An advanced project funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (http://rbi.ims.ca/3844-536) aims to create ASICs using printers and organic substrates. If the work being done by Motorola, Dow, and Xerox, pays off, large area devices will be printed onto polymers, making it possible to create an active matrix LCD. The $15 million research project is targeting cost goals of $20 to $500 per square meter.
Industrial workplaces are governed by OSHA rules, but this isn’t to say that rules are always followed. While injuries happen on production floors for a variety of reasons, of the top 10 OSHA rules that are most often ignored in industrial settings, two directly involve machine design: lockout/tagout procedures (LO/TO) and machine guarding.
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