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.
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.
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.
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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