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Durable Goods Will Drive Growth for Bioplastics Growth for bioplastics will come from durable applications such as cars, say experts, noting there are too few composting facilities to support biodegradable polymers. Read More Bridges Expand for Bikes, Pedestrians As more people walk or ride bikes in congested cities, cities with bridges are finding it difficult to handle continued increases in usage. A Canadian company has devised lightweight bridge extensions that can be added to existing structures. Full Story Failures Result from Incorrect Materials Selection Forty-five percent of product failures result from incorrect materials selection, according to a major testing facility. Engineers fail to account for chemical attack. Full Story Integrated Electronics Expand RFID Range Over Smart Labels Efforts to put electronics directly into molded components are taking off as specialty materials compounds are developed for a new laser structuring process that cuts costs. Full Story Steep Prices Are Still Soaring Despite Economic Slowdown Steel prices are 28 percent higher than year ago despite talk of a recession. Analysts say prices will continue to rise because of higher prices for foreign imports. Full Story
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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.