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.
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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