According to Intertek Group, a London-based testing company, the governments of European Union (EU) countries are building plans to work together to better enforce RoHS regulations in Europe. At an international forum held in Washington D.C. in September, authorities responsible for RoHS in EU countries flagged an intention to begin working together informally toward a more structured RoHS enforcement strategy.
Intertek details the expected changes in RoHS enforcement in a statement released last month. For one, government bodies across Europe now plan to improve the effectiveness of their RoHS monitoring and resources dedicated to it by adopting a cross-boarder model that follows the successful efforts by Nordic countries. In 2007, the Nordic countries united their RoHS programs and increased the depth of monitoring and reporting on non-compliance by sharing data across country borders.
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.