Electric steering systems offer fuel efficiency advantages and reduced CO2 emissions over hydraulic power steering systems that run nonstop. The compact Mazda 2's electric motors only respond when they're needed, saving pricey fuel. TRW Automotive provides software and plenty of hardware, including the electronic control unit, steering angle sensors and the column drive motor. Electric power steering systems communicate over the vehicle's CANbus, so data can be shared with other systems to improve overall driving comfort.
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.