The Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC), has launched a certification for RoHS Lead-Free Electronics Assembly Process Capability Program that involves an audit of a facility’s processes and procedures to determine whether, if followed and applied consistently, the facility is capable of producing lead-free assemblies. Based on a 100-item questionnaire, the audit follows the assembly process and examines 12 areas, including repair and rework, test and inspection, materials declaration, and materials.
IPC notes that while certification does not guarantee that product will be lead-free, it is an excellent way to verify that your facility has procedures in place to produce lead-free product.
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.