In a press statement released on December 7, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) identified 15 new chemical substances to the candidate list of substances of very high concern (SVHC). The SVHC is part of the European Union’s REACH regulations. The list will be formally updated in January 2010. The substances are listed in the ECHA press release.
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.