The commercial refrigeration industry is undergoing a massive transition in the types of refrigerants that can be used across a wide range of applications. At the heart of this shift is an environmental initiative to limit the use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants with high global warming potential (GWP) and replace them with lower-GWP synthetic and natural alternatives.
Less than a decade ago, if you were to ask a master chef which type of cook stove he preferred, he would have answered gas, without question. Now, however, Miele has provided both professional chefs and at-home cooks with another, better option: the induction cook stove.
Any fastener can perform well in the right application; the tricky part is selecting the right one for your intended use. For example, what materials do you need to bond? What is the size of the gap you need to fill? What temperatures and other environmental conditions will the bond face?
It has been said that noise is among the top five factors in a shopper’s decision to buy an appliance. This consumer sensitivity, and the increasing competition from Europe where strict noise standards reign, is an important motivation for product noise reduction.
Functionality will always be critical to the commercial success of small and large appliances. Consumers want their blenders to blend. They want their clothes dryers to dry. They want their dishwashers to wash dishes. Today, they expect all that—and much more.
Electrical concerns are now an input to the design equation for many mechanical devices, especially in regards to electromagnetic interference (EMI). Where appliance housings and components have historically incorporated either metal or polymer based choices, developments in communications and power management have added complexity back into the design process.
Several months ago I wrote about the Cynefin Model and the benefits of keeping things simple to the decision-making process. And a large part of decision making has to do with choice, or more accurately, the number of choices we have. Enter the “psychology of choice.”
Our industry has an opportunity in the next couple of years to accomplish some regulatory and legislative goals that we have been striving to achieve for quite some time. The new Trump Administration and a new Congress provide AHRI with a renewed chance to advocate on behalf of the vibrant HVACR industry—in some cases, to more sympathetic ears.