Provisions for changes in RoHS will not come quickly. According to an article in Europe’s Evertiq.com, the proposal for the new RoHS directive has been worked out by Jill Evans of the British parliament. Responses to the proposal had a deadline of February 24. The European Union parliament is set to vote on it during June 15 or 16.
According to Lars Wallin, the European head of IPC, the decision on a new RoHS will come in 2010 with an implementation of 2014 or later.
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.