There's nothing flat about the TFT LCD field. Shipments of large flat screens are expected to soar nearly 90% in LCD TVs by 2007. Notebooks will jump by 25% this year. DisplaySearch (www.displaysearch.com) notes that this boom has created a bit of a shortage, which led to an 87% increase in average selling prices during the second quarter of 2003. Overall, DisplaySearch expects large TFT shipments, defined as notebook-size and greater, to rise 42% this year to 97.2 million units. That makes it a shopper of an industry, with $23 million in sales. LG Philips LCD is the largest supplier with 21% of the market, followed by Samsung.
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.