Leaders in the electronics industry have watched in horror as individual states and provinces in the U.S. and Canada pass legislation similar to RoHS. The problem isn’t simply the RoHS-style legislation — most companies are compliant — the problem is the states and provinces are passing individualized bills that would make it impossible to build one product to comply with every law.
“Increasingly and varying state-by-state rules are already causing unnecessary complexity for electronic manufacturers and distributors who must try to track and meet them all,” says Paul Tallentire, president of Chicago-based distributor, Newark InOne. “Are we going to wait until we have 50 state laws with 50 flavors before we enact a uniform national standard for our industry?” Newark InOne is taking a poll on its website (newarkinone.com/rohs) to assess industry support for federal legislation that would supersede state law and create a uniform national standard.
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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