› WAGO entertained the crowds with stunt bicycle riders to herald an unusual step the company is taking: announcing its new product, Speedway 767, a year in advance of its delivery. It will do everything a conventional cabinet-based control system will do, except it will be mounted directly on the machine, with no need for extra protection. Machine builders would love to get rid of the cumbersome control cabinets they have to deliver with each shipment, and WAGO is opening the way for them to do it. For more info, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4911-535.
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.