Earlier this month, the Chinese government released its initial list of products subject to RoHS-like substance restrictions. The new restrictions, along with the criteria for future products to be added to the list, will be discussed in detail at the It’s Not Easy Being Green conference produced by the Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC) on November 10, 2009 in Irvine, Calif.
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.