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issue: July 2003 APPLIANCE Magazine

Cover Story

page 36
Cooling Trends
by Kimberly L. LaPat, Contributing Editor
Refrigerator manufacturers are challenged to combine innovative, stylish designs with premium features, upgraded materials, enhanced performance, and improved energy efficiency.

Feature Articles

page 42
Guest Editorial
Ask Congress to Support Training of Skilled Workers
by Thomas E. Bettcher, chairman, Board of Directors, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) and president/CEO, Copeland Corporation
Thanks to the significant amount of technological advancements that have taken place within the air-conditioning and refrigeration industry, American consumers enjoy a quality of life unimaginable to earlier generations.

page 43
Testing Equipment
Appliances on Trial
by David Simpson, Contributing Editor
Appliance companies use new technology and techniques to get more bang for their bucks in such areas as testing of electrical safety, coating thickness, dimensions, and refrigerant leaks.


page 27
From the Top
R&D's Rocky Road: Why a New Alternative is Essential
by Dick Topping, director of Appliance Research, TIAX, LLC
In my May column, I talked about the "innovation crisis" that has hit many technology-based industries.

page 28
Next-Generation Heated Glass Products
by Peter Gerhardinger, vice president of Technology, Engineered Glass Products, LLC
Heated Glass has been used in commercial refrigeration doors for many years. Recent advances in glass coatings, electronic control technology, and interconnect technology can significantly improve the energy efficiency and safety of these products.

page 33
Motor Technology
Lamination Die Technology
Varilok is a proprietary lamination die technology that is said to change the rules by which laminated stacks can be designed.

page 34
Technology Report
Magnetic Water Treatment Device
A magnetic water treatment device from Eco Crystal Private Ltd. (Bangalore, India) is said to keep washing machine tubs scale-free while reducing energy and detergent consumption.

page 35
Electronics Report
Sync Separator for HDTV
The new Elantec® EL4511 from Intersil Corporation (Palm Bay, FL, U.S.) provides sync separation in current and next-generation high-definition television (HDTV), digital television (DTV), PC, and data projection systems.

page 50
Engineering: Personal Care Appliances
Shimmering and Shifting Colors
In the first North American application of Magic Color Concentrates technology, Teknor Color recently supplied such concentrates to Conair Corp. for a line of hand-held hair dryers.


page 53
Production Highlight - Packaging Laundry Appliances
Wrapping it Up
If there’s one thing an appliance OEM strives for, it’s increased productivity. With the help of supplier Lachenmeier A/S (Sonderborg, Denmark), that’s exactly what BSH was able to achieve after installing a new sleeve-wrapping line at its Balay, Spain plant.

News Section

This Month's News Headlines

U.S. Appliance Industry Shipment Statistics
Portable/Air Treatment Appliances Index for the month of April 2003

U.S. Appliance Industry Shipment Statistics
Majors and Comfort Conditioning Appliances Index for the month of April 2003

U.S. Appliance Industry Shipment Statistics
Factory Unit Shipments for the month of April 2003

page 20
New Delhi Report
Samsung's R&D Focus in India
India is fast emerging as a global research and development center for appliance companies.

page 20
Tokyo Report
Demand For Split AC Grows In Brazil
Growth reflects expanding residential and commercial air-conditioner market.

page 20
Tokyo Report
Japan's Growing Air Purifier Market
With the arrival of pollen season, air purifiers are selling well in Japan.


page 24
Kenan Sahin of TIAX, LLC
Plenty of people talk about applying academic models to industry - Kenan Sahin, president of TIAX, LLC, actually does it.

page 9
Trading Up (or Down?)
Editorial from Diane Ritchey, Editor, APPLIANCE Magazine
There appears to be a new marketing phenomenon affecting the inside of the average American home: middle-market consumers are increasingly willing to pay significantly more for ultra quality, especially with appliances.


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