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.
With a better understanding of materials’ response to load and temperature, researchers could potentially use the knowledge to improve design. The research could even help geologists studying plate tectonics.
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