GreenSoft Technology Inc. of South Pasadena, Calif. is providing a searchable database of environmental compliance and component information. The company’s GreenData tool is a subset of GreenSoft’s component database that allows companies to send in a parts list to get match showing the percentage of environmental compliance data against the scrubbed bill of materials (BOM). “GreenData provides a snapshot of the data we provide to electronics manufacturers,” says Larry Yen, president and CEO of GreenSoft. “Documenting environmental compliance continues to be a concern for manufacturers and we wanted to give people a look at what we can do.” Yen notes that companies can dneter a part number and get an instant result – and if GreenSoft doesn’t have the information you need, Yen says they will get it quickly.
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.