According to an article in Greentech Info, states are beginning to enact recycling laws similar to the European Union’s WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) regulations. But in some sates, e-waste legislation is failing to take root. This year, Indiana and Wisconsin passed waste legislation, while Kentucky, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont failed in efforts to pass e-waste rules. Texas and Missouri vetoed efforts to add TV sets to their legislation. Among the most progressive states on the issue, Illinois added VCRs, scanners, PDAs and video game consoles to its legislation, while Maine added digital picture frames and game consoles.
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.