EMA Design Automation, which provides electronic design automation, as teamed with Ageus solutions, a firm that helps companies solve compliance issues, to offer RoHS and WEEE compliance services that begin with the design process. The solution lets product development teams record, manage and report RoHS and WEEE data beginning at the design stage. “Aligning forces with Ageus allows us to expand our engineering data management solution to cover the entire manufactured product, which supports the entire RoHS/WEEE directive,” says Manny Marcano, president and CEO of EMA. “We’re . . . adding the ability to supply the mechanical portion of RoHS/WEEE compliance.”
The combined solution provided by EMA and Ageus would apparently automate the RoHS compliance data at the beginning of the design process and keep the required data integrated with product data through the design, development and manufacturing process.
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.