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issue: October 2002 APPLIANCE Magazine

Cover Story

page 38
Lawn & Garden Engines
The Power Behind the Equipment
by Linda Abu-Shalback, Associate Editor, APPLIANCE Magazine
As emissions standards evolve, lawn and garden equipment OEMs are counting on engine manufacturers to help keep their products compliant with the standards. In turn, engine manufacturers are saying that they're up to the challenge.

page 38
On Location: Louisville, KY, U.S.
International Lawn, Garden & Power Equipment Expo
by Linda Abu-Shalback, Associate Editor, APPLIANCE Magazine
APPLIANCE magazine traveled to Louisville, KY, U.S., to attend the International Lawn, Garden & Power Equipment EXPO from July 19-21.

Feature Articles

Motors and Air-Moving Devices
Bringing Value to a Mature Market
by Lisa Bonnema, Editor
With international competition heightening, appliance motor and air-moving device manufacturers are offering sophisticated motor and blower systems and value-added services to differentiate their products from those carrying a low price tag.

Motors and Air-Moving Devices
Meeting Furnace Design Demands
by Lisa Bonnema, Editor

page 51
Heating Elements
Working Harder, Adding Value
by Diane Ritchey, Editor
The supplier role continues to evolve in heating elements and ignition systems, forcing many to work harder and smarter, while providing value-added services to appliance OEMs.


page 59
AE: The Open Door
Assessing Your Lean Enterprise Transformation
by Jorge L. Larco, president, J. L. Larco Associates, Inc.
The world has become very competitive. And competing not only means having an adequate pricing policy, but also having competitive performance in terms of quality and delivery, and being able to customize products to customer needs in short lot volumes.

page 60
Engineering: Disc Spring Innovation Provides Increased Deflection
Retaining A High Spring Rate
The challenge of developing a conical disc-spring with increased deflection, while retaining a relatively high spring rate, has resulted in a line of disc spring products for use in appliance and other manufacturing and industrial applications.

page 66
Engineering: Carbon Fiber
Carbon Fiber Electrical Connectors
Xerox Corporation developed a way to make carbon fiber into connectors that can conduct electricity just like a traditional metal connector, but are said to be more reliable, less costly to produce, and able to withstand harsh environments.


page 56
Electrical Manufacturing & Coil Winding (EMCW) Expo 2002
A Three-Track Conference Program
The EMCW Expo 2002 will be presented at the Cincinnati, OH, U.S. Convention Center Oct. 14 - 18 and will include a complete Technical Conference program.

News Section

This Month's News Headlines

page 24
European Report
Europe's Small Appliances
Nowhere in Europe is the diversity more apparent than in small appliances, where there exists still many local habits, brands, and producers.


page 11
Satisfying Consumers
Editorial from Diane Ritchey, Editor, APPLIANCE Magazine
Americans are happy with their major appliances. That's the news from the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), which measures consumer satisfaction levels each quarter in consumer durables such as major appliances, PCs, consumer electronics, automobiles, and e-business such as web portals, search engines, and news sites.


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