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  • Danby (appliances)

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    Danby is the name of a line of appliances marketed by Danby Appliances Inc., led by owner and CEO, Jim Estill. The company claimed the largest market share in the compact appliance category in North America (in 2012). It is a privately held Canadian company headquartered on the outskirts of Guelph, Ontario. The company has additional locations in Findlay, Ohio, Tolleson, Arizona, Sarland, Alabama and Foxboro, Massachusetts as well as a location in Guangzhou, China. Danby only manufactures some products. It is affiliated with manufacturers in China, Mexico, and the United States. Although this is a closely held company, annual sales are estimated at about 400 million dollars through the sale of compact and specialty appliances such as microwaves, compact refrigerators, wine coolers, ranges, washing machines, air conditioners and dehumidifiers. The family-owned company first began business in Montreal, Quebec in 1947. Their first products were hot plates and slow cookers. Danby also marketed an early form of a portable air conditioner. Current products are marketed under brand names such as Danby, Danby Designer, Danby Diplomat, Danby Premiere, MicroFridge, Simplicity, Arcticaire, and Silhouette, as well as some private brands like Sunbeam for major retail stores. In November 2015, the company opened a factory outlet store on their head office premises, to be open six days a week (except on statutory holidays). Their web site, indicates that customers have access to the ″latest line-up to older generations of our household appliances - microwaves, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, wine coolers, chest freezers, air conditioners, etc.″, as well as a new line, the premium-grade BergHOFF branded kitchenware and tableware. A Belgian company, BergHOFF's products, are sold in over 60 countries. Danby Products Ltd. is the Canadian BergHOFF distributor, in addition to selling the products in its outlet store, as confirmed by an October 30, 2015 press release issued by BergHOFF International's VP of Canadian Sales. Danby's current CEO, since mid-2015, is Jim Estill.

  • Gas stove

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    Many stoves use natural gas to provide heat. In cooking, a gas stove is a cooker/stove which uses syngas, natural gas, propane, butane, liquefied petroleum gas or other flammable gas as a fuel source. Prior to the advent of gas, cooking stoves relied on solid fuel such as coal or wood. The first gas stoves were developed in the 1820s, and a gas stove factory was established in England in 1836. This new cooking technology had the advantage that it was easily adjustable and could be turned off when not in use. However the gas stove did not become a commercial success until the 1880s, by which time a supply of piped gas was available in large towns in Britain. The stoves became widespread on the European Continent and in the United States in the early 20th century. Gas stoves became less unwieldy when the oven was integrated into the base and the size was reduced to fit in better with the rest of the kitchen furniture. By the 1910s, producers started to enamel their gas stoves for easier cleaning. Ignition of the gas was originally by match and this was followed by the more convenient pilot light. This had the disadvantage of a continual consumption of gas. The oven still needed to be lit by match, and accidentally turning on the gas without igniting it could lead to an explosion. To prevent these types of accidents, oven manufacturers developed and installed a safety valve called a flame failure device for gas hobs (cooktops) and ovens. Most modern gas stoves have electronic ignition, automatic timers for the oven and extractor hoods to remove fumes.

  • Vapor-compression refrigeration

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    Vapor-compression refrigeration or vapor-compression refrigeration system (VCRS), in which the refrigerant undergoes phase changes, is one of the many refrigeration cycles and is the most widely used method for air-conditioning of buildings and automobiles. It is also used in domestic and commercial refrigerators, large-scale warehouses for chilled or frozen storage of foods and meats, refrigerated trucks and railroad cars, and a host of other commercial and industrial services. Oil refineries, petrochemical and chemical processing plants, and natural gas processing plants are among the many types of industrial plants that often utilize large vapor-compression refrigeration systems. Refrigeration may be defined as lowering the temperature of an enclosed space by removing heat from that space and transferring it elsewhere. A device that performs this function may also be called an air conditioner, refrigerator, air source heat pump, geothermal heat pump or chiller (heat pump).

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