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.
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.
The coating should ideally be a part of the design process from an early stage.
March 1, 2017
There are some trends building steam in the home appliance industry. After a long period of sameness, the major appliance industry is undergoing a design and innovation renaissance and the changes have only just begun.
While color is important, it’s not the only thing a coating can offer.
March 1, 2017
Coatings are so often chosen simply for their color—“We need this specific look” or “I want a textured feel” and then coating is chosen in a particular chemistry because it has certain performance properties.
The challenges faced by the designers of medical devices and refrigerators are diverse, and the problems posed by aerospace engines and computer products also stretch their designers in different ways.