That all plastics are not recyclable really irks me — things like those clear plastic tubs that spinach comes in. I put them in the recycling bin and the guy in the recycling truck tosses it in the trash along with those little plastics bottles holding hotel shampoo. They don't have the recycling number on the bottom so just a little more petrochemical trash gets wasted. Our recycling folks and some stores take back 1s, 2s, 3s and some 4s, but 5s, 6s and 7s get tossed.
Of course, plastics is an alphabet soup of acronyms - PETE, HPDE, V, LPDE,PP, PS and 7 is "other." I am big believer in recycling and feel strongly all plastics containers should be not be made unless there are made from recylable material. I'm sure the bottle and resin makers would scream bloody murder at the prospect of a federal recycling mandate. For instance, New Hampshire - the Live Free of Die state - considers a bottle deposit an imposition of its inalienable rights. In Massachusetts, we've had it for decades. But it's not the nineties anymore.
Maybe our plastics editor and expert Doug Smock who authors the Engineering Plastics blog can explain why not all plastic is recycleable.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.