Europe may be overreaching with its environmental compliance laws. By the Europe Commission’s own estimates, only one-third of the region’s electrical and electronic waste is reported as separately collected and appropriately treated, despite the WEEE legislation. This EBN article looks at whether the WEEE directive has been effective.
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.