Every week brings new RoHS-compliance offerings from vendors serving the electronics industry. New Momentum, a predictive market intelligence software company in San Clemente, Calif. has just introduced a product called RainMaker 1000. The software offers help in three areas for electronics manufacturers: supply chain management, financial services and corporate services.
The kicker is that environmental compliance has become a fixed part of these services. Under supply chain management, the company offers assistance in constrained part management, which “targets minimizing production downtime from parts shortages, including finding RoHS, WEEE compliant parts.” Under financial services, the software helps with inventory valuation, including “improved compliance with governmental regulations.”
Clearly, New Momentum and a slew of other vendors see environmental compliance as a long-term difficulty for the industry, not simply a quick rush to compliance that will end with the July 1 RoHS deadline.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.