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“GYRO” Screwdriver Employs New Technology in a New World

Tech-Savvy screwdriver brings about new wave of home care

The company of Black and Decker brings innovation and new possibilities to the category of screwdrivers, making a dull category sparkle. The new GYRO Rechargeable Screwdriver is the world’s first motion-activated screwdriver that controls variable speed and direction. The variable speed feature and direction change can happen with a simple flick of the wrist, which allows for improved control while screw-driving that surpasses all other rechargeable screwdrivers on the market.

Similarly, this new screwdriver employs gyroscopic technology never-before seen by the industry, allowing for the user to turn left and right with only a quarter-turn of the wrist, essentially becoming a motion-activated screwdriver. This is is a fascinating creation, albeit a possibly unnecessary one, and it is coupled with a recent article published concerning robotic technology taking over human manufacturing jobs.

Coincidence? The conspiracy theorist would say no, but it matters not. Truth is that our beloved technology has finally breached the “manliest” of markets in home care, and this innovation seems to stamp the message that technology will continue to pervade our lives in every way that it possibly can. Should we now look to producers like Elecrolux and Whirlpool to aid us in folding our own laundry with some gyroscopic “laundry folding” technology?

Either way, this new screwdriver is impressive and glamorous, which is still quite surreal given that a screwdriver has never been required to be glamorous or impressive. But hey, for all you screwdriver enthusiasts, eat your heart out and enjoy!

American Manufacturing Key to Security

How critical is American manufacturing to American security?

You can consider this the “Part II” to the post from last week discussing a report, filed by two former professionals of the Department of Homeland Security, where they made the strong assertion that America grows weaker with every product that is produced, developed or shipped to the United States with which American consumers are dependent upon. The main point of that report was to warn of a growing vulnerability that is the result of increased reliance on foreign shipping and the prediction that America’s strength is tremendously undermined should a crisis hit or should we be engaged in hostile activity with foreign supplier.

Assuming we take this report at face value, it seems warranted to be overly concerned about the implications of such proposed weaknesses that America seems to have and the truth of how strong these implications are. Simply put, we are at risk because we don’t supply our own citizens with supplies, causing us to rely upon our foreign suppliers to aid us through all times, including the times of great natural or man-made catastrophes. Essentially, this report is one that makes a simple yet well-founded claim that proves to be a laborious task to refute.

How can an argument be made that we are NOT vulnerable? It is a fact that we rely on foreign suppliers for nearly all of our basic products and while this may prove cost-effective it could certainly lead to our own demise. In a world where hostile intentions are never lacking and global strength is always a savory prospect, it seems careless to allow all of our supplies to come to us instead of being made by us.

Interestingly enough, this report is coupled with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s recent proposal to propose tariffs on leading producers like Samsung and Electrolux, in which there is a hope that the act of “dumping” will be reduced and that leading producers will think twice before supporting foreign suppliers that engage in “dumping.” On the other hand, a producer like Whirlpool seems to be on board with eventually having most of their products manufactured in America and hope to be much more American based by 2013, according to the DoC investigation report from July. This could mean a serious shift in production and sales in the market and if other other leading producers are not willing to jump on bandwagon, they quite possibly could be left in the proverbial dust.

Is this enough? Policing the foreign markets could prove to help American infrastructure while crippling production for leading producers. The question then becomes a matter of which is more important. Furthermore, is a reliance on foreign manufacturing simply the way that it has to be? Can there even be an alternative option for the United States?

The overwhelming concern of national security seems to pervade every market and industry throughout the global economy. We must decide if this is something we can change but, more importantly, if we can do we actually want to change. Do we want to change our way of life? Is it even possible?

We leave this, as always, to you, the consumer. It still remains that every leading producer still needs to sell their product which is where you fit in quite nicely. Your role is critical, essential, and ultimately the determinant of how vulnerable this country will be in the future years.

Manufacturing Needs to Be Major Priority

New report calls into question U.S. dependence on foreign suppliers

This past July a report was filed by former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and former Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security Robert B. Stephan in which they called into question the United States’s excessive dependence on foreign suppliers, especially in the wake of a catastrophic event. Essentially, this report stated that the U.S. runs the risk of being dangerously unprepared for serious emergencies due to the off-shoring of critical manufacturing sectors and a reliance on foreign suppliers for products that are needed during a time of crisis.

This report was released by the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) and it states that the U.S. desperately needs to revitalize its manufacturing capacity to reduce vulnerability. What vulnerability, you may ask? The report claims that with an increase in natural and man-made disasters, along with an increase in cyber-attacks and pandemics, the U.S. cannot afford to rely on foreign partners for the majority of critical supplies. “Relying on a potentially hostile trading partner in a time of need puts our national security at risk,” the report states. Does it really though? Are we at risk simply by allowing the bulk of our manufactured supplies to come from other parts of the world?

This is the question we pose to you. Certainly, we understand that the world is full of hostile intentions and hidden motives, but does something as simple as where our supplies come from really pose a potential threat to our national security? If so, how can we combat this? The argument can be made that in times of catastrophe we are certainly much more vulnerable if we have to rely on outside suppliers to give U.S. citizens vital supplies.

