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.
Two new technologies from Stratasys, created in partnership with Boeing, Ford, and Siemens, will bring accurate, repeatable manufacturing of very large thermoplastic end products, and much bigger composite parts, onto the factory floor for industries including automotive and aerospace.
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