A fresh series of guides details facts engineers must know when designing products for today's markets in Europe. The rules have changed considerably under the "New Approach" of the European Union (EU) aimed at freeing up the flow of goods among nations. The main question addressed by each guide is: What must be done for a product to receive the CE Marking required for all goods made in or imported into EU's 18-country market? Published by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, the first six guides are for manufacturers of electric appliances, machinery, and medical devices. Each publication includes the text of relevant EU directives along with lists of applicable standards approved by EU. One guide, for example, deals with EU's directive on electromagnetic compatibility, which applies to a wide range of products. You can obtain the guides on the Web at http://ts.nist.gov/ca.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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