The UK’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has called on those affected by the WEEE directive to respond during the consultation period, which ends October 17.Tony Pedrotti, the department’s director of sustainable development, urged stakeholders to respond before the closing date if possible. “The earlier we get comments, the more chance there is that they will be considered,” said Pedrotti.
Padrotti confirmed that the new regulations are due to come into force throughout the European Union (EU) on January 2, 2007. “We are looking to lay the regulations in early December,” said Padrotti at a Biffa-run conference in London on September 26. “They have to be laid for 21 days before they can come into force and I am aiming to have that happened on January 2, so there is a very, very small window to make amendments.”
Although the legislation should be in place by early December, Pedrotti conceded that accompanying guidance could take longer to develop.
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.