A new online source for failure analysis information has been launched by ASM International, the Materials Information Society. The ASM's Failure Analysis Center contains more than 1,000 failure analysis case histories, some of which first appeared in the society's bimonthly Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention. The case histories cover a variety of military, aerospace, industrial, and medical applications. And the cases range from the timely (adverse reactions to metallic body piercings) to the historic (the Titanic as a metallurgical problem). For more information, visit www.asminternational.org.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
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.