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issue: March 2003 APPLIANCE Magazine

Cover Story

page 32
Connectors, Cables, Wire Harnesses
Bringing It All Together
by Linda Abu-Shalback Zid, Associate Editor/Newsletter Editor
As appliances evolve with technologies to do more, more reliance is placed on connectors, cables, and wire harnesses to establish the power.

Feature Articles

page 37
Finishing Equipment and Materials
Out With the Old?
by David Simpson, Contributing Editor
Appliance companies upgrade finishing systems as a way of taking advantage of technology improvements

page 45
International Housewares Show 2003
Continuing to Cocoon
ON LOCATION... APPLIANCE magazine traveled to Chicago, IL, U.S., to report on the 2003 International Housewares Show.


page 30
Engineering: Riding Tractors
New Tractors on the Turf
Brooks Stevens Design had one goal when designing John Deere's Project Lightning: to make the riding tractors as ergonomically pleasing to customers as possible.

page 71
From the Top
Engineering to Own the Space(SM)
by Dick Topping, director of Appliance Research , TIAX, LLC
Your patented new product is just about to hit the market, where it has the potential to transform the industry. But before you start projecting revenue streams and planning for a new manufacturing wing, you may want to consider this: Developing a technology breakthrough is a monumental effort - but it's only half the job.

page 72
A Technology Solution for a Quieter Hair Dryer Motor
Design engineers from Johnson Electric investigated why many hair dryers tend to emit a thin, high-pitched noise when turned on and off.

page 75
Electronics Report
Specifying Circuit Protection
While a circuit breaker may seem like a simplistic component, there is enough complexity and confusion when it comes to specifying circuit protection that many engineers are designing devices with too little or too much protection.

page 76
Technology Report
Low-Profile SMT Shield Lock Connector
A new family of SMT one-piece shield lock connectors from AVX Corporation is said to be specifically designed to meet the miniaturization standards of the portable equipment marketplace.

page 77
Motor Technology
Three-Phase Inverter Driver IC
International Rectifier's IR2136 family of three-phase inverter-driver ICs are said to give appliance producers a low-cost, simple solution for variable speed motor drives.


page 40
Finishing Equipment and Materials
Spray Gun Change Enhances Vitreous China
by David Simpson, Contributing Editor
Crane Plumbing coats white ware/sanitary ware in its Mansfield, OH, U.S. facility. The company was looking for a spray gun that could provide more precise coverage, but otherwise wanted to make only minor system changes.

News Section

This Month's News Headlines

page 22
New Delhi Report
Easy Credit Drives Indian Consumer Durables Market
The rapid growth of the consumer durables sector in India has been attributed to a number of factors, including the entry of multinationals and the competitive strategies adopted by them.

page 22
Tokyo Report
RY 2002 Japanese Domestic HVACR Shipments
The Japan Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Association (JRAIA) announced domestic shipments for refrigeration year (RY) 2002.


page 9
A Refreshing Solution
Editorial from Diane Ritchey, Editor, APPLIANCE Magazine
It may be the largest issue affecting the water heater industry in several years.


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