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issue: October 2004 APPLIANCE Magazine

Cover Story

page 41
Ignition Systems
Electronic Safety Systems for Gas Cooking
by Derek Laynes, senior design engineer, TytronicsPty Ltd, Australia
Designing gas cooktops according to European standards raises the level of difficulty for designers, but raises the bar for safety as well.

Feature Articles

page 28
Guest Editorial
AHAM Focusing on the Future
by Liston P. Durden, chairman, board of directors, Association of Home Appliance Manufacturer’s (AHAM) and senior vice president of Marketing, Viking Range Corp.
Having always believed strongly in the value of AHAM as our industry’s national trade association, it is an honor to serve as chairman of the board of directors for the next 2 years. My time spent as chairman of AHAM’s Major Appliance Division Board reinforced my belief of how important it is to our industry and our customers that we give priority to addressing industry-wide issues.

page 54
Purchasing Roundtable
Target Procurement
by D. Douglas Graham, contributing editor
For U.S. manufacturing, the World Wide Web and globalization are two sides of a double-edged sword. The Web has enhanced many business functions, slicing through old inefficiencies by providing real-time data and instantaneous communication. Globalization has proven both a boon and a bust to American industry, opening the door to opportunities unavailable in past decades, fiercely increasing competition in the bargain.

page 59
Market Research
Portrait of the Chinese Appliance Industry
This report includes an article describing the state of various Chinese appliance industry market segments.


page 31
The Open Door
The Impact of Global Standards
by Charles T. Zegers, program director, International Policy, American National Standards Institute
One would be hard-pressed today to find an industrial sector that is not influenced in some way by activities in other parts of the world. Because standards have a role in nearly every conceivable industry, from appliances to homeland security, the global impact of a standard is carefully considered during its development and implementation.

page 32
Engineering Heat Exchangers
Considerations in Designing Next-Generation Finned, Copper Tube Heat Exchangers
by Hemant Kale, PE, president, Thermorise Inc.
Through the increasing regulation of appliances to meet energy-efficiency standards worldwide, this paper reports on innovations in experimental coil configurations that can reduce fan and motor size in HVAC/R appliances—and help OEMs save on materials costs.

page 36
Technology Report
Tube Axial Fan
Part of the company’s multi-line family of axial, centrifugal, and mixed flow in-line fans, Continental Fan Manufacturing, Inc.’s AID Tube Axial Fan is said to offer performance and efficiency within a single unit.

page 38
Electronics Report
Mixed-Signal MCUs
A new product family of microcontrollers (MCUs) from Austin, TX, U.S.-based Silicon Laboratories is said to feature the industry’s first mixed-signal chip that includes state-of-the-art digital and analog technology on the same chip.

page 45
Designing Electric Housewares
Virtual Housewares?
by Todd Zazelenchuk, Ph.D., Global Consumer Design, Whirlpool Corporation
Designing portable appliances for the kitchen is not easy, and in recent years, it’s become even more challenging. An increasing emphasis on understanding one’s consumer has seen design teams conduct more intensive user research than ever before.


page 63
Production - Commercial Ovens
Automated Thinking
by Jill Russell, Assistant Editor
With a goal to achieve consistent and increased levels of production, commercial oven producer Ing. Polin & C. implemented an automated flexible sheet metal system.

News Section

This Month's News Headlines

page 17
U.S. Appliance Industry Shipment Statistics
Index - Majors and Comfort Conditioning Appliances for the month of July 2004

page 18
U.S. Appliance Industry Shipment Statistics
Factory Unit Shipments for the month of 2004

page 20
European Report
The Challenge of Labor Costs
By Paul Roggema, European correspondent, APPLIANCE magazine.
In Europe, most white goods manufacturing takes place in Germany and Italy. The latter have a reputation for value-for-money appliances, whereas the German companies are known for their premium products and brands.

page 20
European Report
Home Beer Tap War in Europe
By Paul Roggema, European correspondent, APPLIANCE magazine.
Leading European small appliance producers Philips and Krups (Groupe SEB) are battling against each other with a new product: the home beer tap.

page 20
European Report
Winning Designs
By Paul Roggema, European correspondent, APPLIANCE magazine.
After the success of the first Design Lab, in which four European design universities delivered new ideas for future home appliances to Electrolux, the Swedish appliance company decided to widen the scope of the project for 2004, asking eight institutions worldwide to cooperate.


page 26
Jay Ramsey of Spitfire Controls, Inc.
It has been said that there is no use waiting for the right circumstances because people who succeed are those who make their own circumstances.

page 9
Misdirected Directives—Part 2
By Lisa Bonnema, Editor, APPLIANCE Magazine
As with the WEEE Directive, RoHS has left the industry with more questions than answers. Here’s a question: when will the European Commission (EC) realize that undefined directives are about as useless as no directive at all?


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