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issue: August 2004 APPLIANCE Magazine

Cover Story

page 36
Controls & Sensors
Perfect Timing
by Tina Grady Barbaccia, Managing Editor
As Benton Harbor, MI, U.S.-based Whirlpool Corporation began adding more and more features to its washing machines, the need arose for additional switching functionalities.

page 36
Controls & Sensors
Silicon: Smart and Strategic
by Tina Grady Barbaccia, Managing Editor
With the consistent move toward electronic controls and advancements in semiconductors, appliances have become smarter, and the controls and sensors marketplace has grown and become even more contentious. This is keeping suppliers hard at work to offer solutions that provide value and the latest technology.

page 36
Controls & Sensors
The Right Touch
by Tina Grady Barbaccia, Managing Editor
When refrigeration manufacturer U-Line realized it would have to incorporate electronic controls into its wine refrigerators to stay competitive, the company was left with a challenge.

page 36
Controls & Sensors
Freezing Out the Competition
by Tina Grady Barbaccia, Managing Editor
When commercial foodservice equipment manufacturer Master-Bilt’s competitor developed a new controller system that was threatening to take away business, the New Albany, MS, U.S.-based company knew it had to take action.

Feature Articles

page 22
Supplier Innovations
Surface-Mount Inductors
TT electronics BI Technologies Magnetic Components Division has developed a series of high-current, low-profile power inductors to meet the design challenges of d.c./d.c. converters and voltage regulation applications.

page 22
Supplier Innovations
Thermal Insulation for Oven Applications
The new Insulfrax Thermal Insulation 1800 Blanket from Unifrax Corporation is said to not only provide thermal insulation at operating temperatures up to 1,832°F, but is safer and healthier than alternative products.

page 22
Supplier Innovations
Touch Panels
Fujitsu Components America, Inc. has developed new resistive touch panels that use a durable conductive polymer film and reportedly cost less to produce than conventional resistive touch panels.

page 26
Guest Editorial
A Year of Impact
by Ian Stewart Farwell, chairman, GAMA, and executive vice president and COO, Rheem Manufacturing Company
Earlier this year, I was honored by the members of GAMA when they elected me chairman of the distinguished, 69-year-old organization. GAMA is the national trade association representing U.S. manufacturers of appliances, components, and related products used in space heating, water heating, commercial foodservice, and power generation.

page 44
Medical Appliances
New Considerations for Medical Appliance Designers
by Aaron Oppenheimer, principal product behaviorist, Design Continuum (West Newton, MA, U.S.)
Medical devices are no longer just medical devices—they are consumer products. In the past, medical product manufacturers stressed the medical efficacy of their devices over all other considerations. However, today they are borrowing a page from the consumer product designers’ playbook.

page 53
Finishing & Metal Preparation
Racing to The Finish
by Jill Russell, Assistant Editor
As appliance makers continually strive to differentiate themselves aesthetically, the finishing industry is responding with new technologies and materials.

page 53
Finishing & Metal Preparation
Screening the Possibilities
by Jill Russell, Assistant Editor
Relying on a well-established and continuous relationship with a coatings and ink supplier, Whirlpool Corporation was able to easily tailor appliance appearance to consumer needs.

page 53
Porcelain Enameling
Continuous Advantages
by Jill Russell, Assistant Editor
Radically redesigning its powder porcelain system, Maytag Corporation has significantly improved its production time and product quality at its Cleveland, TN, U.S. plant.

APPLIANCE Engineer®

page 29
The Open Door
Going Natural with Refrigeration Energy
by Ron Vallort, president, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
The title of a song—“Everything Old is New Again”—seems to fit the current state of the refrigeration and refrigeration research segment of the appliance industry.

page 30
Engineering Control Panels
Designing a Non-Contact Appliance Control Panel
by Ron DeLong, senior systems and applications engineer, Freescale Semiconductor, and Catherine Booth, digital design engineer, Networking & Communications Systems Group, Freescale Semiconductor, Engineering Rotational Program (ERP)
The design of the human-machine interface (HMI) can strongly impact the perception of an appliance.

page 33
Motor Technology
Residential Pump Motor
A new line of residential water systems pump motors from Emerson Motor Technologies (St. Louis, MO, U.S.) is said to have a voltage-selector switch that simplifies field wiring and a unique ventilation system.

page 34
Nanoclay-Based Compounds
Technology Report
The new Maxxam(R) LST compounds from PolyOne Corporation (Avon Lake, OH, U.S.) use nanoclay technology to reportedly offer a combination of strength, durability, and dimensional stability.

page 35
Electronics Report
Incremental Encoders
Four new encoder incremental families from ITT Industries, Canon (Watertown, MA, U.S.) reportedly offer multiple capabilities in a single switch.

page 36
Controls & Sensors
The Right Touch
by Tina Grady Barbaccia, Managing Editor
When refrigeration manufacturer U-Line realized it would have to incorporate electronic controls into its wine refrigerators to stay competitive, the company was left with a challenge.

page 44
Medical Appliances
New Considerations for Medical Appliance Designers
by Aaron Oppenheimer, principal product behaviorist, Design Continuum (West Newton, MA, U.S.)
Medical devices are no longer just medical devices—they are consumer products. In the past, medical product manufacturers stressed the medical efficacy of their devices over all other considerations. However, today they are borrowing a page from the consumer product designers’ playbook.

Production

page 62
Boiler Production
Simulating Success
English boiler producer Baxi Potterton uses discrete simulation software to prevent bottlenecks and improve production line performance.

News Section

This Month's News Headlines

page 15
U.S. Appliance Industry Shipment Statistics
Index - Majors and Comfort Conditioning Appliances for the month of May 2004

page 16
U.S. Appliance Industry Shipment Statistics
Factory Unit Shipments for the month of May 2004

page 18
European Report
European Heating Trends
by Paul Roggema, European correspondent, APPLIANCE magazine.
While most Europeans are flocking to the warm French countryside and Spanish beaches, the region’s heating industry is looking forward to the next winter season, which promises to offer new developments.

page 18
China Report
Wholly-Owned Electrolux China Now Operating in Changsha
by Sean Zhang, China correspondent, APPLIANCE magazine
Electrolux China Co. Ltd., a 100-percent wholly owned division of the Sweden-based home appliance producer AB Electrolux, recently came into operation in Changsha, China.

Departments

page 24
People
Dr. Uwe H. Böhlke of SCHOTT
In 2003, Dr. Uwe H. Böhlke was named executive vice president at Schott in Mainz, Germany, a global business with 24 factories all over the world.

page 9
APPLIANCE Line
Think Greener
Editorial From Lisa Bonnema, Editor, APPLIANCE Magazine
Yes, this is an editorial about lean manufacturing, but this time it has nothing to with operations happening inside your company doors.

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