Four new publications from ISO can help design engineers cut through the maze of new international management standards. One book is the 586-page "ISO 14000 Environmental Management." It contains the 20 published documents presently comprising ISO's family of environmental standards, plus related technical reports and draft standards. Also, two free brochures assist in understanding and implementing the recently revised ISO 9000:2000 series of standards for quality management. They are "Quality Management Principles" and "ISO 9000: Selection and Use." In addition, the fifth edition of "The ISO Directory of ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 Accreditation and Certification Bodies" is now out. All four publications are available from the ISO Central Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org. Specify if you want French versions.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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