An English version of China’s new environmental directive is available at the Design Chain Associates site. China’s law, called the Administration on the Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products, includes some of the language of the Cleaner Production Promotion Law which was passed by the People’s Republic of China in 2002.
The new law matches the European Union’s (EU) RoHS deadline of July 1, 2006. So far, the exemptions to the law have been not spelled out. A separate “catalog” will define more precisely which product groups will be exempted from the law. So far, China has identified the same six substances that are bannedby the RoHS directive. China’s law does, however, state that other hazardous substances may be added to the banned list at a future date. Another difference in the China law is that it provides for revisions annually. The EU’s RoHS legislation will only be reviewed every four years.
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.