People who work in high tech aren't normally in the running for People Magazine's Fifty Most Beautiful People—obviously they have much more important priorities. But we're dismayed to hear technology in general being called downright unattractive. It ranked second on the list of "unattractive" industries in the latest Lending Climate in America Survey done by Phoenix Management Services. The only other group deemed less attractive by the nation's banks and finance companies is startup companies. Nearly two thirds of lenders responding to the poll gave technology a negative view. "These new statistics are indicative of a 'so what' attitude. Technology is simply not relevant to most lenders now," says E. Talbot Briddell, Phoenix president. After giving the economic outlook a C grade for the preceding three quarters, lenders predicted only a D+ level through mid-year.
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.