Want to learn all the gory details of China's new RoHS-like legislation? San Francisco-based consulting firm, Design Chain Associates, has created a website dedicated to China's new legislation at ChinaRoHS.com. The law will impact the electronics industry in less than a year when its March 1, 2007 deadline hits. Unlike the European Union's (EU) RoHS directive, the China law requires products to be inspected prior to entering China. There are a number of crucial differences between the EU's RoHS and China's law, which is part of the rationale for a site dedicated to China's legislation.
The site offers a number of features, including:
• The law itself on China's Ministry of Information Industry website
• An English translation of the law, including clarification of its detailed and extensive scope
• Links to commentary on the law and its precedents
• The original submission from the Chinese government to the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade Committee
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.