Even without high fuel costs, companies in today's global environment are spending more on transportation. Federal Express notes that most companies now spend in the range of 10 percent of their revenues on shipping, up substantially from 2 to 4 percent a decade ago.
That's partly because far more companies are importing and exporting these days. A FedEx survey shows that about half the companies polled expect significant increases in their imports and exports over the next three years, while only 5% expect them to decline. A dominant 80 percent of respondents say cost savings from imports have at least somewhat met their expectations. http://www.fedex.com/
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.