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.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.