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issue: April 2006 APPLIANCE Magazine

Cover Story

page 42
Concept Appliances
Waging a Conceptual War
by Jill Russell, Senior Associate Editor
In the highly competitive and increasingly global appliance industry, OEMs have one primary target in mind when designing new products—the consumer.

Feature Articles

page 24
Guest Editorial
A Pivotal Time
by Debbie Hawkins, chairman, Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Institute (ARI)
ARI continues to focus on improving life and the environment, with ingenuity, drive and spirit.

page 28

Supplier Innovations

page 51
Supplier Solutions
Motors and Air-Moving Devices
You have motor reliability concerns, drive control challenges and blower cost issues. We have solutions.

page 59
Appliance International - Domotechnica 2006
Big Talent, Smaller Stage
by Paul Roggema, Europe Correspondent, APPLIANCE magazine
Small- and mid-sized appliance companies were the stars of Domotechnica 2006.

page 69
Refrigeration Systems & Compressor Technology
Beyond 13 SEER
by David Simpson, Contributing Editor
Energy efficiency standards like SEER 13 and upcoming refrigerant changes keep refrigeration systems makers and suppliers busy.


page 1
Engineering Refrigerators
Building A Monument
Sub-Zero engineers a "monument to food preservation" using SolidWorks(R) software.

page 31
The Open Door
Automating Online Quoting
by Larry Lukis, founder, The Protomold Company
The conventional wisdom of product development is: “fast, cheap, good—choose any two.” But with the growth of global competition, markets are punishing manufacturers for falling short on any of the three.

page 32
Engineering - Energy Consumption
Assessment of the Environmental Impact of Household Appliances
by Reinhard Otto, Arno Ruminy and Herbert Mrotzek, BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH
The following reveals the results of a life-cycle assessment (LCA) on dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, and refrigerators. The different factors responsible for the environmental impact are discussed.

page 36
Technology Report
High-Speed Memory Modules
Catering to the booming gaming console market, a new line of memory modules is said to help boost speed and improve overall system performance.

page 38
Electronics Report
Low-Profile SMD LEDs
A new surface-mount device (SMD) LED claims to be one of the thinnest in the market, allowing engineers to design smaller and lighter appliances.

page 40
Motor Technology
Sensorless Motor Control
A motor control platform for air-conditioning applications enables variable-speed sinusoidal current control without position sensors.

News Section

This Month's News Headlines

page 17
Appliance Industry
Majors and Comfort Conditioning Index for January 2006

page 18
U.S. Appliance Industry Shipment Statistics
Factory Unit Shipments Statistics for the month of January 2006
Revised April 20th 2006

page 20
European Report
Krups Reinvents the Espresso Maker, BSH Reinvents the Oven
by Paul Roggema, Europe Correspondent, APPLIANCE magazine
It is no secret that the coffee market is a rollercoaster ride these days.

page 20
China Report
Overseas Strategies of Chinese Companies
by Viloet Han, China Correspondent, APPLIANCE magazine
Chinese companies are using multi-brand sales approaches and other strategies for overseas expansion.


page 26
David Voigts of Electrolux Home Care Products
With an extensive history in product research and development, it is fitting that after more than 25 years with floor care manufacturer Electrolux Home Care Products, David Voigts has been named vice president of product development.

page 9
Appliance Line
Digital Ambience
by Tim Somheil, Editor
Every appliance—from the wringer washer to the microwave oven to HDTV—started out as a gadget before proving itself to be a useful addition to the home. What will it take for digital home control to prove itself in the same way?


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