The 12th edition of the International Powder Metallurgy Directory has been released, now with an online search facility for looking up powder metallurgy component and materials suppliers. The search engine lets directory subscribers and registered users search for producers and suppliers using company name, address and country, or one of 200 product codes. Visitors can search the directory's 4,400 listed organizations in 60 countries, and also order the directory online.
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.