Imagine my surprise when I pulled up behind this truck at a stop light in Denton, TX.
As reported in “Coke helps reduce pollution with hybrid vehicles” the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of North Texas is now operating 12 hybrid gas-electric vehicles, which the company claims use 32 percent less gas than traditional vehicles. Coca-Cola seems to have jumped on the bandwagon, portraying its environmental stewardship to remind consumers that drinking their product helps the environment. However, is Coca-Cola really as environmentally responsible as their hybrid trucks make the company appear to be?
An article entitled “Coca-Cola Charged with Groundwater Depletion and Pollution in India” posted at About.com says that India’s Central Pollution Control Board found in 2003 that sludge from Coca-Cola’s Uttar Pradesh factory was contaminated with high levels of cadmium, lead, and chromium and that this sludge was being supplied to tribal farmers as fertilizer. The article also says that the Indian Centre for Science and Environment tested carbonated beverages made by Coca-Cola (and Pepsi) and found a “cocktail of between three to five different pesticides in all samples.”
So, despite Coca-Cola’s hybrid vehicle program, perhaps the company is not serving as the environmental steward they are claiming to be. To get that cola fix you need, perhaps it is time to switch to brew it yourself coca-cola.
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.
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.