National Instruments' drag-and-drop measurement software tool reportedly eliminates the design bottlenecks associated with manual benchtop measurements. It solves such problems by offering a non-programming, interactive working environment, giving design engineers the benefit of an "always on" instrument, while retaining the power and flexibility of virtual instrumentation. With SignalExpress 1.1, complex measurements, such as frequency sweeps and limit testing, can be rapidly automated. The product allows engineers to quickly view results and reduce the probability of having to retake measurements.
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New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.