A new company in Bloomington, IN, was launched to help manufacturers through the transition to RoHS-compliant electronic components. E-Certa (Environmentally Certified Electronic Trade Alliance), a consortium of five companies, was founded to bring technologies together to convert leaded components to RoHS compliancy. This service is designed to help manufacturers overstocked with non-compliant parts. E-Certa also provides the service of converting non-leaded components to leaded for the exempt defense, aerospace and medical equipment industries that require the high-reliability of leaded parts. "E-Certa was founded to address the serious component supply chain disruptions that we believe will occur as companies adjust their inventory during these transition months before and after the RoHS deadlines," says Joel Deutsche, president of E-Certa.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.