While the switch to lead-free solder has been completed across much of the electronics industry (some areas are exempt), the directives related to hazardous materials are an ongoing work in progress. The European Union has just published a revised version of RoHS. Look for an item on that in the next fews days. India has just announced its own RoHS regulations.
The good news is that after three or four years of using lead-free solder, there have not been major reliability problems. Look for an article on that subject in the next week.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
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