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issue: February 2003 APPLIANCE Magazine

Cover Story

page 28
Switches & Switching Devices
Location Isn't Everything
by David Simpson, Contributing Editor
As more switch manufacturing shifts to low-wage areas, suppliers strive to differentiate themselves in ways other than pricing.

Feature Articles

page 43
Power Tools & Power Sources
The Power to Do More
by Linda Abu-Shalback Zid, Associate Editor/Newsletter Editor
With U.S. home sales at record levels and money-conscious consumers expanding do-it-yourself (DIY) efforts, power tool demand is expected to continue its upswing.

APPLIANCE EngineerĀ®

page 30
Switches & Switching Devices
Rotary Dial Improves Blower Vac Function
by David Simpson, Contributing Editor
"The #1 electric blower vac just got better." The Toro Company of Bloomington, MN, U.S. recently made this claim upon releasing its latest blower vac product series.

page 42
Engineering: Decoratives
Golden OpportunityPictured is a Whirlpool dishwasher interface with decoratives provided by Serigraph.
The decision to buy a major appliance often depends largely on appearance. Serigraph, a West Bend, WI, U.S.-based decoratives and labels manufacturer, knows this, as the company has been working with appliance customers for 30 years. The company's expertise is in the development of graphics that provide a high level of shelf-appeal while meeting the rigorous performance specifications of appliances.

page 47
Engineering: Laundry Appliances
Co-Design Key in Plastic Tub Production
Merloni Elettrodomestici and Meccanica Generale used the co-design approach to create a plastic washing machine tub that allows for faster production, streamlined assembly, and a lighter-weight washing machine.

page 49
The Open Door
Transition of Blowing Agents Used in Refrigerator-Freezer Foam Insulation
by Larry Wethje, vice president, Engineering Services, Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM)
Household refrigerator-freezers are the most popular major appliance in the world. It is estimated that there are approximately 60-million units produced annually, and about 500-million units in service worldwide.

page 57
Electronics Report
Silicon Light Emission Technology
A new technology from STMicroelectronics is said to allow silicon-based light emitters to match the efficiency of traditional light-emitting compound semiconductor materials such as gallium arsenide (GaAs).

page 58
Technology Report
Integrated ARM9®-based Gateway Solution
Micrel Semiconductor offers the KS8695 chip and reference design package, reportedly one of the industry's most integrated high-performance home office gateway solutions.

page 59
Motor Technology
Variable Speed Controller for Air-Moving Devices
Varidigm Corporation (Plymouth, MN, U.S.) has introduced the VSM-CA3 variable speed motor controller, which is used to modulate the speed of motors in fan coil units, fan-powered VAV terminal units, fan filter units, and other air-moving HVAC devices.

News Section

This Month's News Headlines

page 22
European Report
European Commission on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Proposal Is Approved
After 3 years of intense discussions, the European Parliament and Council approved the European Commission on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) proposal during a Dec. 18, 2002 session. Europe's domestic appliance makers were heavily involved in the discussions.

page 22
China Report
Philips Wins Patent Infringement Case On Appeal
This report is filed by Clint Stevens, China Correspondent, APPLIANCE magazine.
As part of China's WTO agreements, promises were made to increase efforts to stop intellectual property rights (IPR) abuses that have run rampant over the years.

page 22
China Report
China's Domestic Mobile Phone Makers
This report is filed by Clint Stevens, China Correspondent, APPLIANCE magazine.
Three years ago no one had a local brand mobile phone in China. Everyone competed to have the newest and most advanced offering from Nokia, Motorola, or Ericsson.

Departments

page 9
APPLIANCE Line
Anticipating Needs
Editorial from Diane Ritchey, Editor, APPLIANCE Magazine
"Can't you call someone and tell them what I really want with my dishwasher (or washer, or VCR, or...)?"

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