The recently created trade alliance, Environmentally Certified Electronic Resale Trade Alliance (E-Certa) has created a set of environmental solutions that include component conversion, testing, recycling and sourcing to help companies comply with the European Union's RoHS and WEEE directives. E-Certa was formed in 2005 by a five-company consortium that includes Kentek Electronics, YouPickYourPrice.com, Mil-Spec Components, New Way Technologies and Licensing and Earth for Humanities.
Among the services offered by E-Certa is the ability to convert semiconductors from leaded versions to RoHS-compliant lead-free versions. The company can also convert non-lead products to leaded versions for the exempt defense and aerospace industries. The conversion process relies on technology developed by New Way Technologies and Licensing. In addition, E-Certa provides testing services using XRF X-ray screening, and offers a range of due diligence compliance services.
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.