When National Instruments announced the availability of a LabView preview program for Mac OS X at Macworld last month, it got an overwhelming response from academics and engineers. "Frankly, it was double what we expected," says Kris Fuller, LabVIEW Product Manager.
"I think the most compelling feature of OS X is Unix underneath. A lot of engineers are really excited about having an easy front end." That's not surprising, given that UNIX is the operating system of choice for engineers on workstations. On the Mac for 15 years, this newest version of the software runs on all systems with Jaguar. LabView, which allows engineers to create applications for data acquisition, analysis, and presentation, is in use today by 24,000 companies. That number may be about to go way up. (For more information on LabVIEW for Mac OS X, go to http://www.ni.com/mac/lv_macos_preview.htm)
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.