Engineering Heated Glass
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.
The Open Door
The Creative Economy
by Bruce Claxton, FIDSA, president of the Industrial Design Society of America
We hear that we are in a period of business transformation. It's turbulent and perhaps out of our control. If we look out on the horizon and ask ourselves about alternative scenarios for the future, we can identify key movements that will affect us and for which we can initiate strategies.
Engineering: Reliability Testing
Making the Most of Life Test Data
by Tedd Karr, owner, Compass Training & Consulting
Whether it's complex assemblies or individual components, the main question an appliance industry designer has to face is: "Will this product perform reliably?" However, how can it be determined if a product is reliable or meets or exceeds the life of the competition?
Single-Chip ADSL Router for Home Networking
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) has introduced a fully integrated ADSL access router-on-a-chip that is said to provide enhanced home networking for next-generation devices.
Fault Indicator and LED Pair
Lumex, Inc. (Palatine, IL, U.S.) offers what is said to be the industry's first fault indicator designed for use with surface-mount technology LEDs.
New Thin Film Heating Elements For Rapid, Even Heating Of Large Surface Areas
by Jeff Bernthisel and Brian Biller, EGC Enterprises, Inc., Chardon, OH, U.S.
A unique thermoelectric thin-film heater technology was developed with NASA, but has numerous potential commercial and industrial applications.
Engineering Medical Imaging Devices
An All-Around Design
For medical device maker SonoSite Inc., the challenge in designing its new iLook 15 and iLook 25 hand-held ultrasound devices was creating a device that was both functional for the healthcare professional and comforting to the patient.