An article in Electronics Weekly notes that earlier this year the European Commission’s industry and environment departments agreed on long-awaited guidance that paved the way for companies to seek authorizations for Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) under the REACH regulations.
The guidance had been delayed because the two departments had differing views on the requirements for applicants. Finally, it was agreed the applicants need not submit a substitute plan but provide a timeline indicating when substitutes might become available. The marketing and use of chemicals on this authorization list will be prohibited unless producers can show there is a strong enough case to allow them.
Member states have now voted to add the first six SVHCs to the authorization list for special approval (Annex XIV).
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.