The appliance market covers a wide range of products, with an equally wide range of performance requirements. It makes sense then that the coatings that protect and decorate various appliances have to perform in a variety of ways.
Product developers at Endress+Hauser improve the sensitivity of flow sensors for measuring fluid density, viscosity, mass flow, and temperature for applications in the water, food, pharmaceutical, and oil and gas industries.
With the increase of appliances equipped with the Internet of Things capabilities, with appliances now in a standby mode, waiting for the wireless operational commands, electronic on/off position, or utilizing an electronic protective control circuit in addition to wireless compliance testing, the need to meet safety standards for wireless and other product safety standards is crucial.
Electronically commutated (EC) fans provide a lower power, energy-efficient solution for many power-hungry AC applications. EC fans provide cooling solutions for a wide variety of refrigeration appliances, ventilation in range hoods and cooktops, and hot air flow for clothes dryers and dishwashers.
Self-clinching fasteners—providing reusable load-bearing threads to accept mating hardware—offer ideal solutions for attachment applications in appliances where metal sheets may be too thin to be tapped or where extruded or stamped threads would be impractical.
If accommodating the various IoT communication protocols isn’t hard enough, designers of everything from appliances to home automation systems and industrial networks must also ensure that the “vagaries of the ether” are respected through prudent choices of antennas. Failure to adequately address both issues can make or break an IoT network. To understand why, it’s necessary to view them from both technical and environmental perspectives.
IT Research firm Gartner Research predicts 95% of electronics will be facilitated by some form of IoT by 2020. If you think now is the time to get your products connected, you are wrong. ‘Connected’ is a table-stake. For your products and/or services to be relevant in the next few years they need to be intuitive, adaptable to the individual, and eventually autonomous to the extent they are invisible.
The appliance industry has seen a lot of changes in the last decade. Changes ranging from major industry players being bought and sold (like the GE/Haier deal), to the mass movement toward making everything a smart appliance, it’s certainly safe to say that we have evolved past the simple metal appliance ‘boxes’ from the recent past.
Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink. It’s a famous line from “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” uttered by a more-than-thirsty sailor on a ship bereft of fresh water as he is forced to stare at an ocean of sea water he cannot use to satiate his need. And so, I’m sure, has been the sentiment of many a sailor, explorer, or pioneer—really, anyone who was the first to attempt something.