A survey conducted by Evertiq, a Swedish-based newsite for the electronics industry, shows that 65 percent of companies in the electronics industry say they have reached "total compliance and are already shipping RoHS compliant products." Close to 15 percent of respondents said they are exempt from RoHS laws, while 15 percent noted they are still not RoHS-compliant. Another 7 percent indicated they have reached compliance in their processes, but have not yet started shipping compliant products. A surprising 15 percent of companies said they are not well-informed about the RoHS directive.
Half of the companies responding were EMS providers, while 21 percent were printed-circuit board suppliers, and 15 percent were OEMs.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.