The worldwide pressure to move away from traditional lead-containing solders has resulted in some intriguing differences of philosophy and approach around the world, which were highlighted during a recent British fact-finding mission to Japan
Several months after the European Parliament approved stringent legislation banning lead and other hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment sold in Europe beginning July 2006, the industry is finding compliance easier said than done
B&R Enclosures has opened a new head office and manufacturing facility in Brisbane. The 13,000 m2 facility is located at Heathwood in Brisbane's south and will be used for the production of its range of electrical enclosures, data equipment racks and accessories.
The trend to produce printed circuit boards (PCBs) using surface mounting technology (SMT) is becoming increasingly prevalent. One requirement for this technology is the provision of the majority of components built in a suitable way
Cidetec, Cegasa and Zigor are in the first stage in a project about lithium polymer energy. They have developed a lab-scale prototype of a rechargeable graphite-polypirrol battery. The area of the battery is 1, 9 x 1, 5 cm and it can provide an energy density of 125 Wh/kg.