According to an article in India’s The Economic Times, a team or Romanian and Turk researchers say they have devised a way to turn discarded computers into environmentally friendly consumer products, even auto fuel.
The researchers say they have created a recycling technique that takes old computer circuit boards and removes toxic materials. Their process then turns the boards into oils that could be safely used as fuel. The materials, called feedstocks, can also be used for a wide range of consumer products. Researchers note that the biggest obstacle to commercializing the process is ramping up the scale.
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.