The recently created trade alliance, Environmentally Certified Electronic Resale Trade Alliance (E-Certa) has created a set of environmental solutions that include component conversion, testing, recycling and sourcing to help companies comply with the European Union's RoHS and WEEE directives. E-Certa was formed in 2005 by a five-company consortium that includes Kentek Electronics, YouPickYourPrice.com, Mil-Spec Components, New Way Technologies and Licensing and Earth for Humanities.
Among the services offered by E-Certa is the ability to convert semiconductors from leaded versions to RoHS-compliant lead-free versions. The company can also convert non-lead products to leaded versions for the exempt defense and aerospace industries. The conversion process relies on technology developed by New Way Technologies and Licensing. In addition, E-Certa provides testing services using XRF X-ray screening, and offers a range of due diligence compliance services.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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