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.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
Automakers are adding greater digital capabilities to their design and engineering activities to promote collaboration among staff and suppliers, input consumer feedback, shorten product development cycles, and meet evolving end-use needs.
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