Chicago-based distributor, Newark InOne has introduced a quality assurance policy to help customers reduce risks associated with the RoHS directive. The program comes in response to statements from United Kingdom (UK) RoHS enforcer agency, the National Weights and Measures Laboratory. The agency recently noted that producers shipping product to the UK after the RoHS deadline of July 1, 2006 will need to show more than certificates of compliance from the supplier whose components make up the product. The producer will also need to demonstrate that it has taken “reasonable steps” to confirm the accuracy of the documentation it receives for the parts designed into or assembled into the finished product.
To meet this requirement, Newark InOne and its sister European distributor, the UK-based Farnell InOne, have developed a 10-step quality assurance policy that includes due diligence procedures designed to offer customers confidence in the RoHS-compliance of parts received from the two distributors.
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.