From the Top
Preparing for Liquefied Natural Gas
by Dick Topping, director of Appliance Research, TIAX, LLC
Energy issues are nothing new to the U.S. appliance industry. It has watched as oil and gas prices have soared and efficiency standards have been mandated, and it has wondered if alternative sources energy such as solar power would ever make it. But one alternative energy source to which you may not have given much thought is liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Engineering Motor Control
Brushless D.C. Motor Control for Refrigerator Applications
by Padmaraja Yedamale, senior applications engineer,Microchip Technology, Inc.
Evolving market needs and changing energy policies push designers to consider energy efficiency, audible noise, product lifetime, maintenance, and the cost of initial products and operation.
Mobile HVAC D.C. Motor
New 3-in diam brush d.c motors from Motor Products Corp. (Owosso, MI, U.S.) are said to be more reliable and cost-effective than other 3-in d.c. motors used in mobile, battery-powered HVAC equipment found in RVs and mobile homes.
Metalized Drum Core Power Inductors
The small footprint of the new Coiltronics(R) LD Series metalized drum core power inductors from Boynton Beach, FL, U.S.-based Cooper Electronic Technologies (CET) are said to be ideal in applications where board space is restricted or critical.
Touch Sensor Control
A new touch control platform from SCHOTT North America Inc.’s White Goods Electronics
division reportedly allows manufacturers to integrate aesthetics and advanced technology into their surface-cooking appliances.
Plastics & Plastic Parts
Plastic Triplets: Metallic Look Enhances Refrigerator Design
by David Simpson, Contributing Editor
Modern appliance producers increasingly find themselves navigating between appealing designs that will attract customers and low production costs that will maximize profit margins.
Cutting Development Time
Fast prototype turnaround allows Electrolux Home Products to conduct trials, improve, retest, and reapprove component design without the delays or expense of production tools.
Editorial from Lisa Bonnema, Editor, APPLIANCE Magazine
When I first decided to write about this topic, I thought I had a simple—not to mention logical—observation: the appliance industry needs more female engineers. Well, my research took me on wild ride that taught me both everything and nothing. In other words, no issue is ever simple.