On April 2, Korea’s National Assembly passed the “Act Concerning the Resource Recycling of Electrical/Electronic Products and Automobiles.” According to Michael Kirschner, president of Design Chain Associates, “This wide-ranging regulation has elements of the European Union’s RoHS, WEE and ELV (End of Life Vehicles) directives but is also uniquely Korean.” The regulation goes into force on January 1, 2008.
Kirschner went on to explain that like EU RoHS and China RoHS, this regulation leaves out all the important details such as detailed scope, substances restrictions and concentration limits, as well as design for environment requirements. These will all be defined by Presidential Decrees and Ordinances from the Ministry of the Environment.
Design Chain Associates will soon have an English translation of the regulation on its Korea RoHS website.
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.