The Taiwanese government is getting a step ahead of European RoHS compliance officials. Taiwan's Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) has issued a new set of regulations that force electronic products destined for European states to undergo inspection by designated Taiwanese laboratories. These private laboratories will appraise and evaluate products for their RoHS compliance through inspection and testing. Those passing inspection will be granted certificates and inspection reports bearing BSMI emblems.
The goal is to screen for compliance before Taiwanese products hit European shores. The program is in keeping with numerous other government programs designed to support the success of Taiwanese manufacturers overseas. The government has also launched a program to help 320 small- and medium-sized businesses improve their environmental compliance. Taiwan's Small and Medium Enterprise Administration will help smaller manufacturers build the requisite management capacities to meet RoHS and WEEE requirements.
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation
call this deep learning.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
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