Easy Driver - The Filo concept car,
developed by SKF and Bertone, shows how drive-by-wire
Latest application of the Time-Triggered Protocol is the TTCar model built by TTTech to demonstrate drive, steer, and brake-by-wire functions. Seven computer nodes calculate and control all car functions, exchanging data over the TTP network. Engineers developed the fault-tolerant system with TTP-Tools based on The MathWorks' MATLAB and Simulink without writing a single line of code. The toolset supports rapid prototyping and algorithm testing of vehicle dynamics models and control systems. Operators monitor and control the car via a laptop linked by wireless Ethernet. The demonstrator vehicle control each wheel separately.
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.