Greenpeace pointed to Nintendo, Microsoft and Philips as companies that are failing to show any “environmental credentials” in its quarterly “Guide to Greener Electronics.” The guide ranks companies according to their policies and practices on toxic chemicals and takeback. Greenpeace gave Nintendo “the dubious honor of being the first company to score 0/10 in the guide.” Microsoft did little better, scoring only 2.7 out of 10. Philips was ranked lowest of TV makers, scoring 2 out of 10. In the report, Greenpeace notes that “Our guide focuses on toxic chemical and tackback policy because of the rapid growth in quantities of toxic e-waste being dumped in developing countries like China and India.” The statement went on to say, “While Nintendo’s Wii console appears to be more energy efficient compared to the Microsoft Xbox and Sony Playstation, energy use is not yet covered in the ranking.”
In response to the Greenpeace ranking, Nintendo noted that “Nintendo takes great care to comply with all relevant regulations on avoiding the use of dangerous materials.” The company also notes that its products comply with regulations such as the RoHS directive.”
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.