For those who want a visual reference to help keep track of RoHS changes, two companies have developed free tools — a calendar to track steps in RoHS legislation, and a wall poster that provides advice on lead-free PCB soldering techniques.
Phoenix Contact (phoenixcontact.com) is giving away an A2-size solder poster that offers advice on soldering techniques to the IPC-A-610C standard for printed circuit board processes. The poster is designed to help in the realization of new soldering processes, including reflow techniques to meet RoHS standards. The IPC standard assumes different requirements made on the reliability of assemblies. The poster provides diagrams and definitions to guide users through lead-free soldering techniques.
GSPK Electronics (gspkelectronics.ltd.uk) is giving away a month-to-month calendar that offers steps and advice for customers and suppliers making their way through the transition to RoHS compliance. Dave Watson, GSPK's head of engineering, notes the company has made its way through the compliance process and transferred its knowledge into the calendar.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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