At the show, embedded operating systems giant, Wind River Systems, Inc. talked about its use of the Virtutech Simics simulation to develop multicore versions of its embedded software products. Peter S. Magnusson, founder and chief technical officer of Virtutech, told media at the show that such modeling can be used for so-called "nightly builds," in which engineers of large products, even cars and airplanes, can create rough models in a day. "We're beginning to see situations where you build the hardware to match the software, not the other way around," Magnusson said. "When you have 20 million lines of code in your product, that's the way you have to do it." (Look for more on the concept of "nightly builds" in a future issue of DN.) Read more about Simics at http://rbi.ims.ca/4924-576.
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.