1/3 lighter than aluminum and 3 times as strong. Perfect for airplanes.

Howard Hughes, the motion picture director, owned a fleet of aircraft and approached Interstate Engineering about designing a vacuum cleaner that would fit between the seats and not lose suction as it filled with the fine dust the cleaner would be picking up. Airplane dust is quite different than the dirt found in homes.

Interstate Aircraft and Engineering Corporation was a small American aircraft manufacturer from April 1937 to 1945, based in El Segundo, California. In 1940 they developed the Cadet, a 2-seat monoplane. The Model S-1B was developed into the XO-63, later redesignated to the XL-6. Two hundred fifty-nine of the XO-63/L-6/L-8 series were built for the USAAF. Assets of the company were sold to the Harlow Aircraft Company in 1945.

Interstate Engineering, a vacuum cleaner maker with 140 employees and $25 million in annual sales, has been sold. March 1996 a management-led buyout, company President Lee Zobel said.

The nearly all-cash sale by parent Figgie International Inc. to an investment group sponsored by Engles Urso Capital Corp. of Dallas won't affect employment, Zobel said.

"Frankly, we're delighted. Management participated in this and we're very excited. Figgie has been a troubled company for some time, and it affected our business," he said.

Ohio-based Figgie, a diversified manufacturer with $360 million in sales last year, said the deal wraps up a yearlong corporate reorganization. Figgie still owns Interstate Electronics, an Anaheim defense and commercial electronics company with about 750 employees.

Interstate Engineering manufactures residential vacuum cleaners that are sold by independent distributors through a direct sales organization. The company, founded in Los Angeles in 1937, moved to Anaheim in the mid-1950s and was acquired by Figgie in 1967.

Zobel said about 40% of Interstate's revenue comes from sales in Japan.

Thats what news reported however the truth and what really was on the mind of the new owner was entirely different. If IEC was doing as Interstate Electronics Im sure Figgie never would of sold it. Enginnering was still one of the largest die-cast plants on the west coast and the company had recieved the Presidental E Award for exporting. Japan Loved the Tri-Star!

Post# 280797 , Reply# 4   5/16/2014 at 21:57 (2,209 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Airplane dust is quite different than the dirt found in homes


Where did U find that info?  I didn't know anything about airplane dust being different from household dirt

Post# 280822 , Reply# 5   5/17/2014 at 03:28 (2,209 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I would think the dirt tracked onto planes would be the same as that tracked into your home or other vehicles and offices.But--In vacuuming floors in commercial places that have black asphalt parking lots-notice most of the dirt picked up is black-guess dust tracked from the parking lot on peoples shoe soles.Interstate Engineering used the Vortex principle to make their vacuum work-the vortexes that form at airplane wingtips-if you are riding on an airliner and fly thru a cloud-you can see the vortexes.Sometimes you see them when the plane takes off or lands.And sometimes you see the voretexes on the tips of large plane propellers when taking off.Boat props can have the same things.I beleive under current FAA regs vacuums for cleaning planes have to use brushless motors-no arcs-so the vacs run from the airliners 208V/120V 400Hz 3ph electrical system.See the outlets under some of the plane seats.The backpack vacuum would plug into those.NSS makes aircraft backpack vacuums.Since the motor is running from 400hz it is running at higher speeds than 60Hz motors-and would run at similar speeds as brush type universal motors.

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