The ISO Standards Compendium: ISO 9000--Quality Management is now in its seventh updated edition. The 436-page tome includes the latest versions of the entire core series of the ISO 9000 family of international standards, including final draft standards. ISO published its first version of ISO 9000 in 1987. The new book also contains the associated ISO 10000 series and four additions that ISO teams still are developing. Among the newcomers are Part 1 and Part 2 of ISO 10012. Part 1 contains general quality assurance requirements for the control of measuring equipment. Part 2 provides guidance on how to apply statistical process control to achieve objectives of Part 1. For information on ordering the seventh edition of the publication, visit http:www.iso.ch/infoe/catinfo.html on the Internet.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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