Henkel Loctite has introduced a new VOC-free, no-clean liquid flux designed to reduce solder balling defects. Called Loctite Multicore MF300, this high activity flux targets tough-to-solder surfaces such as oxidized copper. Non-flammable and halide free, MF300 is a low residue flux that meets U.S. air quality legislation. This resin-free liquid flux can be used in conjunction with most commonly used surface preservative materials, and it passes stringent Bellcore electromigration and J-STD-004 surface insulation resistance tests without cleaning. For more info, go to www.loctite.com/electronics.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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