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.
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
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