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issue: May 2009 APPLIANCE Magazine

Expanded Coverage

Expanded Online: A Quick Look
Web-Exclusive: Engineering a Life-Saving Stove

Feature Articles

page 30
Green Manufacturing
Sustainability Takes Root
Yaling Lee

 Appliance companies continue to raise sustainability benchmarks through greener manufacturing practices.

page 31
Green Manufacturing
Web Exclusive: Software Tools for Sustainable Design

page 32
Sensors and Microcontrollers
Learning New Tricks
an APPLIANCE Staff Feature
Sophisticated microcontroller (MCU) solutions are helping appliance engineers meet prepare for new energy efficiency strategies.


The Open Door
Are Regulations Pushing Us Over the Edge?
by Richard Topping, president, RFTopping Consultants LLC

Aside from the economy, regulation has become the most powerful force affecting the appliance industry.

page 25
Appliance Engineer - Motor Technology
Keeping Cool Under Harsh Conditions

 A line of dc fans meets the IP58 standard, providing solutions to applications used in harsh environments.

page 26
Appliance Engineer - Electronics Report
Magnetless Sensing

An ultrathin inductive position sensor that requires no magnet to operate offers robustness, EMI immunity, and a small footprint.


page 27
Appliance Engineer - Technology Report
Enclosures Breathe Easy

Fire containment is achieved with a heat-responsive coating on honeycomb vent panels that have low airflow resistance under normal conditions.

page 29
Appliance Engineer - Materials Technology
A Sound Design Choice

 New PEEK polymer films meet long-term fatigue performance requirements and offer design versatility.

News Section

This Month's News Headlines

U.S. Appliance Unit Shipments
Statistics for the month of February 2009

This page reports the number of units shipped in the United States. It includes U.S.–made and imported appliances for the U.S. market; exports are not included. Consumer electronics are reported in unit sales.

page 38
International Report - China
Design for the High End in China
Huang Min, China correspondent

LG is designing washers to meet the specific needs of Chinese consumers—and that doesn’t mean taking a low-price approach.

page 39
International Report - India
Upbeat in India
Adite Banerjie, India correspondent

While most of the world is reeling from the economic slowdown, the mood is strangely upbeat in India.

page 40
International Report - Europe
Efficient Detergent Dispensing
Paul Roggema, Europe correspondent

APPLIANCE was in Paris, where one of the most innovative washers on the retail floor is the new top-loading Dose-e.

page 41
International Report - Japan
Buy-Back Tariffs to Spur Home Solar
Wasaku Ishida, Japan correspondent, and president, JARN (Japan Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News)

Homeowners with photovoltaic solar power generation in Japan can sell their surplus power back to the utilities—and get twice the usual price.

page Web-Exclusive
India Report
Web-Exclusive: Engineering a Life-Saving Stove
It's made of concrete and clay. It burns biomass fuels like wood or dung. And the design? Philips is just giving it away.


Changed by Recession
Tim Somheil, editor

 Consumers are thinking about wellness, living green, and living within their means.


New Products and New Literature




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