SEMI, the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries, is fighting a recent recommendation that would eliminate the exclusion of semiconductor and photovoltaic manufacturing equipment (SPME) from the RoHS directive.
SEMI argues the that exclusion should be continued for two reasons: 1. There’s no significant environmental risk from SPME, and 2. The move would reduce the competitiveness of the European semiconductor and PV industries.
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.