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The Unsung Heroes

Appliances matter and their value is on the rise

I’ve never come across a clothes washer that wears a mask and fights crime, and I’ve never used a dishwasher that had superhuman strength or used an air conditioner that could transform into a masked crime-fighting superhero. Basically, I’ve never met any major home appliance that really impressed me. However, the fact remains that I have used all of these and many more on a daily basis, and they have become as ingrained into my way of life as brushing my teeth or taking a shower, which I happily report is a daily routine.

The truth? We need our appliances, as badly as the Gotham needs Batman, and as frequently as the Hulk has a temper tantrum. From the very minute we wake, we use an array of appliances to aid us in our daily battles. In the course of one single day, we use everything from the refrigerator to the dishwasher, with stops at the washer and dryer, shower, sink and microwave oven, just to name a few. If one of these has even a minor malfunction that disrupts our daily routine, our days are forever altered and we just can’t seem to be as effective at work or as happy at home. Essentially, our appliances are the unsung heroes in our lives and silently get us through each and every day, and we give them less attention than we do our cell phones.

This is why appliances matter, and why we all should pay a little more attention to the purchases we make and the care we give to these “aids” of humanity. I urge you to imagine a time where you could not throw your clothes in the washer or dryer, or could not take a hot shower, or even worse, couldn’t heat up a frozen dinner in the microwave. This is a time that we have only read about in history books, but with one malfunction we find ourselves back in an age that we cannot comprehend and could never understand.

GE, Whirlpool and the like all are in the market of dealing out the essentials in our lives, except that we just are not quite aware of it yet. We hear of these companies, but do we actually pay attention to what it is that they are giving us? These unsung heroes stay with us for most of our lives, and yet we continue to disregard talks of outsourcing and the effects that it truly has on our national security. In the wake of the newest tropical storm, and in any time of crisis, it is essential that our own country be able to provide its own with supplies and tools needed to survive such tragic natural disasters. Truth? We still have to wait for most of our supplies to be shipped in to us, and that means putting our very livelihood in the hands of potential enemies. I am not one for debating politics, but I am one for the essence of survival. Why leave anything to another nation to take care of?

Bottom line, appliances are our best friends, for I don’t know any dog that can help me eat. However, it is almost comical to think of them as cherished necessities, yet that is quite essentially what they are.

No, they do not wear cool costumes or fight crime when we sleep, but our major home appliances keep us sane and give us the convenience and luxury that we take for granted every day.

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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!

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.

Whirlpool PUR Advanced Refrigerator Filter

Whirlpool PUR Advanced Refrigerator Filter

Whirlpool PUR Advanced Refrigerator Filter - Sale price: $39.99 -- You Save: $8.60

Whirlpool 4396710 PUR Advanced Refrigerator Filter creates improved drinking water. The filter accomplishes this through reduction of chlorine and odor.

PUR Water Filter cartridge is for the EZ Change Advanced In-the-Grille Push Button Water Filter used in some brands of side-by-side refrigerators. This filter has a flow rate of .5 gpm. For maximum performance, the filter should be replaced every 6 months, or when change filter light is lit.

The filter lasts 6 months and should be replaced accordingly. Responsible for the removal of 97.4% chlorine, 99.3% of lead at pH 6.5, and 99.3% of Lead at pH 8.5 along with other contaminants.

To purchase Whirlpool 4396710 PUR Advanced Refrigerator Filter of learn more on this filter visit APWagner.com

Amana‘s refrigerator designs are a blend of modern, colorful and fun

Here’s proof that appliances do not have to be boring. If you are a very creative person, who is willing to take wild risks in your home (especially if you know you are going to be there for quite a while) then consider Amana’s new line of colorful designer refrigerators.

The Amana refrigerators, “inspired by” Style Network Superstar and former “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” interior designer Thom Filicia, come in modern patterns and vibrant shades such as “Pink Lemonade,” a cool, steely-looking pink, “Brocade,” a lovely ornate pattern, “Orbit,” a fun pop art print, and “Inked” a matt black color with a faded tribal tattoo design on the freezer door.

The Amana Website even offers a cute little game you can play by arranging which fridge designs you prefer from most to least. After dragging and dropping the fridges in your preferred order, click the “Tell me now” arrow and it gives you a fun little “personality profile” based on your selection.  My results below:

“Patient and relaxed, you are good with children, stupid people and at untying knots. You seek to minimize conflict by remaining non-committal about everything except putting mayo on French fries. Others are attracted to your seemingly genuine interest in their lives, not realizing that you have mastered the art of sleeping with your eyes open. This skill is an important part of how you remain patient and relaxed.”

Hilarious!

I could find no word on where or when these colorful Amana Refrigerators will be available or even how much. Currently, only one refrigerator from the page is available in either “red” or “universal silver” for $799.00.

Amana is owned by the Whirlpool Corporation.