The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) has launched a HFR (halogenated flame retardant)-Free Leadership Program. The program will act as an umbrella for several projects, including a technical evaluation of key electrical and mechanical properties of HFR-free - or low halogen - materials to ensure reliability and performance of replacement materials. Projects will also assess technology readiness and supply chain capabilities.There are 22 companies participating in the program, including OEMs such as Cisco, Dell and HP; EMS/ODM suppliers such as Celestica and Flextronics; and suppliers such as Intel.
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.