Yes, Rob, I've noticed that's usually how it works. By the time a new standard needs to be made, whatever it's defining has reached a certain critical mass. While the semiconductor industry is hardly representative of the way other technology industries work, there are some things in common and that's one of them.
Ann, it's interesting, isn't it. New standards were developed because advances in technology changed the game. I think we're going to see a lot of standards entities struggling to keep up with technology advances.
At first glance I thought this meant safety due to plastics as a material--I guess since that's my bias--instead of the equipment used to produce them or products made from them. Interesting that one of these standards involves the use of robots with injection molding machinery. The establishment of new standards, somewhat like laws, can tell us about larger trends. I didn't realize robots had gotten this prominent in IM.
At this year's MD&M West show, lots of material suppliers are talking about new formulations for wearables and things that stick to the skin, whether it's adhesives, wound dressings, skin patches and other drug delivery devices, or medical electronics.
The US Congress has extended an important tax credit for solar energy, a move that’s good news for future investments in this type of alternative energy and for many stakeholders in the solar industry.
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