England's National Weights and Measure Laboratory — which has been given the authority to enforce RoHS compliance in the UK — has created a website at Rohs.gov.uk to help manufacturers of electronic products understand how to prove their compliance. Under its due diligence section, the site spells out the precautions companies need to take to show their products are free of hazardous substances. The site also offers details on enforcement, FAQs and — perhaps most important — a contact point for further information.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
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