The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) is organizing new initiatives designed to proactively address environmental issues. Representatives from iNEMI developed proposed projects through environmental summits it held last fall. The projects identified areas where the electronics industry can take action toward greater sustainability and collaboration along the supply chain.
Non competitive lifecycle assessments (LCAs) for information and communications technology products based on building a block approach using assembly emulators.
PVC replacement alternatives using LCAs to compare PVC vs. PVC-free cables and technical evaluation of alternatives.
Establish market for post-consumer plastics as feedstock for green products (e.g., polycarbonate and acrylonitrile0butadiene-styrene (ABS)
Establish new electronic applications for post-consumer blended plastics (e.g., housings for power supplies
Two of these initiatives are currently in development, the non-competitive LCAs and the PVC alternatives. Those wanting to participate in these initiatives should contact iNEMI.
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.