The Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC) will present the IPC Boot Camp to explain the requirements of the European Union’s RoHS directive. The one-day program will be held December 13 at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas. The program will include presentations by IPC personnel, including Tony Hilvers, VP industry programs, Fern Abrams, director of environmental policy, and David Bergman, VP of technology.
IPC has taken a leadership role in the move to RoHS compliance. The group proposed a standard, IPC-1752, which is designed to help companies communicate the material content of their components. The boot camp is effectively IPC’s beginner course. Ordinarily the association focuses on technical issues involved in the move to green components. “This is intended to be a management briefing,” said David Bergman. “We won’t get into metallurgy. We’ll talk about what’s involved in the legislation and we will explain where companies can go for additional assistance.”
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.