The need to manage component content information has spawned a number of vendors that help OEMs manage and store the material content of the components that make up their bill of materials (BOMs). Newest on the market is the Green Component Manager from Los Angeles-based Pacific Oaks Technology Inc. (POAKS). The company focuses on environmental compliance support and uses database management technology as the backbone for its Green Component Manager.
The Green Component Manager offers a one-stop solution that collects material composition of all the components that make up an OEM’s finished products. POAKS creates a database that stores the content data on all the components in a BOM. POAKS draws this information from its database of 5 million parts. For components not found in the database, POAKS will add material content information provided by the OEM or go to the supplier and request the material content of the part. POAKS stores the data and can provide it to interested parties – such as governmental bodies overseeing compliance – in any requested format.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.