According to Michael Kirschner, president of Design Chain Associates in San Francisco, this week the Chinese government’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issued a proposed update to the China RoHS Regulation that has been in force since March 1, 2007. They are requesting stakeholder comments through August 19 (only 30 days).
Design Chain Associates has translated this update and it is available for purchase on its ChinaRoHS.com website. Click the link, scroll down past the legalese, and the first document is the proposal.
“One key feature is that they have changed, ‘Electronic Information Products’ to ‘Electronic and Electrical Products,’” says Kirschner. “They have not defined the new scope yet. Could this be an indication of a desire to more closely align the scope with EU RoHS? Hard to know. The draft gives a phone number and email address to submit comments to (presumably in Chinese - we can help you translate your comments, for a fee of course).”
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.