Review: Big Changes in Labeling for OSHA’s Revised Hazard Communication Standard

Last week, we talked about broad realiteis of Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHA) hazardous chemical standards. Now, let's look at what is going to be different in OSHA's Hazardous Communications Standard (HCS) and Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) compliant labeling. Some Things Change While Others Don't Labels will now…

Ericsson Fires LTE Over WiFi Salvo

The Swedish telecom equipment vendor Ericsson is using this week's International Consumers Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to showcase its latest product and technology that it says will offer data-hungry smartphone users concurrent access to both licensed and unlicensed spectrum. The company is readying a device in its 6402 series of Radio Dot picocells,…

Teardown Compares Combo Sensors

A look inside three top combination sensors shows how vendors are taking very different routes to arrive at competitive products. We did chip teardowns of three of the leading nine-axis inertial measurement units (IMUs) released in 2013: the BMX055 from Bosch Sensortec, STMicroelectronics' LSM9DS0, and the InvenSense MPU-9250. Each player's cost is very similar, despite…

The SCAR Design Engineers Must Have

Everyone makes mistakes. When we do, we all swallow our pride, get past the embarrassment, learn, and move on. But what happens if the same mistake is made over and over again or goes unrecognized? We move into a cycle of perpetual failure, with the associated corrective action and lost opportunity costs. That's why you…

Top 15 Component Qualification Questions

Before being designed into a product and added to the Item Master list, a component must be approved by a company's key individuals. The design engineer is usually the person who selects the part for a development effort; he has already determined the part value, the form factor, and the critical electrical performance characteristics. However,…