China notified the World Trade Organization in October 2010 of proposed revisions to legislation guiding its use of toxic and hazardous materials in electronic and electrical products. Noteworthy revisions to the draft policy, Administrative Measures on Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic and Information Technology Products, include altering definitions of affected substances and products, as well as changes to disclosure requirements. The policy would become a national recommended standard for voluntary certification, with a variety of incentives available for products that meet or exceed the standard.
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.