In his blog that runs on Electronics Weekly, a UK-based sister publication to Design News, Gary Nevison ponders whether China RoHS has gone into limbo or whether it’s still moving forward. As it turns out, China RoHS is going through the World Trade Organization / Technical Barriers to Trade process. This will eventually provide a period where stakeholders will have the opportunity to comment, according to Nevison. He notes that “Progress remains slow and it could well be that when we eventually see the second catalog published, maybe in 2011, that the consumer products theme could continue.”
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.