According to an article in Business Green, the recently passed RoHS Recast does not go much further than most company’s current environmental policies. The article quotes TCO Development, a Swedish certification group, as saying that RoHS still lags behind the group’s own standards which puts half of all monitors in the unsafe category.
TCO recently launched a new standard, TCO Edge, that has even tougher safe-materials criteria that so far only three products have met: the world’s first halogen-free monitor, produced by NEC, and a monitor and computer from Lenovo that are both made with recyclable plastic.
The group believes that with time, the standard will replicate the success of the Fair Trade label on consumer goods. TCO also believe that many companies will comply voluntarily with tougher standards to meet consumer demand.
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.