A new international database that identifies measurement procedures and materials has debuted to help U.S. makers of in-vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical devices comply their product designs with European Union requirements. The database contains about 100 reference measurement procedures, including 30 developed and maintained by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and lists 96 approved reference materials, 72 of which originate from NIST sources. The U.S. IVD industry shares more than 60 percent of the EU market, which recently issued new regulations on the sale of IVD devices, such as those used to measure blood levels of glucose and cholesterol. For more information, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3849-536.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
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.
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