Design Chain Associates has reported that on November 24 2010 the European Parliament voted to adopt the latest proposed amendments to the RoHS Directive. The text must be approved by the EU council and published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Belgium president of the council has set a goal of having this approved prior to December 31 2010. The new RoHS directive will need to be implemented into EU Member State law no later than 18 months after publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.
Some significant changes include:
Addition of Category 11
Addition of Categories 8 Medical and 9 Monitoring and Control Instruments
Declaration of Conformity
Changes in exempted products
Changes in Definitions
Criteria for exemption applying, granting, renewing, deleting
The actual text as adopted by the European Parliament is here.
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.