For those who want a visual reference to help keep track of RoHS changes, two companies have developed free tools — a calendar to track steps in RoHS legislation, and a wall poster that provides advice on lead-free PCB soldering techniques.
Phoenix Contact (phoenixcontact.com) is giving away an A2-size solder poster that offers advice on soldering techniques to the IPC-A-610C standard for printed circuit board processes. The poster is designed to help in the realization of new soldering processes, including reflow techniques to meet RoHS standards. The IPC standard assumes different requirements made on the reliability of assemblies. The poster provides diagrams and definitions to guide users through lead-free soldering techniques.
GSPK Electronics (gspkelectronics.ltd.uk) is giving away a month-to-month calendar that offers steps and advice for customers and suppliers making their way through the transition to RoHS compliance. Dave Watson, GSPK's head of engineering, notes the company has made its way through the compliance process and transferred its knowledge into the calendar.
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.
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.