According to an article in Design News sister publication, EDN, Acer, Dell, HP and Sony Ericsson have joined with public interest organizations ChemSec, Clean Production Action and the European Environmental Bureau to call for an expansion of the European Union’s RoHS directive to ban the use of what they believe to be hazardous substances in consumer electronics from 2015 forward.
The alliance is specifically call for restrictions on all brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). RoHS already bans PBB and PBDE. The group notes that when BFRs and PVC are incinerated under recycling conditions, they form halogenated dioxins that are potent toxic chemicals.
Many consumer electronics manufacturers have voluntarily moved to remove BFRs and PVC from their products.
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.