Component site, Total Parts Plus of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., now flags and tracks Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) that have been identified by the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) legislation. Initially, Total Parts Plus will identify the proposed 15 SVHC candidates and will track any additional substances as they are approved by REACH. Total Parts Plus notes that Halogen-free products will be easily identified and tracked for reporting purposes. Users will be able to submit any board-level electronic component through the company’s web application and generate the named material, weights and measures required by REACH reporting.
“REACH will apply to any business of any size. Manufacturers will be required to report, at minimum, the named substance within their product to anyone that asks within 45 days, including environmental groups,” says Peter Robinson, VP at Total Parts Plus. “TTP material content services will enable companies to easily fulfill that request.”
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.