With sleek and sophisticated touch-based human machine interfaces (HMIs) now so prevalent in our everyday lives—thanks to widespread adoption across the portable electronics sector—continued use of mechanical functions elsewhere seems increasingly antiquated.
Designing consumer appliances is challenging, often involving a multitude of regulations and always a unique set of cost and lifecycle requirements. One thing making designers’ lives easier these days is the wide range of sealing materials that meet water, food and beverage regulations.
Traditional radial and external rotor motors in the marketplace today inherently present manufacturers with some constraints: e.g., size, weight and the need to stock many designs to meet different customer specifications.
From the food we eat to the products we use, quality is very important. In fact, the success of any company depends on the quality of the product or service it offers. For manufacturing companies, factors such as safety, efficiency and reliability all affect the quality of a product and ultimately influence overall customer satisfaction.
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.
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.