In what may be indicative of a trend, Rockwell Automation has notified its 2,000 worldwide suppliers to stop using lead in certain products by October, in anticipation of advancing environmental regulations. The move to lead-free solder and additives, for example, is in compliance with material restrictions being implemented by the European Union (EU). The company also is requiring its suppliers to change to non-Hexavalent Chromium chromate coating technology for casting corrosion and sheet metal protection. To learn more, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3855-525.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.