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issue: October 2003 APPLIANCE Magazine

Cover Story

page 32
On Location: Haier Group
Haier: Working Its Way Up
by Lisa Bonnema, Managing Editor
Although well-known in Chinese households, appliance maker Haier is working its way into the U.S. market by making cost-effective refrigerators at its new facility in Camden, SC, U.S.

Feature Articles

page 49
Guest Editorial
Eating the Elephant
by Evan Gaddis, president, Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association (GAMA)
If you perceive a scolding as you scan this article, you are partially correct. We should all be more aggressive in protecting our future. Let me try to explain the circumstances of U.S. manufacturing as I understand them.

APPLIANCE EngineerĀ®

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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.

page 25
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.

page 26
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?

page 29
Technology Report
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.

page 30
Electronics Report
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.

page 41
Heating Elements
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.

page 53
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.

Production

page 50
Production Highlight: Refrigerators
Building on Success At Whirlpool Evansville
Finishing refrigerators is a big job at Whirlpool Corporation in Evansville, IN, U.S., which is the world's largest top-mount refrigerator production under one roof.

News Section

This Month's News Headlines

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

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

page 16
European Report
The European Trade Place
Tradeplace, the common European B2B electronic marketplace for household appliance (including consumer electronics) manufacturers and retailers, has been active since December 2001.

page 16
China Report
Trade Commission Says Chinese TVs Hurt U.S. Makers
The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued a preliminary ruling stating that imports of Chinese televisions are hurting American television manufacturers.

Departments

page 22
People
Keith McLoughlin of Electrolux Home Products
If you ask Keith McLoughlin about the key to a successful consumer-oriented business, he'll tell you it takes a management style that revolves around innovation and people.

page 7
APPLIANCE Line
Spying on the Consumer
Editorial from Diane Ritchey, Editor, APPLIANCE Magazine
Imagine a day when, after you leave a retail store with a blender, for example, someone monitors that appliance and you. Think it can't happen? Actually, it's already possible by using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, which employs microchips to wirelessly transmit product serial numbers to a scanner without human intervention. The technology is seen as an eventual successor to barcode inventory tracking systems, and promises to cut distribution costs for manufacturers and improve retailing margins.

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