The restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances (RoHS) became effective July 2006 in many countries. In addition, concerns for global warming and meeting the Kyoto Protocol, energy conservation concerns and other environmental awareness efforts have challenged the materials sector. In response, several industry organizations have taken a proactive approach to ensure the continued success of their members and act responsibly to avoid violating government regulations and being in the crosshairs of environment advocate groups.
Some organizations have been active in the environmental efforts for many years. For example, the North American Die Casting Assn. NADCA has been part of the EPA's Sector Strategies Program since the 1990s. The EPA effort addresses performance improvement and burden reduction in 13 important sectors.
NADCA boasts that more than 95 percent of the aluminum die castings produced in North America are made of post-consumer recycled aluminum. This provides considerable energy reduction, since the production of recycled aluminum alloy requires less energy than producing alloy directly from ore or other methods.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.