With more than half of U.S. states developing environmental laws governing the electronics industry, the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) called on the federal government to bring consistency to the field. Dave McCurdy, EIA president and CEO – and a former House of Representatives member – testified before the House Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials this month asking for the federal government to bring infrastructure and overall national uniformity to the product disposal table.
McCurdy said he would like federal policymakers to work with the electronics industry “to develop an infrastructure that would keep costs to consumers as low as possible, create a level playing field for market participants, and ensure that products are being recycled in an environmentally sound manner.” McCurdy told legislators it is in the interest of the United States to create a national recycling infrastructure to help ease some of the intense competitive pressures on U.S. companies as they struggle to compete globally.
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.