I think the busy Maytag repairman has a lot of company. Back in my mother's day, you got 15, maybe 20 years out of an appliance. Today, you're lucky if you get 10 years and that includes dealing with repairs along the way. Is that appliances, with all their computerized capabilities, are just too complicated today?
Two years ago I outfitted my kitchen with new appliances. There was a plethora of American brand names in the show room, and I soon discovered that the refrigerators all seemed to be all made by the same company. There has been a lot of consolidation. It reminded me of the time I went through the Iron City Brewery in Pittsburgh and seemed to see just about every type of beer in North America being made there-- including Sam Adams! Chalk it up to the good old Monongahela River water just downstream from the nineteenth century ET Works in Braddock.
I agree that the Germans are doing a good job on appliances. I bought a Bosch dishwasher and a Siemens oven. Worth the extra money. Both have done well. I've also had good experiences with GE appliances. I think GE still makes GE appliances.
While Maytag long presented itself as a company with near-zero quality problems, the company's products have been showing up quite a lot in the Made by Monkeys blog during recent years. Perhaps one way for a company to take the temperature of consumer acceptance and overall performance in the market is to monitor the Monkeys blog. A number of companies show up again and again.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.