The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) legislation, an industry-wide ban restricting six substances in electrical and electronic equipment sold in Europe scheduled to take effect in 2006, will surely confuse and frustrate OEMs and contract manufacturers. Arrow Electronics is aiding those affected by the legislation by helping companies determine if their products, are compliant with RoHS. Arrow will help companies facilitate the identification of alternative lead-free parts to use in their products as well as send email announcements regarding the lead-free status of parts. For more information about Arrow Electronics, visit www.arrow.com. To see a copy of the RoHS legislation, visit http://rbi.ims.ca/3853-514.
Dow Chemical and several other companies have launched a program in Omaha, Neb. to divert about 36 tons of plastics from landfills in its first phase, and convert it into energy used for cement production.
Both traditional automation companies and startups are developing technologies to improve processes on the factory floor, while smart sensors and other IoT-related technologies are improving how products are handled during transport and across the supply chain.
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