A survey conducted by Evertiq, a Swedish-based newsite for the electronics industry, shows that 65 percent of companies in the electronics industry say they have reached "total compliance and are already shipping RoHS compliant products." Close to 15 percent of respondents said they are exempt from RoHS laws, while 15 percent noted they are still not RoHS-compliant. Another 7 percent indicated they have reached compliance in their processes, but have not yet started shipping compliant products. A surprising 15 percent of companies said they are not well-informed about the RoHS directive.
Half of the companies responding were EMS providers, while 21 percent were printed-circuit board suppliers, and 15 percent were OEMs.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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