In an article posted on the MarketEye section of the TTI Inc. website, Murray Slovick, editorial director of Intelligent TechContent, does an excellent job outlining the current issues regarding to proposed change in the RoHS directive. The article offers details on the proposed expanded scope of RoHS, including threatened exclusions - such as the substances in semiconductor and photovoltaic manufacturing equipment. Slovick’s article also looks at the status of CE marking.
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.