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As you can see, we've done a bit of remodeling and clutter clearing since you were here last. Sensors is still the same destination—the place you come to learn more about sensor technology than you can anywhere else. But we think you'll find it a more comfortable place in which to dwell while you advance your knowledge of what's important in the realm of sensors. It's more elegant, and easier to read and navigate. Besides the obvious design improvements, here are other changes you'll see starting with this issue:

  • 1. 1. New flow. We've put all the news up front, feature articles in the middle, and columns and non-news departments in the back. So if you're looking for an "old friend" (say, the App Snaps department) and don't find it in the usual place, just turn a few pages.

  • 1. 2. New names. We've lightened up some of our department names: Product News is now Toolbox, Research and Developments is now simply R&D, and my editorial column is Goode Sense (though you may want to argue from time to time whether I actually do make sense . . . input welcome!)

  • 1. 3. New focus—in the case of one section. The department formerly known as Business Sense has expanded, and we've renamed it Sensors Central, which better fits its evolved mission. Sensors Central will cover not only business news that impacts users of sensor technology, but also important industry trends and key facts. A bonus segment gives examples of how the mainstream media has covered sensor news.
Barbara G. Goode
Barbara G. Goode

Incidentally, we're also restyling our Web site to make it easier to find what you need. Look for those changes next month.

In the meantime, I'd like to direct your attention to this issue's installment of Destroy It Yourself, which covers the timely topic of RoHS and explains what the lead-free initiative means for you. If you're an OEM, be sure to read it—even if your company doesn't sell in Europe. It requires attention because, as Ed Ramsden points out, some U.S. states are considering RoHS adoption. Thankfully, the sensor vendor community as a whole seems to be on board with the initiative; a recent informal survey indicates that sensor suppliers will be ready to serve the needs of OEMS for RoHS-compliant components by the important date of July 1, 2006.

When you're done reading, I'd love to know what you think of the magazine redesign—or anything else related to Sensors or sensors. As always, the editorial team (and here I include design director Lisa Lehman, who is our hero for creating this new look!) strives to help you to be more productive and to make your job easier. How are we doing from your perspective?

I wish you a happy beginning to a peaceful year.