According to an article in Dataweek, the European Commission is unlikely to add Tetrabromobisphenol(TBBPA) to the list of substances monitored or banned under RoHS.
The announcement was preceded by heavy lobbying by IPC. “TBBPA was found to be safe for humans and the environment by a comprehensive risk assessment conducted by the European Union and therefore is not expected to be restricted under the EU Restriction, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) regulation,” explained Lee Wilmot, director of EHS at TTM Technologies and chair of the IPC EHS steering committee in the Dataweek article. “We are gratified that the commission has decided to base their proposal on scientific findings and to more closely align the RoHS directive and REACH regulation.”
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.