From the Top
Antimicrobial Surfaces for Appliances
Dick Topping, director of Appliance Research, TIAX, LLC
You may have grown up listening to your mother’s insistent warnings about germs. “Don’t touch that; you don’t know where it’s been” and “wash your hands before you eat” are admonishments that most of us know well. Your mother probably wasn’t a microbiologist, but she was still on to something.
International Appliance Technical Conference
2004 IATC - A New Perspective
by Lisa Bonnema, Editor
As always, this year’s International Appliance Technical Conference (IATC) revealed the appliance industry’s latest technological advancements for design and manufacturing. But as most attendees would attest, the real “breakthrough” at this year’s IATC had nothing to do with technology at all.
Micro Fuel Cells
The need to regularly recharge batteries in mobile phones, laptops, and other portable terminals may be eliminated in the future with the use of fuel cells.
Semiconducting Carbon Nanotubes
A team of researchers at the University of Maryland have found the highest mobility of any known material at room temperature, a discovery which may hold promise for replacing conventional semiconductor materials.
Blowers with Next-Generation Controller
AMETEK Rotron Technical and Industrial Products’ (Kent, Ohio, U.S.) new line of blowers is said to offer next-generation electronic controls.
Learning & Networking Opportunity
by Brian Presley, president and chairman of the Board of Directors,
With a new venue and a new name, the Electrical Manufacturing Expo (formally the Electrical Manufacturing & Coil Winding Expo) offers an opportunity for those involved in the design and manufacturing of electrical appliances to hear about the latest innovations in components and processes for appliance applications.
by Barry M. Lunt and A. Brent Strong, Brigham Young University
Plastics have been widely used in electrical manufacturing for several decades, due to their many advantageous properties, including moldability, ruggedness, and low cost.
Engineering Fitness Appliances
Standing Out in the Crowd
Since changing its logo design, exercise equipment manufacturer True Fitness Technology, Inc. has been searching for the best way to display the new design on its products.