Does the solution simply involve a revitalization of American manufacturing? Also, how does this effect larger producers like Whirlpool and Electrolux, considering the recent Department of Commerce decision regarding “dumping?” Will we see an increased separation in business traffic between these two major producers of appliances?

Our reliance on foreign suppliers is a fact, not an opinion. We do rely on foreign suppliers for everything ranging from steel, cement, batteries, and critical high-technology components to every day medical supplies like antibiotics and penicillin. The potential result could be that the U.S. will not have the access it needs to everyday supplies and therefore will experience delayed shipping along with poorer quality of some imported products. But fact ends and opinion begins in deciding whether it is an issue worthy of reaching all of our concerns. Has the time finally come for American manufacturing to take a stand?

Latest Report: Appliances are Going Green!

According to the latest 2011 Appliance Industry Forecast report issued last week, future appliances will be smarter and greener. This report is structured to provide professionals working in or servicing the appliance industry insight with an understanding or the short-term and long-term impact of the economic recession, market challenges and opportunities, as well as valuable consumer buying trends.

Snapshots from the report:
• Samsung Electronics is betting on smart appliance technology in its bid to become the biggest global producer of refrigerators by next year.
• LG Electronics plans to leverage its extensive library of consumer electronics technology currently used in its cell phone and PC business to make its major appliances SmartGrid compatible.
• Haier Group plans to bring its Smart Life connected-appliance technology, already marketed in China, to the U.S. Smart Life-integrated refrigerators, air-conditioners, and wine cellars use the Internet, mobile communication, and fixed phone networks to let users control home appliances remotely.
• Whirlpool Corp. said it will remain focused on getting the highest return on every unit, introducing higher-margin appliances while achieving better efficiencies through the addition of green technologies, and to promote growth in emerging markets.
• Electrolux also is focusing much of its developmental efforts on the growing, high-margin built-in appliance segment, and in making its appliances more energy and water efficient.

Enter these contests to win new appliances and Visa Gift Cards

Keep an eye on the AJ Madison Appliance Seller’s Blog: http://ajmadison.wordpress.com/, as they are going to announce a new contest called “Ugliest Kitchen Contest”.  Prizes are a new “dream kitchen” filled with new appliances from Frigidaire or Electrolux.

From the AJ Madison Blog:  “Customers posts pictures or videos of their kitchen on AJ Madison’s blog and Facebook.  As the title of the contest is called, it’ll be based on who has the most grotesque, hideous, unappealing, unpleasing and unsightly kitchen. ”

AP Wagner Appliance Parts also has its own contest where your repair advice could win you one of nine $50 Visa Gift cards. The cards are good anywhere Visa is accepted. All you have to do is the following:

1.       Visit the APWagner.com Appliance Repair Forum online at http://appliancerepair.apwagner.com/ and sign up for a user account.

2.       Post an original, relevant appliance repair question, or answer an appliance repair question already posted on our forum. If you post an appliance repair question, be sure to include the appliance type, the make and appliance’s model number.

Remember! The more original questions you post, and the more detailed answers you give to existing questions, the more times you are entered and the more chances you have to win! Users will receive one entry for each original question posted, or answer given to a question, under their username.

Registration, posting and reading the Appliance Repair Forum on APWagner.com are all free services, no purchase is necessary to enter the contest.

How about winning a new KitchenAid Appliance or two? BakeSpace.com, a recipe sharing and cooking social network website, are giving away new KitchenAid appliance each day throughout the month of February. Oddly enough, the contest is called “The Appliance-A-Day Giveaway!”

Entering the contest is easy, simply join the BakeSpace.com network and post a few original recipes or get a friend to accept your online invitation and join the social networking site. You earn different amounts of “online raffle tickets” for different activities. View complete contest details online at BakeSpace.com.

Good luck to everyone!

Contest Links

Ready your home and appliances for the holidays

I neglected to mention this helpful article from PopularMechanics.com, “15 Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Holidays.” However, since there are still plenty of holidays ahead, I feel the information and link is still relevant.

Some helpful and surprising advice mentioned in the article, “Don’t use the self-cleaning cycle to clean your oven.” The reason why, according to the PopularMachanics.com article, “The self-clean cycle is so stressful on the appliance that it could cause it to fail, right before you need it most.”

Instead, the article advises you to clean around the elements, including the heating elements. Some other cleaning advice, make sure your
drip pans are nice and shiny, as shiny surfaces help reflect heat better. You can order new drip pans, heating elements, and oven racks and other oven replacement parts online at APWagner.com.

Some other advice from the article:

  • Inspect your refrigerator’s door gaskets to insure they have a tight seal to keep air and moisture from getting into your refrigerator and spoiling food. A properly-fitted gasket will also help your refrigerator run more efficiently as it helps keep warm air from slipping in and cold air from seeping out of the unit.
  • Clean the strainer/filter of your dishwasher and check the bottom of the tub for any pieces of glass, plastic or food particles.

Overall, it’s a very useful holiday check list of things to check, clean, and have on-hand before your holiday guests arrive.

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