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issue: June 2005 APPLIANCE Magazine

Cover Story

page 42
Electric Housewares
Blending Brains with Beauty
by Jill Russell, Associate Editor
A thriving housing market, paired with intelligent and intuitive products that feature colorful and sleek-looking designs, has allowed the electric housewares industry to really heat up.

Feature Articles

page 24
Supplier Innovations
Thermal Insulation
Thermal insulation innovations offer safety and flexibility benefits.

APPLIANCE Engineer®

page 29
The Open Door
What's Next for the Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act?
by Mark B. Leahey, executive director, Medical Device Manufacturers Association
When Congress passed the Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act (MDUFMA) in the fall of 2002, the goal of the user fee program was to provide the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the resources it needed to review the safety and effectiveness of new medical devices in a timely manner. More than 2 years have passed since the inception of MDUFMA, and now many in the medical technology industry are evaluating whether the program is working as originally intended.

page 30
IATC 2005 Best Paper
Major Appliance Teardowns: A Review of Electrical Interconnection Results
by Brian J. Stumm, director of Engineering, Engineered Products Division, ETCO, Inc.
IATC 2005 Best Paper: The following is an edited version of the winning paper presented at the International Appliance Technical Conference (IATC), held March 28-30, 2005. The author was awarded the Dana Chase, Sr. Memorial Award for the best paper presented at the conference.

page 34
Technology Report
Non-Inductive Resistors
IRC Inc. of Boone, NC, U.S. has developed the NT Series of wirewound resistors to provide design engineers with a non-inductive power resistor capable of withstanding repetitive high energy pulses.

page 36
Electronics Report
Integrated Digital Decoders
Two highly integrated MPEG-2 digital decoders have been developed for digital set-top box, personal video recorder, and integrated digital television applications.

page 38
Motor Technology
Smart Power Modules
A new series of compact Smart Power Module (SPM™) products are said to provide efficient motor control for energy-restricted white goods such as washing machines and air-conditioners.

page 61
Engineering Cooking Appliances
Digital Sensors Enhance Brand Image
By David Simpson, Contributing Editor
Three years ago, Whirlpool Corporation began working on new electric freestanding range models with glass touch control panels. Glass is easy to clean, and panels can be produced to match the “visual brand language” established by the company. Switches mounted under glass panels typically use capacitive technology, which allows for customized sensing through the glass surface.

Production

page 56
Service
Servicing the Claims System
By Erin Biesen, Assistant Editor
ServiceBench helped Sears of Hoffman Estates, IL, U.S. and its appliance vendors move from a tedious PC-based warranty claims system to a quick and user-friendly Web-based application.

News Section

This Month's News Headlines

page 15
U.S. Appliance Industry Shipment Statistics
Majors and Comfort Conditioning Appliances Index for March 2005

page 16
U.S. Appliance Industry Shipment Statistics - Revised
Factory Unit Shipments for March 2005

page 18
European Report
AMDEA 2005 Reveals UK Market Trends
By Paul Roggema, European correspondent, APPLIANCE magazine
The UK has always had different habits than their neighboring Northern European countries. So it’s no surprise that the region would go against the trend in trade shows.

Departments

page 26
People
Davide Milone of Indesit Company
Davide Milone describes himself as a “curious” person, a characteristic that has not only proved to be a valuable asset to his career, but to the companies for which he works.

page 9
APPLIANCE Line
A Look at Outsourcing - Part 1
By Lisa Bonnema, Editor
After last month’s discussion of value and cost, it only seemed fair that I venture into another topic most of us want to avoid: outsourcing. And, yes, that includes talking about China.

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