IPC is mostly concerned with an amendment proposed in the RoHS revision that bans all brominated and chlorinated flame retardants, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), chlorinated plasticizers and three phthalates. IPC notes the move would weaken the scientific basis of the RoHS Directive and directly contradict the REACH Regulation, “a comprehensive chemicals regulation that is setting a global standard for chemical safety.”
Fern Abrams, IPC’s director of government relationships and environmental policy notes that “Restricting an entire class of compounds - brominated and chlorinated flame retardants - without a strong scientific basis risks wasting societal resources to develop and implement substitutes and potentially risks unintended consequences associated with alternative substances.”
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.