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issue: December 2004 APPLIANCE Magazine

Cover Story

page 38
Outdoor Appliances - International Lawn, Garden, and Power Equipment Expo 2004
Lawn & Garden Equipment Designed to Please
APPLIANCE attended the 2004 International Lawn, Garden, and Power Equipment Expo in Louisville, KY, U.S. to find the industry’s latest outdoor appliances.

Feature Articles

page 20
Supplier Innovations
Supplier Innovations

page 24
Executive Corner
Strategic Success
APPLIANCE talks with Jeff M. Fettig, Whirlpool's new chairman, president, and CEO.

page 42
Guest Editorial
Developing Harmonized North American Safety Standards
by Joel G. Solis, certification/code engineer, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute
The last 100 hundred years has been a remarkable period for the HVAC/R industry. In 1902, the world witnessed the invention of the air-conditioner. Thirteen years later, it saw the birth of the first corporation dedicated to improving air-conditioning technology. By mid-century, what had started as industrial equipment grew into the U.S. $70-billion HVAC/R global industry we know today. Even now, it is the U.S. industry that leads in product development, technical knowledge, and standards development.

page 45
Quality & Testing
Working Toward a Seamless Market
by David Simpson, Contributing Editor
Standards harmonization and improved testing choices help speed product introductions and cut paperwork.

page 45
Quality & Testing
Testing and Certification for the North American Marketplace
by David Simpson, Contributing Editor
Product testing and certification is a legal requirement for companies that export products to the North American marketplace. Product certification shows buyers that a manufacturer's product meets standards for safety and performance that are required by law for the U.S. and Canada.

page 53
Market Research
Portrait of the Latin American Appliance Industry
Published December 2004. Includes: Domestic Sales of Major Appliances in Mexico, Domestic Shipments of Small Appliances In Mexico, and 2003 Unit Sales of Large and Small Appliances in Latin America.


page 27
The Open Door
The Three-Day Washer
by Gregg Macaluso, vice president, UPS Consulting
While the fast-paced appliance industry is ever-evolving, some long-extinct “old truths” continue to go unchallenged. And some processes—such as the division-of-church-and-state between design and manufacturing and sales—remain road blocks to success.

page 28
Engineering - Relays
Impact of Lead-Free Soldering on the Reliability of Relays
by Dr. Werner Johler, Tyco Electronics AXICOM, Au, Switzerland
In recent years, environmental issues have become more and more important. Many materials and substances are forbidden for use in products and in manufacturing because they are toxic, ozone-killing, or problematical in some other respect.

page 34
Technology Report
Digital Control ICs
Two digital control ICs from International Rectifier are said to revolutionize the task of configuring motion control algorithms for different types of permanent magnet or a.c. induction motors and their position feedback devices.

page 35
Motor Technology
Miniature Stepper Motors
Saia-Burgess USA Inc.’s new URG1 series stepper motors reportedly offer precise operation at up to 2,500 steps per second.

page 36
Electronics Report
Low-Power Supervisory Circuits
Austriamicrosystems AG’s AS1904/5/6 family of ultra-low-power supervisory circuits is said to be ideal for appliances that stay in standby mode for long periods of time.

News Section

This Month's News Headlines

page 13
U.S. Appliance Industry Shipment Statistics
Index - Majors and Comfort Conditioning Appliances for the month of September 2004

page 13
U.S. Appliance Industry Shipment Statistics
Factory Unit Shipments for the month of September 2004 - Revised

page 16
European Report
Siemens Displays Breakthrough in Home Automation
By Paul Roggema, European correspondent, APPLIANCE magazine
It does not happen very often that one can find true breakthroughs at a trade fair, but at the recent E/Home show in Berlin, Germany, a new Siemens development in home automation turned the heads of many attendees.

page 16
European Report
Miele Redesigns Dishwashers
By Paul Roggema, European correspondent, APPLIANCE magazine.
In white goods, progress is steady, but major changes in design are rare. Not the case for Miele’s new G1000/G2000 dishwasher line. The new products feature an in-door salt container, so salt can be replenished without having to stoop and reach inside the machine.


page 22
Niels Wittus of Rais & Wittus
The Greeks had Prometheus, the Native Americans had the coyote, and the modern hearth appliance industry has Niels Wittus. It seems that since the ancients kindled the first flame, man’s fascination with fire has never been snuffed out. Now, Mr. Wittus, president and CEO of Rais & Wittus Inc., carries the torch.

page 7
Appliance Line
Best Practice Makes Perfect
By Lisa Bonnema, Editor, APPLIANCE Magazine
As 2004 comes to a close, it’s hard not to obsess over what the next year holds. And while many of you probably haven’t started your holiday shopping, my guess is that your business plans are carefully wrapped and adorned with a shiny red bow.


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