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Appliance Design August 2016 EXCLUSIVE

Founded by Stanley M. Joseph, the California-based company has been designing and manufacturing American-made luxury kitchen appliances since 1965 and has emerged as a trusted industry leader. Upon completion of the acquisition, Dacor will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics America. Dacor will maintain its corporate identity and brand, with no changes to its operations and US-based manufacturing.

Appliance Design August 2016

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Dacor (/ˈdeɪkɔːr/ "day-core") is a California-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics America that designs, manufactures and distributes kitchen appliances, specializing in the ultra-premium product tier, including wall ovens, ranges, cooktops, dishwashers, warming drawers, microwaves, ventilation hoods, refrigerators, wine dispensers, barbecue grills and beverage centers.[1] Founded in 1965 by Stanley M. Joseph, the company had been continuously owned and operated by three generations of the Joseph family until it was sold to Samsung in August 2016.

Figure 1. Appliances tested in a pilot study to identify the most suitable appliance design to be used in the main study. (A) Traditional Twin-block: Removable upper and lower acrylic plates, each plate has matching pieces to encourage the lower jaw to slide forward, bilateral hooks were added to insert vertical elastics. (B) Metallic fastener Twin-block: Removable upper and lower vacuum formed plates and a metallic fastener (TAP) is used to hook the upper and the lower plates enabling the mandible to be advanced forward. (C) Clear elastic Twin-block: Removable upper and lower vacuum formed plates with matching pieces to encourage the lower jaw to slide forward, bilateral plastic hooks were added to accommodate vertical elastics. (D) Sham Twin-block: Removable upper and lower vacuum formed plates, without any lower jaw advancing device.

2016 was again an eventful and successful year for Red Dot that was characerised by numerous high points. In July, the design world celebrated the winners of the Red Dot Award: Product Design in Essen, Germany. In September, the awards ceremony of the was held in Singapore, and in November, the international creative scene convened in Berlin to honour the laureates of the Red Dot Award: Communication Design.

The Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2016 saw creative minds form 60 countries participating. 245 concepts were distinguished by the international expert jury with the Red Dot. 42 concepts were honoured with the top prize in the competition for ground-breaking design, the Red Dot: Best of the Best. And 53 concepts were credited with an Honourable Mention for their excellent detail solutions.

With funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, DOE developed the State Energy Efficiency Appliance Rebate Program (SEEARP) to spur economic activity and invest in long-term energy savings by helping consumers replace older, inefficient appliances with new, efficient models. SEEARP provided almost $300 million to the 56 U.S. states and territories to support state-level consumer rebate programs for efficient appliances from December 1, 2009 to February 17, 2012. The successes and challenges of SEEARP provide valuable lessons for designing and running a consumer-focused appliance rebate program. Two reports provide results and program design lessons.


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