A new company in Bloomington, IN, was launched to help manufacturers through the transition to RoHS-compliant electronic components. E-Certa (Environmentally Certified Electronic Trade Alliance), a consortium of five companies, was founded to bring technologies together to convert leaded components to RoHS compliancy. This service is designed to help manufacturers overstocked with non-compliant parts. E-Certa also provides the service of converting non-leaded components to leaded for the exempt defense, aerospace and medical equipment industries that require the high-reliability of leaded parts. "E-Certa was founded to address the serious component supply chain disruptions that we believe will occur as companies adjust their inventory during these transition months before and after the RoHS deadlines," says Joel Deutsche, president of E-Certa.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
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