The UK RoHS enforcement agency, the National Weights and Measures Laboratory, is recruiting enforcement officers in advance of the July 1, 2006 RoHS deadline, though the organization has still not revealed how many officers it intends to hire or how it intends to enforce the European Union (EU) directive. So far, all eyes are on the UK for enforcement developments, since the UK has revealed more about enforcement than any other EU country. It is generally expected that other EU countries are likely to adopt the UK's enforcement strategy.
Managers at the National Weights and Measures Laboratory noted recently they are restricted from revealing enforcement plans. However, one source at the organization noted plans to hire contractors to do testing of products entering Europe.
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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