A recent article in Design News sister publication, the UK-based Electronics Weekly, reports that business among contract manufacturers has increased in the past six months as companies prepare to deliver RoHS-compliant product into Europe before the July 1 RoHS deadline. Editor Richard Wilson quotes a number of marketing executives who are seeing a rush to get compliant product on the shelf before July.
The pre-RoHS mini-boom seems to be across the board, with increases in business noted by those in test equipment, printed circuit boards, component suppliers and contract manufacturers.
On the United States side of the electronics market, the rush to RoHS is not as pronounced. Distributors in North America have noted they are surprised by the lack of high demand for compliant components. Distribution executives say there is still considerable demand for non-compliant parts.
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.