Munich-based EPCOS, an electronic components distributor, has developed an online service to help companies comply with the requirements of the Administration on the Control of Pollution Cause by Electronic Information Products, also knows as China RoHS. The company is offering a downloadable Excel table that indicates which of the six substances is contained in products.
EPCOS’ website features background information on labeling requirements, a summary of the China RoHS, and links to the Ministry of Information Industry of the People’s Republic of China (in Chinese0, the German Electronics Manufacturer’s Association, and the American Electronics Association for further information on China’s regulation and how it affects manufacturers of electronic products.
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.